The first step is to clean your piece and make any repairs it might need. This little side table was in very good condition so all it needed was a good wipe down with Dirtex, an all purpose cleaner. Most cleaning products leave a bit of residue so it's a good idea to run a clean wet sponge over for a rinse coat. Dirtex is my favorite go-to because there is no need to do the rinse coat. Spray, wipe and start painting. PRO TIP: If you are painting cabinets, it's a good idea to use a degreaser like Krud Kutter. You have to do the rinse coat step, but it really does a great job of getting the grease and grime off.
Choosing colors is always hard, but I wanted to keep somewhat neutral so this piece would fit into several decor styles. I opted for Annie Sloan's Amsterdam Green and Chateau Grey because I thought they worked well together, AND, I thought a copper gilding wax would complement both colors.
Stirred up my can of paint and started with the first coat of Chateau Grey on all surfaces except the drawers. I did end up doing the Chateau Grey with two coats just to make sure I covered everything.
Then Amsterdam Green on the drawers. Again, two coats, it just looked better.
Let's talk tools for a minute. When you're spending time on a project, it just makes sense to use the brushes that get you the very best results. Annie Sloan Paint & Wax Brushes are made to be used with her paint. There is a brush specifically for the finish you want. On this project, I used the No 8 paint brush with the oval edge and the small wax brush. These are top quality and will last for years. If you don't have one yet, give them try. We know you’ll love them and the finished product.
You’ll notice the paint has a very flat look at this point. Don’t worry, the next step is the waxing. This is where I always feel the magic happens. Annie Sloan wax will provide a durable finish and give your project a lovely soft sheen. I applied clear wax with the small wax brush. The paint is designed to absorb the wax it needs. You can then immediately wipe the excess wax off using lint free shop cloths or 100% cotton lint free rags. PRO TIP: When applying wax, less is better. Remember you are going to wipe away excess wax, so don’t overdo it. The number one mistake most make is applying too much!
Immediately after applying clear wax, I accented carved areas with Annie Sloan dark wax, wiped excess away and did a little blending. This adds patina and a bit of drama, always my favorite part. PRO TIP: If you want to bring up a bit more sheen, wait 24 hours, then use a clean shop cloth or 100% cotton rag and buff to a beautiful soft shine.
Last step, I used Annie Sloan Gilding Wax in Copper for a bit of glamour. The waxes will dry overnight but it will take 2-3 weeks to fully cure. Be gentle on your piece as it can scratch during this curing time. I’ve linked everything in case you want to check out what I’ve used for this project. Thanks for reading my blog and leave a comment if you have any questions. Happy painting! Gail