I thoroughly enjoyed this project. I think this is one of the most perfect examples of the powers of Annie Sloan dark wax.
As you know I picked this up on Sunday, along with another irresistible project to feed my painting addiction by being the latest addition in my vintage online store.
As usual, you will find this project also filmed and uploaded to my new YouTube channel, Vikkie’s Vintage.
I believe it is an early 20th century sideboard which I had to fill a handful of dints the night before.
I then took all the shine off by sanding thoughout with 80 grit sandpaper – the cheapest place I have found for this is Tool Station in some Wickes stores by the roll – Amazon have a similar option.
Then I took off any sanding dust with a damp clean cloth.
The first coat I gave it as I do with all my projects is Leyland’s Primer and Undercoat but in a very slap dash effect, encouraged by Annie Sloan herself.
Then gave two and a half coats with Wickes’ now discontinued Chalky Flat Matt Harvest Moon (very similar to Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre).
Then to seal and protect the painted project, I then massaged in Lord Sheraton’s Caretaker’s Wood Balsalm before I apply Annie’s dark wax (this is so important, otherwise it will be difficult to take off dark wax if you want to control how light/dark you want your piece to look).
Now to make the special antique dark wax glazing technique, I blogged about it last year about how I found it in one of her books – I had never ever tried my dark wax until months after purchasing it. I was so frightened after reading other people disappointed projects looked too dirty. I tried it on an older piece first of a similar age to this and was hooked. I would also like to note, I can see how it would make a more modern piece look dirty, but anything old with character would look charming!
So to make the glaze (my video would give a better demonstration), but you need to mix an equal amount of dark wax with turps, then paint it over project in small sections. You now need to remove with a clean lint free rag and leave.
If you want a darker look, apply again, or add more dark wax to the glaze. If you want to brighten it up more, apply clear wax again.
And to finish off the inside drawers which I was pretty positive I would have terrible bleedthrough with the amount of stains you can see – I really didn’t want to have to buy a stain stop paint – if you want a smooth as a baby’s bum finish, then don’t buy Polycell’s stain stop remover unless you want a truly textured look; it will banish any stains because it is really thick like glue but sadly a mouse sander does not cut it – you will be at it for hours. Although it’s texture has been a dream for other projects.
So I looked online for a reasonably priced Laura Ashley wallpaper to line the drawers and had no such luck – until I chanced it in my local charity shop to find five brand new rolls (two different patterns) at £1 each… I was in love! It was totally meant to be and picked the Lille Gold/Off White regal stripes.
To adhere, I measured out carefully, sanded any lumps and bumps out, cleaned with a damp rag & hoovered for piece of mind. I then applied a wallpaper paste (made up with 20g of paste powder to 1 pint of cold water. Whisked for 30 seconds and left for 3 minutes to congeal.
Then I applied with a foam roller for a smooth and even surface and applied my wallpaper cut outs, smoothing out any air bubbles from left to right, using my hand and a credit card.
I then removed excess with a clean damp rag (be gentle – mine was a washable wallpaper but not all are and paper doesn’t like water!)
Slice off any edges with a fresh clean stanley knife or similar – don’t chance this, I had to create a new strip thinking mine was sharp enough!
I then left to dry overnight and applied two thin coats of satin Ronseal varnish, with drying time in between.
I hope you found this tutorial useful!
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