This blog post series has been a long time coming. I wanted to share some of the DIY projects around our house or future pinterest creations. I hope to encourage those who may be hesitant to try DIY projects and show that if I can do it, anyone can do it! Before we moved to Santa Cruz my mom was getting rid of her old china cabinet. So I took it off her hands and filled it with our collection of gifted salt and paper shakers, Willowtree angels and treasures collected along our travels. I loved that it was a family heirloom but it didn't quite fit my style. A year later, I was inspired to give the Annie Sloan chalk paint a try.
I heard great reviews about Annie Sloan chalk paint and the easy method appealed to me. There is no sanding or priming... just paint and wax, it's that simple! I knew I'd be using the chalk paint for future projects, so it was worth the investment. You don't have to use their paint brushes and tools, but it is recommended because they will last due their high quality.
First, I tried to match the color family with the furniture that is in the room. By adding a pop of color inside the cabinet adds contrast to the rest of the piece. I was able to create my own color by adding white to the duck egg and coco. These colors have a darker base, so by adding white a little at a time, it lightened it up.
After the colors are mixed you can start brushing it on. If you want a smoother finish, use the same brush strokes as the piece of furniture you are painting over. The paint dries very quickly, but wait at least an hour before painting the next coat.
Once the second coat is dry you can use the clear wax.
Brush the clear wax on with the same strokes and wipe off the excess with a paper towel. You can make your piece look more vintage with a dark wax or by sanding parts of the paint off, but I liked the look with just the clear wax. That's it, it's that easy!!