Guest GhostBuster Lesley Anne Kinney
Chest of Drawers with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan
It was in reasonable condition but had years of grime and polish on it. It will become a great looks for less project…just watch…
I cleaned the piece with Mostenbackers Lift Off® (from Home Depot). On the top and legs and any area I wasn’t painting, I lightly sanded. It only needed very light sanding, just enough for the Satin & Seal to bite into. I used Antique Mahogany and then Van Dyke Brown. I like the red undertones the Antique Mahogany gives, VD Brown can be a bit flat.
I painted the body of the chest with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White. I thinned the paint with a little water as I wanted a smooth finish. I taped out the stripes and painted them with Duck Egg Blue mixed with Old White. When it was all dry I waxed it and buffed it up the next day. (I’m still in two minds whether to put a teeny bit of antiquing wax on it). I painted the handles and luckily they look okay as the handles I really wanted (modern glass) would have cost me $180 !!!!
With Annie Sloan paint, the cleaning is really important. Often furniture has been cleaned with spray polish which contains silicone and we know nothing sticks to silicone! But if you clean it properly you do not have to do any sanding or any other sort of prep.
Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is available in North America. Find a dealer here.