This post is sponsored by Annie Sloan
Can we just pause for a second and look at this picture ↑ How simple, how beautiful, how sophisticated is the packaging that Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan arrives in? I have news for you. You will have the same feelings about the product itself.
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I am so proud of it. The feeling of building a sturdy, kick butt piece of furniture all on your own is something special. But a bunch of wood attached with screws is lacking something without a proper finish.
Enter Annie Sloan.
I have been coveting Chalk Paint® for the longest time but I will be honest, friends, I was scared of the price and all these things like waxing and special brushes. I knew I had to bite the bullet and figure out for myself if this movement was worth all the attention.
I chose Paris Grey for my bench and it is such a gorgeous color. I was so happy when I opened the can and saw the softness of the grey. Do you know how some grey have purple tones and others have beige tones? This is the truest grey I have used, not an undertone to be found.
Chalk Paint is very different from latex paint and it is so versatile. The first thing that struck me was the consistency. It is so much thicker, I actually referred to it as mud and I know that sounds concerning but I meant it in a good way. Keep in mind I was painting raw, unconditioned, untreated wood and one coat gave such coverage I was pleasantly surprised. Any other paint I could have used would have required primer or the wood would have sucked it all in. I would have been painting for days!
Annie Sloan recommends adding a coat of clear shellac to any knots or grain on untreated wood that you don’t want to come through. I didn’t do that because I won’t really care if the knots come through, but it is a good thing to know.
After my first coat dried I watered down some paint and quickly, and I mean quickly, put a second coat on. Since I didn’t layer color and I didn’t plan on distressing the finish, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any spots. The diluted paint is great for this because you can make it any consistency you want and it meanders into all the nooks and crannies it can find. It also leaves you with a less textured finish.
That point leads me to all the options I have with this paint. I am a fan of options that make my purchases go further. What are these options you ask? Well….
- Chalk Paint doesn’t have the elasticity of latex so distressing is much easier.
- Like brush strokes and a more rustic finish? Great! Use it as is right out of the can.
- Want a softer finish? Add water to the paint and it will thin a bit.
- It is easier to tell you where you can’t use this paint than to go on and on about where you can. I would suggest not painting your dog, your children, and maybe the kitchen sink. But metal, concrete, indoor furniture, outdoor furniture, walls, cabinets and even floors are all fair game. I have heard that you can even paint leather with it which I am totally planning on doing. I will let you know how that goes.
- Color layering is a fantastic technique to use with Chalk Paint. I didn’t do it with this piece, but if I were to do it, I would use the first color straight out of the can, and I would dilute the top coat just a tad to let you see the base coat a little more. Then a little gentle distressing….imperfect perfection!
- Using it outdoors? Don’t bother waxing, it is not recommended (money saver.)
While it is not necessary to buy the Annie Sloan paint brush, it is so cool that I may not ever want to use another paint brush. Ever. Be sure to wash it with warm water till the water runs clear and let it dry fully. If you have fly away bristles, let it spend some time tied up with twine or wrap a rubber band around it until it gets itself under control.
I made this video for my Facebook followers but I want to share it with you too. I literally hadn’t even opened the can yet, or tested the tiniest bit on a piece of furniture. I wanted to share my first impression. I hope you enjoy it cause I always feel like a dork on camera.
I hope you give Chalk Paint a try. It really has changed the way I think about painting furniture. So I will leave you with my top 5 reasons to love Chalk Paint:
- The plethora of versatility it offers you.
- Annie Sloan encourages you to “avoid perfectionism” with her paint. Be still my heart.
- No sanding needed.
- No priming. Cha Ching! Mon-ay stayin’ in my pocket! $$
- I feel like this paint encourages you to be you! Layer color, mix color, wax, don’t wax, distress, don’t distress, paint in circles, paint in straight lines, anything goes.
- Bonus reason number 6, I got it on my jeans and it washed off! I got to it within minutes but other paints would have never come out of my clothes.
I want to hear about your Chalk Paint experiences! What have you used it on? Do you love layering colors? Tell me in the comments, i love hearing about what you guys are doing in your own homes.