Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Bookcase makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
For a long time I have been wanting to paint some of the many pieces of shiny pine we have in our holiday cottage. As we have refurnished rooms at home, the obsolete pine furniture (we were married in the early 90's - LOTS of pine!) has gradually moved north up to the cottage. Of course I forgot to take a photo BEFORE I removed all the books ..... bad blogger!
However I was too scared to ruin something, and there always seemed to be lots of complicated steps involved.
A few months ago I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.....and Dandelion Lane, a local stockist who also runs painting furniture workshops.
Attending the workshop gave me the courage to finally go for it..... but actually the paint is so easy to use that the workshop bit is not entirely essential......but a child-free afternoon playing around with paint is thoroughly enjoyable!
So this week I did it - I painted 2 pieces of furniture, a small bedside bookcase and a large pine bookcase.I have more photos of the bookcase, so I will focus on it in this post.
Here are the 10 easy steps
1. Choose your paint
I went for Original, a shade of off-white (but next piece I paint I will be braver and maybe go for a slightly creamer "Cream" or maybe even "Old Ochre". I also wanted to have a contrasting back to the bookcase, and initially thought I would choose "Duck Egg Blue" but it was a lot greyer than I wanted, so chose "Provence" and LOVE how it turned out.
2. Gather your other supplies -
a few old clothes,
some brushes (as well as an Annie Sloan brush (lovely but not essential) I used a couple of cheap brushes from the diy store)
masking tape (only really necessary if you are using 2 colours which will "meet")
a dust sheet to cover the floor (although even I didn't manage to make much mess!)
sanding paper (if you want to go for a distressed finish)
Annie Sloan soft wax (it was a dream to use, but having never used any other wax, I can't really complare)
3. Be brave and go for it!
4. Apply your first coat - depending on what is underneath, and how thick a covering you require, one might suffice. Here it is after one coat of Provence on the back of the book shelf.
I just used one coat of the Provence blue, but it took 2 coats of the off-white.
It dries really quickly, so soon you can do your second coat. It paints really easily, and the slowest part was using the masking tape and touching up the "join" between the 2 colours.
5. Allow paint to dry - probably overnight is best
6. Apply the soft wax with a lint-free cloth - rub on lots, and rub off again.
7. Use medium or fine sandpaper if you want to go for the distressed look. Go gently, subtle works best!
8. Apply another layer of soft wax - rub on, rub off.
9. Look back and appreciate your efforts
10. Put back the contents of your bookcase, and encourage your family and friends to admire your efforts too!
(Step 11 - write a blog post about it too!)
I would love to hear what you think ...... and have you any furniture crying out to be painted?