Friday, June 8, 2012

Thoughts on Chalk Paint® Revisited

It's been just over a year since I gave my first review on Chalk Paint®.  A lot has happened in that short time...from initial interest to buying it to writing a review and now selling's been one very busy year!

Considering I am a Certified Trainer for Chalk Paint®, I thought it was time to re-write the review and answer some frequently asked questions.  Oh, and please post your questions here. Your questions will not only help you, but also others reading this! 

The Price:  Yes, the price question comes up every day!  I continue to sell all Chalk Paint® and products at the lowest possible price.  The paint retails in my shop and at my online shop for $34.95.  I do sincerely encourage you to find a retailer near you!  There is nothing like chatting in person with the wonderful retailers! The incite you will gain from visiting with your local retailer is priceless! To find a retailer nearest you, visit this link Find a Retailer.

Is it worth the price.  I often answer with "How valuable is your time?".  Once you buy primer & the piece, sand the piece, touch up prime, sand again, paint, wait, paint again, and wait 28-30 days before distressing....if you can wait and don't mind a plastic feel...then maybe this paint isn't for ya~  For those who are about as patient as a hungry 6 week old baby, then this paint is worth every ounce!

It's not just a time thing~  I wish I had a penny for every time a customer came into the shop and commented on how luxurious the  Chalk Paint® pieces feel!  They are so soft to the touch...even purists have commented on how lovely they are. 

To Roll or to Brush.  In true Annie Sloan fashion, you should brush.  The texture that can be created is amazing!  I have painted with many, MANY different paints and truly non compare!  I love all the different textures I can create just by letting the can sit open for a short while.  And when you finish with dark wax, the old world look is stunning!  I also believe the finishes you can achieve with this paint shouldn't be limited to just brushes.  Grab a roller for an ultra modern finish...cardboard for a leathery look...a feather for a light, airy paint finish...a fork for scratching designs in top layers to reveal colors that lay beneath.  Have I tried any of these other tools...YES!  :)

1 or 2 Coats.  I say 1 coat right out of the can and the second slightly watered down.  There is no need to have 2 thick coats...this paint covers incredibly well.  With the second coat watered down, the distressing is much easier.  Plus it makes your quart last that much longer!

Minwax or  Annie Sloan  Soft Wax.  Wow have I regretted using Minwax!  This too is one of my most frequently asked questions.  My only defense was I didn't know better!  I now only use Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear and dark.  Minwax most likely will cause discoloration.  I've had customers pop in and say the whole thing was fine except for 1 drawer, or one pinked or yellowed, or even greened!  Don't take any chances!  Annie has paired these two products together because it works!  And Annie has years of experience working with her paint...after all she created it! ;)

Waxing before Distressing.  Again, I have to say in true Annie fashion, there is much less dust when you wax first and distress/sand second.  There is also another great benefit to this.  By applying the wax prior to distressing/sanding, you are allowing the paint to soften so when sanded it's much quicker.  You'll end up with little pea like balls of wax and paint, but simply brush them away and apply another coat of wax for the best finish.

Just as there are many different ways to use the paint, there is equally as many different ways to use the wax when distressing.  Experiment with what works best for you.  I also have used a scotch bright, baby wipe, paper towel-not a great choice, no wax, dark wax, and a burnishing brush to create different affects.

So I've changed a few of my answers from my initial post, but I a still a firm believer in  Chalk Paint®!  It is the only paint I use and I have found great joy in creating new colors.  

I hope you have learned something new by reading this.  If you still have a question, let me know!  I will do my very best to answer it and if I can't I will find the answer!
Want to email me instead of post your question?  Not a problem!  Email me at


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  2. Thank you so much or sharing your opinions and experiences. I appreciate it so much.

    When you are new to this kind of paint (after years of commercial paints)all tips are helpful!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

  3. You are very welcome! I'm compiling a list of questions I'm getting and will be posting later next week the answers as well as more tips. Check back! :)

  4. you have TOTALLY conviced me, and i shall be placing an order. soon, i hope. thank you. and...luckily i found you as you are my closest i believe. thanks so much and cant wait for more of your advice and tips. susy in rock falls

  5. Thanks for all your advice.I am buying some paint tomorrow...redoing a dinning room only worry is figuring out just the right color...hope not to have to buy too many quarts lol...I will let you know how it turns out.{eeek}

  6. My paint is going on in streaks and appears to be drying the same way. How can i fix this?

  7. In the fall issue of a magazine dedicated to refreshing, recycling and redoing old furniture, there is a suggestion of using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on upholstery fabric as a method of recovering an old chair. I checked the Annie Sloan web site and saw no recommendation for using that paint on upholstery. What is your opinion?

  8. this is very informative..found you while investigating this Annie Sloan paint..I have never used it but I am so interested...


  9. As Annie Sloan reports on her web site, her paint is great for exterior uses. I made a garden bench, then painted it in Old White and placed it in my garden. Two weeks later it is covered in mildew. Ms. Sloan has made it clear that her store front is painted in her paint, and we all know that the weather there is rainy and damp. What gives?


    1. Did you lacquer the paint before placing outside? If not, chalk paint is water based and therefore needs protecting from the elements. Furniture outside should be lacquered.

  10. Really interested in this product i want to use on a crib im going to use for my son would this be ok

  11. What makes Annie Sloan different from other brands of chalk paint? I'm particlularly wondering about differnce in formula ingredients and in performance. What other kinds of chalk paint have you used to compare Annie's to?

  12. I just bought my first can of ASCP and am looking forward to using it. Stopping into my local supplier is what sealed the deal for me. Talking to them directly and hearing how easy it is to use has got me pumped to try it. What do you use to apply the wax?

  13. I love working with Annie Sloan! Your table is gorgeous:) I have an Annie Sloan Chalk Painted Easter Basket giveaway going on at Spunky Real Deals:)

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  15. I would like to try the chalk paint. I don't think 34.95 is bad at all for a good quality paint. What does the wax sell for?

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