A few weeks back, I heard from the wonderful group at Annie Sloan Unfolded, asking if I would do a project and a follow-up review for them.
My immediate reaction was “Heck Yes!”
As you all know, I have completed a million different furniture pieces in this last year, and I am always looking for new and different techniques and products. My all time favorite paint line is Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.
I have had a number of questions wondering why I use that brand of paint.
There are so many reasons! Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is non-toxic and has very low VOC’s. It is also lead-free and odor-free.
My number one reason is that you hardly ever need to sand a piece of furniture down before using this paint! Sanding is absolutely my least favorite thing to do — which is a big reason why Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is number one on my list.
This buffet is a perfect example. I found it at a yard sale, and while it had great bones it had some serious scratches.
I was sent a quart of Old White which is a perfect shade, not too bright and there’s no grey tint to it either. I was also sent a quart of Provence, which was a new shade for me, and I instantly fell in love. It is a great shade, somewhere between a turquoise and a peacock blue. They also sent along a container of the Soft Wax in Clear. I am never without this product, but I happened to be running low … so it was perfect timing.
First, let me tell you, the other huge benefit to using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is that you don’t have to prime, and that’s a big time saver. This paint has great coverage, so priming isn’t necessary.
On this buffet I only had to use two coats, which is rare with a light colored paint.
Once the Old White was dry, I taped off the inserts with Frog Tape.
I painted them, the inner drawers, and cabinets with the Provence.
I then went over the entire piece with a 200-grit sandpaper, and then I distressed the edges and anyplace that would have naturally shown wear with a 100 grit sanding block.
After I was finished I went over the entire piece with a coat of the clear wax. Annie Sloan Soft Wax is hands-down the best wax I have ever used. With most other brands of paste wax, the wax is harder and you have to really work to get it absorbed into your project. Annie Sloan Soft Wax is just what it says … soft, and it gives your piece a beautiful sheen.
Most of my pieces only get one coat of wax, but if it is a high traffic piece, I will then use two coats. It is best if you use thin, even layers. If you apply it too thick, it takes longer to dry.
After I apply my wax, I then buff it off using a clean cloth or a piece of cheesecloth.
I have a lot of clients that ask what type of poly I use. That’s the wonderful part of Annie Sloan Soft Wax, that is the sealer and no stinky, hard-to-work-with poly is necessary.
This review is definitely my favorite I have done to date. Obviously, I love all of the Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan because that is what I use on a daily basis.
Here are my highlights:
- I love that it is non toxic and has low VOC’s
- Rarely is sanding necessary at all
- You can use it on any type of surface: cloth, wood, veneer, and I have even used it on plastic and had no trouble
- You can use fewer coats of paint
- You can mix and match the paint colors
- It makes distressing furniture so much easier than using regular latex paint
- It eliminates the need for priming
The only drawback I have seen is that it is a bit pricy. When you consider that you no longer have to buy primer, and that it goes on thicker and you use less paint, I found it to even itself out.
Also since I redo furniture for a living, the time that is saves me on distressing is a huge factor also.
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I have been compensated with product, payment or both for this post. All opinions are 100% all mine.