If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed my posts on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? I was updating a little stool that I had as a child. I've been in the middle of making changes in the house and decided I wanted to update a few bits of furniture to reflect those changes.
I loved taking on this project for myself, and I really enjoyed it. I've never used chalk paint before and popped into a local stockist of Annie Sloan products, and they were great at giving advice. So onto the stool, I firstly gave it a wash down with some soapy water and allowing it to dry. I went in with the first coat of paint after stirring with a lollipop stick and used the shade, Provence. One coat wasn't enough with some of the natural wood still coming through, so I gave it a second coat the next morning. The second coat was more difficult to work with, almost dragging the first coat of paint off. On advice I got on Facebook from Maison Moli a specialist in upcycled furniture, I watered it down and that worked perfectly, also they were very kind with giving me tips. I didn't want the stool to be perfect; this stool has been through the wars with me since I was nine, and it was made by a friend of the family for me and I've cherished it all these years. For the last few years, the stool has been my seat for the dressing table and I love it.
The stool lacked something for me, so I made my way back downtown and bought a pretty stencil and another shade. The shade I used was Henrietta for the stencilling and I was pretty chuffed as the two shades I picked are a running feature in this house. The stencilling was in no way perfect, I used a brush to apply but I used way too much, which in turn caused it to bleed. I can live with that as this chair was not meant to be perfect in every way.
I finished off by using the Annie Sloan Soft Wax Clear, this I didn't like working with at all as you have to do it in small parts and wiping off the excess. The wax changed the colour of the paint at first, but this was nothing to worry about as once dry it went back to what it was. I'm delighted with the results and it didn't take long to do at all. It was a practice round for a table I would like to do in our hallway. I ended up practising one more time on a smaller table in our bathroom...you know because now I'm obsessed and can't stop. I had enough left in my small 100ml cans and wanted to use it.
I used the rest of the Henrietta and again applied two coats, and used Provence for the stencilling. The stencilling worked out much better this time as I used an old kitchen sponge cut up and lightly pressed over the stencil. Lillibug even helped out on this project. I don't have a "before" image of this little table, but it was bad and I was tempted to get rid of it before making it a project. I'm glad I tackled it because now it's Lillbug's bedside table! I finished it off using the wax, but once again the wax and I just don't get on, however, I will get the hang of it.
The small 100ml sample pots and are around €9.00 really do go a long way as that's all I used for these two projects. I barely used any of the wax so that goes even longer.
So what do you think of the final look we created? It was fun and I'm looking forward to tackling some more furniture, would you be interested in another post when I do the hall table? Let me know! I hope you enjoyed reading, as this is a very different topic for me!
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