Paint. I love it. Nothing makes me happier than to be working on a piece of furniture. Well, except red wine. Family too. But seriously, this girl loves to paint. However, available painting days are hard to come by right now. It's like North Carolina knows I want to paint, so the daily highs hover in the upper 50's just to tease me. Well, I was fed up and set up shop in a vented bedroom to paint an old sewing table that I
stole kindly took off the street so the trash man wouldn't have to. If you remember from my previous post, I purchased Annie Sloan Chalk paint last week from a stockist in Mebane, NC and this table was going to be my guinea pig!
I have to say, I was a little nervous after the first coat went on. The paint was thick, brush strokes were everywhere and the color seemed inconsistent. Have no worries! The brush strokes disappeared and the color evened out as it dried. I put on a second coat and waxed the piece a few days later with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. My advice= a little wax goes a long way! This stuff is like butter and spreads like it too. Unfortunately, my stockist was sold out of the Annie Sloan Brushes so I resorted to using a clean cloth rag to apply the wax. This seemed to work fine but I would still like to give one of the uber-expensive brushes a whirl.
After waxing, I distressed the table. Sounds backwards but given how dusty chalk paint is, you distress after the first coat of wax. I then applied a second coat and a touch of Annie Sloan Dark Wax in the distressed areas. I will admit, the dark wax was and still is intimidating to me. Once it's on, it's on. I read somewhere that you can actually use the clear wax to buff out excess dark wax.
All in all, I LOVE this paint. The result is an imperfect but perfect smooth matte finish. It may be awhile before I use latex paint again!