Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
DIY Bench Makeover
If you have ever visited my blog before, you know that I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
We are talking, pretty sure it’s not healthy to love paint as much as I love this paint.
Why do I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so much?
The versatility, hands down. You can paint anything with this paint. Anything! You can read more about my past Annie Sloan Chalk paint projects here. I give a lot of tips and ideas to help you love the paint as well.
The reason I am talking about my love affair with the chalk paint is because of my Entryway Makeover.
I painted a sad, forgotten bench and now it takes the center stage it so deserves.
(Yes, I totally realize that I am talking about my bench like it is a person…)
The bench is the perfect fit for my entryway. I don’t have a huge space and this bench measures 11” deep, so it fits perfectly. Plus, I love the cute curves.
My bench left a lot to be desired before..
I am totally over the whole honey oak look. It was great in the 90’s, but not so much now.
It had been a while since I had used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I knew that it would be perfect for my bench DIY.
I didn’t have enough of one color, so I mixed my own. That is one of the many reasons why I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I can mix colors to my hearts desire. I wasn’t too worried about brush strokes, so I quickly slapped the paint on.
I wanted the bench to look shabby chic, so I didn’t let the paint cure for 24 hours. If you don’t have the paint cure for 24 hours, a little of the paint will come off when you wax. Keep this point in mind when painting.
After the first coat was dry, I dry brushed some old white in some corners. I wanted the curves of the piece to really stand out, so I made sure that I gave the curves some extra attention.
When you dry brush with Chalk Paint, it’s not quite the same as regular water based paint. Because the chalk paint is so thick, you brush on some water after you have done your first coat of dry brush. Does that make sense?
1- Dip brush in Old White.
2. Wipe off most of the paint on an old towel.
3. Paint on the piece. Make sure to go different directions when painting this on. Up and down, side to side.
4. Dip brush in water, wipe off excess water if needed. Use watered brush to go over spots if you want the white to be thinner, or not look as prominent in one spot.
After I dry brushed the white, I added the clear wax. I waxed the entire piece with the clear wax. I wiped the clear wax on and the buffed it off with the same rag.
I then added some dark wax in some corners and on the edges of her fabulous curves.
Don’t worry if you get to much of the dark wax in one spot. Just put some clear wax over the spot and wipe it off. It acts like an eraser..sort of.
Then she was finished. Sort of.
Yep, I didn’t paint the back of the bench. My arm was ready to fall off and I figured that nobody would see the back anyway. So, yes, I totally left it unpainted and I am totally ok with it.
Did I mention that I am little on the lazy painter side? When one paints for 3 days solid and has pins and needles in her wrist, she becomes a lazy painter.
And to keep it really real, what my entryway usually looks like..
Well, almost. I did throw some papers away and some of my 12 yr. olds shoes & earrings down the stairs. ( I choose to not go in her room, it just makes me swear)
I love my little bench & her fabulous curves!
PS-If you noticed that every picture has a different pillow, you will also learn that I am a bit of changing pillows for the season freak. Just keeping it real.
If you are new to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and have some DIY questions. Please, shoot me an email. I am happy to help if I can.
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