Annie Sloan chalk paint

Hello everyone !

I recently discovered Annie Sloan chalk paint while wandering through blogs and I was surprised to see how popular this paint is.


Many design and decoration blogs have made interesting posts on the subject but, above all, they have shared some precious knowledge on how to use this paint and what to expect from it.  When you’re a complete neophyte like me about other paints than those found at Benjamin Moore stores, these tips and tutorials are more than welcomed.  The reason this paint is having such good press and popularity is quite simple :  No preparation of any kind is required prior to painting.  Yes, you read me well, no preparation !  No stripping, sanding or priming and the paint will adhere perfectly well.  You can paint directly over varnished furniture (however, if the surface is extremely shiny it won’t adhere as well).  It can be applied on almost any surfaces : Wood, melamine, glass, metal, walls, floors, plastic.  Go to the Annie Sloan website for further instructions on how to apply the paint on different surfaces.  Another interesting point is that the paint comes ready to use.  There’s no need to mix powder with water or add a bond for proper adhesion like what we had with milk paint.  You just open the can and you’re ready to paint   It is easy to distress the piece you’ve painted by sanding with sandpaper or sandblock and the paint will come off as a fine powder.  You can also dilute the paint with water to make a wash to show the wood grain.

This paint is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor and the only requirement is to apply a minimum of 2 coats of soft wax to seal the paint and prevent the painted piece from scratches and water damage.  The texture is very flat, it has a matte, velvety finish resembling chalk and is mostly used to achieve a vintage look or to apply distressed techniques.  If you use a brush, some brush strokes will be visible after drying, but this is part of the vintage look, it adds character to the piece.  If you don’t want to see brush strokes you can use a foam roller instead, it will give a little more of a factory look.   I plan on buying the paint and try it on a kitchen cabinet (in a hidden place) and keep you posted about the result.  I have read a blogger who said she wasn’t quite satisfied with the brush strokes and she found that by adding a little water to the paint, the brush strokes were much less visible.  I must say I’m not quite sure if I like the vintage look, although I do like it when I see pictures of furniture with that look, but there’s nothing like trying it to find out.

The paint comes in 27 colours and you can mix them to obtain a wide variety of different shades.  Here are the colours.
Antibes green                Arles                        Aubusson blue         Barcelona orange
Chateau grey               Coco                         Country grey            Cream
Duck egg blue              Emile                        Emperors silk           French linen
Graphite                       Greek blue                Henrietta                 Louis blue

Old ochre                     Old violet                   Old white                Original

Paloma                         Paris grey                 Primer red               Provence

Pure                        Scandinavian pink         Versailles


Here is a picture of a sideboard before the paint job.

After applying coats of Aubusson Blue but not waxed yet

And coated with dark wax.  Isn’t it beautiful ?  I love it !  The dark wax toned down the
bright Aubusson Blue, making it just perfect.
These pictures come from Susan’s blog  Maple And Magnolia.  There you will find many projects and transformations she has done with furniture and antique objects.  You will also discover all the beautiful things she collects from her antiquing and how she displays them.

Annie Sloan paint is sold worldwide mostly in decoration shops and the majority of these shops will ship by mail.  Go to her website to find the nearest distributor to where you live. This paint is not cheap, in Canada 1 litre costs $60.00 and that’s without the delivery costs, but many bloggers  have said that 1 litre goes a long way.  Annie Sloan says that it has a great coverage but it depends on what you are painting, but a rough guide is 40 square foot.  Here are some other pictures from Annie Sloan Facebook Page/Photos showing furniture transformations with the paint.

Those two last pictures are from Annie Sloan website. This side table was painted with Scandinavian Pink and French Linen around the mouldings.

This french bedside table was painted in Louis Blue.  This is, by far, my favorite
Annie Sloan paint colour.

Now let’s talk about Annie Sloan waxes.  There are 2 choices available, clear and dark waxes.  The wax is soft, having the consistency of margarine and making it easy to apply.  You can either apply the clear or dark wax alone or you can apply a coat of clear followed by a coat of dark.  The wax must be dry to the touch before adding another coat and a minimum of 2 coats is required, 3 is best.   Go to the Traditional Painter website, he explains very well how to use and work with these waxes.

I’m adding more links to blogs that have tried the paint, who give tips and address frequently asked questions, another blog with video tutorials on how to use the paint and waxes and a blog who shows a transformation of a secretary.  Here they are :

High Falootin Junk  There you will find many posts about refinished furniture, some of them with Annie Sloan paint.

Shades Of Amber  is exclusively dedicated to Annie Sloan chalk paint

Decor Chick  have a very good post on her thoughts and tips.

Perfectly Imperfect  Another very good post where she’s having a big questions and answers and also have 2 videos tutorials on chalk paint.

Miss Mustard Seed  wrote an interesting article on milk paint versus chalk paint and compares the two of them.

And, of course, Annie Sloan website and blog.  She also has this blog

Finally, Maison Decor  made a post on the transformation of a secretary in her home using Paris Grey colour and showing a step by step procedure.  She also has other posts showing transformations with Annie Sloan paint.

Annie Sloan wrote many books, from chalk paint to decorative paint effects to stenciling and stamping, to name a few.  You can purchase these books at Amazon.

I hope this review helped you to better understand how to use this paint and wax.  I can’t wait to try it myself, I have a few pieces in my home that I would like to try the paint on.   I’m sure you have some pieces of furniture in your home that could be transformed, why not give it a try ?  If you do, come back to tell me how you liked the paint and your newly transformed piece.

Have a nice week !



28 comments on “Annie Sloan chalk paint

  1. What a fab resource, everything you need to know about AS chalk paint!! I will add it into my blog. cheers for the mention btw


  2. Thank you Andy ! And thank you for adding it into your blog ! I wanted to do this post to help people like me who don’t have a clue on how to use the paint and gather as much possible information in just one place. We find so much information on different blogs, it’s nice to have a few of them listed here, it saves time.

  3. […] expert on production quantity waxing. And Jocelyn has compiled a great one-stop page of all things Annie Sloan chalk paint, where I am the waxing expert!Print off or email this page to friends and colleaguesvar […]

  4. Xenia Nova says:

    What a great idea! Nice post.

  5. I was not sure, I thought that these comments were a bit strange… Thanks for telling me ! Lol !

  6. Judy says:

    Thanks so much, Jocelyne! This is a great post. I’ve used milk paint before and at first I thought they might be similar. I guess not! You have a great article and included lots of links to other sites. Thanks for all of that! Can’t wait to see your piece of furniture too!

    • You’re welcome Judy ! I’m glad my post could help. I do have future projects with this paint but I just don’t know when I’ll find time to do them, I have too many other projects I’m working on ! I have this little mirror I would like to paint the frame, it wouldn’t take too long… 🙂

  7. Judy says:

    I’ve been collecting posts from blogs…everywhere I see “Chalk Paint”!! Some day I’ll get a project done with it! Have you tried it yet?

    • I did the same thing ! I have a file with all the links to blogs who talk aout the paint. It’s a good idea because the more we learn about it the less mistakes we will make. I haven’t tried it yet, maybe next fall or next winter. When I try it I’ll let you know what I think of it and if you try it let me know how it went and if you like the paint.

      • Judy says:

        Great idea!!! I love the fact that you can just go ahead and paint. But the waxing part is a little scary to me. I’ll just dive in and do it sometime. 😉
        Our weather is great right now. I was thinking I should paint something! But what? lol

      • On her website Annie Sloan says that if the surface is very shiny you do have to sand before or it won’t adhere so well, but other than that no preperation is required.
        Yes, the wax is a little scary ! I think I’ll practice on old pieces of wood to get the feel of how it works. I have read it’s better to work on small sections at a time.
        I have a frame I want to paint, it’s a plastic frame around a mirror, I also have a basket and some end tables, are you sure you have nothing to paint ? lol 🙂

  8. bocotypo says:

    I plan to give this a try on some old pieces I have. When is the question. Can you put shellac over milk paint?

    • I’m really not sure for the shellac. I have read a lot on the subject on different blogs and I have never seen anyone using shellac, they only use the waxes. But you could try it underneath the piece your painting to see how it goes. I would love to try the paint too, but I never find time !

  9. That is SO cool! And look at all those colours-wicked! I am inspired, my dear, thank you 🙂

    • I’m glad I could inspire you Anne ! Since that post a new colour was created, Antoinette Pink, I still have to update this post. I haven’t got a chance to read your blog posts yet but I’ll make sure to visit soon !

  10. photocris says:

    vous êtes une artiste ! bravo pour tout ce que vous faite !

    • J’aimerais bien être aussi bonne que ceux qui ont peint ces meubles Christian ! Ces photos ne sont pas de moi, je les ai prises sur le sibe web d’Annie Sloan et sa page Facebook ainsi que sur le blog Maple And Magnolia. Mais il paraît que c’est très facile de peinturer avec ce produit !

  11. Anonymous says:

    I use her paints great for my custom furniture
    eric and Norma’s Place in facebook

  12. Thank you I bookmarked the Annie Sloan website. Great to know!

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  14. Very interesting and informative Jocelyne. Thanks! 🙂

  15. Jocelyne, So glad I discovered this post. I have two pieces of furniture that I want to refinish with a vintage look but I have been putting it off, not quite knowing where to start. Thank you for this wonderful resource and the inspiration of seeing your sideboard completed and looking stunning! Well, here goes…I’ll keep you posted. 🙂 Vivian

    • Jocelyne says:

      I’m so glad you found this post Vivian ! If your piece of furniture is too shiny you should sand it before applying the paint or it won’t stick as well. Otherwise, no need to sand. Good luck and tell me how it went 🙂

  16. Jocelyne says:

    I’m so glad you found this post Vivian ! If your piece of furniture is too shiny you should sand it before applying the paint or it won’t stick as well. Otherwise, no need to sand. Good luck and tell me how it went 🙂

  17. donna s lewis says:

    Im going to try and paint a wall in my bath room that is that shinny stuff you see in public bathrooms. it is white and real slick. I’m going to paint 2 coats of a turq or blue then i’m going to put plaster on top of that and make a texture on that, then I will paint it again. Lots of work, but I did not like the other options of textures on this wall. Then i’m going to just dapple that same texture on the rest of my wall. hope it works this is my winter project

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