I made a solution of TSP and wiped her all down..once she was all cleaned up, brought her in the living room...(YES, I paint in my living room) helloooooo this paint is magical..Memba'? No Sanding, No Priming...ring a bell? OK Then, Let's go! So, I lay out my drop cloth (A.K.A 6yo daughter's old bed sheet) and got to work!
*TIP* Whenever you can, ALWAYS paint the underside and legs of the furniture first. It makes it a WHOLE lot easier to get to all the knocks and crannies! So I mixed up a cocktail of A.S.C.P of "Old White" and "Cream", Now what I have learned is that "Cream" left to it's own devices WILL come out ALMOST like a buttery yellow! Old White is by far my choice in "Shabby-izing" a piece but, I wanted to soften it up a bit, SO I grabbed my handy dandy turkey baster thingy ma bobber. (Graciously provided by Debb at Round the Coop, She is my local stockist, here in the O.C) It works great too! It is essentially a giant syringe, and you can use it by siphoning out the paint you need without spilling it everywhere! Great Idea Deb..
I finished painting the under body, allowed it to dry and gave it the first coat of clear wax!
Speaking of applying the wax..
I used to use my "Special Brush" That I bought from another stockist, BUT I discovered that I like my 99 cent store brush better! I DO Love my "Special Brush" For finish work though. I only like this 99 cent store brush because it is wider and just as soft, so it's is easier to apply the wax to a larger area. Which is the bread and butter of my pieces, dressers, hutchs etc... SO for applying in a larger area, go BIG Ladies!
(This one is about 3.5" wide)
I applied the table top coat and wax, then got to distressing.
Now, I haven't worked with Hand waxing furniture for long, so I am a little gun shy when it comes to the DARK wax...eehhhkk! It's just so...DARK and Permenat marker~"ish"! So, I have a little psychological trick I like to do...Well, NUMBER one..BEFORE you apply the DARK wax (Sorry, I can't not say it in BOLD!) It's a sickness, I know..I'll stop! En-T-Who.. Always, make sure that you have good coverage of clear wax on the piece BEFORE you apply the dark wax.. because otherwise you'll be tryin' to remove that dark wax for Days! It needs that barrier coat of clear wax, and THEN after you apply your dark wax, go over the areas you don't want dark wax on with a generous blob of the clear and use it like an eraser! You can easy-peasy wipe off as much as you like! I use a tiny little brush for application I grabbed from Michael's, and I feel like I have more control over WHERE the wax is going...Is that Anal retentive?...OR control freaky Kate Gosselin~ish? Oh well...Moving. right. along.. o_O
|Apply Dark wax|
|Wipe off excess, with a clean cloth or T-shirt|
After you do all your hot spots with the distressing, apply ONE more coat of the clear, buff it to a shine, and enjoy your fruits! Till next time...Cheers Ladies, Meliss