Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Questions & inspiration

I am opening a new lil area of my blog to answer any questions that you out there in the world have about painting a piece of furniture.  When I first started painting furniture my first piece sat in the garage for 3 months before I even started on it!  Why?  Because I didn’t even know where to start!?!  I had no clue about color, whether or not to distress it, paint the top or leave it untouched…I pretty much just knew that I didn’t want to ruin it.  I was literally stuck at a standstill simply because I didn’t have the confidence.  I wanted someone to tell me what color, what to do first, etc…  So, if any of you out there have the perfect piece of furniture to update, but don’t know where to start…I’m your huckleberry.  Just email me…I would LOVE to help you and will feature you and your lovely piece right here on my blog!  Whether you’re needing some inspiration or help with color choices.  Because let’s be honest, the chalk paint colors can be a bit deceiving online…and there is nothing worse than popping open a can of paint only to have it not be what you pictured in your mind.  Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is wonderful because there are so many undertones to each color, but sometimes it’s hard to see what undertones you are going to get when ordering online.

So, what are you doing just staring at that piece of unfinished furniture???  Stop putting it off another day and start making some things happen…get those items scratched off your “to do” list already, will ya!  You can email me at with the subject title “I need to be paint’n already!” Be sure to include a picture of the piece of furniture and feel free to include any other details about the room it’s going in or the color scheme you are working with.  It’ll be fun!

My friend Robyn, emailed me the other day and was wanting my advice on some furniture that she was thinking about painting.   She has such a gorgeous piece of furniture from her childhood that has been sitting in her parent’s basement for like 20 years!?!  It is simply stunning!   Her and her husband, Ryan, want to tackle this dresser for her daughter’s room.  Robyn and her sweet family are currently living in some temporary housing and only expect to be there for a short time period so what better way to add some color!

As soon as I saw the dresser,  I could picture it dripping in a beautiful, rich blueish teal color.  Can you see it?

I told Robyn, I was thinking a color almost like the greenish blue boxes sitting on top of the dresser.   I see her piece as being bold.  He is quite the knight…regal and strong.  Plus I knew the blue would pop against his white marble top.  As much as I love the color Duck Egg Blue, which I used for my cupboard, it is too soft for this guy.   Ohhhhh no, this guy needs a color that is stout and vibrant.  I knew ASCP in Aubusson Blue would be perfect.  Now, this blue might be an extreme choice for some of you, but Robyn had said she was all game.  So, I pulled some inspiration for her.


via Perfectly Imperfect .

I love how this next picture shows all the different colors you can create by simply adding Old White to the Aubusson Blue.  Each square is made by increasing the Old White part by one.  So, this is perfect for those of you who like a more muted color.


via My Favorite Things

via Maple & Magnolia

via Grand Design Co. 

I absolutely love this color above.  I bet a mixture of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Antibes Green mixed with Aubusson Blue would come pretty close.


via Design Sponge

via Alice & Jay

And this last one is via Savvy Southern Style .  I love the hints of Old Violet peeking through.

Because Robyn’s piece is such a detailed piece, you can really have fun with the pulls and accents. She could do the drawer pulls in white to provide some contrast.  The little medallions in the middle of each drawer can be painted either in the blue, accented with some dark wax or done in white as well.  She could even leave those untouched so the wood shows.  I think Michael & Keeley of European Paint Finishes accomplish this look of mixing paint with wood perfectly in their dresser below

If it were me, I would test one drawer to kind of play around with it and see what looked best!

Since I live in a house surrounded by boys, I couldn’t help myself from looking at some different bedding sets that I think would look great with the blue.  The Marni Collection

via Serena & Lily.

The Annabel Collection is another beautiful set from Serena & Lily.

Argington Organic Heart & Flowers Twin Sheet Set

Arington Organic Hearts & Flowers via Layla & Grace.

This Rickshaw Design Goa again via Layla Grace is a little more subtle, but I love the teal piping around the pillow.

Rikshaw Design Goa Twin Bedding Set

Whhhhile I’m looking at bedding and all, here is what I would for bedding do if I was doing this dresser for a guest room.

Monreale Paisley Duvet Cover & Shamvia Pottery Barn

Or this beautiful bedding

Italian 19th C. Medallion Beddingvia Restoration Hardware

And because I love this bedding from Anthropolgie, I had to throw this in there…not necessarily my style, but if I could fake a style…this would be it…for suuuure.

So, Robyn, I hope this helps you at least get an idea of whether you want to go with big blue or something else!  You are going to have to share your “after” shot with all of us here!  Good luck!!!


11 thoughts on “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Questions & inspiration

  1. As soon as I download my pictures from my most recent project I’m emailing them to you! But I do have a general question – when using chalk paint do you finish the piece with a wax, polyurethane or something else, or just leave it? Thanks so much for your insights and inspirations!

    • I always follow the ASCP with Annie Sloan’s wax. I like it the best and it is so easy to work with. I was a little nervous the first time I worked with it because I was always used to using a poly, but the AS wax is made to go over the AS chalk paint. It comes in a clear and a dark and lasts a LONG time…a little goes a long way. If I am doing something that will get a lot of wear and tear, like a table top, then I will do 2-3 thin coats of the wax letting each dry in between applications. If it is something that won’t get used very often…then 1-2 coats of wax is usually fine. I give some tips about the wax here and here I hope this helps a little! And please feel free to ask anything that I didn’t cover in those two posts. I cannot wait to see the pics from your project!!!

  2. I’ve started using the AS paint and I love it. I use a brushto apply, but always find it looks a bit rough when I’m finished. I end up sanding it lightly and it all smooths out, but I would prefer to not have to take this extra step. Have you tried rolling the paint? Any ideas on how I can acheive a smoother application?

    • Great question, Lisa…I know exactly what you are talking about and probably notice it more with the lighter colors especially Old White. I think the brush strokes are really part of the chalk paint’s character and adds to that whole European style. However, if you are wanting a smoother finish, here are a couple of things you can try. I tend to notice the lines more when the paint is thick (ASCP naturally thickens when exposed to air) so if you notice it getting a little thick, simply add some water and try to keep the lid on the can as much as possible. This will really help thin the paint out and your first coat may not cover as well and be a little streaky, but after you go back and apply a second, it should really help. Also, make sure you are using a good brush, (they can be more expensive) but do make a world of difference. This next trick may be something you are already doing, but try going in only one direction when you are applying the paint. I do this if I am wanting to do a little bit more of a modern looking piece. There may be a little roughness, but it seems like after I do a thin coat of clear wax, the lines seem to blend in.
      I don’t know if you are sanding before or after the first coat of wax and that will make a difference. I tend to like to sand or distress after my first thin coat of wax so I don’t get the powder everywhere when I am sanding. However, this can lead to more “roughness” in the piece. So, if you are wanting to avoid that look, then try sanding/distressing before you apply the wax. These things should help, but if you still notice some roughness, you may have to do what you are doing and lightly sand. I hope that helps you and you can achieve the look you want with the least amount of steps!
      Oh, and I have tried rolling the paint on with a roller and, in my opinion, it only adds more texture/mottling just as it does when you use it on walls. So I would avoid that if you are wanting a smoother finish! Thanks so much for the question!

      • Thanks so much! I have been using cheap brushes because the first supplier I purchased from reccomended them! I will switch to using a better quality brush. I will also try thinning out the paint. Thanks for letting me know that rolling will not help with smoothness. I’ve never tried sanding after applying the wax. If I wanted to try this should I wait until the wax drys or sand right after applying the wax?

      • I have definitely used the cheapo brushes and for the most part, they do a fairly good job. I tend to use whatever is handy, but when I want that more “modern” & clean look, I definitely make sure I use my nicer brushes. I went by Annie Sloan’s book, and she doesn’t give a ton of details about drying time, etc… So, this is what works for me. I put on a very thin coat of clear wax all over the piece. Usually by the time I finish the piece, it has been enough time for me to go back with a dry cloth or some cheesecloth and wipe any excess wax away. You may feel some spots that don’t feel as if they have much wax on them and that is ok. Then as soon as I am done doing that, I will start to sand to distress the piece if that is the look I’m going for. So, I would say, the wax is fairly dry because it is always a pretty thin coat, but it is still a little “tacky”. Then I use a tack cloth to get any debris off the piece that is left from sanding. I really love using a tack cloth as opposed to just a clean dry cloth. I also love distressing after that first coat of wax because then I don’t have to deal with all that powder and dust! It gets everywhere! The wax really helps it come off nicely without creating a big mess. After I distress it and wipe it down with my tack cloth, I will apply another coat of clear wax. I hope you don’t mind if I feature your questions in an actual post that I am working on covering the ASCP, would that be alright?

  3. i promise i’ll stop stalking you after this but i had to comment on your mention of the tack cloth. yep, i think you and i are the only ones using them! in fact, i’m planning a post about it b/c they are always so hard to find in the stores that i think people miss them!

    love aubusson blue and posted about my fav dresser here….if you have a “spare” minute!

    • No Amy! I love all the comments! Well it’s us & tack cloths against the world!
      I don’t know why anyone would not use them! Your piece in Aubusson is amazing! I love the old white mixed in with the wax! Plus I love his name 😉 Your blog is fabulous & I’m so glad I found it through your comment! So fun!

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