Jane, Lee Gamble and a few others guessed it right! Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is the mystery paint. I received an e-mail from a reader a few weeks ago, telling me I should try chalk paint. My first thought was, “Duh. I know what chalk board paint is.” I was being a little high and mighty at that moment and then I clicked the link she kindly sent me. I was an idiot. A high and mighty idiot. Chalk paint is not chalk board paint, but something entirely different.
I loved the colors available and was intrigued by this product, so I thought I would contact them to see if they would send me some samples. I would try it out and review it on my blog. Well, I spoke to one of the best sales woman alive, Patty Seaman of Classic Wall Finishes. She went on and on and on about how wonderful this paint was and I was ready to commit to it for life without ever having tried it. She slowed me down and said, “Just try it. If you don’t love it, don’t write about it.” I felt even more confident after hearing that statement. If she didn’t believe in this product 100%, she wouldn’t say that. A few days later, I received some paint and Annie Sloan’s Quick and Easy Paint Transformations Book to guide me along. I couldn’t put my brush down. I painted five pieces of furniture in two days, starting with my corner cabinets.
One of my other favorite things about this paint is how well it distresses. When you distress latex paint, it rolls and peals off unless it has cured for over a month. I sanded this hours after I painted it and the chalk paint comes off in a fine powder, so it looks natural. The finish is flat and chalky, but shine and protection can be added by applying a coat of wax. A darker wax was then applied to my corner cabinets to tone down the vibrant Louis Blue.
For more information from Annie Sloan herself, you can check out her website http://www.anniesloan.com./