HOW TO PAINT ANTIQUED DOORS - using annie sloan paints and wax

This is an advanced painting project that I did on some bi-fold doors using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with clear and dark wax. 

Here is a close up of the finish.


The main technique I used for this project was to crackle the paint.
Before I started I did some tests to see what kind of look
I could achieve with the products I had on hand.
I tried different strokes, timing, and heat.

the doors I used had been stained & painted blue before 
I started, my technique was to cover that blue completely


Step 1 - GLUE

I applied glue to the door by stippling it or tapping it as seen
 below. I worked in small sections and I let the glue get tacky.
This is the glue I had on hand, most white glue works for this.


Step 2 - PAINT

I brushed a buttery cream chalk paint over the tacky glue. If I
 fussed with the paint at all it created texture as seen below.
Texture is not a bad thing.



This image below shows an area I went back to re-brush and
 this was the result. In the end it is a good thing but I didn't 
want too much of this.


Step 3 - CRACKLE

This was the most intense part of the project.
I dried the creamy yellow paint with a hair dryer and this made
it crackle. I worked in sections and it was very time consuming.
Watch the following videos to see the crackle happen.



The final step to the creamy yellow was to smooth out any
 high spots in the paint. I used a 220 grit sand paper to knock
 off any peaks created during the brush painting.



I mixed a beautiful blue color to paint over the creamy yellow
and let it dry over night.



Step 5 - WAXING

The next step was to smooth out the paint finish with a 220
 grit sand paper. The sanding exposed some of the creamy
 yellow and also created flat plateaus on the surface.


Next, I clear waxed the blue. This was an important step to
 protect the color because I was going to be following with
 DARK wax which can really change the paint color in ways
I might not like.
CLEAR WAX - apply with a brush or rag and wipe off the
 excess wax always with a clean rag. No buffing need at this point. 


Once my clear wax was dry (20 mins), I applied the DARK
 wax and removed the excess. I always wear gloves when
 DARK waxing.


The final step was to get rid of the overall dirty look
that DARK wax leaves behind ....
I brushed a little clear wax on (below left) 
 buffed the excess off (below right)
the nice brilliant blue shines through
leaving the DARK wax to highlight the crevices






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