Rooster Project -Decorative Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

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If you have followed my projects at all, you must have realized that I am a big fan of the the Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. It is the easiest paint to use and I have yet to find another paint that is comparable. Chalk Paint® produces very rich, brilliant colors and requires little prep work; such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside. You can apply it to just about any surface. It is fun to be creative with this paint. You can mix colors, change brush strokes, add a dark wax,  distress it…there are so many options. It is very difficult to “mess up” using this paint.

One of my favorite hobbies is finding junked furniture pieces and creating a new life for them. I found this bench at an estate sale this summer. It was $15.00 and I saw potential.

Here it is before I started.


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I built up the back with some scrap wood and cut them down to size with my jigsaw.




I removed the stained cushion and completely replaced it. It was not salvageable.




I used hot, soapy water and thoroughly cleaned it. I sanded the edges of the addition that I added and any rough spots I found.

When I look around my house, my style seems to be classic with a funky flair. I love traditional pieces with bright contemporay fabrics and unique artwork. For this piece, I decided to create something totally different then my usual style. I live right outside of Roanoke, VA surrounded by farms. I know more people that have their own chickens then those that don’t. I decided to do this piece with a little more “Roanoke” this time.

I chose to use these supplies:

1-French Hens Fabric by Annie Sloan


2-Paris Gray Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan



I only needed a sample jar.


3-Clear Soft Wax® by Annie Sloan

4-Dark Soft Wax® by Annie Sloan


I painted the bench with Paris Gray Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan first.
After the paint dried, I applied the clear wax over the entire project. I then buffed the wax with an old t-shirt until it wasn’t sticky. You have to apply the wax to seal the paint.




The number one rule when applying dark wax over Chalk Paint® is that you must apply a layer of Clear Wax first. This will prevent the Dark Wax from staining the Chalk Paint® and you will have better control over your toning layer or antiquing effect. If you don’t put the clear wax on first, it will ruin the finished look.




For the cushions, I cut new foam to fit the size of the seat and foam for the new back. I wrapped it in the French Hen fabric and used an upholstery stapler to pull it tight.






I added some nail head to the side of the bench.




I also made a little “Fresh Eggs” pillow. I created this the same way I made the “Mr. and Mrs.” Pillow set.




Here is the link.

The final touch for this corner is my rooster watercolor. I never thought that I would be painting a giant rooster, but I must say….I enjoyed every minute of this.




I loved the colors and watching the bird pop up from my mind to the page.


I used watercolors and then highlighted sporadic feathers with metallic gold.



I thought my husband would think it was an odd art choice, but he loves it.




This was a really fun project to do and it was nice to step out of the norm for a change. This is the first time I have used the Paris Gray color and I really like it. Also, I typically like the bold, matte finish from the Chalk Paint®, but for this project, I think the dark wax was perfect.



I already have another project in mind with this combo. If you would like to learn more about Annie Sloan products or place an order for your next project, please visit Annie Sloan Unfolded here





American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Kelly Hedgespeth of Simply Kelly Designs

    October 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I love how you gave new life to this bench! The rooster painting is AMAZING! You are so talented! P.S. I am jealous of your jigsaw.

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly.
      The jigsaw?….well I just went out and nervously splurged on that ($50..maybe?) I have used that tool weekly. It is worth it!

  2. Jennifer Hamilton

    October 17, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I LOVE your new rooster bench and painting! I have seen similar benches but never thought about making tha back taller – very creative! Your rooster painting is just what was needed to hang over the bench. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I was worried about adding it on, but for $15…I thought I would try.

  3. Michelle from Weekend Craft

    October 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Wow $15 what a score! I love that you built it up too for the higher back! Great tip on using the clear wax before the dark wax! Great job what a transformation!

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Michelle! Yes, I think getting started with the wax can be confusing and their is a lot of conflicting information about how to use it. Glad you found it to be a helpful tip!

  4. Karen Marie Kedzuch

    November 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I love your project! Thank you for the lesson on clear wax first to control your dark wax technique. I love learning from others.
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    • Lindee Katdare

      November 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Karen Marie…Yes, that wax can be tricky. I was nervous to try the dark wax at first. Now, I love how it changes the paint.

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