I've been dying to try Annie Sloan's Antibes Green so I did.  I've had this furniture bin that was likely used for a trash can holder, but I say it can be used for many other things as well.  Tater bin, laundry bin, even for pet food.  Anyway, I did mess with the color just a bet.  I LOVE the jade green found on kitchen things from the 30's/40's era so was striving for that.  So I added a bit of Greek Blue and Graphite from Annie's Chalk Paint and got it right on!  Perfect match and I love it. 

First I gave the bin a coat of Old White Chalk Paint, then the Antibes Green mix.  I sand it quite a bit (which is easy peasy with Annie's paint) so that it was not only distressed down to the wood in places that would normally wear, but also so a good bit of white showed through.  Then gave it a coat of clear wax.  I know, I know, you're "supposed" to clear wax and then sand, but for some reason, I prefer sanding and making a big ole' dusty mess first.  Then I tried a new technique with the dark wax making a dark glaze.  I've read about it several other places and HAD to try it because sometimes I end up using too much of the dark wax and don't care for the look on everything.

SO.... I mixed the dark wax with mineral spirits, probably a ratio of 4 parts mineral spirits to 1 part dark wax.  Brushes on awesomely, but if I do this again will use a bit more wax.  I brushed it on and then wiped it off with an old piece of T-shirt, but it took too much off, because it needed more wax.    It's all good, I'm learning this new way and really like it.  So since it was watery, I brushed it on and let it set for 15 min or so, then wiped it down.  It worked well.  Some places I added a bit more, but like I said, when I do this again, I'll change the ratio a bit so it's thicker.  MUCH easier to work with!  After wiping it down to the look I wanted, I let it dry for about 10-12 hrs and then buffed.  Beautiful satiny sheen, perfecto!

Check out the pics to show how it turned out.  I love this piece but alas, it's at my booth in Georgetown Peddler's Mall, KY.  :)



1/22/2012 12:49:49 pm

Great info on ASCP! Love the color you made too! Thanks for sharing :0) Blessings, Katy

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Norma
2/3/2012 11:07:33 pm

Thanks Katy! Was happy to share, blessing to you too!

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1/31/2012 11:09:09 pm

Oh my, I love that color choice! What a great result!!! Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge! Karah

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Norma
2/3/2012 11:06:33 pm

Thanks Karah! Glad you liked the color! Enjoyed the "challenge"! :)

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2/2/2012 08:03:04 am

Wow - it does remind me of that great vintage green from the 40's! I need to get me some ASCP asap! So glad you joined our challenge!
Kelly

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Norma
2/3/2012 11:05:21 pm

Thanks Kelly, I can't even tell you how much I love that shade of green. Whenever I see vintage things, especially kitchen stuff from that era, it just melts my heart! :)

Thanks for the opportunity to be in the challenge!

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Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

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Norma
2/3/2012 11:03:23 pm

Thank you for the opportunity Linda!

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Stephanie
2/19/2012 07:31:37 am

Great job! I noticed your piece is buffed and shiney like a piece I just finished. I find if I touch it though it gets finger prints. Do you have that problem? If not, what can I do about it. The wax I applied was a very thin layer, buffed, left overnight, another layer and buffed again.

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Norma
2/19/2012 09:25:16 am

Stephanie, I had that problem when I first started. I've watched some videos on the topic and researched some sights that had Q&A on the waxes.
Here is what I've learned. I thought I was putting it on thin, but I guess it wasn't thin enough. My husband bought me one of the huge wax brushes and I use that. Many pics show folks glopping it on in huge amounts and wiping it off. That stuff is too pricey to do that! I put some on the brush. I work it INTO the paint, not just brush it on, but kind of mash the brush into the paint, doing a small area at a time. Then I kind of wipe it with a good stroke or two with a piece of old T-shirt. Wipe, not buff. Some go right on to the dark wax after this, but since I too have experience tacky fingerprinty wax, I allow to dry for 1/2 a day. I don't buff if I'm just going right to a dark wax or a dark/clear wax mix. I then apply that and DO let that coat dry overnight before buffing. That has stopped the finger print issue for me.

Another thing I've done is dilute the dark wax with some mineral spirits and paint it on, and wipe off when I get the achieved look I want. Wipe off, not buff....yet. I let that dry overnight as well, then buff, then if it's a piece that may get more wear, like a table top, I apply another coat of clear wax over it, let dry a bit and buff. Sometimes for that final clear I use Minwax Paste Finishing Wax because it drys in 10-15 min. This is nice for that final protective coat. I like the thinner dark wax I just spoke of, I seem to have much better control of it and don't have spots that are too dark.

As to what to do about it now on a project already done, I "think" I may have read to try wiping off some with mineral spirits , let dry well and reapply. I can't quite remember.

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7/3/2014 05:22:10 am

Great blog, I'm great I found Weebly!

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