Sunday, September 16, 2012

Meet Aubusson: An Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Color Review

 Hello Everyone,

Welcome to a new blog series dedicated to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors.

View  more color reviews on my Review Page.

Here is my disclaimer:

I am not an official Annie Sloan Stockist. I work and sell at a store that carries the paint and I LOVE painting with it. These are my thoughts and my thoughts only. Proceed at your own risk. ;)

Aubusson...where do I start. This is an amazingly rich color. It is beautiful in any light. 
In my neighborhood it is known as "naughty navy".  

If navy had an attitude, this would be it.

Here are a few pieces that I have done in Aubusson:

Aubusson with Clear Wax - Item Currently for Sale

Aubusson with Dark Wax - Item Currently for Sale

Aubusson paired with Cream sealed with Poly (I'll get to that) - My Personal Collection

Color and Wax: Aubusson with both clear and dark wax

Coverage: Great: This has a nice even coverage. It doesn't cover as well as some of my favorites but it is not thin. It took about a coat and a half. If you are heavily distressing, you can get away with one coat.

Great Pairings: This is lovely paired with Cream, Primer Red, French Linen. It is amazing as a wash over Antibes.

Would I use this again?: Yes
but not as often. It is a bold color with a very specific look.

Clear or Dark: For me, I like this one with dark wax and heavy distressing. The dark wax is pretty.

Final Thoughts:
This is a lovely color in theory. However, it is not one you can just drop into every room. This is one I WANT to use a lot but change my mind for some reason in the end.  Part of that is that I sell my pieces so I need to think of what is sell-able. A large china cabinet in this would be tricky to sell. However, a small bench or accent chair could reach a larger market. 

Now for the Poly thing...This lovely table sits in our back sun room. This room gets sun all day and we have no air conditioning. It gets pretty hot back there. So, wax was not an option. I polyed this. When I explained this to my favorite ASCP Stockist, Christie, she said I really should have used the lacquer because it is designed to breath with the paint. She has never lead me astray. I will do that next time. :)
I hope this helps you with your color choice.

Thanks for stopping in. :)
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  1. I have not used this color yet!But what a beauty!Great transformations!

  2. Love all your pieces! Every once in awhile, I go for bright colors just for change from all the neutrals. I like highly distressing the dark colors! :) You did a beautiful job!

  3. What a beautiful blue! I love the furniture pieces that you painted and waxed--they are all lovely, but I particularly like that blue bench--so pretty!

  4. I have used once and love too..and agree playing with stronger colors is fun but when thinking of as to sell tough....Florence have not used yet, but have seen pieces painted with it...and think the same issue...a little not a lot...