Thursday, August 7, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint--Rocking Chair Makeover

This is my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a piece of furniture larger than a little wooden stool and let me tell you, I love it. It is so easy to use, requires no prep work ( stripping, no sanding, no priming) and I love the way my chairs turned out!

I found these Cracker Barrel rocking chairs at a yard sale and paid $75 at a yard sale for both. 

They needed help. I wanted a pop of color for my front porch but didn't want to lose that aged and weathered feel. So I went with a quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence

Here's a list of the rest of the supplies I used:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Provence)
Clear Wax (to seal and protect)
Dark Wax (to age and distress)
Annie Sloan Wax brush (for applying dark wax)
Rags (for applying and wiping off wax)

Before I show you what I did, I want to share a couple of things:

1. Make sure you have plenty of clean rags handy. 
2. Less is more when it comes to applying wax. Go light. 
3. I went with a regular paint brush for painting, an Annie Sloan wax brush for the dark wax, and just rags for applying the clear wax. Just my preference. Some people will only use AS brushes. And that's fine too. Go with the tools that work best for you. 
4. There are a TON of AS Chalk Paint tutorials on YouTube. Here are a few that helped me:

How to apply Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
How to apply Annie Sloan Clear Wax
How to apply Annie Sloan Dark Wax


Wipe down furniture to remove any lose dirt and cover anything you don't want to paint. Stir or shake paint and apply with a paint brush. Chalk paint is thick and dries quickly. Here's what the first coat looked like:

Once both chairs were covered, I waited about 3 hours before applying the second coat, but it was dry to the touch in 20 minutes. 

Here's what it looked like after 2 coats.  

After applying the second coat, I let the chairs dry overnight. The n
ext morning, I applied a thin coat of clear wax with a clean rag. 

The clear wax is very soft and feels like Crisco. I put just a thin amount on a rag and really worked it into the chairs. It doesn't take much at all. If you find yourself putting on too much wax, just wipe it off with a clean rag. Here's a great video tutorial to show you how it's done. 

I let the wax dry overnight too. The next morning, I started the distressing/antiquing part using dark wax. Again, you don't need much and you'll want to do this in small sections. 

I used the wax-on-wax-off method I saw on this video. It makes it so much easier to control the amount of dark wax that is left behind.

With the Annie Sloan wax brush, I applied dark wax to the chair. Then I took a rag with a small amount of clear wax on it, and used it to wipe off the dark wax until I got the level of distressing that I wanted. 

I LOVED how the dark wax brought out the paint strokes and wood grain. Check out the difference between the chair that has the dark wax and the one that only has clear wax. 

A few hours after I finished distressing the second chair, the wax was dry to the touch. (If it's sticky to the touch, there's too much wax. Just wipe off the excess with a clean rag.) Here's what they look like now!

I love my chairs! My next project--decorating my porch for fall. I can't wait to share it with you next month.

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  1. Katie the chairs look fabulous. Great color and finish. Love it.

  2. The rocking chairs look so pretty. I love the color you chose!

  3. Great job on your rocking chairs! Love the color!

  4. I love it and I love the colour. It looks easy enough. Are you sure you dont have to prep anything. What about when they have a polished surface?
    I may try this. I am looking for a cupboard for my entrance and have seen cheap ones at thrift stores and expensive finished ones at resale shops. The difference is hundreds of dollars. This would work for what I want but can it be done?

    1. Hi Janice! The only prep I did was to wipe off loose dirt. That was it. There is really no other prep work involved at all and that goes for any surface. I've used it on metal signs, laminate, varnished wood, etc... It covers everything. I would definitely try it!

  5. Love how your chairs turned out! I just finished a rocking chair in the same color! Amazing what a little paint will do!

  6. your chairs are beautiful. love them

  7. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  8. I love these. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  9. We are featuring this post at this weeks Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above


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