I stumbled upon Annie Sloan chalk paints in a magazine over a year ago. My dreams of turning junk furniture into beautiful heirlooms were finally within reach with this wonderful paint. I even took a class to learn the techniques to use with this unique paint. Over the next few months, I acquired a large selection of furniture (aka: junk, according to my husband) from garage sales that I had big plans for. Fast forward almost one year and I have completed one project. It turned out great and sold quite easily, so I am very happy. This one successful project has ignited my crafting fire, so watch out! There is much more to come!
The large, solid oak table was beautiful to begin with, but had some normal wear and tear. The intricate carvings were practically begging to be painted and distressed to bring out the details! I used a coat of Annie Sloan Primer Red first, then a coat of Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue was painted on top of that. I then used a block sander to distress the corners, legs, and raised details. Next, I applied a coat of clear wax before adding dark wax to the details and corners. Finally I applied one more coat of clear wax and used a rag to wipe away excess wax and to soften some of the dark areas. After the wax has set for 24 hours, I lightly buffed the table with cheesecloth to finish it up. This may sound like a lot of steps, but the end result is well worth it!