Learn all about French Linen Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and find inspiring Chalk Painted furniture and decor ideas below.
French Linen Chalk Paint
This classic gray is neutral yet beautiful. French Linen is a mix of khaki/taupe/gray – like vintage European textiles or even concrete. It pairs well with natural colors like Pure White, Old White, Old Ochre, or Country Grey, and brighter colors like pink, purple, or red.
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Personally I love layering French Linen with other colors by dry brushing or using it next to another color for a two-toned look. It also looks great as a “graywash” for added dimension (see the driftwood finish example here).
How to Seal French Linen Chalk Paint
To seal French Linen Chalk Paint, apply Annie Sloan’s clear wax with a wax brush or lint-free cloth. Sealing with white, brown, or black wax will completely change the look of your piece. It’s always advised to apply clear wax first before using another wax color to control how dark or light the piece actually gets. You can then apply more clear wax on top to remove some of the colored wax if necessary.
Painted Furniture Ideas in French Linen Chalk Paint
Repurposed Radio Cabinet Makeover
Unfinished radio cabinet painted in French Linen outside and Pure White inside.
Console Table in French Linen
This estate sale find was painted in French Linen, distressed, and sealed with clear wax.
DIY Card Catalog Dresser
Free dresser to faux DIY card catalog painted in French Linen as a base and then dry brushed with Paris Grey (now known as Chicago Grey) and Coco.
Easy Update: Painted Mirrors
This vintage mirror was updated in French Linen and then dry brushed in white.
French Provincial Set
French Provincial furniture updated in French Linen with freshly stained top.
Dirty Distressed Desk
This little desk was given a rustic, distressed finish after being painted in French Linen.
Painted Metal Caddy
This thrifted metal caddy was painted with Chalk Paint with a French Linen scalloped border.
How to Create a Driftwood Finish with Chalk Paint
This thrifted table was painted in Country Grey Chalk Paint, and then a "graywash" was applied with French Linen for a beachy driftwood finish.
To buy French Linen Chalk Paint, click here to find your nearest Annie Sloan stockist.
To learn more, read Chalk Paint 101: Complete Beginner’s Guide to Chalk Painting Furniture or click the image below.