Chalk Paint has been around for many years now but have you tried it for yourself? Predominantly, people become aware of this paint as a means to creating a distressed / vintage look however it can also be used to create a smooth, modern finish, which is the style that I usually favour.
It is a messy (and fun) form of painting as you literally slap on thick coats and don´t have to worry about brush marks, as they can be sanded away. The merits of chalk paint are numerous:
No need to sand or prime beforehand
The paint dries very quickly
It can go a long way (one litre tin claims to cover 13m squared, the equivalent of a small dresser)
It is available in an array of colours, all of which can be mixed at home to create the exact hue or shade that you require
Dependent upon the project, sometimes one thick coat of paint is all that is required
It´s water based and eco friendly, therefore spills are easily cleaned up
It can be applied to wood, metal, fabric, concrete, paper, stone and plastic
It can be used both indoors and outdoors
The Annie Sloan website can provide you with in depth tutorials and videos from the expert however I want to offer my own tips from my experiences of using this product.
If you require more than one tin of the same colour, make sure that you purchase the tins with matching batch numbers, which can be found on the label underneath the paint colour name. This will ensure that the colour matches between tins and that it performs in the same fashion.
A word of caution, the only negative that I´ve experienced is that when using white on wooden furniture, previously unseen stains have soaked through, often a day or two after the paint has dried. It has happened often enough for me to now to just slap on an undercoat of white gloss, before I even apply one coat of chalk paint. This simply prevents me from having to waste time repainting and possibly rewaxing. Alternatively, leave the waxing of any recently painted furniture for a few days at least. That way you can see if any surprise stains appear and will save you from having to waste time and money from having to apply wax twice.
One of the first pieces of furniture that I ever painted using chalk paint was this small chest of drawers. Before, they were a dark, old fashioned unit that was crying out for a facelift and afterwards, a bright, modern statement piece. This project is not that recent yet almost 2 years on and it´s still as vibrant as the day that it was completed. It was less than a day´s work and really easy, anyone could replicate this project.
I wanted something bright and cheery for this set of drawers, as they are in a shaded corner of a spare bedroom. I loved the idea of using a colour that would really pop and so I opted for yellow. My initial idea was to paint the whole unit in yellow but then opted for an ombré effect and I´m glad that I did. In the near future I may paint another piece of furniture in that room in sold yellow, I´m undecided.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and English Yellow
Annie Sloan Clear Wax
Round Headed Paintbrush
Plastic Cups (to mix the colour)
Fine Grade Sandpaper
Old cotton T-shirt cut into rags (to apply wax)
I started by painting two coats of Pure White (there is more than one white option available from this brand) onto the chest. The bottom drawer was painted using 100% English Yellow chalk paint, again applying two coats. I then mixed 50% Pure White and 50% English Yellow into a plastic cup and painted the middle drawer. Then by eye, I mixed a tiny drop of the English Yellow into a plastic cup with a substantial amount of Pure White in order to create the lightest colour for the top drawer. In order to achieve a smooth finish, the whole unit was lightly sanded with a very fine grade sandpaper and then buffed with clear wax. The wax dulled the vibrancy of the colours on the drawers but only marginally. Over time the yellows have changed on the wood, possibly due to the wax really sinking in and I quite like the patina.
Be mindful that if you decide to paint the side of drawers that the additional few millimetres of paint may affect the slide action. The paint could cause the drawers to stick so if you´re not too fussed by how the side of each drawer looks then it may be best not to paint them, after all they probably won´t be seen too often.
This paint goes a long way despite having to apply thick coats on your projects. Quite often I have had enough in a tester pot to complete small projects.
So, have I convinced you to try chalk paint yet? What´s the worst that can happen, that you have to paint over it?! Go on, be brave. If you have any questions or have your own hints or tips to add, please comment below. I will share some more chalk paint projects soon.
NB This is not a sponsored post and I have no affiliation with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.