Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Dressers & Nightstands
As one gets older it’s inevitable that eventually there will be apartments and houses to decorate and make into homes. This is a bridge I am currently trying to cross. Along with all of my excitement, there lies fear and anxiety as well. I want everything to be beautiful and perfect, but I’ve never decorated a home before. Hopefully I’ll have beginners luck.
To save money after buying a home, I found some great pieces on Craigslist and planned to refinish them. My finds included two dressers, two nightstands and a vintage dining room table with six chairs. This would be my first venture into refinishing furniture. It’s so much work. So much.
I decided to tackle the two dressers and nightstands first, which were finished in a medium, orange looking wood stain. I knew I wanted to paint them white. I’m obsessed with white. Also, our bed is a dark, wood finish and looked very awkward with the color of the dressers.
Like many projects, I started this one with a few Google searches. The searches revealed I should use chalk paint because that would eliminate having to sand, which is a big deal because sanding is awful and time consuming. After some reading I found Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would probably be my best option.
After finding my local stockist (a fancy word Annie Sloan uses to describe the retailers that sell its products), Keep the Piece, I purchased one quart of the pure white color, which covers approximately 150 square feet (I ended having to go back for a second quart), so a little bit goes a long ways. For the finish, I also bought the clear soft wax. I bought a nylon paintbrush to help avoid losing bristles in the paint and a four-inch foam roller. To apply the wax, you’ll also need cheesecloth or a tea towel and a buffing brush. If you plan on distressing you’ll need sandpaper.
For the listed materials I spent about $135. Annie Sloan is on the pricier side, but there is definitely something to be said about convenience (not sanding).
Ok, I was ready to start painting. I was so scared of messing everything up, but I had to go for it.
I removed all the hardware, which I left in its original condition, and started rolling. It was a pretty smooth process, but to make sure the wood color was completely covered, it required a few more coats of paint than anticipated. Hence my having to go back to the stockist for a second can of paint.
Most people who use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint go for a more distressed look, but I wanted more of a solid, polished look. I feel like for the most part I achieved what I was going for.
So, after putting about three or four coats on I started to apply the wax with the cheesecloth. I had a minor freak out because I wasn’t sure how much to apply. Luckily, the friendly people at Keep the Piece (my stockist) were there to save the day. I was afraid of using too much of the wax and running out, but when I called Keep the Piece for help they described it as being like lotion. You only use a small amount and then spread it around to cover a larger surface area. Once your cheesecloth is more saturated you’ll need less and less for each new area.
After applying the wax it’s suggested to wait about 24 hours before you start buffing. To buff, hold the brush and go from right to left like you’re polishing a shoe (also great advice from Keep the Piece). Or, move in a circular motion depending on the type of brush you choose to use.
Finally, it was time to put the hardware back on after three days of hard labor. I was done!
I’m not going to lie; it was a lot of work doing four pieces of furniture at one time. And I didn’t even sand for the distressed look, which I’m sure would have added an additional day of work. I think it was worth it, though, to save money and have a sense pride in our furniture.
Next, I’ll tackle the vintage dining room table and six cheers, so stay tuned and wish me luck.