Beautifully Distressed Finishes with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

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We’re excited to share how you can create a lovely distressed finish with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan! It’s a wonderful way to add depth and interest to your furniture, cabinets and more. Let’s get started.

Time: 1 Hour

Cost: $30

Difficulty: Easy

Start off with a new, raw wood cabinet door. Since you’ll be using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, there’s no need to prime first. Just open the can and start painting!

First, apply a coat of your base color (the accent color). We chose Honfleur, a lovely rich brown color. Paint in all directions in a thick, textured fashion, painting in all direction to allow the paint to dry with a subtle texture that will add to the over all finish.

Once the first color dries, apply a coat of your next color. We chose Provence, a beautiful blue color that complements the Honfleur underneath. Let it dry, then use an Annie Sloan Sanding Pad or medium grit sandpaper to sand back areas and expose the brown underneath. After you distress your piece to your liking, add Clear Chalk Paint® Wax in a thin coat and wipe away any excess wax with a lint-free cloth. This first coat of Clear Wax will help seal your project and will help prepare your piece for the addition of other colored Chalk Paint® Waxes.

After applying the Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and before it completely dries, apply a thin layer of Dark Chalk Paint® Wax. Since there is Clear Wax underneath, you can easily wipe away any excess with a cloth. The Dark Chalk Paint® Wax will naturally highlight the crevices and details of your piece, allowing you to create a custom look that’s perfect for your home.

Here is an example of the same two-color distressed finish described above but in completely different colors. The first color applied was French Linen and the top color was Old White. This time, we applied a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax first and then lightly sanded around the edges to reveal a bit of the French Linen underneath. We then used a mix of Black and Dark Chalk Paint® Wax to give the piece a subtle aged effect.

We also did the same two-color distressed finish using Arles, a soft buttery yellow, underneath a coat of Graphite. After lightly sanding back the Graphite to reveal the Arles underneath, we used Black Chalk Paint® Wax to enhance the color of Graphite and seal the piece with a beautiful finish!

Lastly, you can see here how White Chalk Paint® looks over Aubusson Blue. The White Wax is very soft and not as highly pigmented so your piece doesn’t necessarily need a coat of Clear Wax first. To use, apply the White Chalk Paint® Wax then wipe away the excess with a clean, lint-free cloth, making sure to use a new, unused section of the cloth as it fills up with wax. You can also use a brush to stipple into the details of your piece to better control how much White Wax you want to catch into the grooves. Add some gilded accents with Annie Sloan Gilding Wax and you have a beautifully finished piece!

We hope we’ve helped inspire you try creating a distressed finish with Chalk Paint® on your next project!


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