I have had several friends asking me about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lately. If you haven’t heard about ASCP, then perhaps you are reading my blog for the first time (or you have been under a rock? hee hee!) . I LOVE ASCP!!!
Yes, it is a bit pricey. I pay $42 with tax for 32 fl. oz.at Pienture in Costa Mesa, CA. But trust me, the cost is so worth it!!! A can of paint will last much longer than you would expect. You do not need much paint to cover a piece of furniture and always work with a wet paint brush. It keeps the paint from soaking into the brush. How many times have you finished a project, cleaned the paint brush to see lots and lots of paint going down the drain? Such a waste!
So why chalk paint as opposed to regular latex paint (which at Home Depot is about $25 for a gallon)?
1. You do not use very much paint.
2. When you sand the piece, the paint comes of in a powder (latex often wants to peal, or come off in small “clumps”).
3. A baby bottom smooth finish- seriously, it is sooooo soft when finished!
4. NO PRIMING NEEDED!!! Yes, you read that correctly! Priming is not necessary when using chalk paint. No matter what you are painting- wood, metal, plastic…chalk paint will adhere to the item.
I painted a small piece this morning and took pictures (and video) of the supplies needed and the steps I used.
1. Clean item to be painted
2. Paint (1 to 2 coats usually)
3. Sand item (if you want a distressed look)
4. Wax the finished piece (this protects the paint and gives the finish a rich look. Imagine a dry cement patio and a wet cement patio).
I hope you have found this tutorial to be helpful! It really is as easy as these pictures describe. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here, or go to my Facebook page.
Until next time,
(PS. I took video, but alas, it did not turn out…)