ASCP Graphite, sanding and waxing

I have been planning to show more exiting summer colours in my blog, but I got this project from a customer and thought it would be a great opportunity to show some of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint´s properties. After this post, I am going to move on to something like Provence or Barcelona Orange.  Promise!

This is the sideboard as it looked when I got it from the costumer.

..and this is

after about three coats of Graphite, this time the wood soaked the paint quiet a lot!  If you leave it like that, without applying any wax you would have a fun chalkboard furniture with a completely matt look (See picture below). But that wasn’t what the customer wanted. So let’s move on to waxing.

Picture above via Oliver´s

Waxing, sanding, waxing

I did it on the inner part of the doors. Waxing before sanding makes the sanding less of a mess, and it produces less traces of paint dust. If you are allergic to dust then this is a good option for you. The only thing I don’t like is that sanding after the wax isn’t as fun as sanding over the paint, because the wax gets into the sand paper and it basically shortens the sand paper lifetime a lot. It is a minor thing just for you to know. After the sanding, seal once more with wax and polish with a cloth.

You can see more chalk dust coming out from the frame because it hasn’t been waxed before.  (remember to clean up with a damp cloth)

This is the final look after waxing, sanding and waxing again.

Here the top has  already got a coat of wax and the drawer is awaiting for it! In case you are sanding for the first time, don’t panic about the colour changing a lot, It doesn’t.     ( I didn’t use rustic wax as shown in the pic, it is clear wax with the wrong label)

Sanding and two times waxing

This technique is what I did for most of the piece. I sanded gently just enough to make the surface smooth. It is easier to sand down and create the patina look if there is no wax involved. The cons are that there is more cleaning up afterwards. I normally clean the piece again with a damp cloth to remove all the paint particles. Some tiny white chalk particles are more likely to show up, this will happen with any of the colours, but it comes more obvious in dark colours like graphite. After sanding, seal the piece again with wax and polish with a cloth.

A close up after sanding and waxing!

I don’t think the final look is any diferent if you  wax or not before sanding.

Just waxing (twice)

 You can also avoid the sanding, the surface won’t feel as smooth. No chalk particles will show up. The final look is slightly different; the texture won’t be that obvious (unless you use dark wax over a lighter colour, or unless you do a close up like in my picture below ), but the colour looks brighter and neater, I think. I did it this way for the inner part of the furniture and drawers. The picture below is not from the sideboard but from my maid door, which I painted in Amsterdam Green and waxed.

If you have had a different experience with sanding and waxing over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, feel free to share!

This is how the sideboard looks  now. So smart!

Until next post! Keep it simple!


2 thoughts on “ASCP Graphite, sanding and waxing

  1. Hello Adri,

    This piece is beautiful…I love classy and often you can get it to look like a piece of stone. For me…I love to wax then sand and I like the fact that the sandpaper gets clogged with paint. That helps me stay in control of my distressing and sanding. It also starts to act like a burnishing tool…gives me a really smooth feel.
    But as you know…we all have out little techniques that we love.

    Again…great job.

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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