I left her alone for several weeks before trying, once again, to convert her into the sweet piece of furniture I knew she could be. I scraped and sanded her within an inch of her life, until I got her to look like this.
As you can see, that awful black paint was still soaked into part of the seat. There were also a few small areas where the varnish wouldn't let go.
I have been wanting to try the Annie Sloan chalk paint for quite some time, and several of you suggested I use it for this project, so I figured this bench would be my guinea pig.
I originally intended for the bench to be painted black so I chose "graphite," which is described as a soft black.
This is how she looked when the paint dried.
As you can see, the chalk paint leaves a very matte finish. In this light, it does appear to be a soft black. I used wax to protect her from the inevitable dings and scratches that 4 boys leave in their wake.
I haven't worked much with wax, other than occasionally applying it to my pine farmhouse table. I didn't really know what I was doing, so I just put some on the brush and worked it into the bench. When I was done, I started buffing it with a rag and noticed that it seemed tacky. Lint from the cloth was also sticking to it.
I sent the paint stockist, Patty from bestfurniturepaint.com, an e-mail asking her what I had done wrong. Apparently, the wax should dry for at least 24 hours before buffing. OOPS!
I suppose I could reapply the wax and buff again, but I actually think she looks fine the way she is now.
In this light and with the sheen of the wax, I would describe "graphite" as a gray with blue undertones.
Can you hear my sigh of relief? I am so glad this project is finished!
I'd love to know... Have you boarded the chalk paint wagon yet?
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