Monday, July 9, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.. The Basics

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I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
I want all of you to love it as well.
Or, at least know all about it and why you should love it.
I have been "playing" with annie sloan chalk paint for a while now.
I have mixed and mixed and waxed and mixed some more.
My hand has been numb from painting on more than one occassion.
I have learned a couple of things that I want to share with you.
I will show you why when I went to pack for girls camp, I had to bring paint clothes because I only had "Paint Clothes" to choose from.
A little pathetic? Yes, probably.
I love to paint, what can I say.
Please note...
I am not a proffessional painter!
I just want to share the things that I learned from using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
If you want more info, is full of inspiration.
Annie Sloan has a facebook page as well.
You can post a question on her page and she will asnwer you.
Ok-enough chit chat, onto the reason why you are reading this post..
What I LOVE about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I am here to tell you that every fabulous thing that you have read or heard about ASCP is all true!
Yep, it is fabulous!
In my opinion:
It's the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way. Now, you all know that I love me
some spray paint.
I LOVE it!
BUT, after using ASCP, I will not ever redo another piece of furniture without using a chalk paint.
Ever again...

Why? This paint is absolutely beautiful to work with. It goes on smoothly & without a hassle. It is quite thick when it comes out of the can. You can paint it straight from the can or water it down. I usually water it down just a little bit, because it is easier to work with. I usually paint 2 coats of paint when I water it down. If you are only wanting to do one coat, then you don't need to water it down.

This paint allows you to change your mind mid paint job! It is Awesome!  The only way that I can explain it is, this paint is more pliable. Think of acrylic paint & how easy it is to mix colors, wipe it on or wipe it off.
Well, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is just that, but for your walls & furniture. 

You can use it on any surface, indoors and out.
ANY surface!
Furniture, walls, floors, etc.
I wanted to try it on a few different surfaces.
So, I pulled out some wood, plastic and ceramic. I also painted some "fake wood" furniture.
It adhered to everything, no problem. 

The best parts about this paint….
you do NOT need to prime anything!
Just clean the surface that you want to paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will stick. 
Not kidding!

I recently painted my wooden banisters. I wiped them down with water and then started painting.
I did not use a super cleaner or anything to strip the varnish off.
The paint adhered perfectly! I know of no other paint that will do this.

This paint is pretty self explanatory. 
There are just a couple of things that I learned along the way that I wanted to share with you.

When you paint-use the best brush that you can get.
Home Depot has a good, better, best section.
Get a brush in the “best” section.  This will make painting so much easier!

Maybe this is self explanatory, but make sure that you wash your brush out with soap and water when you are done. The chalk paint comes off extremely easy. Not a lot of scrubbing is required.

When you paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you need to decide what look you are going for.
This paint is meant to look "Layered." Think of an old, textured, weathered piece of furniture. All of the layers of paint add to the look and the patina of the piece.
When you use the chalk paint, it is not like other paint. If you are wanting a solid covered piece, not really wanting it to look aged or distressed-you will want to paint in one direction. Let it dry and then do another coat in the other direction.
If you are wanting the shabby chic look, then it doesn't matter if you brush whichever way your heart desires.  Remember, the paint is meant to look layered.
If you don't want this look-then make sure that you
Wait for the first coat to dry and then you can go back over it.
Does this make sense?

The first coat will more than likely, show brush strokes.
Don’t stress over this.
If you are going for that Shabby Chic look, when you sand your piece the brush strokes will blend together and help "shabby" the piece up.

If you want a more solid coverage, you can accomplish this with 2 different techniques.
You can paint 2 coats.
(I know, your thinking DUH Tausha)
You will want to make sure that your first coat is dry before adding the second.

  Or, if you want to use 2 colors, you can paint a different color over the first color.
By doing a light sanding, the first color will pull the first color through beautifully.
In the bottom picture, I painted a white color, then a blue grey color that I mixed, then I waited until it was dry to the touch & then I sanded it.
When you sand this paint, it sands into a fine mist. A chalk dust, hence the name of the paint...:)

Once you have got the look that you want with your painting and sanding, you are ready to wax!

If you want a more solid coverage, you will need to wait 24 hours for the paint to cure.
Once the paint has cured, then start distressing or sanding.
It's worth the wait..promise
Trust me on this.

By allowing the paint to cure, you can achieve a more solid cover by doing just one coat.
I painted the piece above in just one coat. You can lightly see some the brush strokes on the doors. I liked this look. I just wanted you to be able to see the difference in one coat of paint and two.

Annie Sloan has 2 colors. You can get a clear and a dark wax.
BUT, you can also make your own wax color by mixing a little bit of ASCP with some clear wax. 
There are not any other wax’s on the market that can do this. 
I know that some of you are wondering why you would need to wax?
Annie Sloan is a chalk paint. If you don't wax it-then it will be like a chalkboard.
Waxing will give you a smooth & professional look.
If you only remember ONE thing while you are waxing, remember this,
 Thin will Win. 
You will want to apply a thin coat of the wax with a brush, and then buff it off with a micro fiber rag.
Micro fiber rags really do work the best.
Think Sham Wow's from the Dollar Store.
Miss Mustard Seed has a fantastic post and video tutorial on how to wax.

You put on a clear wax, buff and then add a dark wax.

Or, you can just use the clear wax

The Nitty Gritty on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The price of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is $38.95 a quart.
Now, don’t let the price throw you. 
This quart of paint will last you a long time! 
One quart of paint will do 5 or 6 pieces of furniture. Depending on the sizes of the pieces.  
This paint will last you longer than your average gallon of paint from the big box store.

The wax is $26.95 each.
The wax will last you forever! Well probably not F-orever, but a long time.
Remember-if you like the antiqued look-you will want to get both the clear wax & the dark wax.
My wax lasts on average about a year. That is with quite a bit of use.

Remember, less is more when you use the wax.

There is one catch to this paint.
You can only purchase it from certified Annie Sloan stockists.
Check your local area for a distributor near you.

But, if you are a Utah gal,we have one fabulous distributor!
April James Interiors in Heber and Spanish Fork.  April is fabulous to work with! You can call or check out her site for paint colors, tools and how to books.  I recommend the book;
Quick and Easy Paint Transformations. It is fantastic!

Mindy and her fabulous staff are extremely knowledgeable and are happy to help you.
They will ship the paint to you, or you can pick it up at their studio in Heber City.
Check their website, Harrel Art Group for information.

My overall grade for this paint is an A+! ASCP is very user friendly and the results are swoon worthy.
You can totally use this paint and be awesome at it.
I promise!

If you are wanting more information & or see more pics of Annie Sloan Paint in action, check out some of my past posts.

Entryway bench makeover
Desk Makeover
Clock Table Makeover
Studio 5 TV segment on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Happy Painting!
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  1. Thank you for this detailed advice! I have been wanting to try ASCP and you have convinced me to RUN out and get it! Luckily, we do have a distributor here in Nashville, so I can avoid shipping. Yay!

  2. Very it! Great post too...lots of awesome info! TFS! POP ART MINIS

  3. Thanks for the great info! I have just picked up a dresser for my first ASCP project! Can't wait!!

  4. Great advice. Thanks. I am in love with that ASCP clock! OMG, it's gorgeous. WANT THAT!!!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

  5. Love this, thank you and thanks for linking, I'll be featuring it tomorrow :)

  6. This stuff is really awesome...thanks for the tips:)


  7. I agree with you 100%, Tausha!!!! There is NOTHING like ASCP! I love it! I adore it! I love painting with it!! ♥ Yeah....I have a paint crush going on..... lol!

    xoxo laurie

  8. Thanks for all of the tips! I just go two cans of ascp in the mail that I had ordered... I'm itching to try it out on a freebie cabinet but will have to wait for the weekend.


  9. Your tips are fantastic. Thanks! We don't have a distributor within 300 miles, so guess I'll have to order it. Wish I could see the colors in person, though. I have a big project I'm dying to try it on.

  10. fabulous thank you. I live in the UK and have just bought a tin of this fab paint and now I feel confidant to use it thanks to your tutorial, great advise thanks
    Lynn xxx

  11. I look forward to video blogs! I'm a new follower and have a few fun things on my blog. Feel free to check it out.
    Fondly, Tami

  12. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this tutorial on ASCP!!!!!!!

    I've been looking high and low for just this. I can't wait to get started on my first project! :o)

  13. Hey! Thanks so much for the info---found your site through google, just looking for info on the stuff! :) If I wax with the clear wax....can I go over it with dark wax a few days later (I don't have any dark wax yet! :) ) Anymore tips on the wax stuff? I tried waxing a little end table & found it a little trickier than I anticipated---just didn't look all that great....

    Thanks again! :)

  14. Welcome to the fabulous world of ASCP, Tausha! lol! I've been using it for a year now and can't live without it. Like you, I will never use any other paint on furniture. It's so easy to use and you can manipulate the colors and techniques to your heart's content! I just posted on layering colors on a little French side table. I was thrilled with the results! Your pieces turned out beautifully! Great job! And happy painting! :)

    xoxo laurie

  15. You have me so eager to try this. I still have that shelf Desi let me have from IKEA. I need to paint it, and perhaps this way will work. Thanks for all the info.

    winks, jen

  16. Girl, I just found you from Craft-o-Maniac. I'm a new follower!!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  17. I picked up my first can today. Can't wait to star on my project tomorrow. Thaks for the tips. I didn't buy the wax now I think I will go back for it tomorrow


    1. Sorry for the late reply. Did you go back and get the wax? I would love to hear what your thoughts on the paint and wax are. Any pictures? I would love for you to share!

      Happy Painting!

  18. Finally, a decent, well done post on ASCP. Amen! There are so many "half" tutorials out there. I wish Annie Sloan had one would think. It's like this big mystery. I bought my paint awhile ago, and even the person I purchased it through, gave me a little of this and a little of I sort of forgot and have been combing the Internet looking for a decent one. I just bookmarked you!

    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! Good luck to you and if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

      Happy Painting!

  19. Great tutorial and great info. THANKS FOR SHARING!!

    Angie Newsom

    1. Thank you so much Angie! I hope that you give the chalk paint a try.You will love it!

      Happy Painting!

  20. Hello, thank you so much for all the info. For the distressed look, with two colors, do I need to wait for the first color do dry before applying the second coat with a different color?

  21. I m from Romania? How can I buy Annie Sloan paint?? Please help!!

  22. House@heart-

    Good News-most Annie Sloan stockist will be happy to ship to you. I love my utah ascp stockist and I am sure that they would be happy to help you out. Here is there shop link-

    Hope that this helps..happy painting!

  23. awesome blog post. I'm going in and trying this! thanks!


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