Followers of this blog know I am a fan of all things Annie Sloan and her wonderful chalk paint - I was recently given a couple of chests that I intended to give an A.S. shabby chic treatment....but then I remembered my dear husband needed a little more storage in his office so one chest will be shabby chic and the other dark as in espresso. I think he will be surprised and happy for the additional storage.
One of the main reasons I love the A.S. products is the ease of use and the great end product so when thinking about the office project I knew I wanted something easy to use that would give a great end result. I found that in Woodcraft's General Finishes gel stain. All you have to do is clean the surfaces and using a foam brush, brush on the stain. If you need more than one coat, a light standing in between coats is all that is needed.
He also has a nice leather chair and a little side table (for drinks, the remote, etc.) and after I saw what a great job the gel did on the chest decided to make the side table better too.
I had anticipated that this project would take several hours, require two coats on both the table and the chest and was mistaken - one coat was enough and I was finished with the two projects in about one hour or less. I let them dry completely overnight before setting anything on them.
General Finishes Gel Stain - Available exclusively at Woodcraft stores and online. Link
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