I told you here about my Annie Sloan paint visit last week. Well, I could not wait to find something to paint as soon as I got home!
I purchased the French Linen paint color. I had this old table that my son had used as a Lego platform years ago(never, never get rid of a console table! Such a versatile piece of furniture, read here):
Following the directions, I did not prep or prime the table at all. I just wiped the table clean with a rag because it had been sitting in the basement for a long time.
The first step was painting. I used a brush but Nancy did mention that she has heard others using a roller to apply quickly to large pieces of furniture. I used regular brush strokes on the legs and drawers and on the flat top surface I painted in a criss-cross pattern to avoid brush marks and so that the paint would better soak into the wood.
First coat finished. Look at how well the wood was covered:
Do you see my helper, Syd?
Always there to keep me company- and she never complains about anything! 😉
Below is the table where I am painting on the second coat. The paint provides really great coverage. The color looks lighter when painting, and then dries to a darker color. I waited about one hour between coats until the paint felt dry to the touch:
After second coat of paint:
Two coats of paint were sufficient to cover the table. Time to put on the wax!
Applying the wax was very easy. I waited another hour and then rubbed on a second coat of clear wax (images are showing the wood darker than it actually is):
Then I had to call Nancy again with another question! I did not want to mess up my first piece! I wanted to be sure about the time you are supposed to wait before buffing to a shine. She told me 24 hours if it is not too humid. So now I have to wait!! Another option I could have tried is after allowing the clear wax to dry, I could have rubbed on the dark wax to give it more of an antique look. But I wanted this piece to look more contemporary. But wait! I changed my mind again:
I can explain. I went to check to see if the table was dry enough to buff. Of course it was not ready (I did not wait the 24 hours to dry), and I somehow picked up the dark wax and a rag and decided to just try a little bit on the side to see what it looked like. Well, I could not stop rubbing! I was having fun and I liked the look I was getting from the dark wax:
I am so happy the way it came out. (OK, I might go a little lighter on the dark wax next time). It was a fun and easy (with NO prep) project that I want to try again with another color on something that is not wood. Before:
What do you think? I hope you will want to give Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a try!
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