Well, I finally went and did it....painted something with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. Here's my take on it.
I started by painting this simple ladder back chair with the white. The paint went on rather easily and dried quickly. I applied the wax and then distressed the piece. I had a little trouble with the wax but later found out that I was applying too much....a little goes a long way. I do like the nice patina the wax gives the wood.
Honestly, I wasn't feelin the love at first.
But once I started playing around with it a little by sanding and dry brushing, I started to appreciate that I didn't have to do a third coat.
So, I'd say that it does cover quite well.
Piece No.2 is a piano bench that had been a very dark mahogany.
So, I used two coats of Annie Sloan white and then
a dry brushed technique on the top using AS paris gray.
I then added a stamped image by loading up the stamp with AS paris gray. Then waxed the entire piece with AS clear wax, followed by sanding with my mouse paying special attention to the edges.
I wanted the corners to be heavily stressed so the wood comes through. I was able to do this because the paint sanded so easily.
One feature of this paint that I really like is that it easily covered the dark wood without adding a primer. It also sticks to the wood and doesn't rub off or peel. So, the primer step is eliminated.
I think the real fun with this paint is that you can play with it to achieve the look you want. I still like Benjamin Moore and Behr paints and will continue to use them too, so I am not ready to go totally Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I also like using glazes and experimenting with different techniques, so I'll continue using their products as well.
Annie Sloan's chalk paint is pricey when you add in the cost of the wax, but I've found that it lasts a long time. I've painted two items so far and barely made a dent in the contents of the can. So, I'm liking that too!
You can also buy sample bottles too and it's a great inexpensive way to mix colors and play with the paint.
I buy my Annie Sloan Chalk Paints Here.
If you haven't tried it yet, go ahead and jump in. Get a can of your favorite color, some wax and start experimenting.
I have not been paid or compensated to do this review on Annie Sloan Chalk paint, just wanted to try it.
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