Yes, I finally finally bought not 1 but 2 quarts of the famous Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Wow, the price is a bit steep ($37 per quart) but I am lucky enough that the stockist lives about 5 minutes from where I paint/work! I bought Antique White and French Linen. You cannot go wrong with those colors and I actually had the perfect project..
Here she is…my demi-lune table, a bit beat up but I did get her for a very good price. I thought this would be a perfect table for chalk paint and I thought maybe of staining the top.
Well, the top had lots of problems and after sanding it for a long time it did not look good so I decided to actually paint the top with Benjamin Moore’s Van Buren Brown. Very nice chocolate-ty color ..a dream to work with! I did prime the top first with Zinsser..
Well, I painted the legs in antique white. No sanding, no priming, I just slathered the paint on. It was a bit too thick to get into all the grooves, so I thinned the paint with some plain tap water. It dries very fast, after the first coat I had some brush stripes and I recommend painting with those cheap throw-away foam brushes. I never really use those craft foam brushes, but this time it actually worked for me.
I distressed right after I painted two coats because I wanted a more distressed look. Please do this outside because you end up with fine powder everywhere! They recommend to use clear wax before distressing, so I will try that next time.
Well, what do you think of my first chalk paint project? You know, without having to sand and prime it saves us so much time! I actually had so much fun with this table, the same day I painted a jewelry tree in french linen (with white under it). That is a great combination and I love the end result.
I did not Annie Sloan’s wax yet, but I used the regular Minwax finishing paste. That worked fine also.
Drum roll: here is the end result: