The next time you’re planning to have a few friends over for sushi, you can dress up your table with chopsticks that have that special gilded touch.
We started with some ordinary bamboo chopsticks, but they just didn’t have the “wow” factor we were looking for. So we turned to a sample pot of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and some Gold Size, metal leaf, and Soft Wax to work a bit of magic.
We first applied two coats of Graphite with a small artist brush. Once that was dry, we used safe release painters’ tape to mask off the end of each stick. One very thin but complete coat of Gold Size was brushed on the masked-off area and allowed to dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Next we applied imitation gold leaf over the now sticky size and smoothed it out with a soft cloth. Metal leaf comes in small sheets and is easy to find at your local craft store. Two sheets were enough to do eights sets of chopsticks.
Finally, we sealed the chopsticks with a thin coat of wax with brought out the rich deep color of the Graphite. Annie Sloan Soft Wax is food safe after a short curing period of 4 to 6 weeks, making it ideal for protecting our chopsticks. Don’t put them in the dishwasher though; just wipe them clean with some mild soap and warm water.
We think you’ll agree that our beautiful gilded chopsticks added the perfect touch to our dinner table.
To learn more about working with Gold Size and metal leaf, pick up a copy of Quick and Easy Paint Transformations or Colour Recipes for Furniture and More by Annie Sloan. These books are available from your nearest Annie Sloan Stockist.
If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we have been painting our way through Annie Sloan’s books. If you’re just joining us, welcome! You can read how we were inspired to paint our way through Annie’s books here.
In Quick and Easy Paint Transformations and Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, Annie shows you how to transform floors using Chalk Paint®. Some of our Stockists have taken Annie’s idea and infused their own creativity into re-doing floors by using stencils to add pattern.
At UNFOLDED’s training studio in High Point we transformed an ordinary concrete floor into a statement feature (in French and English!). First a mop and rinse, and then we rolled on two coats of Graphite. After letting the paint dry overnight, we used Old White, a dense foam roller, and Royal Design Studio’s iconic “Springtime in Paris” stencil set in both the original size and a custom enlarged version and filled the floor with poetic script. Accents were added with a black craft paint. The floor was sealed with two thin coats of Annie Sloan Lacquer to give it extra durability and a beautiful low luster, and the furniture was moved back in the following day.
Stockist Mélanie Paulin of Carte Blanche Upcycled Furniture and Accessories in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada transformed her older wood floor into a modern, mid-century look. She started with a base coat of Pure and followed with a wash of Paris Grey.
Our Stockist Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio in Chula Vista, California used a herringbone stencil and Old White directly over the concrete slab to create this sophisticated floor in the Raven + Lily flagship store in Austin, Texas.
Amy Chalmers of Maison Decor in Reading, Massachusetts created this floor for her shop with the help of her son, Colin. They cut car wash sponges into irregular shapes and sizes to create a cobblestone look using Paris Grey, French Linen, and Graphite.
Kathleen Cusson and Kathleen O’Neill of Sandpaper Vintage Love in Lafayette, Indiana transformed their plywood floor using Coco and Pure with a stencil.
Stephanie Jones of Me & Mrs. Jones in Memphis, Tennessee with the help of Jessica Mayhall of Creative Finishes & Furnishings in New Orleans, Louisiana, transformed this floor using Pure and stenciling over it in Paris Grey.
Watch for our upcoming post on floor cloths, yet another way to transform a floor with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan!
For her first project as Painter in Residence, Karen Donnelly used Chalk Paint® to paint a sophisticated, tonal landscape on to the cupboard doors of a small cabinet.
To learn more about how Karen created this look, head over to Annie’s blog, Annie Sloan Paint and Colour.
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