I am so, so, so excited because I purchased my first quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint along with both the light and dark waxes! The color I chose was Duck Egg Blue, and I am obsessed. It's light and cheery, but not too in-your-face. The process started by applying two coats of the paint to the bar stools. I applied two coats because I didn't care for the color of the original wood. Had it been a dark, pretty wood, I would have applied one coat to allow the original wood to show through. After they were dry, I applied a combination of the clear and dark wax* to create a subtle antiquing affect without altering the original color too much. I applied the wax with sponges instead of brushes to keep it looking more organic, but another option is to apply the waxes with a brush then wipe with a rag.
*The Waxes: There are two waxes you can buy for this paint: clear and dark. They create different affects which you can read about here.
I have to say, I LOVE how the stools came out. Starting now, I am going to start refinishing pieces of furniture I pick up from antique and thrift stores around town, and then sell them. Also, if you have a piece that you'd like for me to refinish, please contact me at email@example.com, and I'll be happy to give you a quote.
Keep in mind that you can only purchase Annie Sloan paint from an Annie Sloan "Stockist". Stockists are few and far between, but I've found the one in Baton Rouge! Her name is Cyndee Layman of Layman Smith Interiors, and she is sweet as can be. We love her! To contact: 225-936-3411 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to mention The Mended Nest!