Today has been a wonderful day. The End.
Like I said yesterday, there’s an abundance of information about Annie Sloan chalk paint on the internet. Yet I still have plenty of people ask me about it pretty much every week. So here I am!
Things You’ll Need:
Annie Sloan wax brush or other soft-bristled brush (the more worn out, the better)
Annie Sloan clear wax
Below you will see two different brands and colors of wax. The wax to the left is Annie Sloan clear wax. That’s what we’ll be working with today.
The wax to the right is Fiddes & Sons wax in rugger brown. Dark wax is the more finicky of the two, and the wax most people seem to have trouble with. That’s why I’ll be giving it its own tutorial.
On top is an Annie Sloan brush, designed specifically to apply wax onto furniture. The beauty of the brush is that it allows you to apply the wax into all the nooks and crannies of ornate pieces.
Here’s what Annie Sloan’s wax looks like in the can. Like a big beautiful tub of Crisco.
The texture is sort of similar to Crisco, as well. It’s definitely softer than Minwax or any other brand you’ll find at Lowes or Home Depot.
Spoon some out into a shallow bowl. I use a glass custard cup I bought at Wal-Mart for 50 cents.
I use the other ones I bought to make individual molten chocolate lava cakes. Yum! But that’s not why we’re here. Sorry.
Dip the brush into the wax. I was taking a picture with my right hand while doing this step with my left, so it looks more dainty than I normally would do it. Do not be afraid to kind of dig the brush into the wax!
Again, because I had to use my left hand, I didn’t really get much wax on the brush. Normally, though, I’d have a good bit more on here. This at least gives you an idea of what it looks like when it’s on the brush.
Then you just brush it on the piece. I like to initially apply it in a circular motion and then brush along with the “grain” of the paint brush strokes. Most of the time, you won’t be able to see any strokes in the paint, but you’ll remember which way you painted it.
That’s how I like to do it; it doesn’t make it the “official” way, of course. I believe Annie Sloan herself recommends applying it in a circular motion. For some reason, going back over it with linear strokes is just what works for me.
The main point is just to cover the piece with wax, however you want to do it.
*Don’t be afraid to bear down on the brush. You don’t have to put weight into it, but you’re not going to hurt it by using pressure. It’s the only way to really work in the wax!
This is what the wax looks like after a brush has been dipped into it a few times.
Now you can sand the piece, if you want a distressed look. It feels a little unatural to sand after you’ve waxed , but it helps the paint come off. It’s much easier than sanding before you wax. Trust me.
A side note about distressing:
This is 150 grit sandpaper, which is my favorite grit. The courseness of sandpaper increases as the numbers decrease, so the higher the number, the finer the paper.
For instance, 220 sandpaper is very, very fine and is often used between coats of stain, to ensure an even finish. 80 grit sandpaper, on the other hand, is extremely course and used to create a lot of texture before a piece is painted or stained. 150 grit is juuuust right for distressing furniture. Or so I like to think.
I always buy sheets of sandpaper, rather than the wedges or blocks. The sheets are cheaper and they can be torn into whatever size you want. They also allow more control than a big block.
Got all that?
Now just rub the paper along the paing until it starts to come off. Distress it to the level you want–it can be a little or a lot, depending on your preference.
Distress where paint would naturally wear off: edges, corners, handles, etc.
I wanted a subtle distressed look for this buffet, so I didn’t sand very much. After you’ve distressed the furniture, wax the piece again, in the same way you did before.
The wax leaves somewhat of a dull or matte finish. You can leave it like this, but I prefer to buff it with a soft cloth.
Rub in a circular motion, until you’ve achieved the amount of luster you want.
That’s it! Let’s review:
3) Wax again
4) Buff with cloth
Not so bad, huh? Thanks for reading…now you can check out the dark wax tutorial!