I wish I had a photo of this cabinet in its original state. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture. Trust me, it was ugly. The faded yellow paint had seen its glory several decades ago. I tried to get a vision of what it had once been as I cleaned out her drawers, washed sticky residue from her, and pulled off a beer bottle opener from her side.
I had been holding on to an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can of Paris Grey for months. It seemed like just the color to give this piece new life.
After washing the cabinet down we quickly covered her in Paris Grey. Then we washed the entire piece with watered down Old White ASCP.
As the cabinet dried I noticed a pink color coming through in several spots. This occurs with some old varnishes. It is the only situation that calls for a primer with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have pointed this out in previous posts but it warrants mentioning again. If you see any hint of pink color bleeding into your paint, stop everything and prime those areas. You will never cover the pink stain with paint or wax. You just have to cover it with a primer.
Once the primer dried and I filled a few more areas, I started the process again.
- First, I painted the entire piece in Paris Gray.
- Next, I made up a wash with 1 part Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and 5-6 parts water. I washed this over the Grey with a cheap brush and quickly wiped it off with an old t-shirt.
- After the paint and wash were dry (about 2 hours), I began to wax the cabinet with clear and dark wax.
- Place a spoonful of Clear Wax on a paper plate and a spoonful of Dark Wax on another paper plate.
- Working in small areas, brush on the clear wax and wait about 45 seconds.
- Then brush the Dark Wax over the clear and wipe it off with a lint free cloth (I love old white t-shirts) until you achieve the color you like.
Remember, the Clear Wax is your friend. It allows you to add and subtract the dark wax as long as it is workable and not dry. Always use it as a base for the Dark Wax. You can even use it as an "eraser" if you find your piece too dark after it drys. Just add Clear Wax and rub it over the areas you want to change.
Let the piece dry for at least 24 hours. You can buff it now or cover it in another layer of clear wax for additional sheen and protection.