After months of threats, a couple of weeks ago I finally painted our old leather furniture with Chalk Paint™ By Annie Sloan in French Linen. It was an amazing transformation and you can read all about it here. Even though the process was very labour intensive, the work itself was pretty easy and after a couple days and many coats of paint, I left everything to dry before waxing.
If you’ve worked with Chalk Paint™ before you know that it dries to a very flat finish, which is beautiful on its own but can mark up very quickly and is not easy to clean. Since this would not be very practical on a couch, I decided to wax the entire set with Annie Sloan’s Soft Clear Wax.
For a sturdy surface like wood I would normally use Annie’s wax brush to apply the sealer. It has a sturdy handle with a solid grip. However, since the couches are soft and have a lot more give, I decided to put the wax on with a clean cotton cloth instead (old t-shirts work great).
Since the wax can be a little hard, before I got started I placed it a hot water bath for 30 minutes first. It helps to make it more buttery so you don’t have to work so hard at working it into your surface.
Normall, I don’t bother with gloves but getting the wax off your hands can take a bit of work so I would recommend a pair of disposable ones to protect your skin.
Ideally you want the wax to be the constancy of softened butter. I like working out the larger container since the opening is larger and it’s easier to get your hand in the can!
I like to put the wax on in little circles. By the time I was done with all four sides, the first layer of wax was dry enough for a second coat. The wax will change the colour of the paint slightly, making it richer and deeper.
After the second coat, I buffed with a new clean soft cotton cloth until the leather no longer felt sticky and the cloth glided smoothly. If you put the wax on too thick and it’s difficult to buff, try applying other coat of wax. I know it seems counter productive but the new wax will melt the old wax and when you buff, the excess will be removed.
I know it’s hard to see from the pictures but after buffing, the leather has a soft satin sheen. It will protect the surface from dirt, spills and scratches. TIP: Even though the wax will be dry almost immediately it won’t be cured for a few weeks so try to be gentle with your freshly refinished pieces. After a year or so, you might want to refresh the wax to keep your pieces looking great.
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