Distressed White Desk

I have been painting furniture for the past, well let’s just say many many years and most of that was professionally. By painting I mean with technique to make it look authentically old, hand-rubbed or faux… not spray painted in masses.

So I am coming from that perspective. But I figured how hard could it be… it really is just paint. Now I am not afraid to paint anything I want painted or experiment with techniques, heck I smeared Bees wax all over my walls in the living room because I couldn’t get the color I wanted… but I have my rules.

Back to Sloan, the desk that I painted needed a lot of tender loving care, it was a mess but worth saving. Perfect for this project.




One of the reasons this paint enticed me was it boasts of no prep work what so ever and it’s ability to adhere to any surface, that includes metal, concrete as in flooring and even leather. No prep time! I’m there… and of course the end result in a hand rubbed old finish.

I decided on Paris Gray for the first coat, I painted on a very warm day but towards evening outside. Now anytime you paint outside your setup time will be half. This is a very thick paint and the paint went on nicely but I found I could not go over it after it started to dry, I had to work quickly, I think probably because of the hot air. It also leaves brush strokes but they disappeared after the paint dried.



I could have left the Paris Gray with one coat but I decided to go over it with Old White and do a layered distressed look.


The Old White is very creamy in color, it is pretty but I would have liked it whiter with the gray. The colors are very limited in this paint.

The white didn’t seem as thick and really was streaky but when it dried I only had to do touch-ups not a second coat.
I then sandpapered to smooth out and add distress areas in places I think it would have been worn. Sanding this is messy… it turns to powder. This paint reminds me of paint that has gesso added to it.




So far I am liking this paint, but it is expensive and I know they claim it goes far, that is yet to be seen by me.
Now in years past, I have used acrylic flat paint and then used Brewax to polish the paint to give it a hand-rubbed finish. I use the original color because I do not like any of the pre-colored mixes. I add my own color very sparingly. I do not like a lot of antiquing.

The Annie Sloan wax comes in original clear and a dark wax.  The dark wax is very dark. I first waxed the piece with the clear and then with the brush put the dark wax into the details.

This is where it gets tricky, you take off the dark with more of the clear wax on a rag. The dark does not come off easy, if you don’t put down the clear wax first it immediately stains the paint. I barely used any of the dark wax.



I like the color of it but it will take me forever to use all this. It would be easier to just put a little stain in with the clear. Usually I use Old English, it has a nice tobacco color and just a drop goes a long way. This soft wax is nice but there is no lead time on the can to tell you when to buff. With Brewax I can buff in about 10 minutes.

The can do boast about the different things that are possible with this paint and they sound very interesting. They give a website to order a book and I will probably order it because it sounds like some techniques I would like to try. They talk about some wall treatments with the wax that sounds very interesting.


Here is the finished product… all in all it looks much better than when I started.


Sorry about the shadows it is late in the day..,.


The results I would say are the same as if I would have used my other technique but it saved me time with no prep work which I like very much. I have concerns about the wax, I would not purchase the dark wax again. If this paints popularity helps teach painting techniques for the inexperienced person it is a good thing.
All in all I would like to look more into it and see all the possibilities it has to offer.

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