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The Deets: Chalk Paint

April 25, 2011 12 Comments by Regina

The Deets is a new series we’re starting that takes a product out on the market and provides fast details: What It Is, What It Does and Where to Get It. We start off with a paint that has a TON of buzz — seriously, I can’t make a left or right without hearing about it!  I have not tried it yet but have only heard good things.  It is not chalkboard paint (which I thought originally) but it can be used in such a manner if you’d like.  Without further ado, let’s get the Chalk Paint Deets.

What It Is: Chalk Paint was developed by artist and author extraordinaire, Annie Sloan. (She has written over 20 books and sold over 2 million books worldwide.)  It is a versatile paint that was created to give a limewashed feel, give walls a polished plaster look and also be applied to furniture and cabinetry.  It can also be applied to wood floors, metal, plastic or terracotta as well as used to create a chalkboard effect.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint

Pic via the Perfectly Imperfect blog

What It Does: It is specified that the paint does not need a primer as it will stick to almost anything, even varnished furniture.  It is suitable for both interior and exterior usage and is also environmentally friendly.  It was originally created to be used on furniture to give that wonderfully elegant distressed look easily.  There are 24 historical decorative colors that were inspired by 18th century European furniture.  The colors can be intermixed, used as a wash and each has a matte chalk finish.  There is also a clear wax and dark/rustic wax available to add more durability and patina to your surface.  Chalk Paint can also be topcoated.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint Color Chart

Where To Get It: There are many studios in the United States that carry both the paint and waxes.  The cost averages approximately $38.95/quart — they do say it goes a long way and there is no additional primer cost.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Image on Left from Annie Sloan and Image on Right from Maison Decor

I did find three wonderful blogs who gave an overview and shared images of their experience with Chalk Paint:  Miss Mustard SeedMaison Decor and Perfectly Imperfect.  I gathered information from them as well as the Annie Sloan website.  Annie Sloan Paint also has a Facebook Page as well as a Twitter accountHuge thanks to Michelle Delgado of Wonderfaux Studio in Texas who mailed colorations and information to me as well.  (It takes a village, dear Readers.)  She’s running some great specials on both the materials as well as a great Starter Kit.  Hope you enjoyed this information — and let me know if you’ve tried and/or plan to try Chalk Paint!

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  1. Gina
    1335 days ago

    Dear Regina, Love the idea. Can’t wait to try it. It sounds tailor made for my kind of projects.

  2. Dawn-Hydrangea Home
    1335 days ago

    Looking forward to trying out this product!

  3. Theresa Cheek
    1335 days ago

    I have no excuse now! I really am thrilled with this paint and hope to have some in my hands soon!

  4. julie
    1334 days ago

    It is fun stuff to play with !

  5. Cait Whitson
    1334 days ago

    We have been working with, selling and teaching this paint for some years and are now the scottish distributors. I have to say that I had my doubts before we contacted Annie. When my fabulous friend and fellow specialist decorator friend Theresa Meisl suggested the paint to us, I demanded a sample from her. We tested the paint on waxed furniture, french polished, varnished, raw mdf, seasoned oak and pine (with the knots sealed) and consistently got a good finish…if it hadn’t been the famed Annie Sloan who was a consistent influence in my 25 years as a specialist paint finisher, I may have still doubted but but knowing her reputation gave me faith and this paint has delighted not just us but all our students and customers, diy, professional and furniture refinishers alike. This paint is FUN! You want to paint a thing…just grab a pot and paint…..this paint is the most forgiving, the most accessible to the untrained and the most easily sortable (if you aren’t happy with your initial finish) in the whole wild world!!!! This is the classic “from 8 to 80″ product….actually I reckon i you can hold a brush in your hand can have fun with it

  6. Jennifer Davenport
    1068 days ago

    I have yet to try chalk paint, but thank you for sharing the information. It has really hit the main stream this past year! I need to catch up!

  7. Chell
    1027 days ago

    I used Annie Sloan and I did enjoy the buttery finish. I used a buttercream yellow without a primer on a vintage desk. Unfortunately it did scrape off, so I would recommend scuffing the surface prior to applying. It took about 3 coats to cover which is about the same as most yellow paints. I do prefer the finish and lustre over most paints and the brush marks added a nice hand painted touch. Of course the colors are to die for!

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