How Many Pieces Can I Paint With One Can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?

I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® on most of my projects for several reasons, one of them being the super easy prep and cleanup.  Another reason is that it has great coverage.  I bought my first cans of ASCP this summer and finally made it through one entire can of Provence!  I’m in love with this color, and I’ve used it on 5 beautiful pieces (and I still have a tiny bit leftover).

So if you’ve ever wondered if the money is worth it, and how far one quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® will go…

My first ASCP project was this vintage curved table with gold dipped feet:

Then I bought a vintage bookshelf for my booth and decided it need to be brightened up:

These twin side tables needed some cleanup and sanding before their beautification with ASCP and gold trim on the edges:

 Lastly, I painted this huge “Taj Mahal” room divider (yep, both sides- and 54 spindles!) which used most of the rest of the paint can:

 At about $38 per quart of paint (the price may vary slightly depending on your local retailer), that’s about $7.60 per piece (and they each got about 2 coats).  If you paint a lot of furniture, I recommend buying a quart because it will last for several pieces.  But if you just have one piece to paint, you might be able to get away with a sample pot (about $13 for 4oz).

Still have questions?  Here’s my full review of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

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26 Comments on How Many Pieces Can I Paint With One Can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?

    • Virginia O'Brien
      March 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

      I’ve painted 2 bureau’s & 2 night stands , and still have plenty left to begin another project . Time to try a new color . Great product , I love creating new things for my home .

      • Jen
        March 30, 2016 at 3:16 pm (3 years ago)

        That’s awesome, Virginia! There are so many lovely colors – enjoy! 🙂

  1. Lindsay Eidahl
    January 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm (5 years ago)

    I would love to try some of this paint on one of my projects. I am painting all the time!

    • Jen
      January 15, 2014 at 12:00 am (5 years ago)

      Go for it, Lindsay- I’d love to see your project when you do!

  2. Jen
    January 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m so glad you wrote this post. I’ve often thought that although I’d love to try it, it was ridonkulous in price. When you break it down to $7.50 per piece it sounds like nothing! Those side tables are to die for too!
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    • Jen
      January 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much Jen! Yep $7.50 isn’t too bad whether you’re keeping the piece yourself or selling it – it’s good quality stuff! 🙂 And what’s great is when you have a couple different colors you can easily mix them to make other colors, saving more money! (Annie Sloan even has a book out about mixing her paint colors that I really want to read.) I’d love to see your project when you try it!

  3. JudeB
    January 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm (5 years ago)

    LOVE that screen, and totally agree about ASCP being good value, it really does go a long way.

    Judi in the UK

  4. Mel
    January 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm (5 years ago)

    This was exactly what I wanted to know thank you and pinned it.
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    • Jen
      January 14, 2014 at 11:54 pm (5 years ago)

      Yeay, so happy I could help! Thanks Mel!

  5. Maggie
    January 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm (5 years ago)

    I too discovered ASCP this summer and loved it. However, I recently picked some chairs to paint and am having trouble with it. I am painting in the basement which is much colder given our recent cold spell. The paint was very thick so I added water which I thought did the trick but am still having problems with it going on harder (not as smooth and easy). I am keeping the paint in a warm environment when I am not using it, but the chairs remain in the colder basement. Do you think it is because the chairs are at a colder temperature when I apply the paint? That is the only thing I can think of. Thanks for any thoughts.

    • Jen
      January 14, 2014 at 11:54 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Maggie, I normally paint in the garage but I’ve been working in the basement recently too. Honestly I’ve never added water to ASCP (although I’ve heard of people doing that), but it’s always been a pretty thick consistency for me. I know heat and humidity can play a factor in paint adhering properly but I’m not sure how colder temps might affect a piece. I wish I could give you a better answer! If you’re on Facebook you can go to Annie Sloan Unfolded’s page and ask your question there- they’re very helpful. Or contact the retailer where you bought your paint and ask them. Good luck!

  6. Tami @ Curb Alert!
    January 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Jen, thank you so much for this as I have always been on the fence about the chalk paint price! Love every piece, that is truly a great color choice!
    ~Tami Michel
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    • Jen
      January 14, 2014 at 11:47 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Tami, so glad I could help persuade you. 🙂 I’m actually surprised that you haven’t tried it yet! And yes- Provence is divine!

  7. Julie
    January 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm (5 years ago)

    Love the pieces! Did you mix Provence with another color? I used it on once piece and it was vivid.

    Thanks, Julie

    • Jen
      January 19, 2014 at 10:53 pm (5 years ago)

      Julie, I did not mix the Provence with anything else. Did you wax it after painting? After waxing, the color should have more depth to it. Hope that helps!

  8. Kristin Mullen
    January 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm (5 years ago)

    My first can of ASCP just arrived today and I am already dreaming of all the things I want to paint! I would love to breath some new life into my kitchen table and chairs. How much do you think I would need to paint five chairs and just the legs/base of a typical kitchen table?

    • Jen
      January 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm (5 years ago)

      That’s so exciting Kristin! I would think you’d be fine with one can of paint, but the number of coats depends on how much of a color difference you’re planning to have, and if you want a crisp solid look or more a distressed look. Of course you can always buy an additional sample pot if you need just a bit more. Good luck- I’d love to see how it turns out!

  9. Ashley
    February 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm (5 years ago)

    I have an old round wooden breakfast table I would like to paint and resell. I can’t decide between white,black or grey. Any suggestions on what you think would be the best selling color?

    • Jen
      February 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm (5 years ago)

      Ashley, I would think white or possibly grey. Something definitely neutral that has a lot of versatility. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

      • Ashley
        February 28, 2014 at 9:47 am (5 years ago)

        Thanks for your input! I am leaning toward grey. This will be my first painted piece so hopefully it turns out well! I love all of your painted furniture, it looks great!

  10. jen fisher
    June 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Looking to upcycle and sell painted furniture and love your pieces! Thanks for the estimated per project price breakdown on the ASCP… very helpful! I hope you dont mind my long list of questions =/ How you prepare the item before using the chalk paint? Do you sand or prime? What type of brushes do you use? Also would like to know more about waxing after paint is applied. Thanks in advance! Can’t wait to get started 🙂

    • Jen
      June 13, 2014 at 10:19 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Jen! You don’t have to do any prep before using Chalk Paint- no sanding or priming is required. (Unless it’s certain types of IKEA furniture you’re painting or reddish-toned wood, which might require shellac to avoid bleed-through.) I have one Annie Sloan brush and I use it for clear wax- I just haven’t coughed up the cash for another brush yet. I use Purdy brushes for painting, or an artist’s brush for little details. I have a lot more info in a few other posts I have written: a full review of Chalk Paint, a review of the brush, and advice on waxing. If you go to my project gallery and scroll to the bottom you will find my advice/tips section with links to those posts: Those should help answer your questions more in detail, but of course you can email me if you still have questions. Good luck with your new hobby/business!

  11. svitlana
    August 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Thats right, this paint lasts forever, I painted a hutch, side table, 10 or so little projects like frames and such, and i still have some paint left :))) here in canada it costs ridiculously expansive 50 bucks a can, but I guess it worth it someway.

  12. Meg
    October 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I just used old white and two cans got me two coats on my kitchen cabinets (10 cabinets)- I need one more can to do a third coat before I glaze them. Because it’s so expensive I was really hoping I could do it in one can but nope, not even close! If you plan to do an entire kitchen 10+ cabinets, plan for at least 3 cans of paint to cover oak.
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    • Jen
      November 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Meg!


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