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Thursday, March 3, 2016




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I'm so excited to share about my recent experience with Annie Sloan chalk paint. If you haven't heard of it, you are about to have your mind blown! This paint allows no prepping or priming of your furniture. You literally slap the paint on the furniture as is, saving hours of time that would have been spent sanding. Phew! That's my kind of paint.

I spent last weekend refinishing two pieces of furniture, the kitchen hutch above and a giant dresser. I was able to do both pieces with the materials pictured. A little bit goes a long way with Annie Sloan, which is a good thing b/c it's a little bit on the pricey side. It is well worth investment and is perfect for creating an antiqued/aged look.

I will start this tutorial with what materials you will need to get ahead of time. I found everything at a local store in Willow Glenn called Magpie. This paint is readily available though and can usually be found at your local Ace Hardware.


  • Simple Green
  • 2 cans of Shellac
  • 1 qt of Annie Sloan "Paris Grey"
  • 1 qt of Annie Sloan "Old White"
  • 1 can of Annie Sloan clear wax
  • 1 can of Annie Sloan dark wax
  • 1 sponge
  • 3-4 lint free rags
  • 1 sheet of fine sand paper
  • Assorted brushes

1. Wipe down furniture completely with Simple Green
2. Spray shellac all over the furniture in an even layer
3. Apply first coat of paint. I used "Paris Grey". The paint does not have to be perfectly even, as you will be applying a second layer.
4. Once the 1st coat dryer (literally within 20 minutes), apply the second coat of paint (I used "Old White").
5. This step is VERY important. As soon as you apply the second coat of paint, take a damp sponge and wipe of the paint to create a peak through look. This will allow the grey to show through the white.
6. Once you are done, let the paint dry and then apply your clear wax all over the entire piece of furniture with a lint free rag. 
7. Take a bore bristle paintbrush and apply the dark wax where you think necessary. Once you apply the dark wax, wipe it off with a clean rag. This is the scary part because the wax is dark and will change the color of your furniture. This is also the best and most crucial step because it really gives it dimension and creates aging. 
8. When you are completely done waxing, go through and hand sand pieces of your furniture with a find sand paper. San areas that would normally get lots of wear and tear. 

I can't wait for you to try this at home! It's so easy and can really transform any piece of furniture. I should mention that if you "mess up" with the wax, don't panic! Just go over it with the sand paper and it will literally come right off. 

Side note- this can get very addicting and you might find yourself refinishing all of your furniture at home. :)

Let me know if you have any questions at all on this process!


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