It seems as though many many people would love to use this paint (with good reason!) but there are also many that are not sure how to use it. This is how to do it:
The first step is deciding on the colour. This is the hardest part. There are so many beautiful colours to choose from. My personal favourites are Country Grey, Amsterdam Green, Old Linen….actually I love them all!
After this decision has been made- give the can a good shaking. Turn it upside down and all around making sure that the paint is thoroughly mixed. This paint has organic materials in it and settling occurs- so shake it well.
Next step: paint directly on the surface! seriously! This includes old paints, varnishes and lacquers as well as old waxes. Annie Sloan’s Chalk paint will adhere to many surfaces including metal, concrete, bricks and melamine. If in doubt do a test spot on your surface to see if it sticks.
This is after one coat.
This is after two coats.
The first coat is White Linen and the second coat is Old Linen.
I want to create a layered paint effect and a heavy distressing.
So after the paint has dried the next step is to wax it. You read this right- apply a thin layer of clear wax.
Once the wax has dried sand lightly with a fine grit sand paper. 120 grit is about right. What will happen is that the wax where you are distressing will kind of ball up and roll off. The finish becomes distressed but also very smooth to the touch.
Next add a second layer of thin wax. This is where the darker wax can be used to give the furniture a more aged effect in certain spots. Then buff to the desired shine.
This piece that I am working on is a donation from me to my daughters’ school Christmas bazaar. There will be an auction and the money goes to an orphanage in Poland.
This is the before:
This is the after:
I am kind of on the fence about it. I think it is much better than the before but I am not certain. I actually think that had I painted the stripes horizontally it would work better for me but I do think that the people in the auction will like it. So, my fingers are crossed.