In my last post, I spoke about completing two projects last week for my YouTube channel and this was the final piece.
Generally in terms on a plant stand then normally you should be concerned that chalk paint, wax and water spillages do not go together but a self contained planter would be an easily solution, so I went ahead as usual. If you clumsy, then it would be advised to skip any waxing and head for the water based varnish instead; don’t even attempt oil base because you risk ruining all your hard work giving it a yellow tinge.
I also have a little Annie Sloan cheat sheet to her methods in simple steps which I laminated to keep and this tutorial incorporates her basic shabby chicing method, apart from the prime step I prefer to do.
This method just features one coat of primer, one coat of chalk paint, distressing, clear waxing and a final dark wax with Annie Sloan. The reason that only the dark wax is Annie’s because a little goes a long way and have never run out so far since I paid my first visit to a stockist in Tickhill near my home town two years ago, despite getting to the end of many a project. I do miss her clear wax but am not prepared to drive miles out of my way seeing as I feel I have similar products for sale locally in smaller volumes. After all, it is merely a hand cream to the paint and the dark wax does the curing in 30 days. To me, the clear wax protects the paint from immediate contact with the dark wax, making it easier to manage and take off excess if your project starts to look a little too dirty for your liking. If you’ve followed this and you don’t like the effect, you can take it off by applying more clear wax but I suggest approach the dark wax a little bit at a time first to prevent any waste. After all, Annie Sloan is expensive.
If I’ve inspired you, please post me your pics below if possible – I’d love to see and don’t be afraid or the dark wax – just give it a whirl, you won’t look back!
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