Chalk Paint…Yep Another Opinion

Chalk Paint…Yep Another Opinion

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Hi Y’all – well, here we go – Chalk Paint…Yep Another Opinion!  Lately we are reading a bunch about chalk paints by those who choose not to use them.  I want to clear the air about Chalk Paint and why we use it.  For Hello I Live Here, the perfectly imperfect decorative paint helps give otherwise old, ugly furniture a beautiful velvety, matte finish.  It’s not meant to hide an older piece of furniture, but to accentuate its aged beauty.

 

Annie Sloan Graphite and professional top coat
Annie Sloan Graphite and professional top coat

I use this delicious paint because it is very easy to work with, rarely requires heavy prep like other paints, and can be used indoors or outside on almost any surface you can dream up with amazing results.  The best thing, you don’t have to be a professional to use this wonderful fun paint.  To me, painting should always be a pleasure, whether for a living or as a hobby, a beautiful piece of furniture can be born with the help of Chalk paint.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

 

My favorite chalk paint…Annie Sloan – I purchase mine at Wood Icing inside Chesterfield Mall from the very informative Rose and staff.  I drool thinking about the delicious color palette inspired by 18th and 20th century décor and design.  The colors are easily mixed together to dream up almost any color and your eyes will adore it, but the best thing, it’s eco-friendly has low volatile organic compounds (VOC), and has no odor.  Now, I hear you asking why this is important – for me – I paint professionally.  Living in St Louis MO it gets cold and or hot, and even though my shop is heated/cooled there are times the controlled temp just will not cut it, so with the savior of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and it’s low odor and VOC’s I can paint inside my home and feel perfectly comfortable doing so.

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and Glaze
Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and Glaze

 

This remarkable paint at times gets a bad rap from others questioning it’s limitations, which trust me EVERY paint has limitations, and scientific or not, all paints will scratch, mark or discolor at some point in their life – it’s not science, it’s called LIFE.  Should waxed pieces be placed in front of windows?  Well, for me personally, I have a piece in front of a window that’s been there for 2 years – it has never melted, and has never been touched up – Hubby sits in that chair next to it every day and uses coffee mugs (with a coaster of course) and it still has minimal wear.  So my advice here, if you have a waxed piece of any kind by a window – make sure the window has a UV protective tint, for us, this is a must in our home as we hate discolored rugs or hardwood flooring, and it actually keeps the house cooler in summer and warmer in the winter.  Problem of sunlight for us using chalk paint with wax was SOLVED by adding window tint.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

 

Another thing people who do not use chalk paint say … “chalk paint is expensive.”  Well, anything good is worth paying for in my opinion!  One quart covers roughly around 140 square feet, and you will pay $44.00 with Tax, that’s about .31 cents a square foot.  When you can use 1 can on several projects and cost it out does that seem expensive to you?  I have bought other brands for less or around the same price that will not cover as much Square foot, but if I like the brand it does not stop me from using the product.  Trust me when I say you can put a price on beauty that’s affordable 😉 With the help of chalk paints, Hello I Live Here, is able to give our clients quality pieces at a price we can both afford, and my clients know quality and price is MY bottom line!

step 7

 

I have read many debates on using this wonderful paint on kitchen cabinets.  Well, if the manufacture says it can be done, to me it can.  I personally would not use a wax, but that’s just me – I prefer a good lacquer or professional top coat on a cabinet, I am a clean freak, and for me this just works – but if it’s your cabinets and you want to give it a try – please watch the videos provided so you are making sure you are sealing the products properly.  Enough said!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

 

Let’s talk table tops – can you uses it on high traffic pieces?  According to the cans – yes you can.  I would recommend again watching the video for sealing it properly, or using 3-5 coats of a strong professional top coat – the table below looks pretty happy to me ;-).  Many chalk paints play well with professional top coats and I have personally used Modern Masters, General Finishes, Lacquer, Minwax and even AquaZar top coats on my favorite brand, Annie Sloan with great results.  All have held up to my family’s abuse.  The one thing I tell my clients, if you have small children wax may not fit your family’s needs for cleaning and it may need a wax touch up as time goes on, if this is a bother to you and lower matinee is preferred  – go with a top coat.  So far, my clients have been happy with this information and have not shied away from asking for chalk paints.  Personally, the more information you provide the easier it is to know what can and cannot happen, not with only chalk paint, but with other paints as well.

Table completed with Annie Sloan French Linen and Professional Top Coat
Table completed with Annie Sloan French Linen and Professional Top Coat

 

Others talk about paint bleed from older pieces with chalk paints.  Well, I have to say, this problem happens less with my chalk paints than any other brands I use.  The way to get around bleeds – PREP.  Yep…this is where the prep is necessary. If is a bleeding antique,  Clean the piece with a professional cleaner like TSP to package directions.  Once clean, seal and prime the piece.  If using a lighter chalk paint color prime twice, let dry completely and start your paint process according to the company’s instruction.  I do it just like this and bleed is not a problem – after the second coat and a good dry overnight, my problem is SOLVED. – Just look at that vanity shine – She was Mahogany the worst bleeding wood of all!

Antique vanity completed with Old Ochre by Annie Sloan
Antique vanity completed with Old Ochre by Annie Sloan

 

Really, any paint of any type will have limitations.  The thing about paint of any brand, you need to learn how to work within that brands limitations to make it the best painted project it can be.  Paint is truly a personal preference –in the end it’s totally up to you.  I say try more than one brand and use what you like, as you all know, I blog many brands of paint sent to me weekly.  Some are good others not so much, but the one thing I can say, I can manipulate them all to work for me because I look to see how I can work within the paints limitations.  We as painters are here to give our opinion, but at the end of the day, I want my clients to choose what’s best for them. (That’s General Finishes in Lamp Black below – again another happy piece).

Our NestSo, now that you hear the side of chalk paint from a painter who uses it daily you will feel great about trying new things, even chalk paints.   I hope the opinions and techniques I have shared that are my very own, and work for me help you see chalk paints are not as scary as portrayed by others if you use the products to the manufactures instructions.  After all, if we were all looking for the science in things we would never use any products on the market – am I right?

DIY Dresser with Country Chic Paints

 

Happy Painting everyone and remember have fun with YOUR project no matter the brand you choose – because at the end of the day your project should be as low stress as you want it to be. 🙂

 

Highest regards,

Linda

7 Comments on Chalk Paint…Yep Another Opinion

  1. Mike
    August 15, 2015 at 4:24 am (2 years ago)

    Linda you have a outstanding post here. I would like to add chalk paint and Annie Sloan has did so much for the environment. I know for a fact that if it wasn’t for how easy it is to paint old furniture with chalk paint I would have passed on doing a lot of pieces that would have went to the landfill. From my experience it’s not just me finding this paint easy to use, I run a small paint store and I see many people painting furniture for the first time because this paint makes it easy. Chalk Paint is good for the environment.

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  2. Kathy Howard
    May 8, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for this article. I have heard great things about AS Chalk Paint from a co-worker who used it on her kitchen cabinets. I have an old oak table set at our lake house and have been waffling on what product to transform this clunky piece into something fun. Your article has sealed the deal, esp. your advice on professional top coat (no pun intended!).
    Any idea on how much paint I would need to cover a 60 inch oak pedestal table with 6 chairs? I don’t want to run out when I am 2 hours away from the store. I don’t begrudge the money to buy the paint but I hate having way too much.
    Also, while I would use the professional top coat on the top of the table, do you recommend that for all surfaces or should I use wax for those areas? Like the chairs.
    Thanks!

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    • Linda Crandall
      July 26, 2015 at 7:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Sorry for the late reply. You can easily get by with 1QT of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for your project. Of course, it never hurts to purchase a second can. That way you can start next project using the additional can you purchased 🙂

      As for a professional top coat, I prefer General Finishes Professional (either Flat or Satin).
      –Linda

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  3. Heather Haymart
    May 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

    HI Linda!
    I just came across this blog post. Thank you so much for saying such wonderful things about my mom (Rose) and about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This is a great blogpost and I am so glad you have found something that makes you happy. Please introduce yourself next time you are at Wood Icing. My mom and I work on most Thursdays!
    Heather

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    • Linda Crandall
      July 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Heather,
      Thanks for the kind words. My husband and I have moved to Chandler AZ, so unfortunately we won’t be stopping by anytime soon. We loved Wood Icing! You will be missed.

      –Linda

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  4. Pam
    December 3, 2014 at 7:31 am (2 years ago)

    Great article, especially for someone like myself, who is still learning. My recommendation, don’t listen to the nay Sayers, try it yourself, and then decide. It seems too many people are swayed away before ever trying the products.

    Linda, what was your first experience with chalk paint, and why did you choose to start working with chalk paint?

    Make it a great day.

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    • Linda Crandall
      December 3, 2014 at 8:21 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Pam:

      My first experience with chalk paint was a piece for my very own home. I had left an ugly job I hated, moved, had surgery for cancer, and was very down and depressed. I stumbled upon Rose at the chesterfield mall at Wood Icing. She showed me the paint, I picked up the brush loved the smooth way the brush took hold and the paint went on to the sample. I bought my first can of Old Ochre, brought it home and started painting pieces in my home (My table was the first piece) – I pictured it – people feel in love, and I started painting for a living. I learned more and more about the paint as time went on (it’s more than just slathering paint on something like people want you to believe) I learned the process how to prep, when to prep, what to prep and then started using this lovely paint. Take a class you guys learn this paint – You will fall in love with Chalk and never want to go back. It’s expensive, but your furniture deserves it. Back then I did not do this professionally so I built my brush system a piece at a time, slowly to make the beautiful works of art I complete for people daily now (people who have no time to paint for themselves). I suggest people try any and all paints – you will find the one that best fits you 🙂 Thanks for asking and Happy Painting Pam – Linda

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