Thursday, August 25, 2011

ANOTHER Annie Sloan chalk paint tutorial?...

 So I scored this sweet little coffee table a while back at the PTA thrift store for $5 bucks! She's been patiently waiting her turn and today's her lucky day! So, lets get started hooking her UP!

I made a solution of TSP and wiped her all down..once she was all dry and cleaned up,I 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-ing" 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...

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 "Wax Brush" That I bought from another stockist, BUT I discovered that I like my 99 cent store brush better!Honestly, I only like this 99 cent store brush because it is wider and just as soft, so it's 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 coat of wax, rubbed off the excess with a lint free towel..(AKA Hub's old T Shirt) then did some light 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! 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 some 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..

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



  1. I love your posts! Thanks for the shout-out!


  2. Oh, she's just lovely! I love the chalk paint! Found you via 36th Avenue. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  3. Visiting from miss mustard seed’s party, and love this! Come visit me anytime!

  4. thanks for the tutorial. I have the dark wax from AS, but have been afraid to use it. Your tutorial took away some of the fear.

  5. I think it turned out great!

    Found you in a blog hop and am now following you!

    Stephanie @

  6. Great job! I am visiting from Debbiedoo's and so glad to find you. I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your projects.

    Stop by and say hi when you can ~


  7. I've never worked with wax before!!! FABULOUS!

  8. What a treasure for $5.00 bucks! I love these kind of finds! Beautiful outcome.

  9. Great table.....holy cow great find. YOu made it wonderful.
    Happy Day

  10. Voile is right...I am a lover of the shabby, so this is just so beautiful to me!! Thank you for the inspiration. It is just lovely. Enjoy the day! Bobbie

  11. Love it! Bookmarking so I can get some tips for a sofa table I have been wanting to re-do!

  12. Hey, we have the same stockist! Totally love Debbie from 'round the coop and her syringe idea!! =)

  13. beautiful! you did a fabulous job with the wax! :)

  14. My parents have a coffee table just like this and have my whole life. Now maybe I can convince them to change it up! AWESOME!

  15. Wow. sounds and looks super easy.
    Thank you for the inspiration.


  16. Love this table it looks divine! Oh yeah and also loved your reference to the control freak. Love your blog I'm having a hard time leaving.

  17. Gorgeous!

    {my simple messterpiece}

  18. I JUST finished re-doing a hutch in ASCP pure white. It was my first experience with the paint and wax. I"ll be sharing the results in a few weeks.



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