I have recently been to a workshop at the lovely Re-Loved where I learned to decorate items using Annie Sloan’s paints. I chose to bring one of my son’s chairs I wanted to upcycle and using the skills learned at the workshop I also did the other chair and table.
First, I cleaned the chair of any muck. You don’t have to sand it as this paint can stick to most surfaces and if sanded it is more likely to absorb into the wood (or so I’ve been told
I started painting from the bottom so it’s easier to paint everything else (by the time the top is finished the paint was dry to the touch underneath)
Next painting the rest of the chair, leaving it to dry for a bit (if it’s warm it doesn’t take long, maybe half an hour if that) then another layer.
I then used some plastic stencils with a brush and black acrylic paint on the back of the chair…
Those things at the back hanging to dry are the cloth nappies we use in case you were wondering!
After I finished all the painting and stencilling I dabbed a cloth in wax (I used an old kitchen towel but you can probably get better things for this) and covered the chair with it. I then sanded the chair to give it a bit of a used look. You could also do this the other way around – sand first, wax later.
I then left it for a few days for the wax to dry/absorb or what ever it is that it does… and varnished it. You don’t have to, but as it is going to be used by small children I figured it was a good idea. I varnished it about 3 times (yes I may have been OTT) but this was easy as I did it with a quick drying wood varnish.
To see the final product you will have to wait for the next post where I’ll show you what I did with the table
See you soon!