Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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I first read about this paint on Miss Mustard Seed's blog. Oh my….

No sanding, no primer, no nothing needed before you paint a piece of furniture. Seriously? Even over varnish? Even over varnish.

After watching this video on her blog about waxing versus using a poly sealer I placed my orders for a few cans of the paint, two kinds of wax and the special waxing brush you see in my photo above…on this link she talks a little more about the paint and places to order it.

 But even if you're not in the market to paint some furniture, her blog is very inspiring! You might even discover after visiting that you now NEED to paint some furniture.

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As soon as I opened the box of paint, I could hardly wait to try it out. Right in the middle of my floor. [not recommended by anyone who knows better] Sanding the piece for distressing purposes in the middle of your house is an even worse idea. Naturally….I did this too. Just once….never again!!!!! 

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One dining room chair down…

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…seven more to go…not to mention several other pieces I plan to tackle. The bids to have everything refinished by a pro was going to be a lot…

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But it was obvious something needed to be done… Let's just call this style of distressing "puppy love"…. Most of our chairs look as if we raise beavers inside our house!!! Grrrrr…. But our little puppy has grown up now and no longer chews furniture….thank goodness.

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The cream colored paint from the Annie Sloan line after adding some wax matched my corner cabinet in the kitchen just beautifully. I painted part of one chair to test it out. That's the beauty of this paint…even after waxing it {or applying poly} if you don't like it, just paint over it.

Sadly enough, puppy did a number on all of those chairs too. One puppy with sharp teeth left unattended for even three minutes can inflict unbelievable damage.

But somewhere over the course of last week in all of my decorating scheming, I decided to go another direction with the chairs.

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I ordered these……..! One meal of spaghetti with a pack of teenage boys will let me know rather quickly whether I made a huge mistake. The old chairs will find a new home and purpose in our basement.

Incidentally, you can use this paint to make chalkboards too….check out the Annie Sloan website to see all the colors available. Or mix a couple of colors for your own custom color.

Wishing you all a wonderful week of living creatively!

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About Sue@MyArtsDesire

Married to my high school sweetie...mother to three children and two have flown the nest. Enjoy all things vintage, flowers/gardening, nature, photography, collecting, crafty-artsy pursuits, reading, fluffing our nest, traveling, laughing, sunshine, and people. And more. My Christian faith is the bedrock of my being.
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14 Responses to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  1. Kim Klassen says:

    gasp!! aaaaack…. oh my gosh… i need this paint…. ‘sigh’ wow…love the transformations….and you make me giggle. 🙂
    i’m crossing my fingers they ship to canada….. off to find out more!!
    yay! happy monday! xxo, Kim

  2. Sheila says:

    You did a great job on that chair, Sue. That being said, I love the new ones, too! Can you use them both? Can you put the distressed ones in your breakfast area and the new ones in your DR? I worry about the seats on those, but Sue, that’s what slipcovers are for. I have them and have never regretted it… until the cleaners shrunk them. Supposedly, they drycleaned them, but I think they sent them through the laundry. Now, they are a little shorter in the skirt, but they still work for me!
    That’s cool paint!
    XO,
    Sheila 🙂

  3. Note from an Annie Sloan “Stockist” in CA – this paint is amazing! To save your home from AFTER waxing, sand and then clear again, play with the dark wax to work into the grooves, etc…and you can then take some of the dark wax back off by applying more clear wax…AND try crackling the paint! Just with the hairdryer…it is amazing! Want more info? Check out the Annie Sloan web site and call or email your nearest stockist. We are trained, have paint, and do ship! I even ship to Canada!

  4. Let me clarify that last comment….to save your home from chalk dust flying, sand AFTER applying clear wax!!

  5. Linda Jo says:

    I love that paint!!! I have a table sitting here waiting for me to paint it. I must go watch those videos. I like both chairs, Sue. But I REALLY love the painted ones! Can’t believe you are putting them in the basement. Also love your new banner. I need to watch my Kim videos again and start playing in photoshop…I need more hours!

  6. Sue, you did an amazing job with the old chairs. They are so fabulous!!! I’ll have to check out this chalk paint – I love it so. And “no prep” is a huge time saver. Thanks for the recommendation, and good luck with the spaghetti-eating guys!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  7. jill says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy! You did a heck of a great job. I think I’d be intimidated to paint such nice chairs. Painting is always one of those things that I’m always wishing it went a little better for me. And, I think your new chairs are awesome too. What does your table look like? Did you need to get a new table to match the chairs?

  8. Oh thanks for sharing!! I NEED this inspiration!! And permission to change my mind too! You rock Sue:)
    Can’t wait to see your new additions! XO

  9. Sheila says:

    LOL! Crowns as hood ornies? That, my dear, is a master stroke!
    Now, I want to go find a car that looks like that one and paste a little crown on the hood. What would they do if I picked them up in a car like that??? I’m thinking I want one. Would you ride with me, Sue???
    XO,
    Sheila 🙂

  10. You can pick up some dark wax with a wax clearer … And try to paint crackling! Only with a hair dryer … It ‘s amazing! Want to know more? Check the website of Annie Sloan and call or e-mail to your nearest dealer. We have been trained in the paint, and make a start! I did not even ship to Canada!

  11. ~*~Patty says:

    well that paint sounds AND looks fabulous…what a perfect advert you would be…inspiring everyone … I think I NEED some paint like that 🙂
    oxo

  12. Kim Klassen says:

    hello sweet friend…. just popping back…is the white you used…old white? the sample chip, looks very yellow? and your white looks white. 🙂
    xxo, kim

  13. Connie says:

    So tell me more about this paint! It is pretty pricey so does it cover in 1 coat so a quart goes far? Do you recommend the dark wax or the clear or is both needed? And do you really need that special brush? What color of white did you use? I’m so excited to try this paint but would like a user to tell me to go for it!
    Your chairs are just beautiful and the hutch is going to be fantastic! I’m glad to see that someone else has a hard time making decisions too! lol
    Hugs ~~ Connie

  14. Lisa says:

    Anxious to see how this piece is turning out.
    I must say, the dark wax is NOT working for me but I am using Fiddes while waiting for the Hannants but I read they are very similar. Zero flow, just goes on and absorbs anywhere I put it. Can’t wipe it off, etc. And yes I did clear wax first. IDK. I’m just not seeing it working and might just add stain to the clear wax?

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