Annie Sloan Saves Our Dining Room {Part II}

House goals, house goals, house goals…it’s what we’re talking about on the blog this week. You can see the last three posts I’ve done on the House Goals HERE. If you want to read my original House Goals post last April, you can visit HERE.

Yesterday I talked about painting all my dining room furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {ASCP} and I thought I would do a little separate post on using ASCP in your house. I want to say upfront and loud and clear: I am not an expert!! But I will tell you that I am *slightly* obsessed with this stuff. I probably need to tell you why I am obsessed with it…well, the truth of the matter is: I’m lazy. Yup. See, I’ve known for years that I wanted to paint my Nannie’s side table and dining table white, but after reading through tutorials on how to do it, I pretty much froze around step 1 or 2 which would be : sand and prime. Uhhuh. Yup, lazy.

So I held off on it because seriously, who had time to do all that? And I kept thinking, “well, maybe I could save up enough money to have someone do it for me”. Ha. Save up money? Sure I’ll put that little project last in line with all the other things I need to spend money on after I finish with Evy’s Tree Manufactured goods. Which meant it would be getting zero money put into it. So I had to come up with some other alternative. I did a bunch of research and decided that if I ever wanted to get these things painted in my house, then I’d better use ASCP because God knows I’d never get it done with “real” paint.

I can’t remember when I first found out about ASCP. I kinda think it may have been from this blog, but don’t quote me. But I do remember looking for a local stockist and finding the paint right near me at this great store. Looking for a stockist? Annie Sloan has them listed on her website HERE. We have a stockist close to us, but I have heard that there are a bunch of great online retailers that sell it, so if you don’t have one near you, online may be your best choice.

After looking through the paint colors I decided that the Old White, although it is very white in normal lights, would look way too cream in my all white house. Thank God for the Pure White that Annie added, as it matches my house perfectly. The first piece I took on was the side board:

So I painted this side board two nights before our big open house. HA! Seriously, this paint is that awesome. I just laid down some drop cloths and started painting. I think it took me a couple hours max. The paint does not smell and it’s super easy to work with. I could only afford one can, but I was promised this would cover both top and bottom pieces…and guess what? It did!

As I said earlier, I am NOT an expert at all about this paint. I sat for many hours watching videos on you tube about how to properly apply the paint and the wax {we’ll talk more about the wax in a bit}. I really don’t have a favorite video for the paint…there are so many out there, simply google Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and tons of resources will pop up. And if you have a local stockist, they are usually pretty helpful too…mine gave me her cell and told me to call her anytime! I think think the most complicated part is the wax…so when we get to the wax part, I’ll give you my favorite video tutorial on that. But I wanted to tell you a couple things I learned through trial and error while working with this paint.

A couple of notes about painting this piece:

1. I did not sand or prime this piece. That’s kind of a miracle actually, and what makes ASCP so amazing. The top part of the side board had been left outside and there was a considerable amount of water damage in on the bottom corners. I started to sand it a little, but I finally got tired of doing it and just slopped on the paint. It went over it just fine, and today you can’t even tell it was damaged. I DID put three coats over the damaged area, however. Here is a picture of what it looks like today, a year later. There is *some* bleeding through but so very minimal.

2. I used the entire can on both top and bottom. I covered both pieces with two coats and a third coat in some areas, especially the water damaged areas.

3. I should have added water to the paint. I had no idea that you could thin the paint out a little with some water on your brush. I really could have used that tip as it was a bit thick for some of the more “weathered” areas.

4. I wish I had known that ASCP won’t go on perfectly at first, but it will dry nicely. I really spent a lot of time trying to smooth over areas. Don’t even bother…it will dry very nicely, I promise!! And the more sloppy you put the paint on, the better and more vintage it looks at the end. I promise!

5. I only put a little wax on the top of the piece. I was completely unfamiliar with how to apply wax. However, despite my lack of knowledge, it actually dried very hard! yay! With this piece, I used a soft shamwow rag to apply wax. I HIGHLY recommend getting the wax brush {more on that in a second}. But because I didn’t put much wax on it, the piece has gotten a bit beat up, but to be honest, it doesn’t bother me too much. I think also the lighter colors will show more wear than the darker colors.

My second project with ASCP was our bench. I love this bench. It was actually a bed a man here in town made into a bench and then listed on craigslist. He and his wife were so sweet and the bench was perfect for us! It started out like this, in a nice outdoor paint, as it was meant to go outside:

Ok, here’s where the trial and error comes in. I’m not going to bore you too much with the details, but I will be honest and say…this bench broke me in with ASCP! ha. First, as you can probably tell from my vintage desk post, I have a hard time figuring out what colors to paint things. I’m so programed in “white mode” that often thinking outside the box for me is hard. So sometimes it takes me a couple tries with colors before I get it straight. The Vintage desks took two tries…this bench…UMMMM…THREE. ha. I know, I’m crazy. :(

I’m going to quickly walk you through the process. I started with Duck Egg Blue. Oh boy this is a gorgeous color! I mixed it with pure white, as I didn’t want it to be too strong.

And then I distressed it.

It was gorgeous. But wrong color. I don’t know what I was thinking, but it sure didn’t match my pink, yellow and sapphire dishes in the dining room. Neither did it match the green and pink in the family room. UGH. So I sat and thought some more and came up with an even dumber idea… YELLOW!


I know, I really could have skipped this part, but oh well. Anyway, I had Arles for this desk project and thought I would give it a whirl. Again mixed it up with white.

haha…nope. It just ended up looking cream. Oh Lordy. After a couple good cries and nearly tossing the bench through the window. I finally confessed that I needed pink. I say confessed because I kinda knew it all along but my poor husband already has so much pink around here, I thought I would be somewhat creative and try another color. ANYWAY….Antoinette to the rescue!

There she is! This is actually after I was all done, I guess I didn’t get a picture of the before wax. And speaking of wax I DID wax this… wayyyy toooo much in fact. Before I tell you how you are supposed to wax a piece with ASCP, I’l tell you what I did wrong. haha. Why is this funny to me? Oh boy.

So I bought Annie’s book. I currently lent it out and don’t have it, but inside it says, “be liberal with the wax and wipe off really well”. Well, to be honest with you, that was a disaster for me. I think I went through nearly an entire can on this piece. NO NO NO. You will NOT go through an entire can on a piece this size. You probably will only use about a spoonful, but we’ll get to that in a second.

Anyway, in between each coat of paint I waxed. Yup. You are supposed to wax before you sand, or that’s recommended at least. While that is true, waxing in between coats is overkill. In my defense, I did think I was done with each layer {haha}. Anyway, the moral of the story is…I used TOO MUCH WAX! How do you know if you used too much? It will be sticky and gooey and won’t dry and the paint won’t harden. On the bench, I used a coat of clear wax, then a coat of dark wax, then a coat of clear wax again {OVERKILL}.

If you take anything away from this post take this video with you {HERE}. This is the BEST TUTORIAL EVER on wax. It saved me!! Watch this video over and over and make sure you do it like she says. Here’s my notes from her video:

1. A little bit goes a long way. When I did my dining room table, I used ONE SMALL SPOONFUL of wax on the top of the table.

2. Buy the brushes. I can’t emphasis this enough. The brush is worth every penny and if you take care of it, it will last you a long time. I tried putting the wax on with the shamwow, remember? So not worth the trouble. Buy the brush. I have two brushes, one for clear wax and one for dark wax.

3. Make sure you do a small space at a time and wipe off excess well with lots of elbow grease. Hopefully all know what elbow grease is…it’s what my dad always says to me when you have to push really hard, or work hard with your hands. ha. But really, you want to wipe that stuff off until your rag goes over the table smoothly

4. Let dry before you reapply. I would suggest letting the wax sit on a piece of furniture for a couple days, if not a couple weeks before you reapply more coats. A little really does go a long way.

5. Don’t be afraid of the dark wax. The dark wax is scary at first. It looks like pure car grease. Seriously. But it’s AWESOME. I adore the way it made the craigslist chairs look. the key with the dark wax is apply a little at first and in small areas, rubbing off right away. And make sure you get it in the crevices or else it won’t look legit…as it’s supposed to make a piece look old.

In closing, I want to tell you a couple things I’ve learned about using the ASCP, especially when it comes to the dining room table. I forgot to take pictures of that process, but I have to be honest here…you know my color issue? Well, silly me, I thought the dining room table would look awesome old white. HA. NO. After I painted it two coats of old white, I went back with a coat of pure. And then I waxed {more on that in a second}. And then Evy drew all over the table {remember I told you about that “art”, awesome right?}, so I repainted again. The dining room table has no less than 6 coats of paint on it!!! ha.

Here it is before paint. And yes, you just paint right over that lacquered top. NO SANDING OR PRIMING NECESSARY! Really!

And after, not bad right?

What I learned NOT to do with ASCP

1. Use the piece right away. My stockist told me that with a dining room table, the paint will need time to cure. Ugh. Cure?!? Good grief, who has time for that?!? Well, you need to make time. The dining room table is the only thing I let cure, the rest of the items were fine, but I really wanted a nice smooth finish. So I let it sit for two weeks, and then after that used table cloths. To be honest, it is JUST NOW starting to get super hard and it’s been three months. I’m sure the fact that I had six coats of paint didn’t help, but it did take a long time to cure. My advice if you are doing a table, is give it time. Lots of time. I feel as if my table STILL needs a little more time to cure.

2. Go ape on the wax. I can’t emphasis this enough. DON’T USE A LOT OF WAX!! It will never dry. If you use too much, take a soft rag and buff, buff, buff it off. It will come off, but you have to really work it off.

3. Use a towel for the wax instead of a brush. Use the brush! Amen. ha.

4. Leave the lid open for long periods of time. Something about the properties in the paint make it dry out quicker than most paints. So try to remember to keep the lid on the can. If you accidentally forget {as I have done} you can always help it thin out with a bit of water.

Lastly, I want to say one more thing regarding the wax….I have never used any kind of polyurethane over the ASCP. I’m kinda one of those people who doesn’t blend brands much {haha}. I know a lot of people have done it and it probably does make a thicker seal and more solid surface. Although, I will say this, my vintage craigslists desk and the white chairs in my dining room are HARD. So I really feel it’s how much paint and wax you use. Too much paint and too much wax= a soft surface. And the wax does leave a nice vintage-y finish.

I hope this helps some! Feel free to comment if you have questions! xoxo

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2 thoughts on “Annie Sloan Saves Our Dining Room {Part II}

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    Nicole says:

    I am sooooo crazy excited to start painting my furniture now!!!!! Thank you for your awesome post!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jade says:

    I just painted a bed side table in old ochre, i much like you wanted to do them for a while but couldn’t be bothered with the sanding & priming of it all! I cant wait to do a bigger project & i’m thankful for the tutorial on the waxing that you posted as i think thats where i struggled!

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