Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Nobis Hotel, Stockholm

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After all the color and pattern yesterday, I was feeling the need for something toned down and soothing. I can always turn to Sweden for that so this week’s Hotel Pick FROM THE RIGHT BANK is the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.

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For more about Hotel Picks FROM THE RIGHT BANK click here. All past hotel picks can be found here.

(Photos: Nobis Hotel by Louise Billgert)

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Gray Sideboard & Hot Pink Chairs for the Dining Room

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Ta-da! Here it is the finished sideboard. I am sooooooooooo pleased with how this turned out and I can’t wait to paint something else! (The dining chairs are up next.)  In case I didn’t go on and on enough about how amazing this paint is yesterday (ha!), I’m a total Annie Sloan Chalk Paint convert now so if you have any questions, fire away. I LOVE THIS STUFF!

The other thing that’s happening in the dining room is that these chairs are now at the upholsterer getting a hot pink makeover:

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They are going to flank the sideboard and I had a lot of different ideas for them but recently I just decided they needed to be hot pink. I found a pink Chanel-esque wool tweed that I think is going to look fab with the brass. (Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of the fabric but you’ll be seeing the chairs soon!)

So the color palette of the dining room has evolved into this:

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It’s not at all what I had planned originally but I’m loving it!

I’m now on the hunt for a fun fabric to redo the chairs and then I think the dining room may actually be finished! Now, that would be amazing.

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Painting the Sideboard With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have just one word for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: AMAZING. Seriously, this is the single greatest thing ever invented. I can’t believe I didn’t find out about it until now but now that I have, look out. I want to paint everything! (If you missed it, see Friday’s post about this paint and what I am using.)

I first put a coat of “Paris Grey” straight out of the can to see how it would look:

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As you can see, I applied it directly onto the piece. You really don’t have to prime! All I did was wipe it down for any dust.

I then mixed some with “Old White” and tried that out:

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I decided I liked the straight gray so I put one coat on (using a decent quality brush) and left it overnight to dry. But when I looked at it the next day, it looked too blue to me:

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I know it doesn’t look that blue in this photo but as you know colors look totally different in person. So I mixed it with some white (like in the second picture) and applied that. I also watered down the mixture since it was the second coat of paint and didn’t need to be as thick as the first. I took this drawer outside to see it in the sunlight:

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Just the gray I was after! Let me also add that it is the most smooth, matte finish I’ve ever seen in a paint. And as the name suggests, it is very chalky.

I left that overnight and then it was time to apply the wax:

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The wax looks like and has the consistency of lard so there’s no dripping, no mess. Again, any half decent brush will work. As you can see, the wax deepens the color on application but it doesn’t stay that dark when it dries.

All I have to do now is to buff it and then it’s done! I can’t believe how easy this was – I swear I’m ready to paint everything I can get my hands on! I will take some photos of the final result to post tomorrow.

If you want this paint and you’re in North America, you can find the list of distributors here. If you’re in Europe or the rest of the world, you can order from their site. (In case you’re wondering, this is not a paid post. It’s just that good so I had to share!)

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The Gray Paint Search Is Over

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So you know how I have been trying to find the perfect gray paint for my sideboard? Well, several people emailed and commented that I should look into Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. So I did and I was sold! Thank you to all of you for the recommendation!

Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, it’s a paint specifically made for painting furniture (and floors) and get this: there’s no need to prime or prep the surface in any way! Really! When I read that, I immediately found a distributor and placed an order.

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They arrived yesterday and as you can see, the cans got all dented but no biggie; I think the paint is fine. I ordered “Paris Grey” which has a slight blue undertone (which is what I wanted):

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I also ordered an “Old White” because you are supposed to be able to mix it with any of her colors:

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I want to experiment with mixing to see what shades of gray I can come up with.

I also ordered the clear wax which will go over the paint to protect it:

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It also got jostled and was leaking a little bit when it arrived but hopefully, the wax is okay.

So, guess what I’m doing this weekend? What about you? Do you have any projects planned? Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday with a progress report!

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