We have had so many questions about the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and how to use it. This is seriously the best paint with the most beautiful palette.
Ready for some Tips and Tricks?
FLIP IT. The can. Flip it. The paint settles to the bottom and if you flip it for about 30 minutes, you can then give it a really good shake and get it mixed smooth and thoroughly. If you need to, take a stirrer and give it a stir when you open it too.
PREP? You don’t need to prep your furniture in any way. We’ve painted over cobwebs before! Depending on the look you’re going for, you can start painting away. But if you want more of a smooth and finished look, then sand and clean away. Make sure you follow it up with warm, soapy water and then rinse with clear water. Dry and then go for it!
THIS BRUSH, THAT BRUSH, LET’S TALK BRUSHES. The type of brush, believe it or not, is probably the most important tool you can choose. It will affect how your paint goes on your piece. I *love* the Annie Sloan brushes. With care, they can last a really long time. Check out our ‘how to clean your brushes’ tutorial.
A THING CALLED H2O. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is thick. But guess what? You can use a little H2O to water it down to the thickness that you want for that special piece. BTW – Chalk paint is *supposed* to show brush strokes. That’s part of the charm. But water helps make the brush strokes a little less noticeable and makes the paint go further. Paint *with* the grain of the wood and you won’t see the strokes as much. Simply put a little paint and a little water into a container and get the consistency you’re after. Oh! And if the paint in the can dries a bit as it gets older, you can add some H2O can shake it up. This paint goes a LONG way!
WHY WAX? Chalk paint is, well, chalky! Use Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal it and give it a little shine. It deepens the color just a hair if you’re using clear. Annie Sloan’s waxes are so easy to work with. We recommend using her wax brush as well. A little goes a long way. If you don’t use her brush, use a lint-free cloth in both hands, one hand will wax on, and then other will wax off. Use circular motions and do a small area at a time. Wax a section and then immediate wipe off the excess wax with a clean lint-free cloth. Wax, wipe. Wax wipe. If your piece feels at all tacky, you’re using too much, and you’ll need to keep wiping. You can also use an old sock. (One note about Dark Wax – It’s great for adding the ‘vintage’ look to your piece. Get it in the cracks and crevices. Bring those details out. Apply AFTER the clear wax. White wax will give it a milky look. And if you mix Black and White wax, you can make Gray!)
I WANT TO PAINT… You can paint pretty much ANYTHING! Annie Sloan’s paint is non-toxic so you can really paint anything. Use it on wood, metal, plastic, glass, and fabric!
OOPS! If you changed your mind on the color, you can paint RIGHT OVER THE WAX without any prep! How amazing is that?
CLEAN UP CLEAN UP EVERYBODY CLEAN UP. If you want to know how to care for your brushes, watch my ‘how to care for your brushes’ video tutorial.
There isn’t any limit to how much you can do with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. We hope to see you at the store soon with your ideas!
Have questions? Just ask!