Why I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

After completing Beatrice, I’ve had so many questions about paint and what exactly is ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)?  I know chalk paint is really big down south but many people up here in New England look at me funny when I say I’m painting with chalk paint – thinking I mean chalk board paint.  Annie Sloan’s paint can be used as chalk board paint, but it is not the black paint associated with chalk boards.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes

I plan on doing a series on my love for the paint – tips, tutorials, waxing examples etc.  So if you have any questions send them my way – just subject it with chalk paint.  Oh, before I start listing my love – I think it is important that you all know I’m not affiliated with Annie Sloan or Annie Sloan Unfolded.  All these opinions are my own and no one is paying me to share this love with you!


As a busy mom of two little guys, I don’t have tons of time to sand and prime furniture before painting. So when I first read about ASCP I was so excited to find out I didn’t have to do these things.  On the advice of my good friend and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist, Nancy, at the Sea Rose Cottage, I have been washing pieces down with mineral spirits, denatured alcohol and warm water.  If the piece has any damage or looks like it could bleed through I use clear shellac.  I always do the above if I’m working on custom pieces or items I’m selling, better to be safe than sorry.  If the wood is bare, then you’ll have to spot prime knots.

That was the initial reason, I started using the paint – the no prep, but there are so many other reasons I love it now.

Annie Sloan’s colors are fabulous.  They are historical and routed in her love for history.  Aubusson is the original French blue from the 1800s, Arles a golden color popular in France, Old White an antiqued white (which I love).  My absolute favorite is Duck Egg Blue.  As seen here on little Beatrice:

Beatrice – Duck Egg Blue and Old White with some dark wax

You can also customize colors, by mixing any together that you like.

As a mom who thinks organic / hormone free food is important, who tries to buy green products, I don’t want to be ingesting chemicals when working with furniture.  I love that I can paint with Annie’s paints in my kitchen (my studio) and my whole house doesn’t have that paint smell.

Yes, you read that right.  You can paint virtually any surface with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Wood, metal, plastic (matte, not shiny plastic), laminate (you need to sand with black 220 grit paper prior to painting), indoor, exterior.  The possibilities and work surfaces are endless.

I’ve painted metal lamps and frames, wood, laminate bedroom furniture and formica (Annie Sloan doesn’t advertise painting on formica, but I had great luck with it).  Here’s the formica table top I did.

Old White Table with rustic finish

Due to the nature of the paint it dries very quickly so I can essentially finish a piece in a day!  I like this very much as I’m the type of person who wanted everything done yesterday.  Not sure if you are similar to me…

Both effects and everything in between are possible with chalk paint.  The paint dries matte, free of brush strokes (unless you’ve added these on purpose).  After clear waxing you can buff it to make it have that high gloss sheen or light gloss (even years later).  Or you could use her all natural dark wax to add an aged patina or distressed effect.

Union Flag Bureau – high gloss

There are so many effects you can get with Annie Sloan paint and you don’t need to have anything fancy to achieve them.  Just the paint and possibly a wet rag and a bit of sand paper.  Here are some effects I’ve got with the paint.  I learned some of these at a painting workshop at The Sea Rose Cottage and also on Annie Sloan’s tour.

Two-Tone Distress:

Beach Cottage Blue Chair – Louis Blue and Old White

Here’s another example with Old White and Graphite:

Shabby Chic Side Table – Graphite, Old White and dark wax
White washing:
White Washed Table – using Old White and dry brush of Paris Grey


Beatrix Bookshelf

Close up of top:

Crackle with dark wax to hightlight
Tinting wax:
Louis Blue Mirror in Old White with wax tinted with Louis Blue

Rustic Finish:

Rustic finish with Barcelona Orange and dark wax

Gilded Finish:

Gilded finish – great on picture frames and mirrors

The list goes on and on.

I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Sloan when she came to Boston with Annie Sloan Unfolded. I talked about it in this post here.  She is such a genuine, kind and funny person.  She is so talented and had a wealth of information to share with us.  I also really love her Quick and Easy Paint Transformations and Creating the French Look.

Me & the great Annie Sloan

But the top reason I love her paint is that it has allowed this stay at home mom turned blogger / furniture painter to also have a creative outlet which I was missing when my kids were first born.  I’m so happy with my projects and feel fulfilled helping friends with their furniture.  I’ve also met so many incredible and talented people who also share a passion for the paint.

Now, if that doesn’t tell you why I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint maybe her new video will be a good illustration:

If you’d like to find out more about Annie Sloan’s paints check out her website and here is a listing for local stockists.

If you have any questions about the paint or want some color advice send questions my way.  I’d love to chat with you about chalk paint.  I have a slight obsession!

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  1. says

    Hi Danielle,
    Great post! I think that “Creative Outlet” is tops on the list for me too. I love that the product is so forgiving and also allows you to achieve such beautiful finishes. I will never look at painted finishes the same way again–I’m always thinking how I can achieve the same look with Chalk Paint (TM) by Annie Sloan?

    • says

      The detail on Beatrice was raised. I painted over her with Old White inside and out and then Duck Egg Blue. With fine detailing brushes I went back and painted over all the detail.

  2. says

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my china hutch — so glad you like it! I too love the ASCP and am dying to do more painting with it. I’ve only done two pieces so far but have so many projects in mind. Loved your post…great information. You’ve gotten me feeling even more excited about getting started on new projects!

    • says

      Julie, you did such a wonderful job on your first ASCP project. Well done! I have a feeling you’ll become addicted to the paint (like me).

  3. says

    Definitely pinning this! I am debating on whether or not to try painting my kitchen cabinets with ASCP and just about convinced to do it =)

    Visiting from Shaken Together

  4. says

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the video. I still haven’t had an opportunity to use the paint yet and know that I would enjoy it. After all, there is so much around here in need of paint, all the time!

  5. says

    You’re right, it’s fab, and your post and that great video make me want to go paint something right now – I just have to finish the other few projects that are sitting on my desk, first !
    Great post Danielle.

  6. says

    Your work and photos are fabulous. Cheers

    Ps I know you have probably been busy. Just a wee reminder that it would be great if you followed Carole’s Chatter back. Cheers

  7. says

    I have bedroom furniture I bought at Kmart so it is not solid wood. I was wondering if I can use Annie Sloan on it?

    • says

      Laura, thank you so much for your question. I think your furniture would be fine candidate. I’ve painted lots of compressed wood and laminate. I just had an issue with pottery barn children’s beds. They were supposed to be real wood but they must have a protective coating on the white finish and I had an adhering problem. That is the first and only issue I’ve had with chalk paint adhering. You may want to scuff up your surface with a sanding block prior to painting.

  8. says

    Thanks for this post, and the one on your favourite tips. I just drove an hour today to pick up 2 cans of AS Old White, clear wax and a wax brush so your tips will come in very handy. I have plans to start our bedroom dresser and night tables as soon as I finish up a few other projects.

  9. says

    Hi Danielle,
    I just took an ” Annie Sloan Chalk Painting 101″ class down here in South Florida. I was wondering… have you painted any upholstered furniture yet? I recently purchased a gorgeous wingback chair on craigslist that I’m getting ready to paint and I would LOVE your feedback and suggestions before I jump in!
    Thanks in advance!

  10. says

    Hi Leslie, I wish I could tell you that I’ve painted upholstry. I haven’t. I’ve painted pillows and leather, which both worked great. I’ve seen Annie Sloan painting fabric on TV and have read about other bloggers painting it online and it looks great. Good luck!

  11. says

    I am going to chalk paint my 30 year old pine bedroom suite. It is finished in an oak looking color. I want to use Duck Egg Blue but would love to layer that over another color. What color would you suggest?
    Thanks so much.

    • says

      I think chalk paint would be pefect on your bedroom set! I love Duck Egg Blue over the following – Country Grey, Old White, Old Ochre, French Linen, Graphite. All are beautiful! Good luck and can’t wait to see how it comes out. x

    • says

      I want to do duck egg blue over top of graphite for a rustic look. I am scared to start. I don’t know how to get the graphite to show through. How do I do that? sand paper? wax? I don’t know. Can you help?

  12. Anonymous says

    Hi Danielle,
    I would like to paint my yellow-leather sofa with chalk paint (old white)… what do you think about?
    I love chalk paint but I don’t know …
    How can I wash furniture or leather painted with chalk paint? Is it possible? Does it transfer on skin or clothes? Specially in summer…
    Thank you very much!

    • says

      Hi Veronica, I’ve never painted a couch with chalk paint®, but I did paint a leather topped drum table with great results. I’ve seen a video of Annie painting chairs and read a blog post about a painted couch. I think should talk to you local chalk paint ® stockist about this question because I’m not sure if it is more durable unpainted or painted. Good luck!

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