Thursday, June 5, 2014

WAX on, WAX off





A few weeks ago I had this brilliant ridiculous idea to refinish our humongous dining room buffet unit while the floors were torn up during our remodel. I told Mr. R we could work in the house on the cement floor and not have to worry about a big mess. It was a good idea to do it at this time, but I had no idea how much work was involved in chalk painting this huge piece of furniture and how much time it would take. My "weekend project" turned into a "3 weekend project".

The before photo shows the piece we had custom made nearly 25 years ago. It's definitely a dated style, but to replace this big of a piece {it's 10 feet wide and 7 feet tall} would have cost more money than we wanted to spend right now so I thought we could chalk paint it. I had heard so much about chalk paint and how easy it was...easy yes! Labor intensive, we had no idea how much physical labor would be involved! We really worked hard on this piece, but the end result was worth it.

I researched chalk painting on Pinterest and ended up doing the DIY version for the paint, using plaster of paris with Behr paint from Home Depot. If there is a next time, I will pay more attention to the ratio when I mix the water, plaster of paris and the paint. I think my mixture was a bit thin. It was recommended to us to use the Annie Sloan wax and brushes and I am glad we did.

The process involves painting two coats of paint. Then sanding, and putting a coat of clear wax on the sanded piece. Then you polish, polish, polish. We wanted an antique look to it, so we put a coat of dark wax on. Then polish, polish, polish. Are you seeing what I mean by the labor intensive process now? Finally, we put another coat of clear wax on and polished one last time. By this point, every muscle in my hands, wrists, back and shoulders were screaming at me. Motrin to the rescue.

The work was not over. Because we had all this construction going on in the house, all the glassware had to be washed and polished before placing it back on the buffet. But now it is all shiny and pretty.

The painter is nearly finished in our home and I will be so glad to not have workers in the house any more. It's been 3 months now and I am ready to have my house all to myself during the daytime.


Canadian Abroad said...

It was totally worth it, and may I add - I loooove your glass collection.

Katy Cameron said...

Well done all (but don't you have sons you could have roped into this? ;o) )

Marla's Crafts said...

It's beautiful. Good job sticking with it. The dishes good great.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

You guys did a wonderful job, Diane! I love the yellow you painted it with, and it looks fabulous with the wax on. Well worth the pain, in my opinion! Hope your body feels better soon!

Geri said...

wow di it looks great! Good job guys!

Annabella said...

That must be soooo satisfying but probably not the project to do when you're both sick, silly people! ;) And yes, I love your glasses too - all our nice glasses are hidden away in a chest.