I’ve been wanting to try using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for ages and finally I’ve completed my first project!
We recently painted our hall, landing and stairs in a light-reflective soft white colour in an attempt to make the whole space look lighter and brighter. As we have a North-facing room that has a tendency to be dark we needed to maximise the natural light.
After what felt like weeks of painting (ugh… all those doors and banisters!!) we were left with this awkward looking cupboard at the top of the stairs. As you can see from the picture it was made from dark wood which really didn’t fit in with the “light & bright” theme. To make matters worse, the top was scratched, marked and paint-spattered so it was crying out for a makeover!
So, armed with my new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (in Old White) and my beautiful new paint brush, I decided to tackle the yucky old cupboard. My local paint stockist also sells beautiful homeware and I found this sparkly little door knob. I figured the light would shine and reflect through the glass and add to the overall “light & bright” effect.
Applying the Chalk Paint
My plan was to apply just a thin layer of chalk paint, so I could see the wood grain below. I wanted it to have the look of whitewashed wood rather than a solid covering.
Using an old jam jar I mixed up 2 tablespoons of paint with 1 tablespoon of water.
I used a “dry brushing” technique, where I dipped just the very tip of the brush into the diluted chalk paint, dabbing it onto paper to dry off the excess. I then painted the wood in the direction of the grain using very short strokes and taking care to provide an even coverage.
After the paint had dried (about 20 minutes) I applied a second, very thin coat to get the level of coverage I liked and left the second coat to dry for about 30 minutes.
Applying the Wax
The waxing stage is really important to seal the chalk paint, give it a slight sheen and to make it hard wearing. Annie Sloan makes a clear wax and a dark wax. The dark wax looks very dark indeed! It’s a bit intimidating to paint something white and then put really dark wax over it but I have seen the results when used (sparingly!) and it gives a beautiful, slightly aged appearance so I thought I’d be brave! The important thing to note when applying dark wax is to apply a layer of clear wax first.
Layer 1 – Clear Wax: I used the Annie Sloan clear wax and wax brush. Dipping just the tip of the brush into the clear wax I applied it sparingly over the paintwork using a light, stippling motion, making sure to get it into all the corners. I then gave it a gentle buff with a clean cotton cloth.
Layer 2 – Dark Wax: I applied this by dipping a clean cotton cloth into the dark wax and rubbing it very lightly onto the paintwork. Immediately (before it could dry) I rubbed it down with a clean cloth to remove any excess until I was happy with the colour.
Layer 3 – Clear Wax: I applied another thin layer of clear wax, in exactly the same way as the first layer, to seal the dark wax. I buffed this layer until the paintwork had a slight sheen to it.
Here is the finished paintwork… So much nicer, and adding the new door knob finished it off nicely!
Here it is again from another angle. You can see here how nice the sparkly door knob looks from this here. I love it!
Lastly, to cover up that horrible surface. Ugh… just look at that ugly close-up! One of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to cover a surface is with contact paper. There are so many different looks to choose from in a range of natural effects. I chose a white and grey marble-effect contact paper from D-C-Fix.
I cut the paper slightly larger than the surface, and applied the sticky paper; smoothing with a ruler and rubbing with a soft cloth to ensure no air bubbles and good adhesion.
Once it was all stuck down smoothly I ran a sharp craft knife lightly around the edge to trim off the excess.
I’m so happy with the result 🙂
So, now I’ve completed my first chalk paint project I’m excitedly looking around for new things to paint. It was very quick and easy and the whole thing took less than two hours to complete. The room really does look lighter and brighter now. I love how quick and easy it is and that you don’t need to use a primer.
Have you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint before?