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Cheryl recently introduced me to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. She told me it is great because it requires no sanding or priming prior to painting. I was intrigued, so after researching and watching tutorials about the paint brand, I set out on a hunt for this paint.
I found a local retailer in Nashville who carries the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: House of Stella. The sales staff was extremely helpful and gave me lots of tips to help with my project. I purchased a quart of Annie Sloan Duck Egg and French Linen paint, and 1 can each of the clear and dark wax.
Here is a small table that I had in my garage, waiting for a DIY project. It was a perfect guinea pig for my first try with this paint.
I painted the base in French Linen and the top in Duck Egg. After the paint dried, which took less than 30 minutes, I applied one coat of clear wax. When it dried, I buffed it and then lightly sanded the places that I wanted to look "age-worn." Then I applied one coat of dark wax.
The dark wax is the secret to giving the piece a vintage look. Here is a picture showing the top with only clear wax on the left, and after dark wax was added on the right. I love the way the dark wax "ages" the paint.
My little "vintage" table looks right at home in my family room. This project took just a few hours from start to finish. My kind of quick DIY!
The "distressed" base.
The "vintage" table top.
I've become a fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and am hunting for my next paint project.