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I just finished a console cabinet and mirror for my friend, Christin. We had decided on Paris Grey. However once finished, it was a little flat and didn’t have a lot of dimension, which is what she was looking for. I had already waxed the pieces but I knew from previous experience that a wash would still work.
Here is the process for these pieces (after the initial two coats of AS Paris Grey were applied and the pieces waxed in AS clear wax).
Taking AS Old White, I added a wash onto the pieces (make the wash pretty thick when applying it over wax). I took a paper towel and wiped it off as I went along. I decided to add a coat of General Finishes High Performance topcoat instead of another coat of wax. After it dried, I took a sanding sponge and went over the finish with 220 grit sandpaper. This is definitely a strange combination of paint, wax, wash, topcoat and then sandpaper but honestly, it created a beautiful and tough as nails finish.
Here are a few pics and quick video on the process.
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Adding a whitewash over a previously waxed finish using Annie Sloan products. This is Old White over Paris Grey. First dip brush into bowl of water and then into paint and brush on as thick or thin to get desired effect! After it dries, seal again with very light coat of wax #whitewash #howto #diy #painted #howtoaddwash #chalkpaint #anniesloan #washoverwax #tutorial #videoclip #havingfun #create #makeover #design #layeringpaint
Sorry about the sound mix up! The video was originally on Instagram! In the description it mentions how I was going to seal it again with a light coat of wax. However, I decided to use General Finishes High Performance Topcoat (mentioned in description above).
I’m so impressed with EVERYTHING you’ve done!!! It’s really exciting to see what can be done to transform furniture. You’ve inspired me to try it myself and reading and seeing all that I have on your site, I managed the courage to redo my bedroom furniture and now I want to try other things!! So thank you!
Hi Liz! Thanks so much! Have fun with it and you may also become addicted to paint lol! Cheers!
Great information to file away for one of those days when a piece just isn’t done! Thank you.
Does the general finishes top coat not yellow white? I’ve only used it on stained wood. I love to follow your projects!
Hi Darlene, I have only had it yellow one time. It was over a light piece and it is the only time that has happened. I believe it was because the jar was really old (like over a year) and had been sitting there. I suggest using it over one section first to make sure it doesn’t happen. If it happens again to me (with a new jar) I shall post about it so everyone will know. Thanks!
What a lovely effect. I always love learning new techniques to try out.