DIY: how to create a Ballard Designs finish

Do you look through Ballard Designs catalogs and dog ear nearly every page- like me?
So many beautiful items, and the overall elegant look and staging to their products is so inspiring.

I got a beautiful wall plaque from a friend a few months ago, and really liked the design.  
It was in a black slate finish, but I decided to give it a little makeover to lighten up the look.

First of all, I painted the entire piece with two coats of Annie Sloan's Coco.
I had a sample pot that I've been testing out on a few projects here and there, and it was perfect for this piece.

Once the Coco was completely dry, I made a wash using a 50/50 solution of AS Old White and water.

You can see the wash pooling in some of the corners here.
I really focused on getting not just the surface covered in the wash, but especially down in the crevices of the design.

When it was partially dry, I went over the piece with a wet rag, to remove a lot of the white wash.

I didn't even wax this or finish it with poly.  It really gives this an old world, European look.
Which is what we love about Ballard Designs!

I bet you're looking around the house now and looking at something you could try this out on for a fresh new look, huh?

So fun and simple, and a quick way to give a piece a whole new look.
Give it a try and let me know how it worked for you!

xo Denise

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