our friend gracey smythe of smythe antiques scored a pair of beautiful tables at a warehouse sale, but the finish – left unsealed – was very delicate and the tops were damaged. katie and i ciphered out a match using old white chalk paint® by annie sloan as a base coat, and french linen as a very loose ‘wash’ (which simply means paint mixed with lots of water…something chalk paint® does terrifically well.) we stippled and spritzed the wash with more water, patting it gently with a linen cloth. when heated with a hair dryer, the chalk paint® cracks slightly, adding authenticity.
since gracey wanted a totally matte look, three coats of burnishing paste were applied to protect the new ‘old’ finish.