My parents were just here visiting and one of the things my mom and I did was go and check out the local garage sales. I am so glad we did, because I found the cutest kidney top wooden desk there. As soon as I saw it I knew that with a little bit of TLC, it would be a great addition to my craft room.
Now my mom, who happens to be an Annie Sloan paint fanatic (and just recently redid her whole bedroom suite in the stuff) was adamant that this little desk needed to be chalk painted. I had never used it before, but am always up for trying new things, so off we went to the closest distributor and picked out some colours. I decided on the colour 'Provence' ( a kind of greeny-blue) and Coco (a greyish-brown) for the accents.
The great thing about Annie Sloan paint is that you don't have to prime the painting surface- it will literally paint over anything! I loved this, as I didn't want to spend hours on buffing, sanding and priming the piece. I couldn't believe how quickly this project went and I even took a few extra 'steps'.
Materials I Used:
~Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence and Coco
~Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax
~Odorless Mineral Spirits
~Sanding Block and Sand Paper
~Good Quality Paint Brushes
Next, I used Zinsser sealer to quickly go over the spots that I had filled and sanded. This step only took about another 10 minutes. So, so quick. :)
Once the desk was done, I painted the drawers. I had originally thought about painting them in the Coco, but opted instead for the Provence with some Coco accent between each drawer.
After everything was painted, I felt like something was missing. Don't get me wrong, it looked beautiful, but I decided I wanted to add some stenciling to really make it 'pop'. Well, out came my handy dandy silhouette and the browsing for the perfect pattern began. After a bit of trial and error with a few patterns (the pattern you choose needs to be a single cut out or it is nearly impossible to place the stencil right on the furniture), I found the perfect stencil patterns.
Originally, I was going to cut the patterns out onto contact paper and stick that to my desk. But, after a quick chat with Emily, we decided that it might not be a good idea to use sticky paper and risk pulling the paint off. I ended up cutting my stencils out onto thick textured cardstock and taping it down with painters tape. It worked perfectly! The trick to keep the paint from running under the stencil is to use the tiniest bit of paint at a time. (I even went as far as to wipe the excess paint onto a paper plate). Then, with your nearly paintless brush, just dab lightly straight up and down onto the stencil, making sure to not make any swiping motions. I was really nervous at first about the paint seeping, but it turned out perfectly and was incredibly easy.
The final step I had to do was wax over the paint. The wax helps to seal the paint and actually helps to harden it. I was dreading this part, because I thought it would be time consuming and hard, but putting the wax on was so fast and easy!! (It is best to work in small sections with a good wax brush.)
To work the wax into my brush, I put a bit of the wax onto a paper plate first, worked my brush into it and then applied it to the desk. While you are waxing, it is important to be buffing the wax with a piece of t-shirt or cheesecloth as you go. The fantastic thing about waxing is, once the wax is on, even if you get a little scratch on your piece, you can just take a piece of cheesecloth or t-shirt scrap, give it a buff and voila, no more scratch. It is awesome!!
Have you found any good garage sale finds recently or done any furniture makeovers?
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