My daughter needed a bedside table for a little while, but I just couldn’t find the right piece for her. I wanted something romantic and unique. It was then when my husband surprised me with a find that he saw abandon in our town dump. Seriously, people just get rid of the most interesting furniture just because it needs a little love. It also happened that I just took a course (Basic 202) on painting furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. More on that to come… So 1+1…
When I saw the little table I knew exactly that the distressed wax would work perfectly!
This is what you’ll need:
- 2 colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used French Linen for the base and Old White for the distress;
- 3 flat paint brushes and the wax brush from Annie Sloan;
- clear wax from Annie Sloan;
- paper towel.
This is what you will do:
- Lightly sand and clean your piece with water and soap.
- Apply 2-3 coats of French Linen. I end up applying 3 coats because I watered the French Linen a tiny bit so I would not see any brush strokes. This is done if you want to achieve a smooth finish on the piece. Don’t water it too much though.
- After the piece is dry, give it a thick layer of wax. You know when is enough if you put your finger and a fingerprint mark is left on. Wipe it gently with some paper towel. Just to remove any excess on the corners.
- In a plastic bow, water down the Old White a little bit. With a flat brush, paint/wipe the furniture in sections. It is important to work in sections, because you want the distress effect and this paint when watered tents to dry very fast. If you you think the white is too much, get a piece of wet paper towel and rub in the desire section. That will make it look more distressed. If you think you distress it too much, apply another coat of Old White and wipe it again. Keep doing this until you have completed the furniture and until you are satisfied with the over all look.
- Apply a light coat of wax in the entire piece again.
- Using a clean flat brush, gently wipe out any excess. Wait about 30 minutes for the wax to dry and then wipe the piece one more time with a lint free cloth.
- Apply a light coat of wax again and then wipe gently with a lint free cloth, like you would do on a normally painted Chalk Paint furniture.