I finally made it to the paint store to purchase my Annie Sloan chalk paint (click here). Many bloggers are already in love with it. When I learned of this paint on Miss Mustard Seed’s Blog and Southern Savvy Style, I was very excited to try it. I did some research to determine where I could purchase the paint and wax, only to find that that it is sold in a very, few stores. I was happy to locate Wonderfaux Studio in Stafford, Texas. They were well stocked on the paint, wax and supplies. I met Ricky and Michelle, the owner. Both were very helpful and knowledgeable about how to use the paints. Below are some photos from the studio.
|Annie Sloan waxes and brushes|
|Annie Sloan paints|
|Annie Sloan wax brush|
I had so many projects; I couldn’t wait to start. I really did spend some time thinking about what I would do first, since I am pretty busy these days. I decided on an old French bistro set I have. Here is a BEFORE picture.
|BEFORE PICTURE French Bistro Set|
I selected Louis Blue for this project.
|Louis Blue, Annie Sloan Paint|
Below is a picture of the chair after I painted it with the Annie Sloan chalk paint in Louis Blue.
I know you are supposed to put on a solid layer of paint, but I am always looking for a LAZY MARTHA way of doing things, so I did a “sloppy” job, meaning I let the old paint show through in places, rather than completely covering every surface until none of the old paint showed through. I thought this would allow me to use a little less paint, and save some time when I distressed the chairs and table. Ricky told me that the chalk paint can be removed in places with a cheesecloth, but I preferred sandpaper. Yes, when the paint is very wet, the cheesecloth will remove the paint, but in my case, it removed more paint that I wanted removed. So, I used medium grade sandpaper AFTER the paint completely dried. As advertised, the paint stuck well, and sanded off well in places, without peeling.
After the paint was dry, I applied a combination of dark and clear wax. It may not mix well when the wax is in a solid state, but in the outdoor heat, it was liquefied to some extent. It still went on fine. The chair on the left below has the wax on it, and the one on the right is before the wax was applied.
You can see that it is a little bit darker after the wax in applied. Below are some close-up photos of the chairs. The paint underneath, if you remember was a dark green, but in the photos below, it looks like a dark blue. I like it!!
|Close-up of Annie Sloan Paint|
|Edge of seat|
And below, I have shown the set together with a pitcher of lemonade. To see close-ups of the silver, click here.
|Bistro Set on my City Front porch|
I did get some advice from Lady Butterbug from Feature Friday, who said it is not recommended to wax outdoor furniture, but she said that once the wax is hardened, it should be fine. My set seems to be doing just fine on our front porch.