I’ve Seen the Light, or Getting the Hang of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint February 19, 2012
I have finally painted enough pieces of furniture, to see what works and what doesn’t. If you’re thinking about making your first ASCP purchase, here are a few rules to live by:
1. Relax. You can have just about all the do-overs you need with this product, as long as you do a light sanding in between coats. Besides, it’s not supposed to look perfect, so go with your guy instincts.
This little table has made great progress since this shot. Yet, we found some wood filler was too high, so the top got some more sanding and it’s back to the paint. I also painted Paris Grey in some of the detailing, which looks cool. We’ll see what the finished table looks like. In the background, you’ll see a round pedestal table I’m doing in Graphite. I’ve added trim in the pedestal, in Paris Grey, and it’s looking fun too.
2. I’ve found that two coats are needed on most if not all projects. Use a mini roller if you can, when you have lots of flat surfaces to do. It will save lots of time. If you want to run with the big boys , use a sprayer. Just clean the sprayer promptly, because the paint dries quickly. At least that’s what I hear. I haven’t graduated to this league yet. One day!
3. Invest in Annie’s waxing brushes. They’re not cheap but the quality’s good and it really helps the waxing process. I got one for clear and one for dark wax, although I still haven’t used the dark wax. In the beginning, I was being way too frugal with the wax. Then, I heard someone else say to use plenty of wax and voila!, the finish polishes up much nicer. Wipe off the excess, as you apply the wax and wait about an hour before you try to buff.
I distress before I wax although distressing isn’t a requirement.
Well, I hope that I’m one step closer to trying new techniques…maybe some fancy glaze or layering paint colors. You’ll be the first to know! 🙂
Happiest of Monday’s! You’ve made my day, just by being here. Truly!