Welcome to my very first blog post for My Little Vintage, I’m excited to share information and experience here with you, and to receive your feedback!
My first experience with chalk paint was a long time ago, even though I had been painting furniture for years, I was yet to give it a go. I found a recipe on Pinterest and started mixing. At that time ( to my knowledge) there were no chalk paint manufacturers or brands available in Australia. I found the home made paint to be very effective but a little lumpy, I still have pieces that are in great condition I made early in my experiments.
Then I discovered to my excitement that Spotlight carry a (albeit very small) range of chalk paint, by the name of Americana Decor. This range also has an excellent range of paint and finishes, and I am still using them frequently. And, to my absolute delight I finally discovered there were quite a few stockists of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Australia. I went crazy and ordered sample pots in almost every colour and clear and dark wax!
So far, there has been no product I’ve tried that compares to this wonderful paint. I have painted fabric, furniture, brass, metal, glass, even a resin lamp. The wax is super easy to use, and after painting more that 60 items, and finishing almost all of them with this wax, I have only just run out. The paint is expensive, yes, but totally worth it and the coverage is wonderful.
I would strongly encourage you to invest in a very good paint brush. I have several Purdy brushes, the Annie Sloane hog bristle brush, and recently have tried bamboo brushes made by Rota Cota, ( much greener) which are fantastic to use, and wash up very easily, it can also depend on the “look” you are trying to achieve with your piece. I also love my Annie Sloan wax brush, admittedly it took a while to achieve this relationship 😉
One day I was watching a tutorial on YouTube and the lady Shawna West ( highly recommend her videos) about “pushing the wax into the paint” and finally, something gelled in my brain, I tried it, and I haven’t looked back. When I first started painting, I used to dread the waxing experience because I didn’t feel confident about it, but now I never have any problems. I find it best to use my wax brush, with minimal wax, and wipe over with a lint free damp cloth. I find Chux cloths are the best for this, and the great thing is you can keep washing them until they literally fall to bits, I don’t feel quite so guilty about using them then. Leave your piece for 24 hours, and come back and buff with a dry, lint free cloth, don’t skip this step as any excess wax will stay on the piece.
I use organic detergent which I just purchased from my local Coles, but any mild soap will do to clean both your paint and your wax brushes. When I have washed my brushes, I wrap them in paper towel, and leave them wth the brush facing down for a couple of hours, just in case I haven’t washed them out properly (sometimes it’s quite late at night, or early in the morning and I’m not quite up to the challenge).
Unlike latex paint, where you can simply wrap your paint brush up and pop it in the fridge in between coats, I find with chalk paint, it’s much better to wash your brush out, unless your paint is drying fast (which it does usually anyway) this eliminates small bumps and clumps of paint going onto your piece, which can be very frustrating if you have to fix it later, that being said, if I’m working on a large piece, I will pause and wash my brush several times.
I could ramble on here forever, but I don’t want bore you all to death.
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I look forward to hearing from everyone!
Bye for now, Tan x