Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and Why I Love It

Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and Why I Love It

If you’re anything like me you like to have a lovely home.  You enjoy decorating it and giving your home your special stamp and personality.  However, you are also on a budget and the sky is definitely not the limit.  Perhaps you’d like to make simple updates to some of your furniture.   Or maybe  you like to find garage sale or thrift store items and then breathe new life into them. If so, then I have 3 words for you.  Annie.  Sloan.  Paint.

Oh, Annie Sloan, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  At least I think that’s how it goes.  When it comes to Annie Sloan paint, that is exactly how I feel though.  Why?  Because I am somewhat of a girl after instant gratification.  When I tackle a project I like to see the finished product right away, and Annie Sloan paint allows just that.

  •  I don’t have to worry about priming a piece of furniture before I paint it.
  • It goes on easily and with two coats you can’t even see brush strokes.
  •  It dries quickly which allows me to complete the project quickly.
  • With its chalky, matte finish, you can easily achieve that vintage, chippy look for furniture. With two coats and a simple coat of wax you can have a elegantly finished piece as well.  It’s so versatile.  AND, it cleans up with water!  Easy peasy.
cans of Annie SLoan chalk paint, wax and a brush
pic from magnolialanedesign.com

The only downside is that the paint colors are limited – you won’t find any hot pink.  Still, I love it so much and think it works so well that I feel like it is worth every cent of the $38 a quart price tag.  Don’t let that scare you – a little goes a long way.  I was able to paint several piece of furniture (large dresser, bench, and small chest) with one quart.  Here are a few piece that I’ve done using Annie Sloan.  If you want to learn the ins and outs of breathing new life into existing furniture, stay tuned.  I’ll be offering a tutorial soon and show you step by step how easy it is to do.

Some Projects I’ve Done:

Here’s my master bedroom dresser that I’ve redone – twice.  #finickydecorator  You can see it was originally a nondescript mahogany finish.  Let’s face it.  Even if it is nice you can eventually get bored with it and want a new look.

mahogany dresser with mirror

 

So, I thought I’d like to re-do this piece in a creamy antique white. dresser painted in Old Ochre Annie Sloan chalk paint

dresser painted in Old Ochre Annie Sloan chalk paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess it was a little too farmhouse for me or something because before too long, I was repainting it.  Lucky for me with Annie Sloan, I can just start painting.

Here is the newest color – Paris Grey.  I still love this color so I think I’ll stick with it for a while.  #clearlynotaphotographer

dresser painted in Paris Grey Annie Sloan chalk paint

The color is a little better in this shot.

dresser painted in Paris Grey Annie Sloan chalk paint

Here’s another project I did.  You can see another basic piece that I thought could use some personality and color.  Really I felt like the look was just too formal for my life with 3 teenage boys.

traditional mahogany buffet or server

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose Antibes Green and Napoleon Blue.  I then went back and gilded the edges to add a little shine.  Here you can see the first coat going on.

And here is the finished project.

buffet repainted with Annie SLoan chalk paint in Antibes Green and Napolean Blue

buffet repainted with Annie SLoan chalk paint in Antibes Green and Napolean Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve used this paint for my front door, kitchen table, and chest of drawers in one of my boy’s rooms.  It hold up well once you wax it and buff it.   Now, you know my favorite way to update stuff around my house.  If you want to see more of Annie Sloan’s colors, visit www.anniesloan.com.   What’s your go-to product when you want to tackle a project like this?

I always love to hear what's on your mind. Please comment below!