I haven't styled the dresser with a lamp or frames yet because I want to make sure the wax cures, which can take a few weeks, but I'll share more photos later when I have some more progress with the room!
|The lighting in our bedroom is terrible for iPhone photos, sorry! Still waiting on Santa for that big girl camera!|
If you read part one of my dresser redo, you know that I talked a lot about how I could see brush strokes with the chalk paint and that sort of bothered me at first. I have to say, although you can still see them, the wax makes a huge difference in making your furniture look really polished and complete! AND... it was WAY easy!
Seriously you guys, I was so intimidated by the waxing part of this project and it was by far easier than the actual painting! I didn't use the dark wax, so that would probably be more tricky, but if you're a beginner DIY-er like me, don't fret the clear wax.
I read a lot of tutorials, but this one was my favorite by Cindy of Simply Reinvented. She also has a distressing tutorial which was helpful too.
Items you will need
- You don't need the expensive AS waxing brush. I think if I were to buy one of the AS brushes, it would be the one for painting, because I used a few soft t-shirts cut into pieces for the wax and they worked great. Bam, I just saved you like $30!
- Working in small sections, push the wax into the paint and then use another rag to wipe off the excess. The first step is just using the t-shirt to push the wax into the paint so that it is absorbed. (Not that great of an explanation but that is why I gave you the Simply Reinvented link. Don't over-think it though, just wax) Then, take a second piece of t-shirt or lint-free rag and wipe of the excess wax. I did this in small sections of the large dresser and its easy because you can see where the wax has already been applied, even with the Pure White Chalk Paint. I was concerned about not wiping enough of the excess wax off, because I read that it wouldn't dry for others, but I didn't have that problem. You can tell when you've wiped the excess off because the rag or t-shirt will run smoothly over the section that you just waxed. Note: this is not buffing, just run the rag in a straight line up and down the section once or twice and you will be good to go.
- Do 2-3 coats for parts of the furniture that will take the most abuse. I did 3 coats on the top of the dresser but only 1 on the rest of it.
- Wait 24 hours, then buff. Don't overthink the buffing either... I honestly half-assed this part and I think the finish still looks great. I used a little circular buffing sponge, like one you would buy to wax or buff your car, but I bet another piece of the old t-shirt would work too.
As I said before, I'm no expert but I hope that my little tips and comments will help any of you who are considering a chalk paint project! :)