You don’t have to live by the sea to enjoy the the coastal look. The blanched and muted colours, that bleached effect on furniture: these can be recreated quite simply using White Chalk Paint® Wax. Whatever the scale of your project – whether it’s a picture frame or a whole set of dining chairs – the steps to creating a washed coastal look are the same.
Start by choosing your Chalk Paint® colour. Lovely soft blues and greys would work perfectly here. Then all you need is White Chalk Paint® Wax, a brush and a lint-free cloth. Have fun experimenting with applying White Chalk Paint® Wax over different paint colours to see how they blanche – you can even use it directly on wood for a limed oak look!
Step by step guide to using white wax for a bleached coastal furniture finish
- Paint your piece of furniture with a coat of Chalk Paint® in your chosen colour.
- Allow the paint to dry (the paint should feel dry to the touch).
- Apply White Chalk Paint® Wax using a Chalk Paint® Wax Brush.
- Wipe back any excess with a lint-free cloth.
- Allow the wax to cure (harden) before use. It will be touch dry within 24 hours, but will take up to 2 weeks to fully harden. You can use it during this time, but be gentle.
Now you know how to create that bleached coastal effect on your furniture, you can see what a simple and effective technique this can be. It’s also a great technique to use for a Swedish or Scandinavian look. White Wax instantly mutes colours for a soft, quiet look that would feel as at home by the seaside as in any setting. As soon as you’re ready to start, make sure you support local by buying White Chalk Paint® Wax through your nearest Annie Sloan Stockist.