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Chalk Paint Project

by Barbara Watkinson August 29, 2014


Table finished close up

Cheryl recently introduced me to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. She told me it is great because it requires no sanding or priming prior to painting. I was intrigued, so after researching and watching tutorials about the paint brand, I set out on a hunt for this paint.

Annie Sloan Chalk PaintAnnie Sloan wax

I found a local retailer in Nashville who carries the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: House of Stella. The sales staff was extremely helpful and gave me lots of tips to help with my project. I purchased a quart of Annie Sloan Duck Egg and French Linen paint, and 1 can each of the clear and dark wax.

Table before picture

Here is a small table that I had in my garage, waiting for a DIY project. It was a perfect guinea pig for my first try with this paint.

French linen base

Frencch Linen base, Duck Egg top

I painted the base in French Linen and the top in Duck Egg. After the paint dried, which took less than 30 minutes, I applied one coat of clear wax. When it dried, I buffed it and then lightly sanded the places that I wanted to look "age-worn." Then I applied one coat of dark wax.

clear wax-dark wax

The dark wax is the secret to giving the piece a vintage look. Here is a picture showing the top with only clear wax on the left, and after dark wax was added on the right. I love the way the dark wax "ages" the paint.

Table finished 1

My little "vintage" table looks right at home in my family room. This project took just a few hours from start to finish. My kind of quick DIY!

Table base finished

The "distressed" base.

Table top close up

The "vintage" table top.

Table finished 2

I've become a fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and am hunting for my next paint project.


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