Next step: I applied Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Napoleonic Blue with a big brush. It looked a little streaky (which is normal for the first coat), so I applied a second coat with a 6″ foam roller.
Next step: After letting the paint cure overnight, I applied one coat of Florence with a big brush. I let it dry for an hour. Then I took a damp rag, and rubbed some of this color off, so that the darker blue would show through. This is called “wet distressing.” Yes, you can distress Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® with water! No candle wax, no vaseline, no sand paper – just a damp rag! And, if you remove too much, just dip your finger in the paint and dab a little bit on. This paint is VERY forgiving!
Once I was done distressing, I waxed the dresser with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and a large wax brush, just dabbing a bit of wax on the brush and rubbing it into the painted surfaces with the brush, then removing the excess with a paper towel and buffing with an old t-shirt. The more buffing, the shinier the surface. The wax cures and protects the paint so it is durable, water resistant and cleanable, just like regular latex paint.
Here’s the final result (after adding new glass knobs):