Hello there! It’s been raining something fierce in Oklahoma, so my big projects are on hold and I’ve been focusing on a lot of facelifts for my existing decor. In this tutorial I will discuss how easy it is to create a new finish with chalk paint and furniture wax. The vision piece for this easy makeover was a grey-whitewashed floor lamp. Rather than whitewashing the mirror frame, I used brush strokes to give dimension and texture with a chalk paint and furniture wax.
For this project I used:
Hurricane Country Chic Paint
Country Chic White Wax
Synthetic Bristle Brush
Painters Tape (dependent on project)
The original finish [actually this mirror has had 3 previous face-lifts, it’s a part of the family!] on this mirror was matte, so a quick clean cloth wipe down was all the surface prep that was necessary. After taping off the inside of the frame with painters tape, I was ready to roll.
I used Hurricane Country Chic Paint and applied it with a synthetic bristle brush. I made sure my brush was pretty saturated with paint [not dripping off causing a mess, but enough paint to last for several strokes], I painted the first layer a little thicker than a typical first layer would be. For this finish, I need paint strokes. With that being said, I painted the second layer before the first layer was entirely dry. It is possible to paint the second layer too soon, so look for your paint to “flash over” or go from a shiny wet appearance to a matte looking finish [chalk paint does not dry glossy, so if it looks glossy it’s still too wet]. Depending on how thick your first layer is, you should let your paint dry at least 15 minutes [your paint brush will still drag up some paint with your second coat, creating the needed brush stroke texture].
The second coat enhances the paint strokes and creates deeper texture, which will allow the wax to stand out more later on. Note- your piece may need more than two coats of paint dependent on color and the base coat you’re covering.
Once the paint was entirely dry, I lightly sanded the surface with medium grit sandpaper, and sanded through the new paint layers on the frames edges for added dimension [the base coat was white-ish, so exposing some of that color was productive to complete the look I had in mind.]
Lastly, the wax application was achieved with a wax brush in a crosshatch [horizontal and vertical lines] fashion. I wanted to keep distinct lines in the finish and not create a circular or rubbed in look [the paint stroke appearance helps this effect].
This step is really easy, and nearly impossible to mess up. As you can see, the first swipe of wax is pretty contrasting, Country Chic’s White Wax is super malleable and will move as you need with ease using a wax brush. Waxing continuously back and forth, I covered the entire surface [and the sides] working into the crevices and detail to enhance the look.
After completing the wax application, I took a razor blade to the seam between the frame and the tape to easily remove the painters tape, preventing any paint peeling [not likely with chalk paint, but better safe than sorry]. I let the wax set a full day before returning the mirror back to the wall. This chalk paint and furniture wax project was super easy and resulted in a wonderful updated piece.