Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
Well, hello there! Long time no see. I have been on a little sabbatical. Absence makes the heart grow fonder right? I’m sure you haven’t missed me too much. 😉 I have been doing some fun DIY projects lately. I thought it would be fun to share. Who doesn’t love a little show and tell?
Our mantel has been needing some TLC. Along with the fact that it remains this bea-u-ti-ful 1999 golden oak color, the shellac has been getting numerous cracks in it. I have been wanting to revamp it for some time, however I was not excited about sanding the numerous aforementioned layers of shellac, and getting dust in every crevice of our home.
However, one Sunday afternoon I was dawdling around the Home Improvement store, instead of scampering back home to bring my other half the piece he needed to fix whatever project I had currently
coerced asked him to do. And there before my eyes was chalk paint… cute, fun, spiffy. But upon further investigation (aka reading the label), no sanding or priming is needed to using chalk paint. Uuum, deal!
I used Valspar Chalk Finish Opera Gown paint and then rubbed on Amy Sloan Clear Wax, and Valspar Antique Wax. I am in no way a professional painter now, but I did learn some good tips, and things not to do.
Tips to using Antique Wax:
- Prior to starting project, understand Antique Wax with darken paint quite a bit.
- Place a very light coat of clear wax prior to applying antique wax – this will help the Antique wax adhere better.
- Work in small areas, do not apply too much antique wax, you do not want it getting dry prior to rubbing it in. I applied approximately a 6″x 6″ area of wax.
- Use a slightly damp, lint free cloth to rub wax in – Mr. Mead’s undershirts worked great.
- Place wax into crevices, allow to dry slightly prior rubbing off excess to give it the antique look.
- Don’t work with wax for too long, after 3-4 minutes it will begin to dry and no longer rub in well.
- If you are not getting the look you want, or feel you want to redo an area, use a wet cloth to remove glaze.
Here are a couple good resources; the first is a straight forward simple approach to applying antique wax – Click here. The second is a nice blog post on the different techniques that can be used and what the outcome will be with each technique – http://www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/2012/07/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-dark-wax-by-annie-sloan-that-is/
This was a simple and fun project. Honestly, the more I look at how the Mantel turned out, the more I love it, not to say I didn’t have some issues along the way; mainly with letting my wax get to dry while still trying to rub it in.
Good luck in your DIY endeavors!