Let me start off by saying, I am not good at painting. Considering my husband paints everything from cars to airplanes, I am another story! I wish I did paint half as good as him. I just never liked to paint in the past. This was until I started reading about chalk paint!
I tried a couple of project with chalk paint in the last two years that I am still happy about. These are painting a chalkboard wall in my dining room and my fireplace. These both came out reasonably good considering my lack of experience in painting.
Today, I want to gush over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I can honestly tell you that now, I enjoy painting. I bought her paint for the first time and am in love with it. I have never distressed a piece of furniture so I was so scared to try painting and distressing this furniture piece. After reading and watching several tutorials, I finally decided to give it a shot.
First of all, the reason I love this paint is that you can basically paint ANY surface, inside or outside without having to prime, strip or sand the furniture. In addition, you have several choices of beautiful paint to choose from that can even be mixed with other colors. Also, this paint goes a long way. In addition, this paint does not have a strong odor like most paints. I painted this piece inside my house. Lastly, this paint is very forgiving. Since I don’t have too much experience with painting, this helped me out inmensely! As you can see, I have been won over with this chalk paint. You may think the paint is expensive; however, after seeing the very few steps needed and how minimal amount of paint each furniture piece uses, it is so worth it!
The following are the supplies and instructions needed to start any furniture piece you want to paint with chalk paint and be distressed:
- One quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Pure White
- One paint brush
- One small can of Annie Sloan Clear Wax
- Annie Sloan Wax Brush
- Sanding block or sandpaper
- Two Cloths for cleaning
- Painter’s tape
- Paper to protect your area of painting
- Small knife and paint stirrer to open can and mix paint
- Find your furniture piece that you will paint.
- Remove any hardware or drawers from furniture piece.
- Wipe down furniture piece with a small cloth with warm soapy water. Then dry off piece with a clean and dry cloth.
- Using painter’s tape, place tape over any surface that you want protected from paint.
- Now, shake can and then open with small knife. Using a wood paint stirrer, mix paint really good.
- Apply your first coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint using your paint brush. Take your time and paint direction of grain.
- DON’T freak out after first coat. It will appear that there are a bunch of streaks and brush strokes. This is normal and there is no reason to panic. This will look different after your second coat of paint.
- Let this first coat of paint dry for an estimate of an hour, it dries very quickly.
- After the hour, apply your second coat of paint.
- After you apply the second coat of paint, your numerous brush strokes will now appear with a smoother finish. A sigh of relief is achieved when you start seeing your furniture piece!
- After this second coat of paint dries, apply your third and final coat. Sometimes you will want to apply four coats, but you should be good with three coats of paint.
- Let your furniture piece dry.
- Next, it is time to apply a thin layer of Annie Sloan Wax. Using the wax brush, apply a thin layer all over your piece. Be sure and not to add too much wax. (Note: Annie Sloan herself recommends distress furniture AFTER the wax. So this is the reason I applied wax first.) Let wax dry.
- Finally, it is time to distress your piece. Using your sanding block or sandpaper, distress the common areas like the corners, edges, top, bottom, detailing, etc. You want it to have an aged look wear furniture pieces often show wear and tear. It will get a little messy so don’t worry, this is expected. I was told that doing the distressing after you wax will help not accumulate so much dust on your furniture pieces. That is great to know.
- Congratulations, you have “Annie Sloaned” your first furniture piece! It was so simple and I wish I had not been afraid and started sooner!!
Here are the before pictures:
And there you have it, my very first distressed furniture piece. As you can see, I like to barely see the distressed throughout the furniture. I don’t like it heavily distressed. We shall see how my next projects go! Please let me know your distressed experiences.