A dear friend, Steph, was out and about in her neighborhood and noticed this little beauty. We will call her Betty. She was slightly worn, tired and needed a little life put back into her. (Side note: It's pretty common for my friends to point out curb finds to me thinking I may want them. The only kicker is I'm limited on space in my home) I knew I didn't have room for Betty but thought of the perfect girl.
Our friend, Laura, just recently moved into a much larger home and had the space. It just took some convincing. She knew that I had recently finished a few pieces of furniture and my kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and was intrigued (Stage 1 of grief. Don't worry I'm about to talk about that) But I'm pretty sure what won her over was the promise of a mimosa painting party.
After getting neighbors, friends and her husband involved, Betty was finally at Laura's house prepped and ready for a makeover. As promised, we delivered on the mimosa party. Donuts, music and great conversations were definitely involved as well.
Before I give you the step by step, let's talk real quick about something someone shared with me once. The stages of grief with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Because trust me, you will go through these steps if you follow through with a painting project.
STAGE #1: Intrigue: “A paint that requires no stripping, sanding, or priming? Um, what?!” STAGE #2: Intimidation: “Oh wait – I have to seal it with wax? Then buff it? I don’t think I’m ready for this.” STAGE #3: Provocation: “Ugh! I’m sick and tired of seeing all the pretty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® projects blowing up my Pinterest stream. It’s time to bite the bullet and see if this paint can really live up to all the hype.” STAGE #4: Disbelief: “Wait a minute: am I missing something? When’s it going to get really complicated?” STAGE #5: Elation: “I did it! Ain’t she a beaut? I cannot believe it took me so long to try it. At least I still have practically the entire quart of paint leftover…what else can I paint around here?!”
2 clean, soft cloths (I used a t-shirt with seams cut out)
Paper plate and plastic spoon or knife
We first started by wiping down the furniture with a dry dust cloth. Remove all doors and drawers.
I prefer to use a small roller to ensure a smooth finish. Adequately cover the furniture with the chalk paint. For this project, we painted the large piece first and then moved to the doors and drawers. Like so....
It shouldn't take long for the chalk paint to dry. Apply a second coat and then let dry for an hour or so. For Betty, we only needed to use two coats of paint. You MAY need to apply another coat if you are not satisfied with the coverage. You should be.. but there are always a chance you need a little extra. Laura decided we'd add a little fun with the interior coral drawers. (Yeah, she's fancy like that)
It's then time to apply the soft wax. This is an extremely important step in this process. The wax will help you achieve a subtle sheen as well as protection and durability. It's a combination of natural carnauba and beeswax, the wax is the consistency of soft margarine so it is easy to apply, is completely colorless and minimal odor. It is water-repellent too, so can be used on dining room tables and kitchen.
To achieve Annie's signature look, apply the wax over your painted piece with an Annie Sloan Wax Brush or lint-free cloth. I highly recommend the wax brush. It helps to get the wax into the nooks of the piece without wasting any of the wax. After care:wipe clean with a damp cloth.