I’ve gotten several emails about how to create this aged look, so here ya go, just in time for St. Patty’s day. :)
1. We sanded and scraped all the old paint off and filled the previous hardware holes with wood filler in a “Natural” color. If you’re going to paint over wood filler, it doesn’t matter what the shade is.
2. Then I primed her up with two coats of Kilz Oil Based Primer. I used a cheap roller for this step because cleaning up oil based anything drives me nuts, so I tossed it (the roller, not the handle) when I was done.
3. Next came the paint– I applied two coats of Behr Green Grass in Flat using a small roller. Note: The first coat I used a foam roller specifically for “cabinets” — terrible choice! You could see every line where I rolled. So I went back to the basic ole paint roller, but used a mini one (the kind that looks like a regular wall roller chopped in half).
4. Then I applied a nice even coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax by using one of my old tank tops. …which, in case you were wondering was a shiny black tank top that said “Myrtle Beach” in rainbow letters that John got me a gazillion years ago. I decided it wouldn’t ever fit again…so I made good use of it. Sorry hun.
Use your rag to dip out a dime sized amount, and smear it on one section at a time. You don’t need a thick coat, just an even coat.
The clear wax acts as a primer for the dark wax, so don’t skip this step!
5. To apply the Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax, I used a brush that mimics a makeup brush, but much larger. I got it at Home Depot or Lowe’s- not sure which one, but I think it was about $10. Dab it into the wax then smear it onto the piece.
I started in an inconspicuous spot (the back leg) to figure out how dark/light I wanted it. For this piece I found that if I swirled the brush in circular motions it looked better than applying it in straight lines. I like to press the dark wax into the grooves and crevices to help “age” the piece, one section at a time.
A few tips/tricks I’ve learned:
TIP #1: If you get too much dark wax in one spot, you can remove it by rubbing some of the clear wax on the spot with your rag.
TIP #2: Naturally the AS waxes work a little better with the AS chalk paints because they’re made to go hand in hand. If you’re going to use Latex paint like I did on this project, I’d recommend flat enamel (vs. glossy) so that the waxes work into the paint the best they can.
TIP #3: Once you get the look you want with the dark wax, don’t keep smearing it around. Just let it dry!
Below she’s waxed and ready for her jewelry, aka hardware.
6. Then my main man added our new hardware from D. Lawless. Because my other man was preoccupied with a bone.
That’s all folks.
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