This all started when my Mom and Stepdad moved into a new house a few weekends ago and offered us this desk/dresser/hutch set. I had never re-finished a piece of furniture in my life before so I simply started Googling and Pinning. That’s when I discovered the growing trend of using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. No prep work? Sold. So I watched a few YouTube video tutorials (check out the ones by “Blue Egg Brown Nest“) and then found a local retailer and picked some up. I actually planned to buy the color “Cream” but totally changed my mind when I got there and saw paint samples dried on wood. I ultimately ended up with “Louis Blue” and am thrilled with it. I also bought the Annie Sloan Dark Wax but they were out of the clear so I bought a furniture wax from the local hardware store because I’m impatient.
This is what the furniture set looked like before and the knobs I had that were my “Shabby Chic” inspiration.
I gave the furniture a quick dusting with a dry cloth and then simply started painting with a regular new paintbrush, allowing a bit to show through here and there.
One coat was plenty of coverage. I allowed it to dry a few hours and then did the waxing step. I used an old cotton t-shirt to apply the wax. This step was much easier than I’d feared and I found this post on How to Wax Furniture really helpful. I allowed the wax to dry about 24 hours.
I ended up only using the clear wax. I didn’t like the dark wax on this paint color but I’ve seen it used beautifully on darker colors. The fine steel wool you see in the one picture is used when distressing with the dark wax as shown in one of the video tutorials linked in the first paragraph of this post.
Then I used a fine block sander to gently distress the edges. This paint is SO easily distressed. Afterward, I applied a second coat of wax to just the tops of all the pieces and again let them dry for 24 hours.
Here are some close ups of the distressing:
I was so happy with how they came out, I ended up painting the other wood pieces in our living room…
As you can see on the table above, I painted dark brown under the areas I planned to distress before painting on the chalk paint.
It was a great first furniture makeover experience and I can’t wait to try some more Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors. Yes, the Chalk Paint is a bit pricey (about $36 for a quart), however you save a ton of time and you don’t have to buy sanding supplies or primer. And with the one quart I purchased I painted all of these pieces and still have a generous 1/3 of a can remaining, so a little goes a long way.
If you don’t have any old furniture lying around check garage sales and Craigslist for cheap and even free furniture. It’s so fun (and budget-friendly) to make something old new again!
Update: I love how this piece can be configured several ways! This is how it looks in my office in our latest home!