Hello again 🙂 Last week I shared a beginner’s experience using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. Maybe you have already experienced how fun it is and maybe you are still working up to it. I am back to share some tips I gathered from an expert when it comes to waxing the piece after paint. Most of you know Pam Dodd, who owns Born in the Barn, but for you new comers, I invite you to visit her Facebook page and begin swooning over her talent in re-purposing and re-finishing vintage farmhouse furniture. She is an artist and has knocked the socks off of not only our small community but hundreds of folks around the nation with her one day only annual sale, which is May 28, 2016. It should be no surprise to you that I ran to her for some helpful hints. She’s also giving away (2) $25 gift cards at random April 24th. Share her *GIVEAWAY post and leave a comment so she can see!
If any of you have purchased pieces from Pam’s sale, you have noticed the incredible craftsmanship detail she puts into each one of her pieces. The edges and details of each piece are smooth and give off the most dreamy sheen. While sharing an informal and quick “how to” I am excited to share a few sneak peeks into this year’s inventory, but I don’t want to give too much away, she has full views on her page.
So, what’s the purpose of applying furniture wax? Chalk paint is pourus. It doesn’t have a sealer in it, so nothing is protecting it from moisture. You don’t have to apply wax to everything, but certainly if it could potentially get wet, it’s a good idea.
After I painted my cedar chest, I purchased Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax and watched a tutorial online. Tip: When it is instructed to apply in a well ventilated area, it’s a serious suggestion. I did crack a few windows but the fumes were pretty strong and I didn’t feel so hot after awhile. I had also purchased a wax brush. The instructions explained to apply the wax in small areas in a circular motion. The bristle hairs will shed, this is normal, they will wipe right off. You will see the paint darken just slightly. Take a soft rag and then wipe with the grain. I followed those simple rules but was not happy with the results. My piece did not have a soft finish and I could see swirl marks. None the less, I let it fully cure for 24 hours and came back the following day to buff it. I still wasn’t noticing a satisfactory result and I was using quite a bit of elbow grease. I decided it was time to contact the expert, and it was worth it!!
I am not knocking Annie Sloan’s furniture wax, I just didn’t notice the finish I was looking for and used to seeing from Pam’s pieces. Maybe you have used it and experienced better results. I would love to hear your take on it and some tips if you have any. Perhaps it works better on certain materials. These are my opinions and shared experiences only.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax, it’s like butter. The consistancy of this wax is like night and day. She lightly sanded the entire piece of furniture and wiped off all the dust. Pam used a wax brush just like the one I had. The secret is LESS IS MORE! Isn’t that the way it goes with so many things in life? She lightly applied the wax in soft strokes and covered the entire piece of furniture. With this wax, you only need to let it dry 5 min. The next step is to buff it. Pam used an old shoe brush, but you can use a soft rag. She lightly brushed all the corners and intricate details and you could see the most beautiful finish appear immediately. This process will take about a month to fully cure and harden. That’s it!
I have purchased Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and will update you after I apply it. Thank you for checking back, I hope I have provided a little inspiration and some helpful hints. Here’s a little more eye candy. Have a great week friends <3
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