So I finally got around to trying out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP). After reading all about it from Miss Mustard Seed's post and Centsational Girl's Q&A, they had me ready to take the plunge.
I decided I was going to paint our bedroom furniture, which I was never a fan of. DH picked it out before we moved to MN and had to do it in a hurry and I wasn't around to give my opinion. I've always wanted to do something to it, but the thought of stripping the furniture and then sanding and painting was never something that sounded fun to me. Enter ASCP.
Here's the dresser I started with before:
|first coat on drawers|
Sunday I inspected my work and got to work with DH's sanding block to distress it in a few places like corners and drawer edges. There have been some questions about distressing before or after waxing. I prefer to do it before so you can get the distressed areas to show up a bit more when you use your wax. Everyone was right--this stuff sands off into a find powder and looks great! Then it was time to wax. I will be honest--this is the part I probably didn't do correctly. Annie Sloans's wax was a bit steep for my pocketbook so I just used some SC Johnson Paste Wax that was warmed up. I first applied with a brush and found that made marks. I then switched to a soft cloth and just rubbed it on in a very light coat. Let it dry a bit and then buffed it out. Next time I will probably go for a better wax but for my fist time I think I did the best I could.
Once everything was ready, I put the old handles back on to see how they would look. I had thought I would buy new ones, but I thought these looked pretty good! Here are the results---what do you think?
|closeup of drawers|
If anyone else has tried this paint, tell me what you think! I'd love to know any more tricks or tips to do a better job and if there is a wax I can get locally to use!