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Mystery Paint Revealed!


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.

 I really wanted to paint these and this was the perfect push to make me do it.  The greatest part?  This water-based, low odor paint bonds so well that it doesn’t require sanding or primer.  I applied the paint directly onto the factory poly finish. No expensive bonding primer required!

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.

I then painted the buffet…
…my grandfather’s desk…
…a secretary, mirror frame and a bookcase.  I started out with a quart of Louis Blue, a quart of Old White and a sample of Paris Gray and still have plenty of paint for more projects.  Even with three colors, I’ve been able to achieve a variety of shades and tones by mixing the paint.
So, where can you buy chalk paint?
You can see a list of all of the US Stockists HERE.
You may experience a little sticker shock when you see that the paint is over $30/quart, but it goes a long way, no primer is required and you’ll love the results.  And don’t worry!  I am going to post all about my painting and distressing techniques, how to work with the clear and dark wax and all of the other exciting things I’m learning about this product.  You’ll definitely hear more about chalk paint.

For more information from Annie Sloan herself, you can check out her website

As one final comment for this post, I want to tell you that I did receive free to paint to sample, but this is not a paid advertisement.  I do not make any money from any paint purchased.  I fully believe in this product and wanted to work with chalk paint stockists, who are mostly decorative artist like myself, to promote my new very favorite paint in the whole wide world.

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  1. I just heard about this wonderful paint a couple of days ago so I wanted to see if I could purchase it here in the Phoenix area. Google directed me to you…I’m already a follower of your blog so it was great to see that you have already tried it out. Thanks so much for sharing all the information I need. Your pieces look wonderful ~ love, love, love them all! ~ Judy

  2. Just started using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I love it. Do you put two coats on or go directly to mixing a second top coat?

  3. Soo Beautiful!!! I am doing a dining room table and a couple other pieces..sure hope they look as fabulous as yours.
    I don’t think the price is too crazy for what you get.

  4. Katie says:

    I’m just starting my adventures and creative outlet in refurbishing old flea market finds, so when I came across this article I became inspired! And, for that, I want to say thank you! I can not wait to get my hands on Annie Sloan Chalk paint! Thank you thank you thank you.

  5. I love you website! It is much fun!! I will have to check you out on pinterest!

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  7. Frances says:

    I am sooooooo disappointed in Annie Sloan’s customer service and the chalk paint, which I have used on about 10 pieces of furniture. However, this last project involved my parents’ bedroom suit from 1949/1950 which my granddaughter and I worked on together. She wanted pure white paint, and after the first coat it appeared creamy and splotchy where the finish of the furniture (like a mahogany) was bleeding through. I thought a second coat would take care of it, but more of the same. So, I thought I’d try a coat of dark wax after a coat of clear wax to give it a distressed look–except my granddaughter thought it made the pieces look dirty. We stenciled the pieces before the clear wax and dark wax attempt. So, we have a headboard, footboard, side rails, a chest, a dresser and a mirror that are less than they should be. I have left two phone messages and emailed photos to the person in charge of customer service, and a week later I have heard nothing. NOTHING. The paint can says that no priming or sanding is required–and there are no exceptions. I have told so many people how wonderful this paint is, and now I am not happy with it or the company. So, I thought others would want to know that it’s not as fail-proof as we’ve been led to believe and apparently the company doesn’t stand behind their product as one would hope.

    • Charlene says:

      I too had a similar problem. The Paris Grey was wonderful, not so much the white. I went back to where I bought mine and spoke with the dealer. She confided that when doing darker pieces she shellacs the piece first. I wanted to skip the part, hence the ASCP. So I bought some Zinsser shellac. Goes on fast and dries fast. It has solved the problem of coverage but I feel the white just does not give a clean coat. Again the dealer said it was a paint that was meant to be distressed and was supposed to look that way. I have been painting furniture for a decade and for a white coat in the future I will go back to latex. Will say I loved how the Duck Egg Blue flowed on the project.

    • janet harris says:

      This is a common problem with furniture in the red woods from the 30’s/40’s. I had a similar problem with chairs from that era, but the shellac spray paint fixed it. Unfortunately, I think it then takes at least 2 coats of the paint to get the coverage, not just 1 coat

  8. Hi what colors did you use for the beautiful buffet? Thx Liz


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