So I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I was working on a project with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so here it is! This isn’t the first time I’ve used this amazing paint, my first project was a pair of dressers that I put in my youngest son’s room, they turned out sooo cool, I’ll make sure to show you those soon. Anyway, I can’t tell you how much I adore this paint and how simple it is to use. No sanding, no priming, no prepping at all, just paint right over the finish.
So I started out with this old dining chair that I bought on craigslist for $20. Of course my husband had much to say when I walked in the door with this beat up piece of furniture that I drove to some strangers house to pick up. Lol! Little did he know how much potential this chair actually had.
The chair to be made over
I decided I wanted this chair to have a white shabby chic look, so I decided to use the Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white. I usually apply 2 coats when using this paint no matter what the color, making sure the first coat dries thoroughly before applying the second.
To distress I used a very fine sandpaper. You definitely don’t want to go crazy with the sandpaper. Corners and edges are a good place to start, because that is where a piece would naturally distress first. I usually start with a small area, then I take a step back and look at the entire piece before I continue sanding. Remember distressing is just an option depending on the look that you want for your piece.
Once I finished sanding, the next step was to apply the Annie Sloan soft wax. The key to applying the wax is to use very little at a time. I like to use painters rags for the wax, I swipe the rag in the wax were it has just a thin layer on it. I then apply the wax in sections by wiping a thin layer of the wax on and then immediately buff the wax out with another clean painters rag. If you use too much wax your piece will become tacky.
After waxing, I let the piece dry again overnight and then went over it gently with a steel wool pad. This gives the paint a very soft, smooth feel.
Lastly, I picked out some cute toile fabric, upholstered the seat and…Voila a brand new chair!
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