Unless you’ve been living under a DIY rock you’ve heard the name, “Annie Sloan.” There’s a reason for her worldwide success. Over 20 years ago Annie Sloan, armed with a background of fine arts, grew tired of her limited paint options. She simply decided to make her own highly versatile and easy to use paint so that everyone from artists to amateurs alike, could use her product. Her widely recognized chalk paint was created in 1990 all while staying at home raising her three young boys. Now that is a work at home Mom to aspire to!
What is chalk paint? Chalk paint receives its name due to the flat, chalky finish. Its well loved by DIYers and furniture artists alike due to its versatility. There is very minimal preparation involved and it will adhere to many surfaces including: wood, ceramics, glass, & even fabric! Her color palette is inspired by the 18th & 20th century but her paint is easily mixable giving you an even broader option for colors!
Where do you buy her product? Because Annie is so proud of her product and cherishes the brand, she only stocks with approved vendors who have been fully trained with her chalk paint and waxes. Vendors must not only go through an application process, they must also take special training in order to carry her brand. This makes her product a little harder to find than other brands but this is clearly not stopping her success! You may order online through several websites or locate a stockist here: Annie Sloan Stockists I chose the “Mini Project Pack” so that I could get two small sample jars, one clear & one dark wax & her coveted small brush. I chose two louder colors: English Yellow & Scandinavian Pink.
Now that we have a good idea about who this Annie Sloan person is and what her chalk paint is all about- let’s get to the fun part! Let me introduce the table I’ll be using today. This GORGEOUS table could be used as a nightstand or an end table. I need a new bedside table for my guest bedroom so this is going to work perfectly for the smaller space while providing a nice amount of storage should guests need it. I chose this piece for its clean lines, AMAZING hardware & it was in great shape. I only had to sand a few spots and give it a good wipe down, let it dry & now we are good to go!
After removing all of the hardware and a thorough scrubbing here is the table prepped for paint:
Open your paint and give it a thorough stir. This paint seemed to stay pretty well mixed and I didn’t have to do an excessive amount of mixing.
I applied my first coat and it covered quite well. I did like that the paint was very smooth and easy to work with. It didn’t have a lot of “pull” and had a nice, smooth glide when applying. It didn’t have much of an odor so painting indoors is a must for me and it passed the smell test
After letting it dry to the touch I applied one more coat of paint. Once the second coat was dry I did any touch-ups that were necessary. I decided to paint the matching nightstand as well and I had just enough paint to finish two end tables to give you an idea of how far this paint will stretch. I’m not surprised though, chalk paint is known for its ability to cover.
Once dry, I chose not to wax this piece as I loved how it looked without dark wax and because this table would be seeing some use I opted to go with a clear top coat such as my General Finishes High Performance Flat top coat. I’ll have to attempt the wax another day and bring you a tutorial on that process! And here is the finished product!
In summary, Annie Sloan paint was a pleasure to paint with. It was very smooth, her color selections are on point and dried quickly with minimal odor. Her price point is higher than a lot of chalk paints on the market and it can be harder to find locally. I guess the question begging to be asked: Will I purchase AS paint again? I must say, while I did like the paint overall, it just wasn’t superior to other paints I’ve tried which are more locally available and have a lower price tag. I think the instance in which I would use AS paint in the future would be if there was a very specific color I was needing and didn’t want to make my own chalk paint at home. I would say her paint is very similar to General Finishes milk paint in the ease of application, coverage, low odor & great dry time. Annie Sloan quarts can be found for $34.99 vs. General Finishes milk paint quarts sell at $23.99. That’s quite a difference in price and if you’re anything like me, that savings adds up quickly! I hope you enjoyed this review of Annie Sloan chalk paint. I am just loving this end table and its adorable in my guest room.
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