If you’re looped into the DIY phenomena then chances are, you’ve heard of this British dame, named Annie Sloan. She invented this paint, called chalk paint, that has literally splashed the DIY world. It’s claimed to be the premier paint to re-do old furniture.
So newly DIY obsessed me decided to give Annie Sloan’s invention a try. Now I have to warn, you do have to initially get over the sticker shock. Annie Sloan, oh my I wish I was you, is raking in about $40 a quart for paint! Yes a quart. And a teeny, weeny sample size is around $11. I bought my chalk paint from a store in my home town, Thrill of the Hunt, who I’ve mentioned a time or two. If you’re living in the Northern Virginia area, Stylish Patina, also sells the paint.
I decided to first paint our dining room table. It was a craigslist find that I originally bought (for $75) with the intention to paint. I chatted with the owners of of Thrill of the Hunt and they recommended the following supply list.
My supplies list:
- one quart of provence chalk paint
- paint brush
- paint tarp
- rag for applying the wax
- textured rag for buffing the wax
- sand paper if you plan to give your item a rustic look ( I bought light and medium sand paper)
I strayed away from one item, the Annie Sloan Soft Wax. Again, the wax is pretty expensive at $27 for a 500 ml bucket. I instead bought this wax. Now, one recommendation I would make is to buy clear wax instead. This wax is a light brown color which worked fine for my table I planned to sand but for another table you might want clear wax instead. I found one clear wax at home depot here, you might want to give a try.
Time to get to work!
First I used this deglosser to take the gloss off the table. The owners at Thrill of the Hunt recommended this to help the paint bind to the surface. I just followed the directions, applying the deglosser to a rag and then rubbing it onto the wood. I applied the deglosser three times, waiting around 15 minutes in between each coat.
After the last coat dried it was paint time! I applied the first coat of paint, trying to make even strokes. The paint was easy to apply and even with one coat the table already looked 1000 times better. I let the first coat dry over night.
A word of advice, make sure to close the can of paint tightly. Chalk paint will dry out quickly (or so I’ve heard).
The next day I applied the second coat of paint and let it dry over night.
Did I mention you have to be a little patient with this kind of project? :)
The third day, I applied the wax. I rubbed the wax in circles, then let it dry for an hour, and then buffed it with a textured cloth. The wax did create a very smooth surface and will help to protect the paint from damage over time.
Last step wohooo! I wanted my table to still have a somewhat rustic look, so I sanded a few places to give it an older feel.
Here’s the finished table. I painted the leaf as well, so I can use it when we’re entertaining or when Brian and I, one day, have a bigger place.
I love the table!!! It goes perfectly with our reupholstered chairs. Can’t wait to paint something else. Painter for hire!
Here is the full list of all the chalk paint colors.
Also, if you’re interested in checking out another chalk paint, CeCe Caldwell is another.
Hope you get inspired to freshen up something of your own!