Chalk Paint Basics

Well I am FINALLY getting on here to write a post on my favorite paint product…Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!  You are going to cringe as soon as I tell you the price tag is $38 per 32 ounce can!  YIKES!  I can tell you that this product is worth every penny.  There is no sanding, priming or prepping (besides cleaning the surface) before painting with this “magic” paint.  I have painted wood, fake wood, metal and plastic with great success!  It goes a very long way, and saves you lots of time, frustration and energy.  It requires a coat of wax on top, but that can be purchased for under $10 and will last you FOREVER!  Here are some examples of how far one can of paint can go…

All these pieces were painted with one can of the “old white”.  Dining room table, 5 chairs, buffet  chandelier, bathroom vanity, windowpane and several other little items!  The dining room table and buffet were craigslist treasures, and I LOVE how they turned out!
These pieces were painted with one can of “duck egg blue”.  windowpane, piano, chest, bathroom vanity and an antique vanity (which I haven’t finished yet!).   It’s my favorite color – just a beautiful antique blue!

Here’s what you need:

This is what the Chalk Paint looks like.  Go HERE to find a stockist near you.  I have used both the Annie Sloan soft wax and the Minwax finishing wax.  They are both great products, but I really love the minwax because it is under $10 and I have barely made a dent in the can.  It protects and gives your furniture a beautifully finished look.  

I usually paint one coat on the furniture and then paint a second coat that is thinned out with water next….to make the paint go further.  I like the distressed look so I don’t want to waste too much of the paint on full coverage.  When the paint is dry, you can distress it using a light sanding block or a wet rag.  I usually use a sanding block on real wood, but if it is pressed I use a wet cloth.  After you distress the wood, I use a cloth to apply the wax to the wood.  It’s easy and QUICK!  Everyone asks my secrets to refinishing furniture…but it’s really just the paint that is amazing!

I am currently doing some office furniture for a friend in the color “florence”.  Here is a before and (almost) after of one of the pieces.  It is a beautiful teal/turquoise and I think I’m going to have to buy some for myself!
I always go to Miss Mustard Seed for inspiration or help with techniques.  She has some great tutorial videos on waxing and painting with chalk paint!
My friend Emily has a great post on homemade chalk paint over at her blog Putting Down Roots.  You will be inspired by her beautiful Armoire makeover as well as many other things!
Hope this answers some of your questions….please let me know if you have any more!

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4 thoughts on “Chalk Paint Basics

    1. Katherine,
      I usually use just a cheap chip brush. They are only a dollar or so at Lowe’s. If I am going for more of a smooth, non distressed look, I use a nicer paint brush like Purdy. šŸ™‚ Hope that helps a little bit! After I paint, I use a very light sanding block which evens out any unwanted brush strokes!

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