Annie Sloan Chalk Painting Basics3:47 PM
Thanks to all of you for coming into the store and just loving the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Based on all of your questions, I came up with some specific steps when painting with the amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I apologize if it feels like I am repeating Painting Basics, that was more generic for any type of paint, and this one is specific to my experience with the ASCP.
- Clean your piece. I know that the ASCP doesn't require you to clean your piece, but good painting protocol requires it (already detailed in Painting Basics 101). I use soap & water, non-tsp cleaner, degreaser, pretty much whatever I have around.
- Paint. I typically use a 2 1/2" synthetic bristle angled brush. This brush works well for me, but you can use any type of paint brush. I would not recommend the sponge brush only because it sucks up so much of the paint, I find I am too frugal to waste it in the sponge.
- Dry. Typically the ASCP dries in an hour. I spend the drying time doing other stuff in the garage or house (never seem to catch up on laundry). After it is completely dry, I look it over and decide if I need any additional paint. Usually I only need to touch up a few spots, works out to a total of 1 1/2 coats.
- Distress. At this point I take a clean wet nubby washcloth and 'wash' off where I want the old finish/wood to show through. If, it has been longer than a couple of hours since it dried, I recommend fine sandpaper like #220. If you feel like you took off too much paint, it is so easy to just touch it up again with the ASCP.
- Wax. After the piece has been painted, dried, and distressed, I then apply a thin coat of the ASCP clear wax. I love the flat head wax brush for this application as it doesn't suck up a lot of the wax. If, you are doing your first piece, or don't plan on painting a lot, then go ahead and use a clean, dry, lint-free cloth (old t-shirts work great) to apply the wax. I wouldn't use the cloth application method more than once since it tends to absorb a lot more wax than needed. After applying a coat of the clear wax, I then take a clean, dry, lint-free cloth and wipe the piece of furniture down, removing all excess wax.
- Dark Wax. Now I apply the ASCP dark wax. I use the flat head wax brush to apply a thin coat over the entire piece. After applying the dark wax, I then take a clean, dry, lint-free cloth and wipe off all the excess.
- Buff. After the wax has dried for an hour, I start to buff the piece. I usually use another clean, dry, lint-free piece of cloth rubbing all along the edges, then working my way across the body of the piece in circles. It takes me about an hour to hand buff a 4-drawer dresser. I then leave the piece alone for about a day for the wax to harden more.
- Buff Again. After the piece has sat for a day, I then buff it all over again with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth, concentration on the top and front surfaces. This final buff really brings out the shine of the wax and gets rid of that 'waxy' feeling.
- Finish. At this point I double check the piece with my bare hands, making sure I've smoothed out the wax all over. I attach any hardware needed and load it into my car for the store.
I hope this helps. Enjoy!