Chalk Paint®

Annie Sloan photos
Photo courtesy of Christopher Drake, CICO Books

PAINTING WITH CHALK PAINT® SHOULD ALWAYS BE A PLEASURE

Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint® decorative paint to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like lime wash to looking like old painted furniture and that had a good range of color that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.

A FEW HELPFUL TIPS

Before you open the can, turn it upside down for a while to allow the settled pigments to come to the surface. Be sure to stir the paint thoroughly. This paint is heavily pigmented and you want to incorporate every bit of delicious color.

Chalk Paint® decorative paint should be fun; loosen up and slap it on! Apply the paint with a good quality brush, using thoughtfully random strokes. One coat is often enough, but sometimes it may take two. Be sure to allow the paint to dry between coats.

DON’T FORGET THE WAX!

It is an important component of the Annie Sloan product line. It locks down the paint and provides protection to the finished project. Working in small sections at a time, apply the wax with a wax brush or soft cloth, pushing it into the paint. Wipe away any excess as you go. Allow the wax to dry for 24 hours and then buff it to a sateen luster using a soft cloth or chamois.

USING ONE COLOR

Use one color, wax it, and then sand it, particularly good where there is some interesting molding.

USING TWO COLORS

A second color can be painted on parts, or all over, then waxed , rubbed back with fine sand paper and finished off with a coat of wax.

CARING FOR YOUR FINISH

As with all paints, your newly finished project requires time to cure. Treat it with care, using only mild soap and water to clean the surface (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap).  NO furniture polish please. Most importantly, show your project the respect it deserves. After all, it is your masterpiece!