OMG! I am in love…..
…..with chalk paint hehe
The best part about this amazing product is the ease of use, the excellent results and the time it saves you. With my toddler all over me, it is completely understandable how you cannot spare a lot of time for a project like this. This is slightly expensive but imagine the money you would be saving on new furniture and the creativity and the fun you can have.
I purchased the Annie Sloan mini project pack worth $94 to start off with. Living in Pakistan, you can either order it online or get it from the numerous online vendors willing to buy anything and everything for you, though at a steeper price but none of the hassle. You can even ask your art supplies guy to get it for you!
This kit comes with 4 sample pots around $17 each and an Annie Sloan paint brush. I bought three paint colors and soft clear wax. You can ditch a pot of paint for a pot of dark wax, up to you.
The kit also comes with an easy instructions manual for those who are just starting off and lists how to achieve the look you desire, be it smooth, vintage, rustic or two toned.
Here, I am going to divide the painting process into a few simple steps for you.
- You need not extensively clean or sand no matter what the surface of your furniture is like, chipped, glazed, wood or anything else for that matter. Just take a damp rag and wipe the piece of furniture clean.
- Next remove all the hardware from your furniture, for example any knobs or handles.
- You can now start with the first coat. I did not use water because I wasn’t looking for a smooth finish. As for brush strokes, honestly you can use the brush in any direction you want. Using the Annie Sloan paintbrush that comes with the mini project pack, this is what my first coat looked like.
I painted the drawers, the rest of the dresser and the knobs individually each. A lot of tutorials will show you painting the whole piece at once, as in the drawers inside the dresser. Honestly, do whatever pleases you. Painting the whole piece together will help ensure that you don’t miss any portions visible and alternately only paint portions that will be visible, hence saving you both time and effort. I used ‘Florence’ for the dresser and ‘Old white’ for the knobs.
- After the first coat dries up which it does pretty soon if nice and sunny outside, move on to the next and second coat. Most furniture items will require two coats only unless you are looking for a very smooth finish. Even then if you think some parts need another coat, go ahead with a third one! There is no right or wrong way to do this. Only bear in mind the direction of your brush strokes during the second & final coat since this time it will matter. Don’t worry about the brush strokes being visible. Once the second coat dries off, you will be just fine. This is what my second coat looked like.
- I let the whole thing dry off over night only because I had no more time for this. If it dries off within the day, which it should you can go right on to buffing, distressing and waxing. Use a blow dryer if you mean to the finish the product the same day!
- After putting together the dresser with the drawers and hardware in place, I decided to wax it. Using the Annie Sloan clear wax and an old t-shirt I started off in every direction. Now i figured that waxing is not as simple as painting it. Some waxes are easier to use but Annie’s requires a little more expertise. So watch as many tutorials online as you can before you start with the waxing or you will end up ruining the piece. A few handy tips; apply a thin layer of wax always, work on small portions one at a time, don’t just apply but try to rub it into the furniture using force, rub off any excess wax you might have left on there with a clean rag. You can use a $25 wax brush but since I was on a budget, my old tee did the job for me. Anyway, the wax should dry off immediately so go ahead with another coat right away only on parts which will see most wear and tear like for example table or dresser tops. Experts think you should use the dark wax side by side with the clear wax for best results.
- Finally buff the piece if you want it to have a smooth texture or simply distress it using a sand paper. Carry on until you get desired results. I used a 150 grit sand paper and here are the results.
Remember, the beauty of chalk paint is the artsy look it lends to your piece of furniture. It is meant to look abstract or in layman terms imperfect. So if you are looking for perfection that only a factory spray paint can achieve, chalk paint or diy is simply not for you!
In case of any questions, feel free to shoot em my way..Toodles!