DIY: Age furniture gracefully overnight with Annie Sloan 0
For decades, my grandmother has so vehemently lied about her age that no one really knows how old she is.
Isn’t if funny that when it comes to furniture, maturity is something to be bragged about?
The visible signs of aging add character and authenticity to furniture pieces, and therefore value.
‘Vintage’ is such a desired quality in the home decor department that many have pushed to find ways to accelerate, and even fake the aging process overnight.
As demonstrated with this tutorial from expert painter and author Annie Sloan, the distressed and old-as-Father-Time-chipping-paint look can be expertly imitated using her decorative Chalk Paint and waxes.
So roll up those sleeves and prepare your paintbrushes, it’s time to turn your new bedside table into a senior citizen.
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
- Annie Sloan Clear Wax
1. Leave a can of Chalk Paint open overnight or in the fridge for a few hours to thicken up.
2. Paint two coats (or even three in some parts), moving the brush in different directions. Leave to dry or use a hairdryer to get some really good cracks.
3. Apply Annie Sloan Clear Wax with a lint-free cloth or brush, working the wax into the paint like a hand cream and removing any excess as you go.
4. When it is dry 'knock' the paint off using a piece of folded sandpaper.
5. For a great antique look, use Dark Soft Wax. Work it into your (still wet) Clear Soft Wax and spread. Work in small sections at a time. If you applied too much dark wax, simply dip a clean rag in clear wax and use it to remove the excess as you go.
6. Another great way to bring out the crackles in paintwork or create an aged finish is by applying a subtle wash in a darker colour. The paint will gather wherever there are cracks. In ‘Color Recipes,’ Annie use uses a Country Grey Chalk Paint wash over Old White Chalk Paint. This is a gentler way of bringing out the crackles than using her Dark Soft Wax.