Working on a new piece that I cannot wait to share with you ladies. I’m using my favorite paint, Annie Sloan Chalkpaint, and my favorite technique. I am applying two coats of paint (by choice) because I like to have a contrast of color with my pieces. I tend to use Old White as my first coat with most colors. My favorite lately is Old White and then a coat of Paris Grey.
- I apply my first coat, not very thick, do not worry about complete coverage, particularly if the wood is dark. The second coat I apply heavier and give complete coverage.
- Allow paint to dry, which is very quick, then apply a coat of clear wax (remember, less is more). Be sure to remove the excess wax, allow to dry, and buff lightly.
- Take a sanding block (approximately 100/200 grit) and begin sanding areas that would be worn. I usually sand legs, sides, and around groves. This is the time to sand other areas lightly to bring some of the background color through.
- Now you are ready for my favorite part. Instead of using dark wax straight on to give the piece an aged appearance I like to make a glaze. A glaze is so easy to work with and I just love the control. To make your glaze simply grab an old container, preferably with a lid. ( I love to purchase the metal, one quart, empty paint cans at Lowes for $2.99) Add some low odor mineral spirits and Annie Sloan dark wax. Close the container and shake vigorously. Open the container and now you have a terrific glaze to apply. I like to take a brush and apply the glaze to a large area, working sections of the piece. I allow the glaze to sit until it begins to dry (do not allow to dry). Take an old cloth (I love using my boys old white cotton t-shirts that they’ve grown out of) and begin to remove the glaze, leave some of the glaze in the groves and crevices which will give the piece a bit of the aged appearance. Once you have applied the glaze to the entire piece wait until it dries completely and buff. The next day give it a final buff and you’ve created your own French piece.
- Painting with our paint should always be a pleasure. If it’s feeling like hard work then maybe the paint is too thick, add some water to make the paint flow easily.
- Are you working with a small brush? Switch to a bigger one to get the job done quickly.
- If it is hard work rubbing back with the sandpaper then use a coarser sand paper but next time paint a thinner top coat.
Until next time, Hugs & Brushes