You guys already know I'm crazy about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Often, when I mention the brand to people, they confuse it with chalkboard paint… but no. This stuff is way better. You don't have to sand or prime the piece before you start painting! That reason alone was enough to convert me. But additionally, it creates this impressive patina that looks sort of aged… I wouldn't know where to begin to imitate that look.
My latest project used her Napoleonic Blue paint. We'd been using an old bedroom piece in our living room as a bar. It looked way too much like a nursery piece, being white, plus our awful movers had beat the cr*p out of it when they moved us to North Carolina. It really needed a makeover.
We placed the bar under my reproduction of Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergere, so I thought a blue piece would complement it well.
I really like how it looks in the room now. Here are some in-progress photos:
UPDATE: Found some knobs on eBay!