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Annie Sloan chalk paint really works

Listed under Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted kitchen, paint Posted Oct 20 2011

Just a quick update on a really interesting unfitted pine kitchen I am refurbishing using Annie Sloan chalk paint.

16 years ago a mega pine dresser, plus sink unit, and island unit were hand-built and waxed by a carpenter who, incidentally ended up doing film sets in Cornwall.

Anyway, 16 years on, the lady of the house wanted to lose the gloomy look, and bring the kitchen into the 21st century. With all that wax, and the Victorian style of the house, I just thought the chalk paint was a practical and natural fit to achieve a clean and practical finish.


Cait Whitson of Carte Blanche is queen of Annie Sloan Scotland and put me through my paces – I grilled her, she answered perfectly. I worked on various samples to get some different effects – you can apply one coat and sand before applying the second coat, or apply 2 coats and sand, or one coat plus clear wax, then another coat and tinted wax etc etc. Very versatile.

The client then decided she wanted to match the chalk paint to a Little Greene colour, so Cait picked out the Annie Sloan base and tinting paints and sent me a brushed out sample of the finish colour for me to work to. Again, brilliant service.

No prep!

The claims about chalk paint clinging to any surface without prep are true, but, I did give the whole kitchen a good wipe down with Krudkutter diluted, to get rid of the lumps of grime in some of the mouldings and on top edges of doors. I then sprayed the knots with Zinsser BIN, because knots don’t respect chalk paint. (I have an update coming on the ins and outs of stain bleed and sealing stains.)

And thereafter, the chalk paint went on exactly as it describes on the tin. With a Picasso 2.5″ brush, it covered the waxy bare pine fine in one coat. The second coat will be for depth. (Update: Several months later, Picasso is good, but Wooster FTP is the best brush for chalk paint by some margin)

It dries super rapido. Tomorrow I will stop up the worst of the nail holes and gaping joints, without making it look too pristine. With a top coat, it will be ready for protecting with some clear wax buffed up with a sheepskin and bristle brush. That’s the plan. Watch this space.

(The recipe for matching Annie Sloan to Little Greene’s Normandy Gray Pale was a base of Old White, with a splodge of Paris Grey and a bit of Graphite. For the Normandy Gray mid, I just added some more Paris Gray and a bigger dollop of graphite – I think! As it says on the tin, this paint is for girls, so oafish guys like me tend to work in dollops rather than silver spoons.)

This Annie Sloan chalk paint demo page from Carte Blanche is worth a look

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2 comments to “Annie Sloan chalk paint really works”

  1. PaintyCait

    I think splodge and dollop are very good measurements…often used in cooking which boys are pretty good at too 🙂
    Glad it is working well and the colour was a good match.

  2. frank maloney

    My welsh dresser is waxed and I want to stain over it with out stripping it down. Can this be done?

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