Chalk Paint Decorative Paint FAQ’s
Below you will find a helpful list of “frequently asked questions” that should answer many of your questions about Annie Sloan’s, revolutionary, Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint. If you have any additional questions, please click here to contact us with your questions or comments.
No prepping required. No more sanding, no more priming. No more removing old wax or varnish. This paint will stick to wood, laminate, plastic, terra cotta, stone, bricks, concrete, and metal. It can literally be used on any surface!
- Virtually odorless
- Highly concentrated – (1 can covers approx. 150 sq ft), it goes a long way!
- High Quality Acrylic Paint
- Quick Drying
- Mold and mildew resistant
- Water-based & Easy Clean Up
- Environmentally safe
- Non-toxic, Low VOC’s, (Volatile Organic Compounds)
- Made in the USA
It can literally be used on any interior or exterior surface, including painted and/or varnished surfaces for furniture; it can even be used to paint fabric, canvas, burlap and leather!
Finished projects are left with a velvety matte finish or can be buffed/waxed to produce a soft luster. Create plaster effects on walls. Floors can be painted solid or painted with a translucent wash and sealed with Annie Sloan Floor Lacquer™.
Great for outdoor use, it will distress and fade naturally without peeling. This paint also allows walls to breathe and is perfect for damp, high humidity areas. It’s flexible, so you can be creative and paint right over an existing color if change your mind. This paint can be washed off of your brush with water, even a week later!
She wanted a paint that would be “easy to use” and could have many applications either as a thin “wash” to a thick “impasto” allowing for different looks and styles. Adding a little water to the paint, will make it smoother; Leaving the lid off will thicken it up; or make it into a wash by adding additional water to it. Use flat brushes for a smooth look or bristle brushes for a more textured aged look. The color palette was based on the popular colors from the 18th century and can be easily mixed to create additional hues and tints as needed.
The paint is extremely easy to work with and was developed to “encourage the creative process.” The paint is easy to prepare, mix and allows the artist “to change their mind” easily during the application process!
Annie commonly calls it, “a girl’s paint, but boys can use it too.” She has authored numerous books and is recognized as a leading authority for decorative painting and is well known for her “old world, European look and distinctive style.”
- All water-based furniture finishes need 21-28 days to cure (or even longer if there are several layers of wax!). Avoid excessive handling.
- Do not place water glasses or sharp objects on it.
- For regular cleaning, use a soft, dry cloth.
- When removing unwanted stains, use a slightly damp cloth or chamois with mild soap and water; do not use any abrasive products or tools.
- Avoid all contact with liquid and spray furniture polishes.
- Avoid excessive water; wax is by nature water resistant but will spot if not wiped immediately.
- Use place mats and coasters on tabletops.
- Wax is alcohol soluble; do not use it in bar areas.
- Make Sure You Use the Right Paint for the Job – “The paint needs to be responsive to allow you to work in a practical, flexible way. Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint can be used in a variety of ways – as a wash, with or without texture, or applied thickly. Usually you only need to apply one coat, but where two coats are necessary, apply the first one with a large brush.
- ”Working With a Good Palette of Colors is Important, as is Being Able to Mix Them“ – I use a palette of ready mixed neutrals with stronger colors, working on the premise that you can lighten strong colors but cannot make a light strong color. Our colors can be lightened with Old White or you can use Country Grey to give a color a little complexity. Waxes can change a color as well…”
- Find a Good Brush“ – I find that working with a brush that is bristle is the best. The hairs should be fairly long and flexible with a little bounce to allow you to be expressive with your work.
- ”Wax On, Wax Off “ – I wax more or less everything I paint to get the right finish for my furniture and walls. I find it makes my projects strong and gives them a beautiful workable finish. I recommend you use a wax that is soft and can easily be applied with a small brush. If you want to get the job done quickly and are feeling confident, you can use a larger brush. After adding a layer of clear wax you can choose to apply a dark wax to change the color, or add paint to the clear wax to alter the finish.”
- Think About the Finish and Texture – “For a distressed look you need to be able to sand the waxed surface to reveal the wood or another coat of paint – use a selection of fine, medium and course grade sandpapers. Have a good supply of cloths so you can wipe brushes, polish wax, apply and wipe off paint, and clean.”
- Chalk Paint® Soft Wax – Available in Clear & Dark
- Gilding Wax
- Paint Brush – Available in Small, Medium & Large
- Wax Brush – Available in Small & Large
- Annie Sloan’s popular Books including “Quick & Easy Paint Transformations,” “Creating the French Look,” and her newest release, “Chalk Paint, Annie Sloan’s Work Book!”
- Low Voc’s, water based, one quart covers 150 sf
- Opaque finish when applied full strength
- Adheres to many surfaces without priming, sanding or stripping.
- Adheres to wood,stone, concrete,metal,fabric, varnish.
- Can be sanded easily to create a distressed finish
- Seal with Annie Sloan soft wax
- Seal floors with Annie Sloan lacquer
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
- Water based, Low Voc’s, one quart covers 70 sf
- Powder form
- More translucent finish
- Adheres to porous surfaces. Can adhere to other surfaces with the addition of a bonding agent.
- Will resist some (not all) painted or varnished surfaces and will naturally self distress (chip or peel).
- Seal with Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax or hemp oil