This is a sponsored post but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you ever used chalk paint? I know it has taken the world by storm over the last several years and with that, there seems to be a never-ending list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to the correct technique. But, I’m here to say FORGET ALL THE “RULES”! Hopefully this little post will help simplify the process and set your mind at ease because, honestly, it’s super easy. If I can use chalk paint, anyone can!It all started a few months back when I received some gorgeous chalk paint from Annie Sloan and it got my creative juices flowing to create something peacock-inspired. I decided to start out with something small because, like many first time chalk paint users, I was scared I would mess something up! So, this little nightstand that I’ve had since I was a kid fit the bill. It had tons of dings and scratches in it and the orange wood was a constant reminder of the 80’s. Gross. I thought anything would be better than the before, am I right?!
So jumping right to it….
I cleaned all the years of dirt and grime off using a damp rag with a touch of mild soap.
There’s not much prep work because the great thing about chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand anything. The paint does all the work for you.
From left to right: Greek Blue, Napoleonic Blue, Florence, Antibes GreenUsing my Annie Sloan Paint brush, I started painting the drawer fronts and table top with Greek Blue. Once those areas were covered I added the darker Napoleonic Blue in a thin layer to add dimension and a brush stroke effect. Chalk paint is very thick and forgiving so it doesn’t take as many coats and it doesn’t really matter what direction or technique you use to apply the paint. I literally just slapped it on.Next, I used the same Greek Blue on top and started working down the front of the nightstand with Florence. There’s no need to clean your brush in between colors because chalk paint blends seamlessly. Perfect for the ombre effect I was going for.Next, I started layering in Antibes Green and I added a splash of Florence back down on the bottom molding. I added the same colors in a ombre, layered affect,on the sides of the nightstand. I also mixed a tad of Old White to Antibes to create a lighter shade of green at the bottom. I used Greek Blue for the bottom legs to tie in the drawer color. Then, once everything was covered in paint, I grabbed lunch and let it all dry for a couple of hours.
Since this was kind of my “experimental” piece I decided to see what all the fuss was about when it comes to distressing chalk paint. I grabbed a scrap of sand paper from the garage ( I would recommend a light grit) and lightly sanded the edges and the detailed molding. The chalk paint scraped off like butter! I was careful to only sand areas that would achieve this worn-look naturally.
Note: You can create a distressed look that exposes your choice of paint color underneath (instead of the wood) if you seal the first coat of paint with wax. Let it set and then paint your outer color on top. When you start sanding only the outer layer of paint will chip off exposing the first layer of color that you sealed.
Then, it was time to wax. Dun…Dun…Duuuuuunnnnn…
No, I’m kidding! I was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy it was! Since this piece wasn’t going to get a lot of wear sitting in our spare bedroom I decided to only seal the top. I used Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax. I would also highly recommend using an Annie Sloan Wax Brush for this part because the shape and texture of the bristles pick up the perfect amount of wax with each dip. OK, I applied small amounts of wax in a circular motion until the top surface of the nightstand was covered. The piece should feel dry to the touch when applied properly. Then I took a soft rag and wiped any excess wax off in long strokes all going in the same direction.
Then, Voila!! It was all done! I stood back and marveled at my first chalk paint success!!
According to the Annie Sloan website it takes up to 30 days for your piece to completely cure but it’s ok to lightly use it in about 24 hours. I quickly moved it to our extra bedroom and it’s been a great addition!
Since the completion of this nightstand I have painted my kitchen tabletop and bedroom vanity all using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint— it’s AMAZING stuff!
If you’re reading this and you’ve never used chalk paint before I hope that this post has given you some sort of confidence boost. This paint is made for creativity, not rules! I hope you’re inspired to run to your nearest Annie Sloan retailer, pick out a color that speaks to you and get to painting!