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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Experiment

So I will admit that I am pretty late to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ‘party’.

My sister successfully re-painted an old dresser a pale blue with it last year, and the result was fantastic.  There are countless articles on the internet about how amazing it is and how easy it is to use, and hundreds of pins on Pinterest of chalk paint furniture transformations.  It was time to give it a try.

When we moved in, the previous owners kindly left us some of their unwanted furniture to tie us over until we would buy our own, including a part solid wood, part faux wood laminate dining room table and chairs.  It will be a little while before we buy our ‘forever’ table and chairs as that will come after the extension is built in a few years time – so as we will probably have this one for a little while longer I figured we could give it a little face lift to make it fit better with the decor.

I ordered a tin of the graphite coloured Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, as I thought it would be nice to match the legs to the gunmetal grey radiators nearby. I also purchased the recommended brush as I had read that you need a fine brush to get a smooth finish. No surface preparation is required at all, so off I went. The paint has good coverage, is easy to apply and dries almost instantly (in roughly 15 minutes), to a lovely chalky matt finish. Within an hour all 4 legs had received 2 coats of paint. The brushes can be cleaned with water, and there is very little odour. So far so good.

I decided to wait 24 hours before applying the waxing coat (chalk paint is too fragile to leave as it is, you need the clear wax coat to protect it).  The next day I brushed on a thin coat of the soft wax, and then instantly, as advised in various trouble shooting websites, buffed it off with a lint free cloth.  I was a little nervous about the waxing, but it went on easily and deepened and darkened the colour in a good way.

But here is my issue – I’m not actually that happy with the final finish. Even though the initial surface was entirely smooth, you end up seeing loads of streaky brush marks once the wax is applied – see detailed photo of table leg where I have tried to show the result.   I imagine that perhaps this is less apparent in the lighter colours.  Overall,  I wasn’t after a ‘shabby chic/ distressed’ look here so feel a little disappointed that this isn’t really clarified.

Bottom line – the process is super easy and gives instant no fuss results, but not a smooth crisp finish.

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