Y'see I was beguiled by tales of how quick and easy it was....how any old piece could be made to look wonderful...and all done so quickly too! with no preparation !.........yes I'm talking painting old wax furniture with chalk paint. When I mentioned it to the plumber who did the bathroom recently he pulled one of those faces and said 'oh yes ..chalk painted furniture....get an old table or chair..buy the paint and the wax....do the job...look at it................then put it on the bonfire'.
So I should have listened, but no I was determined to give it a go. There are 4 pine wardrobes in my spare room...all sorts of sizes and all in use but all that horrible piney colour. So as the spare room is more or less our dressing/ironing room now I thought I would make it look great (well better than it is now) by painting all the wardrobes. I imagined a peaceful light room with ordered wardrobes and a calm feel.
So far so ok.
I had an idea of what colour I wanted but when I looked at the paint choices I was flummoxed by 'cream/antique white/off white/chalk white/dying breath of poor little frozen baby seal...' and after that I then saw the price of the brushes etc., and almost had the vapours.....so I visited the cheap shop around the corner for a version of the paint and wax and brushes and therein maybe lies the problem.
I started on the smallest wardrobe and as I hate painting I made a deal with the mister.....I would iron all his shirts if he painted for me..deal done.
Two coats of paint and much muttering from the mister later we both agreed that 'maybe it will look better when it's dry/waxed?'
Well I've waxed it this morning and unless tinkerbell waves a magic wand full of fairy dust over it while I'm not looking it ain't great...
What I wanted was a pale painted wardobe with a decent finish......what I didn't want was a wardrobe so distressed it's almost suicidal.
Lesson learned.....decide what finish you want...use the proper tools.........or wait for bonfire night.