I started working on an office makeover before I left for Haven. To be perfectly honest, I had instructions that scared me. You ready? No white, No chippy, No flowers, Nothing girlie please. What? Those are my signatures! I started collecting smalls and accent pieces that would go with this treasured piece of art.
Throughout the process I kept purchasing decorative items that were inspired by nature and that’s when things really started coming together. I went through this major purging period and I almost threw these pieces of salvaged wood away. The only reason I still have them is because it started to rain and we couldn’t add anything else to the burn pile that day.
But I really wanted to add driftwood tones to the space. It wasn’t the color I was looking for but I knew I could change that color with a little bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I cleaned the wood with a bleach solution and left it in the sun to dry. I live in a heavily wooded area and it’s really important to me to keep the bugs outside. If you’re working with reclaimed or salvaged wood make sure it’s clean and bug free or has been treated prior to bringing it indoors.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey to achieve a weathered look using a white wash technique.
I wanted to make sure I could still see the wood grain so I used a light wash followed by light sanding.
After the paint had dried, I placed chipboard letters onto the wood
and outlined each letter with a pencil.
Then I took white craft paint and filled in each letter.
After the white craft paint was dry I outlined each letter with a black sharpie.
I’m so excited these pieces didn’t make it to the burn pile. I can’t wait to see how they come together with the rest of the office.
Many blessings and happy weekend,