The Deets: Chalk Paint
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.
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.
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.
I did find three wonderful blogs who gave an overview and shared images of their experience with Chalk Paint: Miss Mustard Seed, Maison 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 account. Huge 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!