I recently gave my living room a makeover with fun, happy colors. The last project to finish the room was to brighten up this cute little side table my mom gave me years ago:
I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Florence topped with both clear and antiquing wax from Folk Art.
I tried the Folk Art chalk paint for my hutch makeover, but the smell seemed much stronger to me than the Annie Sloan brand. They both work really well so you could use either. Folk Art is cheaper. I like the waxes from Folk Art better. They are more of a liquid and easier to apply, in my opinion.
I painted 2 coats of the chalk paint without any sanding or prep work. That is the main reason I love this type of paint — no sanding, etc.
After the paint dried overnight, I applied a layer of clear wax with a brush. An hour later, I rubbed various areas with my fingernail covered by a lint free cloth to pull off some paint. I wanted the original wood to show through in a few areas. Sandpaper could also be used for this effect.
Next, I brushed on the antiquing wax, concentrating on the indented areas, drawer, and legs. Wipe each area with the cloth immediately after brushing it on.
This may be one of my favorite projects ever. The bright, happy color makes me smile, and I love the distressed areas.
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