I recently helped my sister, Happy, paint her dining room table and chairs. We used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. I had read about bleed through issues with the lighter colors of ASCP, but I had used Old White before on my cane chair and had no issues.
So I thought this wouldn’t be a problem. Well, I was wrong – WAY wrong. After applying the first coat of paint, we noticed severe bleed through on the chairs. After our research, we went and purchased spray shellac as it would be easier and quicker to apply than the can version. After applying the shellac, we applied the second coat of paint, and we still had bleed through. So after more research, we discovered that the shellac in a can covers better than the spray so back to the store we went. We then applied the new shellac and one more coat of paint only to still have spots of bleed through. It was definitely getting better, but it was still definitely there. So not wanting to give everything another full coat, we just touched up the spots with another coat of shellac and then another coat of paint. After this, it wasn’t perfect, but we determined it was good enough! Once we were done with the painting, we distressed the edges and then applied two coats of clear wax. We then recovered the seat cushions and called this project done.
The table legs are my favorite part – I think they distressed beautifully. I told Happy she should keep the chairs along the wall so everyone can admire the legs, but she didn’t listen.