Chalk Paint®


This page is for everything I’ve done related to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, which I use on most of my pieces.  I am not a stockist, but I do love Chalk Paint®!  This page will be updated frequently so check back often.

CHALK PAINT® TIPS

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OLD WHITE

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OLD OCHRE

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GRAPHITE

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PROVENCE

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PURE WHITE

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COUNTRY GREY

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PARIS GREY

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AUBUSSON BLUE

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FRENCH LINEN

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BURGUNDY

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ENGLISH YELLOW

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CUSTOM COLOR MIX

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6 Comments on Chalk Paint®

  1. Courtney
    March 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm (2 years ago)

    How does the chalk paint stay on the chair? I’m thinking about painting an old leather recliner but I want to use it for everyday use still. I would to hear your feedback. Thank you!

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  2. wendy
    April 24, 2015 at 10:07 am (2 years ago)

    hi Jen – I keep thinking I know how to paint with chalk paint, but clearly I don’t!! How do you make it not-so-thick?? I’m assuming adding water to it. Why does it dry so quick?? This i don’t understand, so I really need How-to’s on how to paint with it. Can someone help me please??!! lol I’m a newbie using it and thought it was easy….NOT!!
    thanx a bunch…Wendy

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    • Jen @ Girl in the Garage
      April 28, 2015 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Wendy, you’re right- Chalk Paint is pretty thick. When I get a brand new can I turn it upside down and leave it like that for at least 10 minutes before turning over and opening. Even then (and every time I reopen a can), I use a plastic knife to stir it really well. I don’t add water unless I only have a little paint left at the bottom of the can- it’s usually very thick then. It does dry quickly- I haven’t been formally trained but I’ve watched plenty of YouTube videos (including Annie Sloan’s own video tutorials) and one of the tricks is that once you brush paint on, do not paint over that same area until it has dried. You can even rub the paint right off if you apply a second coat too soon. But since a coat can dry within 20-30 minutes or so (depends on different factors) you can potentially finish a small piece of furniture in a matter of a couple hours. Also if it dries too thick, it helps to lightly sand between coats of paint – use a high grit sandpaper like 300+ for a smooth finish. You can learn a lot by watching YouTube videos (Annie Sloan, The Purple Painted Lady, Blue Egg Brown Nest are a few I like) or if you have an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist nearby, definitely sign up for one of their classes or even a one-on-one session. Visit unfolded.com/retailers to look up your closest stockist (or go to wherever you bought your paint). Once you get the hang of it, painting isn’t too hard- waxing can be pretty tricky at first though. Hope that helps! Good luck!

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  3. Jane
    September 2, 2015 at 6:31 am (1 year ago)

    Have you ever painted fabric? I have seen a few where they have painted a chair instead of re upholstery. I am considering this and wonder with your experience what do you think? thanks

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