With so much information and misinformation online these days about what is the best paint and finish to use to restyle your furniture, we wanted to share our simple tips for being successful with Soft Wax by Annie Sloan.
We encourage you to purchase the right tools to help you create a beautiful finish on your freshly painted piece and, of course, we assume you have applied a couple coats of “the best paint in the world” Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan! Make sure you have a wax brush with the words “Annie Sloan” on the handle…..
The Soft Wax is the consistency of tub margarine. Tap the slanted side of your brush into the wax. We are just tapping not scooping.
This amount of wax should do at least a 15″x15″ area. Use a sweeping motion to apply the wax going back and forth to cover the area…apply a bit of pressure but not much.
Less is more on this step. Apply a thin coat and make sure you have covered the area. You can feel the difference with your other hand as you go.
Now this next step is very important……
Please don’t skip it!
Are you ready?
Remove the excess…
Use a lint free cloth like a white t-shirt and wipe off any excess wax. Wipe in one direction, lift up and wipe again in the same direction.
Do not rub back and forth to remove the excess wax as this will begin to buff the wax before it wants to be buffed.
This step is so important because if you leave too much wax on your piece it will stay sticky. If done right your piece should feel dry to the touch after you have finished wiping.
PLEASE don’t skip this step!
After you have waxed your piece and wiped off the excess and felt the beautiful dry finish….congratulate yourself! Well done! We recommend you wait for about 24 hours before you buff the wax if you want a sheen to your piece. Use a dry, lint free cloth to buff.
Your wax will take about 21 days to cure to it’s hardest and will be food-safe after this time. To clean use a damp cloth.
One More Thing……
Make sure you purchase your Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax by Annie Sloan from a shop that displays this logo. This means that a certified stockist, trained and experienced, is helping you with your purchase and will continue to be available to answer any questions you may have long after your purchase.
We, at Winsome Cottage, have over 60 hours of training along with years of custom work for others and work done in our shop and are always happy to help you with any questions.