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Remember when I told you about the side-of-the-road furniture I have piling up in my garage? Well, I’m excited to announce that one more of those pieces has officially made it out of the garage and into the house.
Of course, the other day while I was running I found a desk on the curb to take the newly finished piece’s place in the garage. (When exercise means free furniture, that’s all the motivation I need!) Although my inventory of unfinished furniture hasn’t dwindled, gradually a few roadside treasures are making the transition to the house. My latest project was this green cabinet.
When I found it, this cabinet was covered with gross paper on the top, in the drawer and on the shelves. The paint was chipping all over and a few cobwebs had found a home around the bottom legs of the piece.
I knew that with a little cleaning and painting, this cabinet would be the ideal storage unit in my dining room. For months I had looked for something to store table linens and antique trays that my sisters and I inherited from my mom. Up until this point, those items had been stored either on the floor in my dining room or inconveniently shoved in a closet where they weren’t very accessible and therefore hardly used.
I decided to paint it in a fun accent color, since the rest of my dining room will eventually be neutral tones – and because I’m obsessed with bright colors right now. I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Barcelona Orange for the outside and Paris Grey for the inside of the cabinet. The whole project was finished off with Clear Soft Wax as well as Dark Soft Wax to soften the orange color and give it more of an antiqued look.
I absolutely LOVE using Chalk Paint® – it’s without a doubt my favorite paint to use on furniture. You don’t need to use primer or sand down to the original wood. You also can paint over pretty much any surface, including the nasty plastic-y contact paper that was stuck to this cabinet.
Basic Tips for Using Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax on Furniture
1. Clean your piece. I simply hosed mine off, wiped down any spots the hose missed and let it dry. I also made sure to sand any terribly chipping paint and removed any of the contact paper that was coming loose off the piece.
2. You don’t have to sand down to the original wood or prime. Woohoo!
3. Paint your piece. This is the fun part! I used Barcelona Orange on the outside and Paris Grey on the inside and on the cabinet handles. I painted right over the layer of contact paper stuck on the cabinet and the paint worked beautifully! Watch Annie Sloan’s video for some very helpful painting techniques.
4. Apply Clear Soft Wax. I used a brush to apply it and a clean, lint-free cloth to rub it in and remove the excess wax. As one paint site said, it’s like applying conditioner to your hair. The conditioner absorbs into your hair and then you rinse away the excess. Similarly, the wax is absorbed into the piece and then you can wipe away the excess. Again, the video tutorial does a great job explaining how to do this.
5. Apply Dark Soft Wax in the same way (if you’re wanting the darkened look). I love how the dark wax gets into the crevices and grains of the piece, giving it a really cool antiqued look. The dark wax also helped soften the orange color a bit. Make sure that you apply the dark wax OVER the clear wax. This way you can wipe off the excess dark wax easily without your piece becoming too dark. Any questions? Yup, you guessed it. Watch the video tutorial.
6. Gently sand down any spots you wish to give more of a distressed look. I also sanded some paint off the hardware so that the originally color showed through the grey paint.
7. Leave your piece overnight and then buff it with a soft cloth to the desired sheen.
8. At this point your piece is done EXCEPT for one thing – it needs to cure, which takes about 30 days. Your piece can still be used during this curing time. However, until the wax cures and therefore has its full furniture protecting powers, you’ll just need to be a little more careful about water stains, scratches, etc. The good thing? If you do have any scratches or stains, just reapply the wax to that area to fix it!
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