With the completion of hand painting, distressing, and waxing the fabulous carved wooden arm chair it was time to choose fabric for the seat cushion. The antique chair had a basic linen fabric on it that was showing signs of wearing. I wanted to keep the fresh feel of the newly distressed painted look and add appeal, so my task at hand was choosing the right upholstery for the seat cushion.
Since the chair would be placed in my bedroom and be more of a decorative chair than every day functional one I chose an ornate raised corded fabric with an ivory background. When choosing fabric it is important to take into consideration how durable you need the fabric in relation to how often that piece of furniture will be used. My bedroom chair still maintains function and I sit upon it to put on shoes, the girls may sit on it from time to time, and it has been even known to be a holding place for clean laundry. I would have never chosen the fabric I did if it would have received constant use. My friend Heather showed me how to layer a felt-like material to get more cushion in the seat and placed the ornate fabric over the cushion securing with staples from the staple gun. I then used Scotch Guard to protective the fabric. I did several coats with drying time in between. I secured the cushion with the screw nails I previously removed from the chair at the start of my project. I try to keep original hardware on the pieces of furniture I re-do unless they are in bad shape or do not aim to please in appeal factor. I have found plastic baggies helpful in keeping and love that I can marker on the bag which furniture piece it goes to.
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We live in Texas and the month is August so I decided to work on my project indoors. I laid wide thick mil plastic under my table as I was going to be painting and sanding indoors. At the Whimsey shop where I purchase my Annie Sloan chalk paint the woman told me to turn my chalk paint can upside down for 30 minutes before I paint especially since I purchased the paint a year ago. This will let the paint stuff that thickened at the bottom spread through the paint and I can use less paint with better coverage. You do need to make sure lid is tight on can. Others told me before they paint they always turn the can upside down for 10-15 minutes. I shake my can a bit too and stir with paint stick before I apply. I decided to paint our farm table Old White by Annie Sloan.
After I laid the plastic down, I cleaned the table surfaces well and let dry. The great thing with chalk paint is on many projects you do not need to put a primer on first. This red oak table did not need a primer so I just opened my can of paint and began to paint. I love Purdy paint brushes and used the 2 inch nylon/polyester brush for this table. I have shown the Annie Sloan oval brush in the photo. I look forward to trying that one out. I painted the table legs and sides first and then the top surface. My table has three leaves so I purposely opened the table as wide as it would go and put sections on with space in between and painted. My first coat of paint was on the table so I washed my Purdy brush with warm water and a little Dawn soap so it would be good to go for tomorrow.
Chalk paint dries fairly quickly so I could have done my second coat the first day. I really am particular about the projects I take on and the waiting times in between coats of paint and wax. The next morning I lifted the leaf sections from the table and laid on the floor. I pushed my table together and secured it with lock and with the helped of my eldest we managed to flip the table over so I could paint the table legs properly. This was my second coat for the legs and while they were drying I moved to the sections I had lifted off and painted the sides and surface again. I waited a couple hours more and then we flipped the table back upright and I painted the sides and then the top. I was now done for this day and the table had 2 coats of chalk paint. Usually people say they paint 1 1/2 coats with Annie Sloan’s paints.
For this project I wanted the look of A Lot of distressing so I used my fine sand block and dipped it in a container of water to begin the process of wet sanding. You just move the block over edges and it pulls the paint off and with wet sanding it really pushes the paint into the wood and leaves the piece feeling smooth and your hands glide over the wood surface. In wet sanding you immerse the block in water and squeeze excess into container. When block dries you re-wet it and repeat the process. You will have to clean off block with water when it gets too coated with paint and change out container of water with fresh when it gets too murky. In areas where I wanted more distressing I just kept working the sand block over the same area. Because of my schedule I sanded on and off for three days to distress the piece how I wanted it. Next, I wiped the table clean and free of sanding dust and removed the plastic from under the table. I vacuumed and again washed down the table from sanding and dried it with a soft cloth. I purchase Cavalier Mills all purpose handy wipes from our dollar store. I get 10 wipes for a dollar and they are lint free and scratch free cloths. They are great for wiping a furniture piece before you start the waxing process. I always paint first, distress, and then wax. I used Annie Sloan’s soft wax and wax brush to get the wax on and into my table. I used circular motions with wax brush and decent hand pressure on top surface of the table. I put on a rubber glove and took an old mis-match white sock and applied the wax by hand on legs and sides. You do have to take the approach of less is more when applying wax. When the table was waxed I waited again. I wait between 12-24 hours for coat of wax to dry before I begin buffing with my Cavalier Mills cloth. I love the sheen that appears from using the AnnieSloan soft wax before you even begin to buff. I then added wax to spots I felt could use a little more and re-did the table top surface. I wax in circular motion or with grain of wood. Again, I buffed and then let sit without being touched for 48 hours. I believe it takes 21 days for wax to completely harden. The wax is important to seal the paint in and protect your wood surface. I put three coats of wax on the table top since it will be used with food and drink. I was now finished with hand painting, distressing, and waxing my great oak farm table. Read my next blog about the fabulous chair find!