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
Pure Scandinavian pink Versailles
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.
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.
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 !