Are you ready to see another furniture redo of a previous redo? I know I can't be the only person that paints stuff and then changes her mind a few months later! I've been reading the book Simplicity Parenting and have been trying to calm my kids rooms down. Less toys, less stuff, calmer furniture, peaceful, serene. I started by painting the dresser E ruined, French linen grey. Then I painted her bookcase the same French linen grey with a Pure white stencil. Love it!
This was the bookcase when I got it from my Grandparents. Chipping, old paint with stain underneath and some water damage around the bottom. I stripped it with Citistrip and sanded it down and then painted it with chalk paint. The great thing about chalk paint is that if you decide that you want a new color you can just paint the new chalk paint color right over the previously painted and waxed piece! So awesome.
I painted the bookcase with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. Then I pried the plywood off the back of the bookcase and painted that with 2 coats of ASCP as well.
One of my FAVORITE things about chalk paint is that it dries super fast. So the grey paint was ready for my stencil pretty quick. I bought one of the Martha Stewart Stencils from Michael's. I used my 40% off coupon so the stencil was less than $10.
I used painter's tape to hold my stencil in place and then carefully painted over it.
The finished back!
I wanted a little more texture so I sanded the stenciled part a little bit.
I waxed the whole bookcase and back with Minwax finishing wax. I use this wax on flatter chalk paint pieces since it's so much cheaper. It is a much harder wax so it is harder to work into crevices. I did use the ASCP Soft wax for the crevice details on the front of the bookcase. You can't tell I used two different waxes on the bookcase and there is no color difference at all.
Finished!! Have you tried using Minwax Finishing wax on your chalk painted furniture?