Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I finally tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Hi Bloggerettes!

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. 



Sandra B. said...

Wow, it looks wonderfull!!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Sissie, I am lovin what you did! I have never used chalk paint but it sounds like it could really cut down on the work. Your chair and bench are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.


Amy Chalmers said...

Love your results~I guess you will be creating even more treasures with the ASCP!

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad to hear another person who paints a lot say they like AS paints! I love how your pieces turned out, simply beautiful! Thanks for the review!

Kat :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sissie Sweetie...
What a beautiful share this morning. I have not tried this chalk paint. I have been wanting to, and leave it to you, you have SO inspired me.

Love this chair, it is so beautiful. Love the little skirting you made as well. That applique/stamping is so perfect. A chair fit for a queen.

Your table is exquisite. I love the stressed corners, it sure stands out doesn't it? Love the little stamping on it as well, because when you set that crown on top, it just pops. Thanks for sharing sweetie. I so enjoyed seeing your works this morning.

Please stop by my blog and leave a comment for Charlie. You can stop by each day through tomorrow and leave a comment. Every comment adds another 1.00 towards the next miracele makeover. Have a gorgeous day sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

ShabbyESP said...

Hi Sissie
Love the chair and the piano bench they look great!!!
I also like your you and I have 2 crowns the same!!
Enjoy your day!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Blondie's Journal said...

I think I have the sister to your chair!! I love how it and the bench turned out and was happy to hear what you thought of the paint. I am looking for the perfect piece to paint. Thanks for the link!


Unknown said...

Hi Sissie:
I thought I was the last person in blogville that hasn't tried this yet.
I enjoyed your review ;)
I like that the primer step is left out and I think this is great for furniture.
Your chair is AMAZING and the table is gorgeous.
Have a great day!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Both pieces turned out great, Sissie! I love your crown slip on the chair! I agree ~ I would not exclusively use the AS paints because they are just too expensive. I will stick with my "tried and true" paints that I like to keep on hand. I do like that they cover without primer though, so pieces that I might dread as a "whole big deal" I will probably use the AS paint.

Unknown said...

...thanks for tryin' AS paints out for us Sissie! I love the way the chair turned out:)
The paris grey is the shade i'd like to try out too.

xo, Rosemary

xinex said...

I love the paint. I have tried it on 2 small projects. You did a great job!...Christine

Cindy said...

Good honest review Sissy. I keep thinking i don't paint enough things to buy some, and then i find myself painting something and thinking i wish i had some Annie Sloan chalk paint...


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm glad to read your review of this chalk paint as you are my go to girl for painting advice! I love how your projects turn out so I trust your opinion. Love the chair and the bench. That Paris Gray is lovely!

Angela Richardson said...

So glad you tried the paint. don't forget it will stick to any surface, wood, plastic, metal, melamine and can be used outside too. I love it for all those reasons.

stefanie said...

don't you just love how you don't have to primer!!!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thanks Sissie, It sounds like everyone that uses it agree it's a great paint! I love the stamped image in the corner, gonna steal that idea!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looking good Sissie!!! Lovin' this stuff too...both makeovers look great and I LOVE that seat cover!!!


My name is Riet said...

That chalk paints looks very professionel Sissie. LOve that chair also with the lovely cover over it and the table is so lovely.

Jane said...

Hi Sissy,
Your painted pieces turned out beautiful. Thanks for your take on the AS paint. I haven't tried it yet but think I'm going to have to order some.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sissieness! Oh, I love what you've done with the AS paint! Love the little stamp at the corner of the stool! I've not used this paint myself! I kind of like a little sheen to my pieces and this doesn't have that, does it? Well, everyone is using it. I'll have to try it one day.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

raggygirlvintage said...

You are now officially part of the ASCP club!! I've been working with it quite a bit too, I'm having trouble with the wax on one piece but I think I left the wax too long before buffing. I do like that it cuts out those prep steps. Have fun!

Anu@MyDreamCanvas said...

Wow, this is amazing!! Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.Take care Anu

Olivia said...

Oh Sissie! As always you do the loveliest makeovers...I have not even tried this new chalk paint, maybe it is a new one and it will phase out before i get around to it....humm. makes are girl think, I'm with Carol, I love that stamp!

Debbie said...

I love your transformations they look beautiful. I really should try this paint espcially a it originates here in the \uk but it is still so expensive and P & P in the UK is shocking!! xx

Unknown said...

Hi Sissie....your items look great, but I'm with you.....I like what I'm using now, and if it's the look you are wanting.....flat paint does the same thing. Maybe someday when the fumes eat my lungs I will think about switching to chalk, but for now I'm staying where I am with my Behr and Martha Stewart paints.

Anne Lorys said...

It looks great!
Of course, it helps that you are so talented with a paintbrush, too. :-)


Rebecca Nelson said...

Ok Miss S...I haven't been by in a bit so I have to go and backtrack a bit.

I haven't tired this paint...I'm SKERD. :( I'm afraid I'll love it and then all my money will go towards buying it! Bah! I love what you've done. Love the chair and LOVE the stamping on that bench!

Thanks for sharing OH TALENTED ONE! I tip my floppy pink rose-wide brimmed hat to you! :)


Ginger said...

Sissie you do such beautiful work with your painting. I love it all. I will have to try that paint, I hate priming first and that looks really easy. Hope your weekend is fun.
Hugs to you:))

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

I am not familiar with this paint and I am sure I would ruin what I was painting with the all seems a bit daunting to me, but I admire your adventurous spirit in the paint isle.....I still have some furniture I want to paint for me and if I get up the nerve to try I will send you the results....well, maybe!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hey there! Love how this adorable table turned out. I'm really wanting to try this paint but the 200 + price tag of it all is a little much, wish I lived close by to get my hands on it in person! Your mermaid chair is really sweet! Have fun with your sweet sister! xoxo Debra

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