Can you paint Annie Sloan chalk paint straight on waxed pine?
This is a regular question on how to paint pine furniture, so thought I would post a recent conversation with a DIY painter looking to refurbish the proverbial orange pine furniture.
I have found your website which I hope will be very useful.
But can I just check something – can I really paint over waxed
My dad (who used to be a pro painter & decorator many many
years ago and not in the trade for a while) told me I couldn’t!
I have a couple of wardrobes and drawers that would have been bare
timber but I waxed them (with briwax) a few years ago. They are now
starting to go that orangy colour! Can I really just paint them with
Annie Sloan paint, straight over them with no stripping? I do hope so!
Also you mention sealing them with wax or varnish. I can see that you
can get Annie Sloan wax (when you buy the paint) would this be best?
or you mention varnish – does it need to be oil or water based? and
will this pull the paint off as its water based.
I would really rather paint the furniture then buy new as there is
nothing wrong with it and it fits my very small room!
Many thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear from
This is my answer:
You really can apply chalk paint straight over wax and it will stick.
You can paint 2 coats of AS on any clean slippy slidy surface, then wax it with 2 or 3 sparing coats of AS soft wax, then buff it up when dry. Enjoy.
I understand your father’s disbelief, no worries, even practicing decorators give it a wide berth saying it’s —– (fill in the dots yourself!) I wasn’t quite so skeptical about it before I tried it, but it is a bit of a wild concept to take on board, when you have been used to thinking a certain way.
Even a local pine specialist furniture maker swore up and down that it was impossible to paint over wax. But chalk paint seems to deliver every time.To be honest, the first few times using chalk paint, you can just try too hard, thinking it must be like ordinary paint that needs help all the way. But chalk paint does all its own prep and colour work, and the wax seals it up. So if you are happy with the durability of a waxed table top you will be happy with waxed chalk paint. Same finish, just coloured.
Don’t cut corners getting a cheaper wax, absolutely not worth the bother, even if you have some of that old Briwax handy.
I was chatting recently with Charlie Budd, a pro decorator in Stratford-on-Avon who has converted to Annie Sloan chalk paint, to the point that he has it on his cornflakes now. I found out that the Annie Sloan varnish seems to have been withdrawn from the Annie Sloan range.
I do recall another decorator saying that it was tricky finding the right varnish to recommend for chalk paint in different scenarios, so maybe they have just stuck with what works as a protector coat – clear soft wax. It works for me and it should work for you.
UPDATE Following a misunderstanding about the capabilities of chalk paint:
chalk paint will stick to wax, but does not have stain blocking properties. If it draws tannin through the first coat, use clear shellac to seal, and then second coat the piece with chalk paint.
You can sand chalk paint perfectly smooth with abranet and dust extraction, or after first wax coat get it really silky smooth with no dust created.
Hope that helps, and if you have any other questions, just ask over on the forum for hand painted furniture. (And give your father a go with it, he will love it
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