Plus, if you’re going to wax a piece of furniture with the dark wax, you first have to do a coat of the the clear anyway. So I thought if anything, I could do the clear coat and then see whether or not I liked her the way she was, or whether I wanted to give her a coat of the dark afterward and do some distressing.
And sorry in advance for the picture quality, it was dark, and it’s hard taking pictures while doing the actual work.
Here’s Simone before the wax:
And this is what the wax looks like:
I ended up buying a brush from Home Depot. I asked my local Annie Sloan stockist what things I should look for and she told me to get something stiff, but still soft at the ends. I also sent a few tweets out to Miss Mustard Seed, and Annie Sloan Paint to see if I could get any tips too. I had bought the brush before I heard back from them, but they gave me some good tips to pass on to you guys.
MissMustardSeed said: @alwaysnwonder I have used an old Purdy brush that had "fluffy" bristles and it was a decent substitute.
Annie Sloan Paint said: @alwaysnwonder Nothing like the brush , use a cloth or a painters duster brush
I read to apply the wax in small areas with the brush, and then to wipe off the excess, or buff it away with a clean cloth. So that’s exactly what I did.
First I applied the wax with the brush.
Then I wiped it away with a clean cloth (I purchased the cloths at Home Depot too. They ran about $4.00 for 10 or so in a package.
I did all of Simone, and her drawers with 1 coat of the clear wax, then I went back and did the top of her with a second coat. I used about 4 of the cloths on her and the drawers when I was wiping the wax off. I don’t know if you’re supposed to switch to a clean one every so often, but that’s what I did.
Sometimes doing something new can feel a little overwhelming to me, so I always try to find out as much information as I can. Hoping that I can soothe my doubts. I asked @AnnieSloanPaint on Twitter how many coats I would need to do and she said:
AnnieSloanPaint @alwaysnwonder depends how robust you want it to be - one or two -2 for table tops, 3 for kitchens and dining table tops
That tip definitely helps, because I plan on doing a lot more pieces with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Things I really liked about the wax:
- It seems very easy to use. Very forgiving. There’s really no specific way you have to apply it or wipe it off. I liked that.
- I liked the smell. It reminded me of Burt’s Bees. :)
- I love the fact that you can buy the clear soft wax and tint it using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. So you don’t just have the two options of doing clear or dark. You can mix the clear wax with Old White, or Provence, or French Gray, or any other color you want. This really gives me a lot of ideas for different projects. I’d love to do a dresser in Old White and mix the clear wax with a gray.
- A little goes a long way, or so it seemed that way to me.
Hope you guys are anxious to see Simone! That post is next! And thanks for all the great feedback and sticking with me so far. I appreciate your sweet comments.
You can also read about how I started out Cleaning, Prepping, and Sanding
Or you can read about my first experience Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Or you can go straight to the finished product Annie Sloan Buffet Makeover