Monday, January 2, 2012

First project of the New Year

Will be to give my garden bench a makeover with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Pure White.

I'm new at this.... should I apply the wax before or after I spot distress?


AntiqueChase said...

I have never used chalk paint so I'm no help. sorry! But happy new year!

Sharon said...

This is just me , but I would do it after because the wax is the finish . I haven't worked with Annie Sloan paint and wax , I want to , but I have to order it online and pay shipping and I'm just to cheap .

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I wax after I distress. I asked ms mustard seed and she said the same thing. good enough for me! they say to wax then distress then wax again, but it just uses up more wax!!

Sandi said...

I have never used that paint either, but I would do it after distressing as well. I have used wax on furniture and I always use it afterwards as a final finish. Good luck and can't wait to see the finished project!!

d e l i g h t said...

What a great project. I haven't tried Annie Sloan chalk paint but would imagine the last step in the process is applying wax. Hope you will show the finished project! Happy New Year

michelle said...

I did after and it seemed to work nicely. Your bench is beautiful and I can't wait to see it all painted up!
Happy New Year Diane!

erin said...

i used the wax last, but found it kind of hard to buff...good luck and happy new year!

A Cottage Muse said...

Haven't used that paint yet...let me know if you like it! We are trying to stock it at the shop!

Ozma of Odds said...

...oh my dear!!
you are going to LOVE painting with AS paints!!
i have used it on a few of my furniture pieces and have been thrilled with the results:)
i paint 1st, then distress, and wax last. i have had NO issues with any of these steps. the wax is like a is my new favorite finish. once buffed, it feels so soft and smooth when you slide your hand across your finished piece! almost like "silkened" furniture ~ lol!!
---> to anyone hesitating on purchasing because of the cost, it is the BEST investment!
i adore paint and have used and collected it for many years and Annie's is the most fabulous to work with! <---
have fun, and don't be afraid to mix your AS colors in a different container to make new shades...

xo, Rosemary

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Looks like you have your answer, I distress and then wax too. That is a gorgeous bench can't wait to see it all finished!


Cindy said...

If you are going to use wax before just put it on the areas where you don't want the paint to stick, like on the edges. You can even rub a wax candle over the edges which is much easier to control than wax. That's one way but I always paint first, sand the areas I want distress, then I add a little stain or watered down brown paint and wipe it off so you cover the raw wood (unless you like the color of the raw wood) and then put a paste wax over everything. Hope that helps!

Suzanne said...

I just can't wait to see your beautiful bench when it is all done!

BECKY said...

Hi Diane! The bench is so lovely, and I'm sure the makeover will be fabulous!! Have fun with it! Looking forward to seeing it!!
Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Great first project! I look forward to seeing & reading about how it goes, as I have an armoire that I would love to paint with Annie Sloan paint!
Happy New Year!

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Hello My friend, Love the bench and cant wait to see the final product! I agree with the girls about waxing being the final coat,with any job. Ive yet to try the Annie Sloan paint, guess with all the hub bub over it im gonna have to break down and try it for myself.....Thanks for stopping by my dining nook, glad u like how my table turned out, i love it when u come over..............Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the results! I have a small can and haven't painted a piece yet so I'm curious to see your results. Good luck!



janet said...

Hello Diane,

I am a Stockist in Virginia and have been trained by two of Annie Sloan's top people here in the US. Annie herself advises to paint..wax..distress..wipe off residue...then apply final wax and buff. The reason for waxing prior to distressing is to cut down on the chalk dust from the distressing. The wax sort of binds the dust, so not as messy. The result will be a creamy soft..smooth as a babies butt ..silky finish!

You will love working with Annie's paint...remember to have fun.

Janet xox

PS...the biggest mistake that people make is too much wax...a little goes a long way. Be sure to wipe away any excess wax before buffing.
Hope this helps!

Tiff said...

What a great project, I can't wait to see it completed! Let us know what you end up doing with the wax. X

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

I've done it both ways. Waxing first cuts down on all the dust, and gives you more control when you sand. If you sand first you'll take a lot more paint off while you're distressing (sometimes you may want that), but be prepared for LOTS of paint dust!