How To Use Chalk Paint

Firstly, what is Chalk Paint?
The name Chalk Paint, is a trademarked brand of paint by Annie Sloan. But there are a number of different brands available on the market.
Chalk paint is an easy to use paint that can be paintedonto a multitude of surfaces, with minimum preparation. No undercoat is required and quite often you will only need one coat. I find it it ideal for projects where I will be distressing the furniture. The best way to understand how chalk paint is used is to see it in action. This post includes two You tube videos, one from Annie Sloan and a second from Rust-Oleum who produce a range of chalky finish paints

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Colour Recipes chalk paint

With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint.

You can buy Annie Sloan products from her website. Alternativley check here to see if there is a stockist near you
Annie Sloan paints come in 1ltre  for £18.95  and  100ml  for £6.45. You will need to add postage if ordering from the Annie Sloan website.

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Paint

You can’t buy direct from Rust-Oleum but it is avaialble at online stores such as amazon. Most DIY and hardware stores stock Rust-Oleum paints making it easier to obtain if you don’t want to buy on-line.
To check for your local stockist check here

Rust-oleum chalk paint comes in a 750ml tin with a price range of £12 to £14 pounds depending on where you buy. They sell a 125ml tin with a price range between £4.65 to £4.99 depending where you shop.
Its worth noting that Rust-Oleum also produce furniture paint, metal paint all in one paints, plus aerosol paints, all of which work really well.

Rust-oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint chalk paint and transform furniture with our chalky finish Furniture Paint. With a classic, smooth touch, flat matt finish, it brings a new lease of life to tired, worn-out objects. Choose your shade and finish with Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax. No priming or sanding is necessary on most surfaces, simply ensure surfaces are smooth, dry and free from contaminants.

There are other producers of chalk paint, but we have only tried these two so far. I tend to use more of the Rust-Oleum, only because I can get it from my local DIY store. It’s much easier to pop in get a 125ml tin to try out, than have to wait for an on-line order to arrive.
What you will find is that the colours supplied by Annie Sloan and Rust-Oleom are different, so your design may determine which supplier you go with. I found both paints easy to use and constantly give the desired effect.
Although chalk paint is a favourite of mine when distressing furniture, I would suggest tyring some different paints to see what works best for you.
I will be reviewing some other paints in the near future so keep an eye on the site for new posts.

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