Alright…one project done and before I’m onto the next…a few pointers. I have enjoyed researching and reading about different approaches to repainting and up-scaling furniture. I enjoyed this writer’s objective approach to some of the suggested chalk paint techniques. While I used the paint, I didn’t distress the pieces I worked on this week, simply because sometimes less is better.
This was day two and I have to say, this day was the physical day. Rubbing wax into surfaces is hard work, but it was a very satisfying day because of the results. I have lots of latex paint left in this colour to complete my headboard and baseboard as art furniture, featuring a study of Marc Chagall’s work, Big Sun.
I have a vintage vanity that I picked up through Freecycle; that will dawn Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers. I’ve begun to prime this piece and done some clamping of the drawers.
The two coats of chalk paint were completely dry. I put the drawers into the dressers so that I could see each object in its entirety. This makes it easier to discern how busy the piece is becoming. Honestly, distressed furniture can feel too cliche, if not treated with a great deal of attention while making decisions. After today, I would call the process ‘contouring’ the furniture. I used clear paste wax for the tops (no stain) so that the tops would welcome natural light onto their surfaces. I applied a clear paste wax coat to all surfaces to begin with. Then, where I wanted to accentuate a detail or say that the contour was ‘going in’, I used my clear paste wax mixed with a little stain. (It really didn’t take much.) In the case of my dressers, I chose a cherry wood stain for its warmth, thinking it would complement the copper sort of wall paint.
I tore up a t shirt and used one rag for clear wax only and the other for wiping into my stained wax. I quickly removed excess stain, considering the marks and the depth of the colour as I went. At edges where two surfaces met, I left stain…as I moved out into the center of the surface, I left the pure chalk paint colour.
The rubbing action left me fully prepared for a run at Netflix and a glass of wine. Quite a workout! I will leave the wax to set overnight and fill the drawers in the morning.