Chalk Paint® Dresser Makeover (Part 2 Using Wax)

Chalk Paint® Dresser Makeover (Part 2 Using Wax)
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Yesterday we talked about how I used Chalk Paint® decorative Paint by Annie Sloan to give my childhood 1970′s dresser a makeover (Chalk Paint® Dresser Makeover Part 1). Today I want to explain what brings the Chalk Paint® alive! We are going to discuss how to use the Soft Wax both clear and dark. I’ve heard many people complain that they don’t like how chalk paint looks BUT in every case, they never used the wax! The soft wax is key to Chalk Paint®. I hope y’all follow along with Sand & Sisal on Facebook, because yesterday we were having a wonderful question and answer time with the experts at Annie Sloan Unfolded.

Paris Gray Chalk Paint Painted Funiture

Below is a picture of my clear soft wax by Annie Sloan. The wax has the consistency of Crisco, just not greasy. It smooths on beautifully with cheesecloth or a brush and then you wipe it off in a circular buffing motion and wow-o-wow! After several projects I have switched from using cheese cloth to using an old paint brush. I do not own a waxing brush, but this old brush has been working pretty good so far.

Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax

Tips for waxing:

When you are ready to wax, swirl your brush into the creamy clear wax and apply to your surface in a swirling manner. Chalk Paint® is very porous, so you need to work or massage the wax into the paint. You will instantly see how the wax brings out the gorgeous depth of color in your Chalk Paint®. You should apply an even, yet thin layer to your surface. I usually only wax an area of about 1 square foot at a time.  Then you need to IMMEDIATELY buff off the wax with either cheese cloth or an old rag, like a t-shirt. Do NOT let the wax sit for any more than 5 minutes before you buff it off. Trust me, this is where most people make their mistake. They wax an entire piece and only THEN begin to buff it off. You are asking for too much work and a sticky mess. Waxing is easy. Keep it simple and small. Wax on and wax off, then move on to the next section.

How to apply Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax

In the words of Mr Miyagi, “WAX ON… WAX OFF.”

Feel free to add as many THIN coats of wax as you like, just be sure to buff to a shine each with a soft cloth each time. You will be absolutely amazed at the glass like shine you achieve! Just look at the pic below! That is with just ONE COAT OF WAX! My photography doesn’t do it justice, but I promise you, it looks and feels like glass! That is the one thing that everyone raves about, the feel of the surface. It is buttery soft and smooth. This is also the time that if you would like to do any distressing, you can go right ahead. The wax will help cut down on a multitude of chalk paint dust. So distress away if desired, just be sure to give the piece an additional coat of wax after distressing. Annie Sloan Clear Wax Shine

What I love too about Chalk Paint® and the wax is that if my kiddos (all 4 of them) mar up the surface in any way, then it can easily be fixed in just a few minutes without any clue that it was touched up! All you have to do is paint on a thin layer of the Chalk Paint®, lightly sand if needed, and then wipe on some clear wax and voila! Perfection again! Latex does not allow you to do this without visible marks. White Camellia on Paris Gray Chalk Painted Furniture

The wax is very water resistant and great for kitchen cabinets or table tops even! Look at how the water beads up.  Like water on a duck’s back. Annie Sloan Clear Wax repels water beautifullyWhat about the DARK WAX?  There are a few very important things you  must follow when working with dark wax. First, you always need to coat your entire piece in at least one coat of clear wax. Remember the Chalk Paint® is very porous, so if you apply dark wax to raw Chalk Paint® then the paint will suck in the dark pigment and you, most likely, will not be a happy camper.

To get a bit of an aged look on this dresser I used the dark wax with a stubby paint brush. It doesn’t take much wax at all to create an aged effect. There was a lump of dark wax on my lid and that is what I used. I dabbed my brush into the wax and then worked the wax into the brush by dabbing it more on the lid. I applied the wax by rubbing the brush into the corners and edges. Then I IMMEDIATELY (and I mean IMMEDIATELY, like within 30 seconds) wiped off the wax with a paper napkin. I’d let it sit for awhile and come back and repeat the process if I felt an area needed it.

You can use that same wax wiped napkin or cloth to rub any of the raised areas or edges of your furniture. This will result in a faux distressed appearance. The process is very fast and easy and seriously, please do NOT over think it. Just wax, wipe, and go.

How to Use Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax

 MEGA HELPFUL HINT! But what do I do if I don’t like how the dark wax looks? 

Guess what? This answer is easy! Shortly after you have applied the dark wax and you think you’ve gone too far, then rub on some clear wax and buff off. It will help dissolve and remove a bit of the dark, to leave you with the aged appearance you were originally striving for.

Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

 I so hope these tips and tricks helped you feel more comfortable and confident to try Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, soft wax, and her other products. Please share with me your experiences with chalk paint in the comments or ask any questions. I’ll try to answer to the best of my ability or help lead you to the best answer.

Happy painting!

Kim

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Comments

  1. Thanks for showing such a great tutorial. I’ve been afraid to use chalk paint, but you’ve shown us how easy it really is!

  2. This is just gorgeous! I LOVE that canvas on top of your dresser!

  3. GORGEOUS makeover Kim!!

  4. Great tips…. I haven’t tried the dark wax yet, but plan to.

  5. oh it’s beautiful Kim!! We actually have my old bedroom furniture (dresser and nightstand) in our room from growing up – they are oak and I’m DYING to change them, but I know people cringe at painting oak…….but I think they would look much more current if I did it and I think chalk paint would be just the thing they need!!……want to come help?

  6. Brooke McBride says:

    Thanks for sharing this technique. I love the look, but didn’t know how to achieve it.

  7. Pretty chest! Love the color :)

  8. Well done, Kim! Beautiful transformation & an excellent tutorial – many thanks for posting.

  9. Oh wow Kim, this is so awesome! You did a great job and thank you so much for all the fantastic tips! Have a great weekend friend! xo

  10. Great post on the correct way to wax!

  11. Thank you for this tutorial. I have two Bergere chairs that I have been anting to paint with chalk paint for awhile – the chairs have ratten/wicker/cane material on the backs. Is it possible to use the wax on that? Thank you.

    • Oh yes, absolutely! You can use chalk paint on anything! Now, I believe that chalk paint is best used when the wax is applied over it. So, if these chairs are to be used outside then you CAN NOT use the wax. Why? Because, being wax, it melts. IE: no direct sun allowed. If these are in your home then, absolutely go for it.

  12. Great tutorial on waxing. I am a decorative painter and just recently went to a clients house to fix a piece of furniture that she converted into a sink. The top had been waxed and the water over time, she had this piece for approx. 5 months, left marks and went thru the wax. There was a ring left on top from a soap dispenser and the water that ran down the side when quests used it. I was surprised that you mentioned waxing kitchen tables and cabinets, from what I have been taught wax needs to be maintained and water and heat is very hard on wax. If you have other info than this I would appreciate your advice.
    Thanks

  13. What color did you use on this piece? I love it.

  14. Hi Kim! I just found your site and love it! I have a questionn on your chalk paint dresser re-do – can I use chalk paint on fake (laminate) wood, and if so, do I prime first? (I read your tutorial on painting fake wood, but wondered about the chalk paint with wax – love the look). Any input would be helpful. p.s. This piece will go in my laundry room. Thanks!

    • Hi Joni!
      Here is the recommendation from the official ASCP website:
      Q. Can I paint my melamine or laminate furniture with Chalk Paint®?
      A. There are many success stories from people who have painted their melamine or laminate furniture with Chalk Paint® decorative paint, including pieces from IKEA. A little bit of prep and some patience are needed. New IKEA pieces may be coated with a light oily film for packing and shipping purposes and this should be removed with a cloth moistened with mineral spirits. Lightly sand the melamine or laminate with fine grit sandpaper and dust off. Next, apply a thin first coat of paint, and let dry about 48 hours to encourage the paint to bond to the surface. After that, you can continue painting for your desired look.

      • Thanks so much for the info, Kim – I finally feel ready for my own laundry room re-do! I will try to send a pic to you when done! Love your site!

  15. I can’t wait to use this chalk paint/wax on an old end table. I’m going beachy so I think the Duck Egg Blue will be perfect. Thank you so much for this very informative paint lesson.

  16. Stacy White says:

    Wow ! I’ve been doing so many things wrong…but, I did like the way my table looks when I used Versailles & dark wax…but, now that I know how to properly use the waxes, I feel better ! I’d heard that wax isn’t good on outdoor items that will take in sunlight…it melts. But, not sure if this is true…on AS website, it says outdoor furniture is fine..but, she may mean only w/ chalk paint, not the waxes….anyway, I enjoy your information. Thank you, as I am very new at this !!

  17. What colour is this chalk pain that you used? It is absolutely beautiful!!

  18. Thank you for sharing, I love the dresser makeover it’s lovely and has inspired me to try something similar with an old coffee table I have that’s in need of some TLC :

  19. Thank you for this! This is by far the best tutorial I have seen!! I have my chalk paint, my furniture – and now I just have to go for it!!!!!

    • Why Thank you so much Lilli! That is very kind of you to say! Send me a before and after pic of your furniture piece if you want! You never know, I just might share it on my FB page!

      All my best,
      KIM

      • I definitely will Kim! I’m wondering – how much do you have to prepare the piece before starting it (if you don’t mind me asking you)? The nice man in the store was trying to sell me a degreaser, but said I could just use any degreaser home – just not murphy’s oil soap. Is a damp cloth enough? In all the ones I’ve seen, I don’t remember a degreaser being mentioned…. :/ If you don’t mine letting me know – that would be great!
        Oh, btw, when i’m done with the desk, I have a gorgeous wing chair that will be next – painting it up! I just wish I knew how to stencil! Thanks Kim!!!!

        • Just make sure it is clean, free of grime, grease, dirt, and dust. You need to make that judgement call based on the age,color and type of finish that is currently on the piece of furniture. For my dresser, which had basically a faux wood grain laminate type finish, I simply just sprayed it with my favorite all purpose cleaner (Target’s Method brand).

          • Thank you! Ok – then I’m going to start one drawer on this desk! lol. There really was nothing on it – it’s a dry piece of wood – looks like someone stained it 10 years ago – lol. I’ll send pics when i’m done!

          • Hi Kim!

            Well I did it!!! I was a labor of love – I must have painted and repainted it 10 times but I’m happy how it came out – When I was almost done with the desk/vanity – I found a chair. I do have before and afters – so let me know how I can show you them! Every time I see someones pics, I think of new ways to play around. I have two side tables I’m going to do next – AND I learned the easiest way (for me) to apply a graphic using wax paper!! Can’t wait to show you that one! I’m in a cast right now, and wouldn’t be able to paint in all the lettering by hand, but this was perfect!!!

            So excited to show you!

  20. Dana Horstman says:

    Thank you for the tips. I wish I’d have read them BEFORE I attempted to paint! :) At least I read it before waxing! I too was scared to try this kind of paint, but I am finding so far that it is so easy to work with and so far I really love the look.

  21. I have a bare wood table I want to seal. Can I use the clear wax on it? Or does it need to have a stain?

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