The other day I posted a blog about a French Country Farmhouse table I sanded back and used White Chalk Wax to finish the top. I paired it up with two benches, which I also used White Chalk Wax on the top of the benches to give a pearlised look. I had these French Country chairs in my stock room (formerly were in my own dining room) and decided to do two in case whomever the lucky person is who buys the French Farmhouse Table and benches may wish to add these chairs to the set. This is the first one done. Look below for the transformation and how the wax was used to give a special effect whilst also protecting the finished product.
This is the chair before, yes many would wonder why I painted it. In all actuality I'd painted these chairs some years ago and they needed touching up. They'd been painted in Laura Ashley paint (before I discovered the joys of chalk paint and became a convert) and when that chips, it's a big job to touch up so might as well start all over. Suffice to say, after a good cleaning and a light sand to smooth out the chipped oil based paint - I painted all over with Autentico Chalk Paint in Clear Clouds.
Photo of the finished product - hints of the Clear Clouds Chalk Paint showing through the White Chalk Wax. The seat pad is now fully protected and once dried has a lovely smooth feel - and will not come off when you sit on it. Wax really is much more than something to simply protect your paint finish but can be used as a method for achieving different looks. Autentico Wax is natural, so easy to smooth on and most importantly, available in many colours.
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I purchased this French country style table and chairs. Chairs are destined for my own dining room but wanted to pair up the table with lovely country benches I have had in my work shop for a while. Just started on the table. The plan is to keep the wood showing somewhat but colour with using Autentico White Chalk Wax teamed up with a gorgeous Autentico Chalk Paint colour called Clear Clouds on the table legs and benches - such a fresh clean colour that I thought would look stunning in a country or French themed kitchen.
This is the leaf on top of the table, once sanded back. What a huge difference in colour! I've only gotten as far as sanding and the start of waxing the leaf. My best tip for doing something like this is to use a mouse sander, sanding this much by hand would just take far too long. Just make sure you have enough sheets before you start, you will need both coarse and fine sandpaper.
My plan was to have the benches, table legs and bottom portion of the table in Clear Clouds, top sanded back and waxed in Autentico White Chalk Wax - you can see how easy it is to apply and really changes the look of the wood. This is the start of just the first coat of White Chalk Wax, I applied three coats of wax over two days to build up the colour.
So here is the final product. Don't you just love the curvy legs of the table, it's what really caught my eye. I love it teamed up with the benches for a rustic French farmhouse feel. This is shown with the leaf in the table. Remember, Autentico has a whole range of coloured waxes, you can do so much on plain wood or experiment with different looks over the 100+ colours of paint in the Autentico Chalk Paint Range. Pop into the work shop if you would like to find out more or sign up for any of our classes.
Have you ever seen such lovely hand painted items such as this? So easy to do using Autentico Chalk Paint mixed with a little fabric medium. Who knew chalk paint could be used in so many ways.
In addition to the Autentico Chalk Paint and the item you wish to fabric paint, these are the key items needed. There are a lot of fabric mediums out there, I just happened to have stocked up on Martha Stewart Fabric Medium. I've used lots of different stampers/pouncers and I like the Tulip Sponge Pouncers the best - easy to clean and importntly, easy to use. Likewise, lots of different spray adhesive for stencils, I like 3M the best. Most of my items are purchased from Amazon (mainly because I started crafting in earnest while bed bound with torn ligaments in my knee so could only order on line!)
For the above project, I lightly sprayed the back of the stencil and positioned on the burlap table runner I wanted to paint. I did put some grease proof paper behind because I knew the paint would easily come through the back. I use a tiny bowl to mix the chalk paint and fabric medium. Colour used for this one is Library Red.
This is the finished item just before removing the stencil. If you're using a finely cut stencil as above, be sure to slowly and carefully remove the stencil so as not to tear it. Don't let the paint dry, remove the stencil as soon as you're done. With fabric painting, less is more. Don't overload your pouncer with paint and if needs be, better to go over any areas with less paint using a fine paint brush and not to go over too many times with the pouncer.
Finished item. Hoping to add a photo of the table runner painted on both ends and in the middle. Check back soon. You can use any colour in the Vintage Autentico Chalk Paint range.