Saturday, October 13, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Daughter bought a basic, cheap, black laminate table to put in her office. Just utilitarian, nothing fancy nor statement making about it. I suggested we jazz it up with some Annie Sloan chalk paint. I have been wanting to try it. The advantages are that it is easy to apply, covers anything (plastic, wood, cement, etc.) without priming, has no odor and is easy to clean up. Heck after stripping and sanding and refinishing numerous pieces of furniture in my lifetime I was all for trying this.

I was a little skeptical that a paint would really cover the plastic laminate that this table was made out of. We used Antibes Green. I decided to apply the paint thinly to let some of the black show through. I figured that if daughter didn't like this look I could always go back and put a second coat on that covered the black. The paint is unlike anything I have ever used before, it is quite dry and chalky right at the start as you apply it. It dries in a matter of a few minutes so you don't have to worry about getting paint on your fingers. It really does not have an odor and it did stick to the plastic well. 

After painting I applied Annie Sloan clear wax to protect the paint. Now this did have an odor, but it still wasn't as noxious as some other paint products. Do follow the directions and apply in a ventilated space. I put the wax on with a brush we purchased along with the wax and then buffed the table with a soft cloth to remove any excess wax. Very simple and very fast.

The table went from cheap and plain to chic. It has more pizzaz now and was a snap to apply and clean-up was also easy.

I left the interior of the drawer black as I didn't see any need in painting it and I am lazy. I can't say enough good things about Annie Sloan chalk paint. There are lots of videos on applying the paint and how you can mix it up with applications of a dark wax or mix two colors together to come up with a novel color or applying a crackle varnish to the paint. It truly is amazing. Oh and if you are wondering I have no connection to Annie Sloan chalk paint. I just got some and tried it and liked it.

Looking for more chalk paint projects? Check out this one.


  1. Is it called chalk paint because you can draw with chalk on it when you're finished? Or is the paint chalky consistency? Or neither and I'm just lost!

  2. I think it is because the paint is chalky...not because it has a chalkboard finish. It is really not like anything I have ever painted with before. It is truly amazing in how it sticks to any surface and there are many different ways you can apply it. L wanted the table to be totally painted but I opted to just do a coating where the black showed through. I figured if she didn't like it then I would go back with another coat and completely cover it. She said to leave it like it was and I think it adds a little more dimension. It would look totally different if I completely covered the table.