A Little Paint Goes A Long Way

A Little Paint Goes A Long Way

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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

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 My supplies

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lastly, I picked out some cute toile fabric, upholstered the seat and…Voila a brand new chair!

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Click here to see all of the Annie Sloan paint colors at DiLucca designs and purchase the perfect color for a piece you would like to makeover!!

xo

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. So in Love with what you did!
    The chair is outstanding!!!
    I was bragging about it to Emily.
    I want it, just Love it♥️

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