Using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is easy to do and produces beautiful results. We have a few basic tips to share with you on using Chalk Paint® and Chalk Paint® Wax.
- Chalk Paint® is typically applied by brush. Enjoy your painting and don’t be shy – apply the paint liberally. Some brush marks showing in the finish can be part of the look.
- If you want to make a color paler, add Old White or Pure White. Old White will give the color a softer, more vintage feel, and Pure White will make the color more modern.
- Chalk Paint® Wax is the perfect complement for Chalk Paint®. In fact, we’d say it’s an essential partner! It adds durability, deepens the colors, and gives a very slight sheen.
- When you apply the soft wax to your project, gently “push” it into your paint after your piece has dried. Think hand cream – and apply it in the same way. Remove the excess wax with a clean cloth. Don’t buff yet – leave the wax to dry for 24 hours before buffing with a clean, lint-free cloth, or leave it as is for a matte effect.
- Less is more, so there’s no need to apply the wax too thickly. The wax should feel touch-dry immediately after you’ve applied it. Work small areas at a time, so the wax doesn’t dry before you get to work it in.
To bring out brushstrokes or for an aged effect, work Dark, Black, or White Chalk Paint® Wax into crevices, wiping it back with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to achieve your perfect result. Always apply a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax before you apply colored waxes – this will allow you to control the color easier, enhance texture, and/or create the perfect aged look for your piece.
Here’s one of our latest Before & After projects in the studio!
Time: 3 hours
For the desk, we mixed Chalk Paint® colors Napoleonic Blue and Graphite with a 1:1 ratio. To get the smooth, modern finish, we sanded down the piece a bit to get rid of some texture, added a little water to the paint, and used an Annie Sloan Flat Brush in the direction of the grain. We finished the project with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax. Hope you enjoyed our tips and latest studio project!