Tag: Anne Sloan Chalk Paint

Top Tips From Annie Sloan

May 1, 2013



I was able to visit one of my favorite stores today, Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, RI. Nancy is the shop owner and Chalk Paint® extraordinaire who got me hooked on painting with Chalk Paint®:


I always find or learn something new when I visit her shop. Today I brought a friend who wants to paint an old, small, wooden detailed chest with the Chalk Paint® because she loves the paint colors and the idea of not having to prime and sand first. (I did learn today that is is now called ‘Chalk Paint®’ which is now a registered trademark. It is not called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or ASCP anymore, it is Chalk Paint ®, or Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan.)

It is a good idea to visit your local Stockist and see the colors in person because it is a great way to decide on colors and technique on your next project. I am so glad we went to the store, because the Chalk Paint® color Arles my friend was looking at was much more golden than she thought:


She brought to the store a drawer to match and her wall color sample which is Ben Moore Storm AF-700. Storm is a gray with blue undertones, the same as the Chalk Paint color Paris Grey. Another good reason to visit the store is that we were able to look at the different color combinations and the Paris Grey and Cream looked fabulous together!  My friend ended up with the Cream, which is a beautiful soft yellow:


Annie suggests the combination of the Cream with the Paris Grey for a French look here.

At the store you can see sample finishes and decide on what technique and color combinations you might want to use. You can bring your fabric and paint swatches along –or even a drawer! And the best reason to visit is to get advice and tips from your local Stockist on your project. To find the closest retailer nearest you visit anniesloanunfolded.com

My favorite take away today was my free Annie Sloan Tutorial (which you can only get by visiting the store):


It is step by step directions on some of the classic finishes such as Simple Vintage Look, Two Color Distressing, The Rustic ‘Chippy’ Look and A Smooth Modern Finish. It is nice to have directions in front of you as a reminder, plus it gives you ideas for other techniques to try. I also picked up an Application Techniques brochure with some of Annie Sloan’s ‘Top Tips’. Here are a couple of my favorites she wrote:

* Working With a Good Palette of Colors is Important, as is Being Able To Mix Them.

“I use a palette of ready mixed neutrals with stronger colors, working on the premise that you can lighten strong colors but can not make a light strong color. Our colors can be lightened with Old White or you can use Country Grey to give a color a little complexity. Waxes can change the color as well.”

* Wax On, Wax Off!

“I wax more or less everything I paint to get the right finish for my furniture and walls. I find it makes my projects strong and gives them a beautiful, workable finish. I recommend that you use a wax that is soft and can be easily be applied with a small brush. If you want to get the job done quickly and are feeling confident, you can use a larger brush. After adding a layer of clear wax, you can choose to apply a dark wax to change the color, or add paint to the clear wax to alter the finish.”



If you have not tried it yet, I encourage you to find a small paint project to try. The Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface, inside or out. How about in the garden- exterior walls, garden furniture (except teak), metal, concrete, matt plastic and even terracotta. Just leave it to harden over night and then wipe it down with a damp cloth before exposing it to rain. No need to wax. The colors are all beautiful, imagine them in your flower garden! This sign was painted with Chalk Paint®. So cool!!



A few more great tips and hints with the soft wax that I found are good reminders:

* When you apply the wax, ‘push’ it into your Chalk Paint for the best results. Think hand cream and apply it the same way! Remove excess wax with a clean cloth.

* When applying wax, less is more, so there is no need to apply wax too thickly. The wax will feel touch –dry immediately after you have applied it.

* If you want to achieve a really good shine, allow 24 hours before buffing wax.

To find the closest retailer nearest you visit anniesloanunfolded.com. You will be very pleased you visited the store. I sure was today! Have you tried any projects lately with Chalk Paint®?

If you need help decorating your home with color, contact me today.

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

September 28, 2011


I have heard such great reviews about the Ann Sloan Paint Line, and I wanted to try it out for myself. I was instantly attracted to their claim of ‘no need to prime or prepare’! I also loved the idea of being able to paint  any surface such as wood furniture, plastic, clay, concrete, stone and formica furniture. As described on their website “Chalk Paint is a unique paint in 24 decorative and historical colors made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, painting ‘blackboards’ and for giving walls a completely matte velvety finish.”

frenchlinen120             oldwhite                   ParisGrey

French Linen                       Old White                            Paris Gray

It was a great pleasure to drive down to historic Bristol, RI. It was a beautiful day and it is such a quaint little town with shops right on the water. The owner of Sea Rose Cottage, Nancy, invited me to come to her store and work with the paints:


She had all different painted samples to get ideas from:

anne samples

Although there are only 24 paint colors, there are actually many, many ways to mix the paint together. You can mix the paint with wax or water to make numerous shades and different techniques of paint.


Their claim of easy is so true! You just paint the surface with your color with two coats, then rub two coats of wax on. That’s it! If you want an antique look, just paint on the dark wax and rub off until desired effect. Pretty easy! Below are two examples of finishing the wood with the dark wax:


What I also loved was there is no right or wrong way to do it. You paint on the color, then use one (or both) of the two waxes, clear and dark, and then just adjust the effects you want with a rag. I know I am making this seem very simple, but that is actually the steps you follow. The picture below shows the color Versailles shown in different coats as applied:


From right to left- 1) one coat color applied, 2) two coats color, 3) two coats color with one coat clear wax and the last on the left is two coats color applied with two coats clear wax, then buffed with a rag to a beautiful shine.

As stated on her website “Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture and that had a good range of color that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.”

I chose to experiment with the French Linen:


Nancy told me the most popular colors are Old White, Duck Egg Blue and Paris Gray. French Linen is a new color in the collection as well as a Pure White color and a beautiful Coco color I loved.  

I had no idea these colors have been in Europe for 20 years. They have only been in the United States and Canada for one and a half years. Brand new really! I really think it is a miracle paint for getting that antique and vintage look! But, it also can be made to look very contemporary depending on the color and sheen you are looking for. Below is a mirror painted with Provence and then waxed. The molding held up to compare is painted with no wax (both treatments beautiful!):


I ended up buying a quart of the French Linen paint ($36.95), one tin of the clear wax ($29.95), one tin of dark wax ($29.95) and a few samples jars to experiment with. The dark wax should last forever because you only use such a small amount of it.

I can’t wait to start painting! I am going to start with a small wood table and then I will share with you. There is a great technique book that is easy to follow step by step written by Annie Sloan called ‘Quick and Easy Paint Transformations’ that you can purchase online from the Sea Rose Cottage  as well as all Annie Sloan paint and waxes. This special paint is only sold in about 70 stocklists throughout the United State and Canada. It can be ordered online and shipped right to your door.


Love it! Love new products, new experiments! I have invited Nancy to guest post in about a week to explain in more detail about the products and painting techniques. Stay tuned!

Comments? Have you had a chance to try the Anne Sloan paint? What do you think of it?

I love the way that they advertise their paint:

Why our Paint is Special

1. It’s the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way.
2. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain.
3. You can use it as an impasto ( thickly) – leave the lid off to thicken.
4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out ( the outside of our shop was painted in it- perfect!)
5. No need to prime or prepare.
6. The colors are mixed intelligently and the web site shows how you can adapt your colors for your use.
7. It’s a girls’ paint, but boys can use it too.
8. It’s flexible so you can be creative and change you mind.
9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls.
10. Extremely low VOCs so it is good for the environment.
11. Very little black is used in their manufacture so the colors are mixed with thought using a mixture of colors.
13. You can paint it on walls for a soft matt effect or wax it for a polished plaster effect.

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