Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Is it worth it?
When I was dabbling into refinishing furniture, I saw Annie Sloan Chalk Paint all over Pinterest. Seriously. It was everywhere! I kept thinking- what is this chalk paint and who the heck is Annie and where do I find her? I was under the impression I could just go buy some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at Home Depot or any other home improvement store-not the case my friends! It took me forever to figure out where I could even buy this stuff. I was desperate to give it a try because of all the hype I’ve seen on the internet. Finally I went to the Annie Sloan website and figured out you have to find a special stockist that sells the product. Of course, as luck would have it there are no stockists here in Walla Walla so the closest one to us (if you’re from this area) is in Kennewick at Bergan’s Timeless Treasures. If you’re not from this area, you can find a stockist closest to you by visiting this link.
I will also disclose that I am not affiliated with the Annie Sloan Brand and was not approached or compensated for writing this post. I just wanted to share with you why I love this product so much in case you are wondering the same thing I was at one time; What is this Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?!
Let’s explore why there is so much hype about this product and why everyone (including me) is raving about it!
I haven’t found an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color that I didn’t like! They are all gorgeous. We all know how hard it is to pick out paint color. You go to Sherwin Williams and come home with like 50 shades of grey only to find out that every color looks AWFUL. Several years ago our house at the time was in desperate need of repainting so I spent hours, HOURS trying to pick out the perfect green paint. I wanted to go with a darker olive green and I finally felt like I picked the perfect color that would look great. It did not look great. It looked terrible! Our house was John Deer Green and it stuck out like a sore thumb in our cute little neighborhood. So my point is, you’ll never have to wonder and worry about color with Annie Sloan. Whichever color you choose, you can’t go wrong!
See how the picture frames reflect right off the top of the table? You don’t even have to lay a finger on this table to know it’s as smooth as glass. You can tell what the texture is just by looking at this picture. I’ve never been able to get this type of smooth texture with latex paint. If you like a more rough texture, that’s possible too! All kinds of textures are possible with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. One of the questions I get asked all the time is “so there’s no prep work with Chalk Paint, right?” Not exactly. If you have a piece that is very damaged, you are still going to want to patch in those holes or sand off all the junk that might be stuck to it. If you happen to be working with a piece of furniture that is in pretty good shape, then you can start painting without the the need to sand the entire surface first. Make sense?
Are you one of those green people who likes to save the earth one less chemical at a time? You will LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! It doesn’t have that chemical smell like all other household paints, in fact, it has no smell at all! Totally safe to use while pregnant and won’t make you nauseous if you happen to be painting inside! Did you know Annie Sloan also makes wall paint? I haven’t tried it but if you have, PLEASE leave a comment below and tell me how much you like/didn’t like it! I would love to know.
More Than Paint
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is more than paint. You can recover anything (including FABRIC) with her paint. I’ve been searching for the perfect piece to try this out on but in the meantime, Christina from prettydistressed.com allowed me to use her beautiful chair as an example to show you how many options there are with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. She painted the frame of this chair in French Linen and the fabric in Cream. Isn’t it gorgeous? I can’t wait to try this out! To see more of Christina’s amazing work, click here. Thanks Christina!
You can’t dive into all the greatness about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint without talking about her clear/dark wax! Chalk Paint is….well, chalk paint! It’s chalky! You are going to want to seal it not only for protection but for texture as well. Once you apply the wax and it has had time to dry and cure, it hardens over the surface and provides a durable coat of protection over your piece of furniture. I also love that you can take a clean cloth and buff it to shine! The dark wax is equally amazing in that it can provide this beautifully aged look to any color of chalk paint! Check out this desk to see what I mean.
I love Annie Sloan Clear Wax but I would be lying if I said it was super easy to work with. It’s taken me LOTS of practice to figure out the right technique. Don’t be discouraged if you’re frustrated with your technique, just keep at it and go to an Annie Sloan Workshop if you have the chance! If you’re in the Walla Walla area, Bergan’s Timeless Treasures hosts workshops every now and then. Follow their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on future classes.
One thing that helped me with tweaking my waxing technique was to watch videos! Sometimes it helps just to watch someone else do it. I’m more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front of it so I’m sad to say I don’t have any videos to offer you but I hope to put my big girl pants on someday and create video tutorials (hopefully I won’t be the laughing stock of Youtube) but until then, check out this video from www.prettydistressed.com.
CAUTION: if you’re an Annie Sloan Stockist your eyes will burn if you read what I’m about to write. Occasionally I use Polyurethane over chalk paint instead of the wax. I know! I tried to warn you! But here me out. I LOVE Annie Sloan Wax but it doesn’t hold up as well as polyurethane on high traffic areas such as table tops and nightstands, etc. High traffic areas are the only time I will use a polyurethane instead of wax. Some stockists I have talked to say you should never use polyurethane over chalk paint but I’ll have to disagree. I’ve used it over chalk paint A LOT and never had a problem with it. Ever. Annie Sloan Stockists purchase Annie Sloan Product to sell to their customers so I wonder if maybe they are just trying to give you a sales pitch about purchasing the wax so they too, can make a profit off of the sale. I’ll agree that Annie probably didn’t design her paint with the intention that people will use a polyurethane to seal it but I really don’t think it’s as bad as some make it out to be.
There you have it! The top reasons why I’m a huge fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax. I encourage you to give it a try! I would bet that you’ll be hooked and won’t ever have to mess with that smelly latex paint ever again!