Monday, October 31, 2011

Refinishing Furniture with Chalk Paint

After a week of work, the buffet finally moved back inside this weekend. I’m happy with how it looks, but not necessarily satisfied that it fits into the new look of the space, which is more contemporary.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is interesting. It’s a special paint that can go over anything without primer and is then sealed with wax. The appeal is that it is easy to distress, in that its chalky finish abrades off with sandpaper beautifully and it doesn’t have that plastic texture from latex that peels. I admit to feeling less than enamored with the paint, as it took multiple coats, left lots of brush marks, scratched off easily, and cost a fortune (for paint). However, I do love the wax finish, which gives a very soft, mellow feeling to the entire piece. I even used wax on the top after I stained it darker with Minwax PolyShades “one-step” stain plus polyurethane (five coats! so definitely not one step). The black water ring is undetectable after my bleaching.

I only have the interior shelf left to paint and wax, although I’m contemplating lining the drawers with wallpaper since I have my doubts about how well the interior paint will wear with the daily use of pulling out table linens. So, I should be getting back to metal and glass shortly, but first I have the second Roman shade for over my breakfast table underway.