Hey Crafty Friends! I have an entirely new series I’ll be sharing in 2021 regarding my new craft room, and I think you are going to enjoy all of the organization, projects, and processes in creating this special place in my new Tennessee home.
Warning! This is a picture-heavy post!
I found this antique double desk on FB Marketplace, and knew instantly that it was perfect for me. However, it took some negotiating (and I almost walked away from it), but my awesome hubs wouldn’t let me forego this amazing desk. I am so glad we didn’t let it go, because it is fabulous.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: The Process
I’m not sure if many of you know this about me, but I am obsessed with chalk paint. This addiction may have escalated quite a bit since we’ve moved to our wonderful new Tennessee home. I currently have at least five projects waiting to be painted! My family jokes that if you stand still long enough, I may start painting you. I just tell friends that I’m helping the planet by recycling furniture.
Step 1: Remove all of the hardware, and use Krud Kutter to clean and degrease the piece.
Step 2: Very lightly sand the table. (I mean, just use a medium grit sanding sponge and don’t break a sweat.) Wipe it down with a lint-free rag.
Step 3: Slap Provence paint along any corners, edges, or highlighted areas.
Step 4: Slap a coat of Florence right over Provence. Note: I do not cover the lightest color in specific highlighted areas. See the drawer fronts. (Yes, this looks really bad before it gets better.)
Step 5: Paint Aubusson Blue over everything except for the lightest areas. Once again, this doesn’t need to be pretty.
Step 6: This is the first time I have tried this particular painting with the fade of colors. I watched several videos of Brushed By Brandy on YouTube, and you can see her full demo of this process HERE.
I use a different paint brush for each color, and have them all out ready with the paints for this step. You will need a wet (but not soppy) t-shirt rag, dry rag, and spray water bottle for this step. Lightly spray the area you want to blend the paint, and begin with the lightest color. While that’s wet, work your next color in, and finally blend the Aubusson Blue around the outer edges. Softly wipe and blend with the wet rag. Sometimes it helps to remove some paint from a brush, and give dry brush strokes. (If I haven’t explained this well, re-watch the Brushed By Brandy video shared above.)
Step 7: Very lightly sand anything you would like smoothed such as paint drips, globs, or brush strokes. Note: If you rub too hard, you will remove this paint easily!
Step 8: Create a wash with equal parts Oxford Navy and water. Brush this into all corners, crevices, and areas that would be shaded. Use the dry and wet rags to wipe the raised areas. Note: The more you rub with the wet cloth, you will remove layers of the chalk paint. This is my favorite step! It adds depth and dimension between the darkest colors and the lightest, and creates the aged, distressed effect of years and years of love! There are areas you will see that I rubbed a little too much and removed paint all the way down to the wood. I don’t mind this at all, and I think it adds to the character of this painted piece.
Can you see the huge difference between the non-washed and washed areas? It’s a significant difference, and changes the paint color quite a bit.
Step 9: Use the wet rag to distress any other edges you may have missed when paint washing.
Step 10: Use very fine sanding block or fine steel wool to smooth everything, and wipe with a lint-free cloth.
Step 11: Coat the entire piece with clear wax. Make sure you get into all of the crevices! (If you have never waxed a chalk painted piece before, make sure you research some videos on the process. It’s not difficult, but you should know how much or how little to use to insure the perfect finish.) Allow to cure for at least several hours before moving to dark wax.
Some people prefer just a soft, clear coat of wax gently buffed. I wanted the aged, grungy look of an old patina for this desk, and added the dark wax shown in the second picture.
Step 12: Aggressively work the dark wax into all the crevices, and give a soft coat over the highlighted areas with a drier brush. Work in small areas, and use a lint-free cloth to remove excess dark wax.
Step 13: Use a lint-free cloth after 24 hours to gently buff and give the entire piece a beautiful, soft sheen.
- Paint with Florence and dry.
- Dab with Aubosson Blue and dry.
- Apply a coat of clear wax.
- Dab with various craft waxes. I used Finnabair silver, gold, and copper. Allow to dry before attaching hardware.
What do you think? I am beyond thrilled with my new/old craft table! Also, I will be purchasing a custom-fit, tempered glass top to protect it from all of my crafting abuse. Stay tuned for more chalk painted furniture projects for my home. Finally, I plan to add several more posts about my new craft room over the next few months. Thanks so much for stopping by the new craft room today! Love and artsy hugs!
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