Monday, January 14, 2013

Chalk Paint Desk

So, here is the desk finally completed with chalk paint....after giving it a good cleaning, (with just Windex) I started painting.  I love how easy it is to paint with, it just glides on... sanding it to get it smooth is a little tricky....if you sand too much, the paint comes off like chalk, very dusty, but if you use a very high grade of sand paper it does not (I used 2500, it's what I like to use as it leaves a very smooth finish, almost like a brand new car paint job).  Now, the wax...oh boy the waxing, the clear wax was no issue for me, but the dark waxing...that is a different step I did not enjoy doing, and I only did the top!  It seemed as if the wax decided that it did not want to move from the spot I started at....it got clumpy and I had to really work it in to get to spread on the entire top.  I don't know why it did that.

I have used wax on other pieces before, but not Annie Sloan, this was my first time using the dark wax.  I still don't know if I should continue with body or not, but I kinda like it with the top waxed only.  I also tried using the glazing method, you know, when you mix paint and water, instead of glaze...well...it took the paint off.  I guess these are rookie mistakes.  But, don't we all learn from them?

Now, will I use chalk paint again?? yes, I still have a lot left of Duck Egg....will I use dark wax again?.....I am not a quitter, I will tame that beast....

Well here is the before as a reminder, now this was not a wood piece, that is why I decided to use chalk paint...


and the after...oops...forgot the chair came with it.























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12 comments:

  1. What a great transformation. Duck Egg is one of my most favorite ASCP colors. Oh yeah, that dark wax can be a real pain. I started mixing it about half and half with the clear wax and that seems to help.

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  2. Duck Egg is my favorite. Beautiful job on the desk and chair! Dark wax can be tricky, but as someone above mentioned mixing it will sometimes make it easier to use.

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    1. Thank you for the comment...it was not easy to deal with it, but I am going to be mixing it with the clear as suggested.

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  3. Oh My Goodness!! I love that pattern on the chair. I mean LOVE!!!

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    1. Thank you ..... I love the fabric too, bought a few yards. We don't have twitter but will link. Again ... Thank you. Patty

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  4. WHat a great color! So beautiful. Thanx for partying at THT.

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    1. I was a little (well...a lot) scared to paint it that color, but it came out pretty good, it even sold within two days. Thank you. Patty

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  5. I haven't tried a dark wax yet, but I like the desk without the dark wax. I think you are right to leave only the top waxed dark.

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    1. I heard (above comment) that mixing the clear with the dark wax makes it easier to work with (I have not tried it yet). Thank you for leaving a comment.

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    1. Thank you...the knob and handles are from Hobby Lobby..what a great place for furniture jewelry.

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