I have a new love. And her name is Annie Sloan. If you’re not familiar with this name, it is a brand of chalk style paint. And by chalk style paint I don’t mean chalkboard paint, but paint that makes refurbishing furniture a cinch because there is no surface prep needed (major score) and it eventually dries to a chalk-like finish.
Ok, so what is there to know about this paint and why do I think it’s so great? Well, there are a few reasons.
- No Sanding (love this! I’m a DIY’er, not a handywoman)
- No Priming
- Quick dry time
- Low VOCs (I’m pregnant and was still able to do this without a mask)
- Works great on wood as well as metal
- So easy to do & use, especially for beginners (that’s me!). You literally can’t mess this stuff up. I promise!
Now, what’s not to love? The price. For 3 cans of paint (they come in 1 liter cans), a can of clear wax, and a paint brush (you don’t need her brand of brush but I bought one since I was going to be painting quite a few pieces and wanted a quality brush), I spent around $200. Now, to be fair, this cost does include shipping charges since I had it shipped from Georgia to Pennsylvania (it probably would have been $15 less had I not had to ship it).
But I believe you pay for quality and convenience. And for me, it was worth it. The fact that all I needed was this paint and wax and nothing more was the best part. No sanding, no priming, no staining. All of these things would take extra time and money. Also, for cleanup all you need is water. No harmful mineral spirits to clean your brush with.
So how easy was it to use? Let’s just say that I consider myself a beginner when it comes to refurbishing furniture. I’ve seen my mom transform what seems like hundreds of pieces and helped out on quite a few but I’ve never tackled any furniture pieces on my own. That was until a couple of weeks ago when I saw some fantastic French provinçal furniture pieces on Craigslist that just needed a little TLC.
I have to brag a bit here, but I was able to get a 7-piece bedroom suite (tall dresser, long dresser, mirror, 2 side tables, and 2 lamps) for $125. The other steal was a 4-piece children’s suite (twin bed with custom drapery, dresser, mirror, and side table) for $100. I figured I’d keep the pieces I liked and refurbish the other pieces and sell them on CL to make back some of my money.
When I got these pieces, they were a gross yellow (they’re from the 60s) but otherwise in great condition. I’ve only painted 2 pieces so far (the long dresser and tall dresser) which are for the master bedroom but I couldn’t be happier with the results! I cleaned the furniture and went right ahead and got to painting. Both pieces ended up needing 2 coats of paint (I think the wood was pretty porous) but the great thing about chalk paint is that it dries fast so you don’t have to wait long in between coats. I painted the dressers with Annie Sloan’s French Linen (a grey) and painted the cutouts and handles Old White. Did I mention that you can use this paint on metal too? It works great and won’t chip. Once everything was dry all I had to do was wax the furniture. The wax acts as a sealant and protects the paint for years to come.
Overall, I think the ease of use and quality of product made the cost worth it. For all you ladies out there, I challenge you to find a deal on Craigslist and get to painting! It’s so much fun and the possibilities are endless.