Hi all!! This past week I had the pleasure of attending an Annie Sloan chair painting class at Restoration Emporium's Studio 4!!
It was a two night class, two hours each night. And it was a blast! The teacher of the class is Sheila, the owner of Me and Fred G. And she was fantastic.
The first night we all picked out a chair from about 20 that Studio 4 supplied.
(photo "borrowed" from Restoration Emporium)
Here's the chair I selected!
I picked a chair with a lot of weird details so I would have a lot of opportunity to work with the products in ways I'm not used to.
After selecting our chairs, we cleaned them. With Annie Sloan paint, there is no sanding needed. Yes, you heard me right. Feels so good to skip that back breaking step! Next, we all chose our chair color.
I chose Duck Egg Blue. I'm in love with this color!
We spent the rest of the first night just getting our chairs painted. I chose to put only one coat of paint on since I was planned on distressing and using a dark wax.
The second night of the class I focused on distressing and waxing my chair. First, we did a coat of clear wax. Next, I did a bunch of distressing. I didn't want a TON, but I tried to distress in areas that would normally look worn on an old chair. I got a little carried away in some places, but what do you do. :-)
After I finished that step, I decided to do a dark wax. As I began to put it on, I decided I wasn't going to do the dark wax all over, but just highlight certain areas with it. I used a combo of dark and clear wax for the second coat. I wasn't sure how much I liked it that night, but the next day I was really pleased! I made sure to buff the wax in 24 hours after I had applied it.
And here she is!!
All in all, I think my first Annie Sloan experience was pretty good. I know it will be darn near impossible to go back to any regular old paint after using hers. It was just nice and thick, spread well, didn't run, and distressed so nicely. Not to mention that all the colors are just so beautiful! I think I'm in love!!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my chair come to life, and I look forward to showing you all a bunch of pieces in the near future!!
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