Not only did I break out of my comfort zone by painting my mom’s dresser, but I tried a new-to-me paint; chalk paint.
I’ve heard so much about it over the past couple of years and was intrigued by the idea of no sanding or priming, my least favorite things about painting furniture. So today, I’m going to show you how to paint furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I’m an expert now.
Not so much. But, I did learn a few things during the process and want to pass those tips on to you.
~fine grit sandpaper or wet rag
~rag to clean furniture
~let your paint sit upside down for about an hour
~while your waiting, remove any hardware from your furniture
~clean furniture. It’s amazing how much “patina” came off.
~open lid and stir paint
Tip: Give your paint a good shake before opening. And then, stir the paint thoroughly. When you think you’ve stirred enough, stir some more. This is important because the paint ingredients settle at the bottom of the can. I didn’t stir well enough before painting and panicked when the first coat was sheer.
~brush on the paint following the grain of the wood
~apply a second coat if needed
I consulted several blogging colleagues on what wax to use. The recommendations were: Masion Blanche La Craie, CeCe Caldwell’s or Fiddes and Sons.
Since Fiddes and Sons was a few dollars cheaper than CeCe’s I went with that. The wax was super soft and easy to work with, but the fumes were overwhelming to me. Rumor has it that CeCe’s and Miss Mustard Seed’s wax has very little smell.
Why not use Minwax or Johnsons? My understanding is that it is hard wax as opposed to soft wax, making it harder to work with. However, I’ve been told that it’s easier to use if you melt it a little and give it a good stir.
Tip: Annie Sloan recommends applying clear wax before dark wax. Otherwise, the dark wax will penetrate the paint and change its appearance.
~soft, dry rag
~wax brush or soft rag
~using the plastic spoon, scoop a dollop of wax onto paper plate
~ with your rag or a wax brush dab the wax onto the furniture surface
~continue applying wax on furniture, working in small sections
Tip: Apply the wax in thin, but not sparse, coats. Also, make sure the wax is providing uniform coverage. ( I need more practice with this.)
~ return to the first section where you applied the wax and wipe off excess wax with rag, using circular motions.
~apply second coat of wax and repeat steps 3 and 4. Consider a third coat on pieces that will get a lot of wear and tear. I applied 3 coats to the top of my console since electronics sit on it.
The clear wax enriched the paint color, but didn’t change it, as well as provided a low luster shine. Dark wax changes the color and is used to give furniture an aged appearance. I didn’t use dark wax on this project.
Tip: Annie Sloan recommends that you wax before distressing. The reason for this is that the paint dries very chalky, creating a lot of dust if you sand the bare paint.
fine grit sandpaper or damp rag
~lightly rub the sandpaper or rag over areas where you want to reveal the wood
Tip: When distressing, sand areas that would normally wear over time such as over edges, corners and around knobs…
I am glad that I gave chalk paint a try. I don’t know how ASCP compares to other chalky paint brands, but it does seem like a quality paint that I’d buy again.
It was really exciting for this impatient painter to skip the sanding and priming and get right to painting. However, in my experience waxing was just as labor intensive as sanding and priming. I have a feeling that will change with experience.
Painting with chalk paint seems to be a quicker process than with painting with latex. ASCP has a very fast drying time and one good coat typically provides all the coverage you need. Because of my not-stirring-enough mishap, I needed two coats in some areas.
I purchased my paint from Michella Marie & Co. in Old Town Spring. There is another ASCP retailer in the Antique Gallery of Houston located at 21127 Spring Towne Dr. in Spring.
You can search Annie Sloan Unfolded to find a retailer in your area. If you do not live near a retailer, you can order ACP online.
And that’s it…from one DIYer to another.
See you in class,
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