right after I finished last night
gave the hardware a metallic gold paint finish
Overall, the Annie Sloan paint was very easy to use. One thing I found is that if you are going to apply multiple layers (I pretty much applied 2 layers) then you should sand the first layer down as much as possible before applying the 2nd. Because it is chalk paint and so porous, the first drawer I painted, I didn't sand the first layer down enough before applying the second and the paint would just get soaked up. I would have also used our electric sander, it just would have done a better job at smoothing things out and been easier on me. The paint is sooo easy to sand though, it really is like butter.
What I loved most about the AS products though was the dark wax. Everywhere, except for the blue, I applied an SC Johnson clear wax (only because it is recommended before applying the dark wax and I happened to have the SC Johnson wax already. AS has her own clear wax she offers). Once I applied the layer of clear wax, I buffed it out some and then applied, very lightly, the dark wax. Almost immediately after applying it I buffed the dark wax.
Believe it or not, the blue detailing was a BRIGHT blue before I applied the dark wax. I made the blue paint by simply mixing a concoction of the AS paint with some paint I already had until I had the right chalkiness and color. The blue paint being so bright was not a problem because the dark wax muted it so much.
I love how the dark wax gives the piece a nice, aged look and you are in control of how little or much you apply. I applied more in the corners and crevices and really like how it turned out.
So, thats that.....I have a lot of projects going on at the moment. About to get started on painting these sweet ABC nautical themed letters for a friend whose sister who is expecting. Unfortunately, Pottery Barn no longer carries these...so I will be making them for her:
I love the caning on this chair and especially the back. I'm thinking a fresh coat of white paint and this fabric will make it new again....crossing my fingers :)
What are you up to on this Monday morning? It's a dreary Fall day and we are snuggled up inside....listening to some old school Sarah McLachlan, Leila has all her paint supplies out, sipping on a hot cup of coffee and eating Thomas's Pumpkin Spice bagels with cream cheese (have you tried these yet...um, delish!!!)
Have a great week, everyone!