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Friday, August 12, 2011

Annie Sloan and Heavy Metal

Today is Vintage Inspired Friday sponsored by Debra at Common Ground.  
If you haven't ever visited Debra's blog, you need to run over there right now! Debra is a most talented woman and her blog reflects her sophistication.

I am going to share with you a vintage heat register that I made-over using the Annie Sloan products.
Do you remember that several weeks ago I shared this fabulous find with you?
Its original charm had been totally compromised by gold spray paint.

A Good Price Indeed But Rather Garish

I Love the Detailing

This register (or 'grill') is two pieces and is hinged at the bottom. I decided right away that with a little paint and wax it would become a very lovely piece of wall art. So I went to work!

Shown here is my can of Graphite Chalk Paint

I used a small artist's brush to paint both sections. I had to really use a stippling technique to get into all of the crevices. 

The paint is totally dry in this picture, but obviously lackluster and very chalky

The next step was to wax. I used the Annie Sloan 'Dark'

A very soft rag works extremely well. So I cut up an old t-shirt.
This step, though not difficult, was time consuming. There are a lot of highs and lows and I wanted an even sheen.

A brush also works well for applying wax in tight places and indentations.

When I was finished waxing I let my treasure dry thoroughly before hanging it on the wall. I am very proud of my efforts but most of the credit should go to Annie Sloan. I hung it next to my china cupboard in our dinning/sun room.

What a Difference! 

Thank you for having a look. I hope you enjoyed this progression of pictures. 
I  am fighting a virus that has moved through our social circle over the past 2 weeks. I wore myself out helping Larry create a sleeping loft and new petite bathroom. We completed our work just in time to host a very long time friend from Miami for 4 days; and then we all came down with the dread virus.

Head on over to Debra's now!
Hope to see you soon~



  1. Love the heat grille - love Annie Sloan chalk paint. Great job!
    Hope you feel better soon.

  2. What a gorgeous find was hiding under all that gold paint. And it looks fabulous after its makeover.
    Thanks so much for adding me to the blogs you follow. I am so glad you did because I loved reading your last 5 or so posts and I am your newest follower as well.

  3. OMG, I love it. I have been thinking about getting the graphite. Is it more of a gray than black?