I’d heard so much about chalk painting and was intrigued by the idea of no sanding or priming, my least favorite things about painting furniture. So today, I’m going to show you how to paint furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
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How to Paint Furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
- ASCP from your local stockist
- stir stick
- lid opener
- paint brush
- fine grit sandpaper or wet rag
- rag to clean furniture
- wax (Buy Annie Sloan wax at your local stockist. If you’re not using Annie Sloan wax, I have used, and like, the DecoArt wax.)
- plastic spoon
- paper plate
- soft, dry rags for buffing wax
- wax brush or soft rag
- let your paint sit upside down for about an hour
- while you’re waiting, remove any hardware from your furniture
- clean furniture with a damp rag
- shake paint
- open lid and stir paint
Tip: Give your paint a good shake before opening. Then, stir the paint thoroughly. When you think you’ve stirred enough, stir some more. This is important because the paint ingredients settle at the bottom of the can. I didn’t stir well enough before painting and panicked when the first coat was sheer.
6. brush on the paint following the grain of the wood
7. apply a second coat if needed and let dry for 30 to 45 minutes
8. using the plastic spoon, scoop a dollop of wax onto paper plate
9. with your rag or a wax brush dab the wax onto the furniture surface
10. continue applying wax on furniture, working in small sections
Tip: I consulted several blogging colleagues on what wax to use. The recommendations were: Masion Blanche La Craie, CeCe Caldwell’s or Fiddes and Sons.
Since Fiddes and Sons was a few dollars cheaper than CeCe’s I went with that. The wax was super soft and easy to work with, but the fumes were overwhelming to me.
Rumor has it that CeCe’s and Miss Mustard Seed’s wax has very little smell.
Why not use Minwax or Johnsons? My understanding is that it is hard wax as opposed to soft wax, making it harder to work with. However, I’ve been told that it’s easier to use if you melt it a little and give it a good stir.
Whichever wax you choose, apply the wax in thin, but not sparse, coats. Also, make sure the wax is providing uniform coverage.
Return to the first section where you applied the wax and wipe off excess wax with rag, using circular motions. I found this video on How to Apply Clear Wax by The Purple Painted Lady very helpful. And she shares some great advice on her blog page by the same title.
11. apply second coat of wax and repeat steps 3 and 4. Consider a third coat on pieces that will get a lot of wear and tear. I applied 3 coats to the top of my console since electronics sit on it.
The clear wax enriched the paint color, but didn’t change it, as well as provided a low luster shine. Dark wax changes the color and is used to give furniture an aged appearance. I didn’t use dark wax on this project.
Tip: Annie Sloan recommends applying clear wax before dark wax. Otherwise, the dark wax will penetrate the paint and change its appearance.
Tip: Annie Sloan recommends that you wax before distressing. The reason for this is that the paint dries very chalky, creating a lot of dust if you sand the bare paint. When distressing, sand areas that would normally wear over time such as over edges, corners and around knobs…
12. lightly rub the sandpaper or rag over areas where you want to reveal the wood [optional]
I am glad that I gave chalk paint a try. Since this project, I’ve tried some other brands and prefer Annie Sloan hands down. The others work fine, but there’s just something about the original that can’t be beat.
ASCP has a very fast drying time and one good coat typically provides all the coverage you need. There are some cases where you might need two or three, such as when you’re painting a darker piece of furniture or when the furniture has a high gloss.
You can search Annie Sloan Unfolded to find a retailer in your area. If you do not live near a retailer, you can order ASCP online.
For more furniture painting techniques, read:
Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture by Annie Sloan
and for more decorating tips, be sure to check out Home on Purpose: Mindful Living in a Hectic World.