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What is Chalk Paint®?

Chalk Paint® is a decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan over 25 years ago. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface. It can revitalise old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It's easy, fun and makes amazing results accessible to everyone.

“There’s no need for tiresome priming and sanding – you can get straight to the fun bit!” – Annie Sloan

With a colour palette inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, you can easily mix the colours together to extend the range. Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off, make it into a wash by adding even more water. Use Annie Sloan Flat Brushes for a smooth look or her Chalk Paint® Brushes for a more textured aged look. Apply Chalk Paint® Wax to protect your finish and add durability.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How much Chalk Paint® do I need for my project? 

As a rough guide, one quart of Chalk Paint® covers approximately 150 square feet or 13 square metres (or the equivalent of a small dresser).

For most purposes, one or two coats of paint are enough. Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface, and there is rarely any need to sand or prime before painting.

Before use, tip the can upside down for a few minutes and then shake for about 30 to 45 seconds. Remove the lid and stir well. If the paint is too thick just add a little water and stir.

How do I prepare my piece?

Most times simply dusting off the surface will do.  Wipe away any noticeable dirt and grime with a safe-to-use biodegradable cleaner and warm water, rinse well with clean water, and let dry completely.

There may be rare times when you’ll need to sand to remove loose paint, rust, and other surface debris, or when the surface is very glossy or made of melamine or laminate.  Use a medium or fine Annie Sloan Sanding Pad (or sand paper) and remember to change it out when it becomes clogged; a fresh sheet makes the task at hand easier to accomplish.

If you are painting new, untreated wood, apply Clear Topcoat Seater by Artisan Enhancements to any knots and open grains to block tannins that can bleed up through your new paint layers.  Simply wipe on one or two coats with a cloth pad.  It dries in minutes, and then you can get on with your painting!

What is the best way to apply Chalk Paint®?

Chalk Paint® is typically applied by brush.  Enjoy your painting and don’t be shy – apply the paint liberally.  Some brush marks showing in the finish can be part of the look.

Your brush doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to have certain qualities.  The bristles should be fairly long and flexible with a little bounce to allow you to be expressive in your work.  Avoid brushes with bristles that are too soft, too short, or hard and inflexible.  Annie Sloan’s Pure Bristle Brushes are excellent for applying Chalk Paint®.  They hold lots of paint and are comfortable to hold and easy to work with.

How do I care for my Annie Sloan Brushes?

After painting with Chalk Paint®, squeeze out as much excess paint from your brush as you can, then wash your Annie Sloan Brush well with a gentle soap and warm water to rinse out all the color.  Hang to dry with the bristles pointing downwards.

Whether you apply Chalk Paint® Wax with the Annie Sloan Wax Brush or Pure Bristle Brush, simply wash your brush with very warm water and grease-cutting soap to clean it and then rinse well.

Use a gentle soap.  Harsh detergents or even solvents may shorten the life of your natural bristle brushes.

What is the best way to apply Chalk Paint® Wax?

Chalk Paint® Wax is the perfect complement for Chalk Paint®.  In fact, we’d say it’s an essential partner!  It adds durability, deepens the colors, and gives a very slight sheen.  It’s really easy to get sensational results – just use a cotton rag or your Annie Sloan Wax Brush to get it into corners and crevices.

As a very rough guide, you will need one 500ml can of wax for every 3 to 4 quarts of paint – of course, this will vary depending on how many coats of wax you use to cover a piece.  And it’s best to have a little wax left over for touching up.  With the lid tightly on, it will last indefinitely.

  • When you apply the wax, gently “push” it into your Chalk Paint® for the best results. Think hand cream – and apply it in the same way!  Remove the excess wax with a clean cloth.  Don’t buff yet – leave the wax to dry for 24 hours before buffing with a clean, lint-free cloth, or leave it as is for a matte effect.
  • Less is more, so there’s no need to apply the wax too thickly. The wax should feel touch-dry immediately after you’ve applied it.
  • Work small areas at a time, so the wax doesn’t dry before you get to work it in.

To bring out brushstrokes or for an aged effect, work Dark, Black, or White Chalk Paint® Wax into crevices, wiping it back with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to achieve your perfect result.  Always apply a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax before you apply colored waxes – this will allow you to control the color.

The wax will be dry to the touch very quickly but takes longer to harden or “cure.”  The “curing” process can take from 5 to 21 days, depending on ambient temperature.

If you want to achieve a really good shine, allow around 24 hours before buffing.

Chalk Paint® Wax is best on interior projects only.  It is not suitable for outdoor use.

 How long will it take for my finish to cure?

After you’ve applied Chalk Paint® Wax, you’ll find that it will become dry to the touch very quickly.  At this stage, it is still what you might call “soft.”  It will start to harden as the solvents in the wax evaporate.  This hardening process is known as “curing.”  Curing can take between 5 and 21 days, depending on ambient temperature.

Of course, you can use your newly finished piece straight away, but you may need to treat it with extra care until the wax has cured completely.  Once cured, a piece of furniture finished with Chalk Paint® and Chalk Paint® Wax will stand up to normal wear and tear.

Chalk Paint® Wax is food safe when completely cured.

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