annie sloan calk paint , anyone used it ?

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ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 17:14:27

I bought a bookcase and want to paint it , this stuff you apparently don't need to use a primer.
I used it to pain my fireplace which worked out well .

Anyone used it?

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 20:37:14


mrspaddy Sat 10-Aug-13 20:41:25

No but I'd love to try it. I mostly use Farrow and Ball in eggshell for upcycling. I have heard Annie Sloan is fine without primer, but you could always give a light sand to be sure. Is the bookcase varnished?

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 20:43:34

bizarrely I'm not sure, I bought it online live at local auction house and dh is collecting on tuesday, think it is stained pine, lovely glazed one tho for £60 !!!!!!

LifeAbove Sat 10-Aug-13 20:43:44

Yep, I've used it on loads of stuff - went a bit mad tbh! grin I've even painted over old kitchen units and it looks great. As long as you add a good cover with the wax, it's brilliant.

expatinscotland Sat 10-Aug-13 20:45:26

It's fab. I HATE sanding and priming and varnishing. Just paint, wax and go.

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 20:45:44

did you use it straight or did you water it down?

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 20:46:20

did you buy the special AS brushes?

expatinscotland Sat 10-Aug-13 20:46:32

Used it straight. Even with only one coat on something white.

expatinscotland Sat 10-Aug-13 20:47:02

No. I used normal boar bristle ones to paint and a paint cloth for the wax.

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 20:47:51

oh good , her brushes are £££

mrspaddy Sat 10-Aug-13 20:48:25

Just butting in.. if I want to paint wooden stools, do I need to buy a wax then too?

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 20:53:22

think it protects the paint and gives it a could try without

expatinscotland Sat 10-Aug-13 20:54:16

Just use a good boar bristle brush and it's fine. I stirred the hell out of the paint with a chopstick.

LifeAbove Sat 10-Aug-13 20:55:15

No, didn't use special brushes, didn't water it down unless I knew I wanted to do two coats. You definitely need to wax as you get a residue otherwise. Absolutely love this stuff, as like expat, I hated all the priming nonsense.

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 10-Aug-13 20:57:13

I use it a lot.

Her brushes are not 'all that' (having bought 3 of them!). They are nice, but they do still shed hairs - much to my frustration. The thing is that you need a 'soft brush' and not a firm, straight one... so if you can get something similar then great, if not, invest in one.

Sometimes I use it as it is, sometimes I add water (not to the pot though, tip some into another container and add water to that). Some of the colours are 'thicker' than others. Some colours give a good coverage in one coat, others don't.

I use old white t-shirts for the waxing and a small brush for difficult places/corners.

MrsPaddy - you don't have to use wax, but it is much better if you do.

MissBartlett Sat 10-Aug-13 20:58:26

Love it. We've used it on bookcases and tables. Never got round to waxing them and they're all ok. Only gave them one coat although TBH a second would probably be a good idea.

I walk about our house now eyeing things up to paint with Annie Sloan paint - love the fact you don't need to sand/prime etc! Oh and we used normal homebase brushes!

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 10-Aug-13 20:59:17

LiveAbove what are your kitchen cupboards made of/finished with (before AS)?

MrsP - no, you don't need to sand anything, except maybe a really cheap horrible veneer and that's only to rough it up a bit.

mrspaddy Sat 10-Aug-13 21:00:35

oh I have just googled some before and after photo's with Annie Sloan.. .beautiful!!!

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 10-Aug-13 21:01:51

You are best to tip the pot upside down for about half an hour before mixing the hell out of it (this gets the chalk part mixed in a lot better as it 'settles' at the bottom of the tin).

GetYourMoneyBackAtTheDoor Sat 10-Aug-13 21:07:19

We are just looking into painting furniture - I'd never heard of this so I'm pleased I found this thread.

We have some hideous cheap bookcases, Argos typed efforts, sort of chipboard stuff with smooth, shiney wood effect on the outside. Know what I mean?

We can't afford to replace it, would this stuff work on it?

LifeAbove Sat 10-Aug-13 21:08:14

It was a recycled kitchen that was heavily varnished dark oak. I used one tin of paint and did two coats, before sealing with the wax.

BathingBelle Sat 10-Aug-13 21:12:19

It works on almost anything.

Especially cheap shiny veneer crap.

Experiment with clear, dark and liming wax depending on the finish you want.

Am currently obsessed with Provence and dark wax; last summer I did my kitchen all Scandinavian in duck egg on the cheap cabinet doors and white lime waxed them. They are bloody gorgeous if I do say so myself...

CleverlyConcealed Sat 10-Aug-13 21:17:39

Another fan here.

Has anyone used an alternative to the Annie Sloan wax? Something....erm....cheaper? grin

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 21:20:07

I'm thinking of using the provence for my bookcase cabinet thingy, did you ue it stright or did you lighten it..and can I be arsed to do the double colour thing??

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 21:22:02

I'm not so keen on the heavily dark waxed and roughly painted look she does

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 21:23:14

BathingBelle did you paint the inside of the cupboard doors as well?

BathingBelle Sat 10-Aug-13 21:32:25

I used the cheapest own-brand liming wax, it was gorgeous!

Double with Florence; did a cabinet recently in the sun. I started painting the Provence almost immediately, I am both impatient and sluttish! It was gorgeous! The dark wax absolutely made it, really lustrous and expensive looking.

I did the inside about six months later and nearly hanged myself over the hinges. Almost at the end, my DH said, why not just take them off and do them in a one-er on the ground?

I wanted to dark-wax him.

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 10-Aug-13 21:44:35

I have just done two matching tall boys with 7 drawers each. The drawer pulls are 'hanging' and you can't take them off - it has driven me up the wall!!

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 10-Aug-13 21:46:57

ggirl - me either, I prefer the cleaner look.

I buy the 5l of wax, I go through loads!

BathingBelle Sat 10-Aug-13 21:49:40

Chipping, I have several chests of drawers with shabby distressed handles. I admire your attention to detail!!

AnythingNotEverything Sat 10-Aug-13 21:51:27

I've been meaning to start a thread about this, so hope you don't mind me butting in ...

Is the paint ok for chairs? I have unfinished super cheap ikea dining chairs that I want to paint - will Annie Sloan paint stand up to people's bottoms?! Is waxing optional?


LifeAbove Sat 10-Aug-13 21:53:12

Ooo - can you use bog standard liming wax from a DIY store? (Apologies if completely naive about this!)

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 10-Aug-13 21:54:44

BB - I painted each drawer a different colour and wanted the pulls to remain black so they were all the same. Bloody nightmare.

Anything - perfect for chairs smile Waxing is optional, but it's a much nicer finish and all you have to do is wipe it on with one cloth, wipe the surplus off and leave it, you can buff it if you want to, to get a more shiney look, but you don't have to. If you put a couple of coats of wax on, it lasts a longgggg time.

ggirl Sat 10-Aug-13 22:42:45

I've been watching her you tube videos..getting impatient now and eyeing up the dark wooden dressing table...

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 11-Aug-13 00:03:36


It's very addictive.

Lifeabove - I've used liming wax & it was fine, but mostly I use the AS wax as it's good & in the 5l tins, not expensive. I think most waxes would be fine, but I seem to remember reading/hearing about some waxes having x in them and it not working well, but I can't remember the details, if I do I'll post again. I'd try any other wax over a coat of paint on a cheap bit of wood.

AnythingNotEverything Sun 11-Aug-13 00:23:53

Fab - thank you.

Think I'll go have a look at those YouTube videos.

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 11-Aug-13 00:54:50

Anything there's a lot of AS stuff on eBay, shows lots of different colours and finishes etc smile You can buy tester pots too, not the most economical way of going about things, but great if you want to use more than one colour! All of the colours mix well as the paint is high quality, so you can make pretty much any colour you want smile

BathingBelle Sun 11-Aug-13 07:10:37

There are also many blogs dedicated to ASCP , if you google, they're all linked to each other.

Chipping, bet it looks amazing.

I live in the arse and of beyond so stock up on paint when I can but use any generic hardware shop wax I can get my hands on.

Chairs are perfect; mine have seen countless bottoms and still going string after five years. Fancy a stronger colour now though.

Mumof3wifeof1 Tue 13-Aug-13 19:38:29

On the farrow and ball web site they have a video of a woman explaining step by step how to use Annie Sloane chalk paint on furniture, she says its the best furniture paint ever ever. She's painted some drawers in Provence with clear wax.
Also on the F and B website there is a competition to name your own paint. mine is Dead Dogs Breath , it's a lovely dark green/brown hue. Think it will catch on?

ecuse Wed 14-Aug-13 22:21:32

OK - confused now. Having read various MN threads saying how great it was, we bought a can (pure white) and painted an old waxed pine bed that we're upcycling for my 2yo.

But the paint is so thick it was next to impossible to do without leaving brushmarks and even some drip marks in. Now it's dry, it looks really naff. Haven't waxed yet as ran our of time at the weekend but, anyway, I assume that wax isn't going to solve this problem.

What did we do wrong? sad

ggirl Wed 14-Aug-13 22:28:43

oh bugger ..don't know...i had problem paining a raw bit of pine that I had sanded down..kept pilling.i ended up watering the paint down and it was fine.
I think if you use a damp rag and try to rub the rough bits smooth then use watered down paint to finish. I may be the original wax that's causing the problems.

ChippingInHopHopHop Wed 14-Aug-13 23:34:53

Belle - thank you. It does actually look pretty good - shame it's not meant to be staying grin

Ecuse - you didn't do anything wrong. It is 'chalk paint', it is supposed to be heavy and have brushmarks etc. However, the wax does change the 'result' quite a lot. If you want a 'smoother' look (I generally do myself) then you just add some water to make it 'thinner' (but not tooooo much) and use a finer bristled smooth brush - but it's never going to look like a gloss. When you wax use a cloth, rather than a brush, make sure the wax is soft/warm (you can use a hairdryer on it if you want to - don't do it to the tin of wax just warm it once it's on the cloth and direct the dryer onto the beds as well) and get enough on, in smallish patches, then wipe off the excess. The next day buff it with a very soft, white, cloth. You can do a few coats like this if you want (or not if you can't be arsed!) you will get more 'depth' if you do.

ecuse Fri 16-Aug-13 13:11:20

That's really useful, thanks chipping

Reastie Fri 16-Aug-13 14:14:45

Yes I've used it a couple of times with no primer. It's great stuff but I've found it doesn't last for a long period of time on regularly used furniture (eg table legs and chairs) - it rubs off over time much quicker than other paints. Would be fine for a bookshelf I imagine. I've used with and without wax too. There's a great shop near me which specialises in doing up things with and selling Annie Sloan paint and they have a fb site with some info on how to do it and seem to answer questions about the paint people have. They are called 'dovetails' if you can find them. They are based in Sevenoaks, Kent.

ggirl Sat 17-Aug-13 19:19:46

exciting!!! I have put first coat on my glazed bookcase cabinet thingy
I'm using country grey with duck egg on the inside shelves
I needed to water it down as it was globbing up
can't wait to finish!!!!!!!!

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 17-Aug-13 23:27:30

How exciting smile Are you going to age & distress it? Wax or not?

I could talk Annie Sloan all day and all night grin

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 00:32:53

I know it is isn't it , I'm def going to clear wax it , may distress it a wee bit .
Do i distress before I wax?

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 00:43:46

You can do it either way - it has a slightly different effect.

It is less messy to wax, then distress & wax again - but obviously more work!

Do those colours look good together?

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 00:48:30

ok will do the wax/distress/wax

I haven't painted the inside yet, the country grey is gorgeous , hope they go well. WOman in shop recommended

aliciaflorrick Sun 18-Aug-13 01:10:27

I've had great results with normal emulsion and wax. A friend of mine has even used car paint to get the colour she wanted and the results are fabulous.

Someone just today commented on how great and traditionally French my dresser looked, all I used was some left over magnolia and dark wax.

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 20:57:44

I'd be interested to see what you think when you've finished. I can't picture country grey & duck egg together. I was actually going to give it a go today, but I'm out of CG. Typical! I had a look on the colour charts and it's not a combo I'd do - but then I have a limited imagination grin

Alicia how long ago did you paint it?

aliciaflorrick Sun 18-Aug-13 21:02:26

I did it about six months ago now, so not long, but I did a pew that's in the hall and gets bashed about a lot with shoes, dog leads and bags and that's still looking good. Seems very resilient.

The dresser my friend did with green car paint is a couple of years old now, it's stunning. She got a great finish on it.

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 21:16:18

Alicia - did you do anything to prepare the pieces before painting them? What finish were they?

aliciaflorrick Sun 18-Aug-13 22:09:42

I roughly sanded the top of the dresser, but only because it was 17 years old so had ring marks and a build up of wax on it. I left the doors and the sides and just wiped them down with a damp cloth first. The pew I just washed down so it was clear of dust.

I used the paint very sparingly, painted a thin layer and made sure the brush went in the same direction each time. Once dried I did exactly the same again. When the second coat was dry I lightly distressed it with a fine sand paper and then I waxed. It was the waxing I had the most trouble with and in the end painted it on lightly with a brush and then buffed off with a soft duster, I also had some fine wire wool which I ran over the top of it just to help with the distressed finish.

It's an old pine dresser which I was going to chuck but this has given it a new lease of life and just with a tiny drop of magnolia emulsion. I've done a few things with the magnolia now, did the dining room chairs to match the dresser and the pew in the hallway. All have come out really well, but depending on the colour of the wood underneath different final colours. The pew and the dresser had originally been waxed but the chairs were varnished. I prefer the effect of the paint on top of the waxed furniture.

The wax I used had a dark stain to it which I think has helped to add character. I'm going to try it on a pine chest of drawers in the bedroom next but am going to use a pale blue emulsion left over from decorating DCs bedrooms.

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 22:24:04

chipping -you've got me worried now, what colour would you put with country grey ?

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 22:33:37

CG is a lot more yellow toned than I thought it would be

haven't opened the duck egg yet so can still change my mind
and have some old white that i could mix into the DE

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 22:41:19

Alicia - that sounds fab. A little more labour intensive maybe, but most certainly cheaper!! What problems did you have with the wax? I wonder if the wax is what is stopping it peeling/flaking as you would expect it to? Or actually - re-reading, maybe it was the fact that the bigger pieces were waxed first?!

ggirl - sorry sad As I said, I lack imagination and if the person in the shop suggested it, I'm sure it will be lovely. I have just gone and got my colour sheets out and I think the Country Grey has been changed more recently as it looks less beigey now and more grey?? Really, I'm sure it will be lovely. In the past I have used all the whites with it, I prefer the 'old white'. I have also used aubusson, old violet, provence and probably some others in drawers/cupboards with CG on the outside.

I am meant to be doing other things tomorrow, but you are making me want to skive and paint instead grin

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 22:44:02

Hmm - just read your last post, maybe it hasn't changed then. I'll just go and have a look at the colour wheel... back in a mo.

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 22:47:57

I'm wondering about changing it to provence

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 22:50:18

From the colour wheel I would say that Burgundy would go well with it.

Do you have tester pots or 1l pots?

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 22:54:00

I have 3 colour sheets and the colour wheel - and annoyingly the colours of CG & provence are quite different on each. Considering they are actual paint, not print, on the colour sheets, that's disturbing!

Which shop did you buy it from?

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 22:56:24

thomas and lucia in christchurch

The room the bookcase is going in is painted a pale duck egg blue not keen on burgundy

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 23:10:24

Was it Sue that suggested it?

I wouldn't use Provence if the room is DEB.

They do the classes and that there, so I'm sure they know what they're talking about. I bet it will look lovely. When are you going to be able to do it?

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 23:13:32

don't know the name of the girl that helped
am doing it tomorrow....eeeeek

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 23:14:13

do you now the shop?

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 23:26:52

Just do it smile I'm sure it will look lovely and the good thing about this paint is, that if you don't like it, you just whack another coat over the top! smile

I have only been there once about a year ago, but I have also spoken to a woman on the phone, I'm pretty sure her name was Sue and she seemed to know her stuff smile

ggirl Sun 18-Aug-13 23:28:16

I will , will post a pic when it's fiinshed

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 23:28:39

I am so very tempted to start painting now, but I know that in this light it would look awful in the morning! I need some better lighting!! I could do some waxing, but that's boring!

ChippingInHopHopHop Sun 18-Aug-13 23:29:27

Oh lovely, Annie Sloan Porn grin

ggirl Mon 19-Aug-13 12:01:58

Chipping-can I paint over if it's already waxed?

When i applied the clear wax to the cupboard door some paint has come off..bit too distressed for my liking tbh.

ggirl Mon 19-Aug-13 18:01:53

chipping- country grey and duck egg look great together !!!

ChippingInHopHopHop Mon 19-Aug-13 22:50:39

Sorry - got somewhat embroiled in a fast moving thread that wouldn't let up today blush

Yes, you can paint over the wax. (You don't need to do anything to it, just put the paint on top of it).

FAB - smile Sorry I worried you about it last night!! I wonder if the CG has changed tone since my last tin??

I'm looking forward to the photo grin

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 26-Aug-13 00:28:05

Still waiting grin

ggirl Mon 26-Aug-13 20:47:53

sorry ,still have to finish waxing it yet , I'm waxing with a t-shirt and a soft bristle brush and am going through loads of wax , nearly finished one of the half tins already!
will make more of an effort tomorrow

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 26-Aug-13 21:19:20

grin I'm not confessing as to how long things can sit around here unwaxed, it's my least favorite part! I was only bumping the thread really to see how you were getting on! smile

Tomorrow I am going to put the second coat of wax on a chest of drawers and a side table and I am going to put the first coat of paint on a HUGE side cabinet thingy.

if I don't procrastinate again

I need a studio really, trying to do it all in the house is a bloody nightmare, but everytime I look at renting a place it seems like a hassle to have to go somewhere else to do it instead of doing it at home confused & I can't do it in the garage and I can't extend or anything useful like that, sadly!!

I need to win the lottery then a whole heap of problems could be solved grin

ggirl Mon 26-Aug-13 21:26:53

yeh it's a pain having it hanging aroung in the lounge unfinished , I've read that I need to wait 24hrs between coats fo wax before the final that what you do. Do you use one of her waxing brushes, if it makes the job less tedious I may get one.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 26-Aug-13 22:36:57

There isn't a single thing that makes waxing less tedious - sadly!

I use a brush (not one of hers though, just a small old one) for the fiddly bits but I use old white t-shirts to apply it to the main parts & to wipe it off/buff.

Lots of people do use the brushes, but for me I think it would go on too rough. I prefer a smoother finish.

I don't deliberately leave it that long between the final coat and buffing, no, but because I hate it, it probably ends up being that long!! Or the late afternoon one day and the morning of the next.

ggirl Mon 26-Aug-13 22:52:19

I have been using white t-shirt
how many coats do you usually do , I want a nice sheen to it

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 27-Aug-13 00:32:04

Make sure your t-shirt is lint free, if you get bits of lint in the soft wax they're virtually impossible to remove.

I am going to order another lot of lint free cloth off eBay, it is better & not expensive.

You need to make sure the coats of wax are very thin, it's like putting moisturiser on your face, it needs to be a thin coat and worked in or it wont dry properly.

The jury really is out on the brushes, some people swear by them and others wont touch them. I think I might borrow one and give it a proper trial run. It might help to get it on thinner?

In the heat we have now your wax should be fine, but if it's 'heavy' (and I might have already mentioned this?) you can use a hair dryer on it, put some on your cloth then use the hair dryer to soften it and then aim the dryer at the piece while you put the wax on. It's a bit of a faff, but you do get a thinner coat and it's a really, really good trick in the colder months especially.

Try to get even coats of wax on and not overlap sections.

Also, I don't use the wax directly out of the tin, I scoop some out with the back of a clean spoon and put it in another dish, it stops you contaminating the wax with your cloth and it means you don't have the tin open for ages.

It should only take 1-2 hrs to dry (it will stop feeling 'tacky') then you can buff it whenever you want to really and apply another coat. I seldom do this in the same day - partly because I hate waxing so much, but mostly because I just prefer it to be totally dry/hardened.

If it's not dry (not tacky) in 2-3 hrs (unless there is exceptional humidity) then you are putting on too much wax

I think they recommend one coat on the sides etc and two on a surface but I put two coats on everything then another coat on any area that is likely to be used as a 'surface'. Possibly even a forth if I am selling it and it's likely to be used for drinks/vases/keys etc and if it's not too big an area

ggirl Tue 27-Aug-13 09:35:53

thanks chipping, that's very helpful
especially the bit about not overlapping bits <<eeek>>
off to buy another tin of wax I think today

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 27-Aug-13 13:13:22

Have you only used the wax on the bookcase??

I hope not, because if that's the case then you have used WAY too much wax (unless it's for a full wall bookcase in the Smithsonian Library).

Hopefully it was only what you had left after the fireplace.

ggirl Tue 27-Aug-13 14:12:15

yes , have only done the bottom half cupboards and inside the glazed part of the bookcase shock
I prob have 2/3 of tin left. One of those small tins.
I have to wax the bottom half again cos i have painted over the first layer because I wasn't happy with it.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 27-Aug-13 14:24:58

How does the bit look that you have repainted? Are you happy with it now?

Obviously I have no idea how big this thing is, but you shouldn't need more than one (small) tin of wax for a bookcase/cabinet thingy, even redoing the bottom.

Are you getting the wax on thin enough? How long is it taking for it to dry?

I need to go and wax a piece, but I'd rather talk to you about the theory of it! Did I mention it's the bit I dislike the most? ... Maybe I'll go and paint another piece instead grin I have barely moved my arse today and I have sooo much to do. I am so tired, I haven't been sleeping <sigh> so I'm just MNing <sigh>

Nepotism Tue 27-Aug-13 16:21:25

Is the jury still out on whether we can use non-Annie soft wax? I find the paint goes a long way but the wax doesn't and, yes, it's the worst part.

Ggirl - I get mine at the same shop as you ;) I did one of their courses and didn't really rate it. Hasn't stopped me buying 9 tins of paint!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 27-Aug-13 17:33:30

Nepotism - I honestly can't remember where I read the thing about the waxes - what it is or isn't in 'regular' waxes and how it affects the paint - sorry. I know some of them are just fine, but as I can't remember what to look out for I can't really say which ones.

How about ringing a couple of the retailers, all the ones I have ever spoken to have been helpful and not hmm if you aren't using Annie Sloan exclusively.

The 5L tins are better value for money if you can afford the initial outlay.

ggirl Tue 27-Aug-13 19:33:43

yet again another day and no buggering waxing done

nepotism-do you live in the area?

Nepotism Tue 27-Aug-13 19:46:59

Yes - the yachty town near you! Not a regular poster and name changed cos I'm paranoid. Remember you from a few years ago when your DD was looking at unis because we talked travel options from round here. Don't worry, I'm not a stalker!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 27-Aug-13 19:50:52

Me either ggirl - it is now laughing at me, as is the unpainted piece. Sigh. So so tired.

nep I want to live in a yachty town, I miss living my the sea. I also want to move back to London. Up to the Cotswolds. Down to the south of France. In the New Forest. I think I should just buy a camper and be done with it.... but no idea where I'd put 20 million bits of furniture that need painting and waxing grin

Nepotism Tue 27-Aug-13 20:29:21

I'm sitting on Rightmove as we speak trying to decide which of my siblings to live near. Unfortunately as we all seem to have decided to live in horrifically expensive but beautiful areas my dream of being mortgage free is just that. If I'm honest, the catalyst is wanting to do up another house (and seeing if you really can paint floors with ASCP!).

I also have the storage issue. I need a house in the country by the sea with a massive shed for less than 250k.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 28-Aug-13 17:34:50

nep - Really? I like living several thousand miles away from mine, it stops me feeling the need to slap him & his wife quite so often grin

When I have decided what I am doing with my kitchen, I am going to take up the shitty cheap, badly laid, wtf were they thinking laminate and paint the floor. It's only going to cost me a tin or two of paint - so nothing to lose really. But I don't want to do it yet because the floor might be too crap underneath to paint it and I don't want to have to tile it until I know what's happening with the layout.

I might also paint the kitchen cabinets...

If you come for coffee - you might get painted if you stand still too long grin

You need to go on Escape to the country grin

ArtisanLentilWeaver Wed 28-Aug-13 17:41:39

Don't use the wax. honestly, it is just a bloody faff.

Paint on some Polyvine wax finish varnish which is compatible with the chalk paint. The finish is a very subtle satin and hard wearing. You can still do the dark wax smooshy thing then buff.

ggirl Wed 28-Aug-13 17:50:31

oooh atrisan -can you link me to some of this wonder stuff?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 28-Aug-13 17:50:37

It is a bloody faff - I'd be the last one to disagree with that grin

But I love the finish you get. I also love being able to control the finish (ie matt/sheen/shine). I love the fact that it can be repainted easily & that it can be re-waxed at anytime etc.

I am also incredibly 'brand loyal' so I might be a bit biased blush

Having said that, I have quite a 'don't knock it until you've tried it' attitude to life and I am painting a huge, chunky old sideboard right now (well, meant to be, I'm actually pissing about on MN!) and I haven't decided what to do with the inside of it, so I might try it in there.... Thanks for the suggestion smile (I do sometimes varnish the insides of cabinets or drawers for convenience depending on the piece, but I haven't used one with a 'wax finish').

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 28-Aug-13 17:53:00

ggirl - Link here Polyvarnish it has a stockists list.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 28-Aug-13 18:11:38

There's a stockist near me.

I have just watched the 'video' - she mixes it with emulsion paint and it goes on lovely, but it's a bit of a messy faff with wire wool if you want a shine/sheen to it (so you get all that black dust).

Hmmm. I might try it inside the cupboard first because I don't need that to have a sheen/shine, as long as it's wipeable. I wonder if it would mix with the chalk paint or if you could only do it in two steps.

The fact that is has colour options is not a good thing grin

ggirl Wed 28-Aug-13 18:16:23

so can I use this varnish on top of AS ?
I am not so brand loyal bbut I do still have 2/3 of a tin of clear wax to use. Must admit I am tempted to give it a try , have already given the inside a wax though. Can you apply this stuff over a previously waxed surface?

ArtisanLentilWeaver Wed 28-Aug-13 19:45:55

Yes, you can use the Polyvine varnish on top of the AS paint. Leave the paint to dry really well (at least 24 hours) then apply the varnish. Try a tester bit to see if it takes over the already waxed bit but the AS paint selling woman said it took ok. She thought the wax was a faff too

I tried it on an old cupboard then deliberately threw water at it but paintwork was fine. I am now going to paint the inside with the Emperor Silk. smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 29-Aug-13 13:38:39

Just bumping to keep us on my Threads I'm on smile

I need to go and buy some paint, I wish there was a stockist a bit closer or the nearest one was in a nicer place. Sigh. I love Life in Nettlebed but can't justify going all that way for a tin of paint.

ggirl Thu 29-Aug-13 15:14:45

Just back from thomas and lucia to get another brush, have decided I apply too much with a cloth. They didn't have any waxing brushes but said they use one of AS medium brushes so I got one of those.
Still undecided on the country grey , I seem to have wiped some off in a few areas and too much of the original wood is showing through for my liking.
I am thinking about painting the whole thing in old white now confused

ggirl Thu 29-Aug-13 15:16:15

Also have waxed the cupboard bit (applause please) and in the process spotted a few long drip lines of paint , if I sand them back I'l have to repaint again ...ffs!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 29-Aug-13 21:07:19

ggirl - they are bringing out a new wax brush, so most stockists will be out in the meantime. Did you see the new 'handout' (A4 black and white) and the new 'colour wheel' (fold out thing with painted colours inside)?

I bought another tin of French Linen today for the sideboard I'm doing. I'm going to do it over white and rub back a bit.

What it is you aren't too sure of with the Country Grey?

You can always just paint the bits you have rubbed off, it should blend in just fine, if you want to.


Well done smile

Hmm, the drips. It happens, especially at first. If you chip the drips off and just sand very carefully to blend the edges, you shouldn't need to repaint it and should be fine with just redoing a small patch of wax. Also, once it's waxed the drips can look ok/not that noticeable, especially in a cupboard.

I only bought a small tin of wax today (normally buy the 5l) because I'm going to try the polyvine (on the inside) and see what I think of it.

ggirl Thu 29-Aug-13 21:27:31

Chipping, not sure about the cuntry grey , I think I'll carry on and see how it goes. That's the great thing I can always change my mind later.

Didn't have time to look around the shop as had car full of kids waiting for me outside. Hopefully will have time on saturday for a gander.

I have waxed a bit with the AS bursh and am finding it a lot easier to control the amount of wax going on. Watched a video of purplepainted lady that prompted me to go with bursh .I'd be interested in how you get on with the wax varnish stuff

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 29-Aug-13 22:38:40

Chipping, not sure about the cuntry grey Oh dear, is it that bad???

Bloody kids - honestly hmm You just can't leave them in the car for hours with a bottle of pop and a bag of crisps like they used to.


Have a look for the new colour chart - much much better than the old one!

I might go and get it (polyvine) tomorrow if they have it in stock, I'll let you know as soon as I've used it, but don't hold your breath grin

I am really curious to know what the new wax brush is going to be like and how long it's going to take for them to get it in store.

Nepotism Fri 30-Aug-13 00:18:29

Oh dear Ggirl, stalking you again - I was in there this afternoon, we need a special mumsnet signal. 5l tin of wax for me, hope I get the hang of it better. Finding it much easier with a brush, even thought it's not an AS one.

Still bemused at the different consistency of the paint - granite is drying a bit lumpy but that may be the weather. Paris Grey always looks good. I may have to pay DDs to wax this lot.

ggirl Fri 30-Aug-13 00:22:35

hahah nepotism , wonder if we were there at the same time. Were you with a man?
I was literally in and out in a few minutes.

I have found the paint lumpy as well and water it down ..hmm maybe that's why it's rubbing off in places when I wax .

Chipping-resident expert, do you get these lumps as well , almost like it's pilling?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 00:35:13

I may have to pay DDs to wax this lot Very funny with your name!! but yes, I'd be tempted grin

No, I haven't/don't get lumpy paint. It shouldn't be lumpy, not at all. It should be 'silky and smooth'. I wonder what their turn over of paint is & what their storage conditions are like??? Though, it should keep for a long time unopened, it's just funny you are both having the same problem with paint from the same place.

Did you turn the tin upside down for at least half and hour then mix it for aaaaaaaaaaagggggeeeeeessssss?

Adding water is fine, but do it very slowly, just a tiny bit at a time as it's easy to make it too thin, then it runs. I do it with a sports water bottle. ... and yes GG you can make it too thin, then it will rub easily, but keep in mind that it is a chalk paint, so it does rub off, sort of.

I'm going to be down your way in a couple of weeks, maybe we should meet at T&L then go for coffee/lunch?!

ggirl Fri 30-Aug-13 00:38:31

yes let me know when you are here and if I'm not working we can meet up.
It doesn't look lumpy but when I start brushing it starts to get lumps. I didn't do the 30 mins upside down thing but did give it a good stir with a chopstick that not enough?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 00:52:06

Not really no and it could be what's causing the lumps. The chalk really settles on the bottom and you have probably mixed clumps of chalk into it instead of letting it filter through the paint. Hopefully it will be fine if you turn it upside down next time, then mix for ages. Painful, but pays dividends.

Will PM you re meeting up.

Nep you too of course, I meant both of you smile

Nepotism Fri 30-Aug-13 08:19:26

That sounds good - we'll recognise each other from the paint splattered clothing and slight obsessive look on our faces.

Ggirl - man? No. I was there just after the Battle of Britain fly past went over and I'd stopped sobbing!

I turned my tin upside down overnight but don't own a chopstick smile. I think their turnover is pretty good, in fact I've had some tins straight out of the lorry!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 15:54:38

'slight obsessive look' - absolutely. I have a very addictive, obsessive personality - fortunately this is being chanelled into low carbing and annie sloan chalk paint - it could be A LOT worse grin <<though hard drugs and gambling are probably cheaper!!

LOL - chopsticks aren't compulsory smile I use a long screwdriver which I prefer as the paint comes off easily.

Did you stir it well?

ggirl Fri 30-Aug-13 18:03:55

ok changing the paint colour now, dh has returned and thinks the country grey is too dark soooooooooo I'm thinking of mixing old white into CG to make it much creamer..or just using old white
but the piece is half waxed i need to worry about that?

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 21:54:15

rught I am getting pissed off now, have tried the leaving tin upside down for 30mins then manic stir and it still gets chalky lumps in it when painting.
I have had to water it down again.
I also found certain areas that I had already waxed were not covering's all going to pot

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 21:58:30

Sorry I missed your post yesterday, this thread falls off of 'My Threads I'm On' far too quickly! I'm putting it on 'Watch' but you can always PM me smile

No you don't need to worry about it being waxed, just paint right over it.

You could just do it in old white, mix the old white in or do a white wash over it (I can tell you how if you think you might be interested in this look).

OK - when did you first open the tin? Was it like this the first time you used it?

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:02:52

no I got it in july and painted my brick fireplace and mantle with it but had to water it down as well cos of the lumping .

same thing happened with the CG as well , had to water ti down to go on smoothly


ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:04:57

yes have decided to just paint the piece old white so started off doing a whitewash effect using quite a dry brush but the wax underneath was making it too patchy so have gone back over the sections with more paint on the brush this time and got lumps
when i say more paint i mean a little amount

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:09:12

It's not weird to have to water it down to get it to a consistency you prefer. It's supposed to go on quite thick and rough, not smooth. I usually add water though as I prefer it a bit smoother too.

BUT you should never add water to the tin itself (IMHO) as you risk contaminating the paint. How much water do you think you have added in all?

It is so hard to tell without seeing it sad

If you get a lump between your fingers, what does it do if you squeeze it?

If you are sure it was like this when you bought it and you don't think it's right I would take it back to the shop and tell them it was like this when you bought it, they will have a look at it and if it's not right they should give you another tin.

I never paint straight out of the tin - I always tip some into something else.

What do you mean it's not covering the wax well - is it just a rough surface or is it not adhering to it?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:11:00

The other way to do a white wash is to add more water to the white, paint a bit then use a cloth to spread that wash as far as possible then do the next bit.

I wish I could pop around and have a look for you!

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:17:20

I haven't added water to the tin , have used seperate container to add water.
The lumps happen after painting a good number of strokes , almost like I'm causing the lumps to happen iyswim.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:25:24

OH right. OK - we might be getting somewhere smile

Are you painting quite slowly and going back over bits that have already been painted, even if only a couple of minutes before?

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:25:52

as for not covering the wax , there is a section or two that must have more wax than others cos the paint was not covering it

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:26:59

not painting slowly, I'm doing it like she does on her videos , crisscrossing etc in sections

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:27:25

Honestly, it really shouldn't matter?! Though it will go on easier if the wax has been put on at least 24 hours before.

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:27:35

maybe it's areas that have semi dried then?

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:28:35

wax was done 2 days ago
I'm happy to water paint down , seems fine when I do but puzzled as to why I have to

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:28:40

It sounds like you are possibly creating the lumps by brushing over paint that has started to dry and 'roughing' it up.

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:29:25

yes maybe that's it , will try to paint more methodically tomorrow

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:30:22

You have to water it down because it's designed to go on 'thick' it's how Annie likes it - LOADS of texture. Same with painting criss-cross. I generally don't do that as I prefer a smoother finish.

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:32:49

so how do you paint? do you use her brush?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:43:28

Yes, I use her brushes.

They are driving me a bit nuts tbh. I bought them because she bangs on about how annoying it is when bristles fall out onto your work, so she recommends hers - but the bloody bristles are falling out of hers onto my paint! Grrrr

I have tried other brushes but haven't found one I love yet.

I paint more like you'd paint a wall. Sort of up and down and/or across. I don't put it on thick and deliberately try to 'texture' the finish.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:50:07

I also use another brush - like THIS it's a 15mm pointed sash brush. I love it. It's not this brand, but it's unbranded so I don't know which brand it is.

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 22:54:46

I have one similar to that as well.

Have you tried that varnish yet?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 22:57:00

No, I haven't even been over to buy it yet. Maybe next week, but I'm going to try it inside this cabinet, but I haven't even started painting it yet!

What do you think about the lumps?

Do you like the colour it is now?

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 23:00:02

Prefer the old white but I haven't finished it yet ,had to work this eveing so ony did a bit. I may get the varnish and try it on the inside as well.

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 23:01:04

I'll try and paint in orderely maner tomorrow and let you know about the lumps, but I am going to water it down as well .

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 23:01:33

I bloody hope it comes off glass easily !

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 23:03:09

Have you got a stockist near you or will you have to order it to be delivered? I have one about 15 minutes away, I just need to check they have it in stock.

I've got to meet a woman about some work tomorrow <yes, on a Sunday - sigh> and then meeting with my friend and the kids - try to do something fun before school starts back. Then fix a bit of leaking plumbing and on it goes! Not sure if I'll get near a paint brush sad

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 23:04:31

Why do you say that? grin

Theorhetically it shouldn't. You might need a razor blade?

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 23:12:00

well I have got some on the glazed section, I'm sure it'll come off with a scourer or razor as you say.

ggirl Sat 31-Aug-13 23:14:13

have a brewers in town that stocks it , will look on monday

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 31-Aug-13 23:21:25

Mine is a Brewers too smile

ArtemisatBrauron Mon 02-Sep-13 08:47:16

Hello all - I'm an AS virgin and need advice! We have moved into a house with hideous veneer kitchen cabinets and we won't be able to replace them for a few years as we blew all our money on the move grin

Can AS paint help me here? Have people used it on this plasticy veneer type surface?

Nepotism Mon 02-Sep-13 15:23:45

I've seen it used very successfully but haven't tried it myself yet. You can be our guinea pig!

ArtisanLentilWeaver Mon 02-Sep-13 16:35:39

I painted our hideous veneered kitchen doors with AS paint and waxed them several times. Apart from a tiny amount of rough useage round one door knob, it has lasted very well and wipes down brilliantly.
I would use the varnish the next time I repaint them though.

The veneer was a horrible plasticy finish but took the AS no bother. I would recommend painting them with a water based undercoat first, slap on the AS paint, varnish twice.

Complete new kitchen for the price of a Turtle mat. grin

blue2 Mon 02-Sep-13 16:43:55

I've got a victorian mirror that was painted a horrid shade of yellow gloss. I'd love to have a go at a bit of up cycling with the AS paint range.

So - could I just paint over the gloss, or would you think it was a better idea to prime it or sand it lightly first?

Not sure what colour I'm going for... probably the old white with a mid blue top coat and sand through.

Also, how would you suggest I protect the mirror bit whilst I'm painting?

ArtisanLentilWeaver Mon 02-Sep-13 17:08:09

Ooooh AS painted mirror. I think you can just paint straight over the gloss without sanding.

Try covering the mirror with newspaper and lining the edges with masking tape?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 02-Sep-13 19:47:19

Artemis - I have only heard good things about kitchen cabinets, even nasty veneer ones looking FAB. It is a 'shabby chic' look though, so if you are looking for a super gloss finish, you need to keep looking. My nasty veneer ones are in for a paint at some stage too!! You will need to put 3 coats of wax on top of the paint. I wouldn't put an undercoat on myself, the chalk paint is designed to adhere to anything and everything. The most I would consider doing is taking a rough bit of sandpaper to it briefly.

Blue it can go straight on that nasty stuff smile You will need two coats of the old white if you are going to sand it back, unless you want to see the yellow too. The blues are all nice and you can get pretty any shade you want with a bit of mixing.

I use masking tape and tape newspaper over the mirror part, but with the masking tape right at the edge, I know others just hold a piece of paper there while they paint. LOL just seen what Artisan wrote ^^ exactly that smile

ggirl Mon 02-Sep-13 19:52:39

chipping , I've ordered the polyvine varnish , will be in tomorrow. I ordered satin clear ...not sure if that's what I need or not .Hope so as i wanted a sheen to the finish.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 02-Sep-13 20:21:28

Was it the 'wax finish' varnish in the 'satin finish'?

I've ended up with some short notice contract work today & tomorrow - so I've not got time to go and get any for a few days.

ggirl Mon 02-Sep-13 21:01:03

yes the wax finish one in satin finish, it was either that or flat or something

blue2 Tue 03-Sep-13 14:23:59

Thanks, Artisan and Chipping - I'm off this afternoon to local stockist.

I'm trying a lamp base first, made out of plaster and bought for a whole £3 at local house clearance auction.

Going to have a go at recovering the lampshade, too.

Once those are complete, I'm off up into the roof to get the mirror. Its got barley twists... and everything....!! (Its just painted in canary yellow gloss - YUK!)

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 03-Sep-13 21:21:13

ggirl - Sounds perfect smile Can't wait to see what you think of it!

blue - What did you buy?? That's a great first project! Did you know you can dye fabric with the paint? Canary yellow gloss - WTAF.

blue2 Wed 04-Sep-13 18:26:01

Chipping - I've only just discovered that I can dye fabric with this paint. Its almost too good to be true!

Luckily, my local stockist had just had a delivery of AS paint, as she said they were almost out of all the pots. There were about 10 pots all lined up with peoples names on them.

Now DS is back at school, I'm ready to go with my lamp. Am doing a Provence/ Duck Egg blue base, and then second coat is Old White. I'll then sand a bit off to show the bluey base, then clear wax over the top.

I have some duck egg blue linen that I'll use for the shade. I carefully cut off the fabric from the old frame (as its quite an unusual shape) and have kept it in the hope that I can use it as a template.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 04-Sep-13 20:06:25

Blue - That all sounds good! I'd love to hear about as you go smile

blue2 Wed 04-Sep-13 22:28:29

Chipping - that's given me the impetus!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 04-Sep-13 22:53:30

Great - I look forward to an update smile

pierpressure Thu 19-Sep-13 14:38:41

Hi Ggirl,Blue2 and Chipping, and all fellow AS obsessives.

I am keen to hear more about the wax finish varnish. I have had to repaint my dresser top several times as the wax finish is just not robust enough for it. Certainly not my DB spilling red wine on it at Christmas!
Would like to hear any feedback on it, ie does it yellow?

Also using it as fabric dye? Tell me more please.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 19-Sep-13 23:24:27


I haven't used the varnish yet.

The wax 'should' be enough if you give it several coats, but alcohol will dissolve it, so not great for DB's who spill their wine grin

You can either paint fabric (with the paint a bit watered down) or use it as a dye. If you use it as a dye it is best done outdoors!! You need to mix in a bucket about 1 part paint, 20 parts water (depending on the colour you want) and leave it for 30 mins. Hang it up to dry, then wash as normal.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 19-Sep-13 23:25:42

Oh - but anything containing polyester wont work very well (or any other kind of strange coating).

ggirl Fri 20-Sep-13 21:08:44

<<hanging head in shame>>> also haven't used the wax varnish yet
planning on it tomorrow ...promise!!!

pierpressure Sat 21-Sep-13 11:16:16

Looking forward to hearing the update on it!
No pressure...
I have also found a fabric dye on eBay that you
Can paint on to upholstery. Although the original
Colour does affect the result apparently only by
A small degree. Am going to try and paint it on my
Grubby pink velvet bergere that I can't afford
To reupholster in the natural linen.will report back!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 21-Sep-13 21:14:09

ggirl - did you have time to do it today?

Pier that's interesting. I have a couple of cushions I'm going to AS - at some stage. Right now all my AS stuff is having to take a back seat to 'paid up front' work & house renovation stuff sad

ggirl Sat 21-Sep-13 21:41:59

nope <<<head is still hanging in shame>>>

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 21-Sep-13 23:08:43


I haven't even bought any yet, so you are one step ahead of me smile

I half stripped the wallpaper in the spare room today - I'd rather have been painting furniture!

just read all 7 pages of this as i am an AS virgin ! but had heard so much about it !! am zooming over to Christchurch with a pal on Tuesday to buy some ! will stop in a brewers before to get the 15cm sash bush I think !! exciting times !! I have a few pieces in F&B Charlestone grey - love the colour - does AS do anything similar ?! I'm pretty sure a round breakfast table I bought in Dorchester had the AS treatment ! could that be one of yours Chipping ?! anyhow - thank you all for the tips and info - was a really good read ! hope you guys managed to meet up for coffee !! kindest regards, Karen at OnePlan !

bigbutsrus1 Sun 22-Sep-13 16:25:03

Loving this thread - can I have some advice please! I have a large dark wood table and chairs. I was hoping to sand the top & hope it goes a lighter colour. Paint the legs of the table and the chairs an off white or cream. My question is... Failing the top sanding back nicely I will paint the whole table one colour, maybe a grey or sage colour? Then the chairs the white/cream colour. In your opinions what colours of AS go well together? One more question; I have read that if red wine spilt it will stain; this occurs frequently! So would it be advisable to use the varnish everyone talking about instead of wax? gringrin Thank you in advance!

Today I am Paris Greying 3 pieces of furniture.

The bottom of my six foot dresser, an old flip top sewing box, and an arts and crafts bureau

Looking good so far smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 16:43:21

OnePlan smile AS does several greys. I can't get to my F&B colour chart at the moment, so can't say which I think would be closest. The thing with AS is that there aren't many colours, but because the paint is such good quality (pure) you really can make pretty much any colour you want to. It is quite surprising how much they change depending on how much white you add (and how much of course). Her new book is quite good to help you mix colours too.

Can you take a small piece with you and ask the shop to help you work out which colours to buy to colour match?

Not likely to be mine in Dorchester.

Sadly we haven't met up for coffee yet - my plans changed and I didn't get down there, but hopefully sometime soon!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 16:52:46

bigbutsrus1 It depends what wood & what stain/varnish was used as to whether it will sand back to something you like or not... no harm in trying!

Alcohol dissolves the wax, so it's not ideal for drinks cabinets etc. However, it's not too bad on a table if you wipe it up straight away. I haven't tried the varnish yet, so can't comment really. (I need to get onto that but house renovations are getting in the way!!). You could also use her laquer if you wish?!

There are lots of great colour combos and you can mix to pretty much any colour.

Olive is lovely mixed down with old white - goes quite sagey.

Chateau Grey is a greeny grey.

Cream & Old Ochre look nice with both of those.

I'm not sure if I said it earlier on this thread or not, but it's best to paint the table & chairs upside down first - you are less likely to 'miss bits' this way.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 16:53:54

Sounds good Laurie smile

I'm stripping wallpaper in the spare room... well, I'm meant to be blush

bigbutsrus1 Sun 22-Sep-13 17:04:38

Thank you for advice Chipping. It's an old ercol table, so think it is elm but stained as very dark and shiny. I definitely need to look to varnish or lacquer it as lots of dinner parties with spilt wine! Will have a look at the colour combos. Have seen a picture online with the table top painted a darker colour and the legs and chairs a lighter cream. Getting excited! smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 17:39:38

...drawn back like a moth to the flame grin

Ercol usually sands back really well and looks great - so you should be able to have the 'wood' table top.

If you look on eBay and search Annie Sloan Ercol you will see a few examples and most are kind enough to list the colour they have used!

Personally I think the wax is fine on a table top and such a lovely finish, but if you are going to worry about it then it makes sense to use a varnish. I wouldn't worry about it, I'd do 3 or 4 coats of wax. Wipe it down after a meal and if in time it looks 'tired' I'd just rewax it.... but each to their own!

Good gravy - I've just read the rest of this thread and seen that you can use it as fabric dye shock

And gone nuts and bought an antique linen sheet from eBay to try it!

It's going to be fab!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 19:01:06

Laurie - great smile

What colour is the sheet & what colour are you going to use?

It's a white French linen Metis sheet with a monogram on - about 3 metres long

I need to make it a bluey grey - I have old violet and paris grey so I'm going to fanny about with it - it will be in a room with grey wallpaper and all the Paris grey furniture so I want it to be a slight contrast.

It's a tablecloth - well, it's a sheet going to be a tablecloth

thank you for the advice Chipping ! can't wait to give it a whirl !!! :-)

Alwayscheerful Sun 22-Sep-13 19:47:59

Annie sloan french linen is similar to farrow & ball charleston grey. I think the cocoa colour is slightly darker.

I was pleased with a blanket chest painted in AS french linen (and distressed over a coat of explorers silk) finished in AS dark wax and I bravely painted the interior in emperors silk too. The chest looks fab.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 20:52:10

Laurie it sounds fabulous!! In one of AS projects she turned the monogrammed bit of the sheet into a pelmet and the rest into light curtains - it looks lovely.

It will look fab as a table cloth!

OnePlan - let us know how you get on smile

Always - I love both of those colours! LOL at 'explorers silk' - I wonder what colour that would be - a sort of khaki in my mind?? wink I have a chest of drawers here that is Emperors Silk (on the outside and graphite inside) - it's certainly a striking colour! Your chest sounds lovely (is it wrong to snigger at that sentence??).

Alwayscheerful Mon 23-Sep-13 02:48:16

Oh dear, snigger away, I did too, sorry I am typing on my phone, Emperors silk is a beautiful bright red for those of you not familiar with the Annie Sloan range , a little more subtle than moles breath and cats paw?

Alwayscheerful Mon 23-Sep-13 02:52:19

My last project was a tiny corner wardrobe finished in plain provence. The paint was in the house 5 minutes before I started. I thinned the paint out with a little water and gave it two coats, absolutely stunning.

I have a scruffy little wooden stepladder. I am going to paint it Provence tomorrow.

ggirl Mon 23-Sep-13 17:12:21

ok painting and sanding finished ..just about and I have used the wax varnish..takes ages to dry so no consensus yet

Needanewsofa Mon 23-Sep-13 20:55:20

Reading this thread last week inspired me! I've wanted to paint an old (cheap) pine sideboard for ages but couldn't summon the energy to sand, etc.

I've just finished painting it in Provence and 2 coats of wax - it looks fab and has transformed our kitchen :-) I left the top and knobs plain wood and the contrast looks amazing!!

I'm now thinking of doing our bedside tables in Primer Red or Barcelona Orange to inject some colour there too!

pierpressure Mon 23-Sep-13 21:45:18

Looking forward to hearing how it went GGirl.

I also want to know if anyone has painted floor and
Used the Annie Sloan recommended varnish.

I actually have no time to paint so have to get my fix
From all of you gratuisly !

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 23-Sep-13 22:37:51

AC - that sounds lovely smile

ggirl - excellent... look forward to the update!

Need - nice to know someone else has the bug now grin The bright colours look great together too if you don't want to do them in just one colour.

Pier - sorry I can't help you with your fix right now!! Stuck working (for money upfront) and renovating the house [grrrrrr] I wanted to paint my kitchen floor, but it has bloody stuck down tiles under the laminate, so I don't think that's going to work (they don't go edge to edge so they need covering sad )

pierpressure Tue 24-Sep-13 13:34:05

Gaah, gratuitously is what I meant to write.

I am quite excited though, I am booked in to do a furniture painting course in Brighton in November. Booked on Groupon.
They use Autentico, a different make of chalk paint, (is this treachery?!)
I will let you know how it goes and what their paint is like.

ggirl Tue 24-Sep-13 22:33:21

Pic of bookcase so far on my profile..terrible photo .

Not that happy with the finished product , some areas a bit too shabby for my liking but hey ho it's my first effort.

The polyvie wax varnish is fab , easy to use and same effect as the wax if a little lacking in the depth of the wax varnish. I kind of think I want to apply a dark wax to giv ethe bookcase some depth but not sure is I can apply it over the varnish??

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 24-Sep-13 22:40:11

Pier - you traitor!!


It will interesting to see what you think. I tried it, I didn't like it as much. They have a brilliant range of colours - but with a little effort you can get the same with AS if you want to.

The day should be good though, it's nice to do stuff with like minded people.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 24-Sep-13 22:47:59

ggirl - well done for getting it finished!! smile It's a nice shape.

Could you try taking some photos in daylight? I can't see it at all really.

You could always paint over the varnish again if you want to?!

I have no idea what would happen if you tried to wax over the varnish? I feel it would just 'sit' on top of it smearing, but I really don't know. Personally I'd whack another coat of paint over it if I wasn't happy.

ggirl Tue 24-Sep-13 22:53:54

yeh I think the old white looks too grey
strange really cos I love it on my fireplace
think I'll live with it untill I have time to paint it again
I'll try and take a pic in the daylight

Hi all - well my adventure into AS was short lived ! Travelled the 45mins in the car to get to the shop - parked - hobbled round (slowly - both ankle's injured ATM) to the shop from the car park behind the shop... Lovely shop ! Full of 'my kind of things' as my friend put it ! I had my F&B colour chart with me ( and a Neptune one for good measure) and set about looking at the example book .... Thought Coco looked about right if mixed with old white ?! ( as mentioned by Alwayscheerful) a lady zoomed past me after several mins of me pondering the book with my colour chart and pointed to the base colour chart and said ' theses are the colours - you can mix them ' which was pretty much what I could see from the book I'd been pondering over for a few mins - and then she was gone !!!
No prices on any of the paint pots or brushes - no one to ask - so I left empty handed :-(
So will have to either mix my own chalk paint via a recipe I found online - of just stick with F&B I think !!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 25-Sep-13 08:51:38

ggirl - I wonder if the polyvinyl has changed the colour a little bit? Also, it does depend what colour was underneath, it can change the end colour quite a lot - mad but true sad

oneplan - sorry to hear about your ankles, mine are the same in the mornings, but get a lot better during the day, I would be killing small furry things if they stayed that way all day! sad

Coco & old white is a lovely blend <admires bookcase that needs to be SOLD not making itself at home!!>

Which shop did you go to?

Why don't you order online (the prices are on there) - or go to another shop?

You can mix your own chalk paint, but it doesn't have anything like as nice or consistent finish and F&B, whilst lovely, means one hell of a lot of faffing about!

I went to the one in Christchurch - Thomas and Lucia ?!? Seemed lovely - just not much help for a newbie !!
Good idea about looking online instead !
( ankles - damaged tendons in both ankles by changing running shoes to the 'barefoot ones ' !! - nightmare ! Been on crutches for 6 weeks - now a walking stick !! No running for at least 5/6 months !! Look out all small furry animals !!! )

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 25-Sep-13 09:22:35

OnePlan - that's a shame. I've only been in there a couple of times and they were fine - but then, it wasn't my first time so maybe I just didn't notice their lack of attention and was, instead, distracted by it being full of my kind of things.

The colours aren't a very good representation on line - did you pick up a colour chart while you were there?

Bugger about your ankles sad Sounds nasty! Mine is just 'weak ankles' that I have strained/sprained many times over the years and are now fairly well screwed.

I want to be painting furniture, not doing house stuff!! Gah. I was stripping wall paper at 5am, that's not normal is it? (I couldn't sleep so I thought I might as well crack on and get something useful done).

pierpressure Wed 25-Sep-13 21:59:39

Hi Chipping, I so know how you feel, would love to be painting. I do also feel like a traitor to the Sloane creed! Will report back on the autentico.

Re ankles, I sprained mine so many times that I used to fall over all the time, my tendons were stretched, so I had to have them operated on.
Nightmare recovery, crutches etc but much better now.

GGirl, thanks for getting back, interesting. I think the varnish may have changed the colour, the wax also melds in to the paint I think. I am going to have to try it. Or keep the red wine away from my brother!

Oh PP that's what I'm trying to avoid !! ( op not painting !)
So I'm having an overload of hydrotherapy and physiotherapy !! It's crazy to think all this damage is done by swapping good old fashioned (but expensive ) trainers for the new lightweight ' run like you are barefoot' ones !! The odd thing is I was, literally, running barefoot on the beach in Cornwall last summer with no problems !!

pierpressure Thu 26-Sep-13 09:31:54

Well One plan, I have to say that if you can avoid surgery then do. I was having it for arthritis in my feet anyway, so it was worth it.
You should do a starter painting course to get your confidence, Just a beginners 3 hour one would help and then you could ask all you needed.Am sure the shop you were in would do one? They all seem to.

I might try that - but I wouldn't normally have the time ! Especially as it 45 mins to the shop too !! It's only because I'm sitting around looking at all the pieces of furniture that I'm bored with !! Normally I'm too busy to notice or care !!! Tee hee !!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 26-Sep-13 21:41:31

Pier - I'm worried they're going to want to operate on my ankles (left one in particular) & I'm very reluctant. How long were you unable to drive for? You could get one of those rubberised mats (the ones that have a lip all around them!) for your brother grin

triplets Thu 26-Sep-13 23:28:22

Hi all....................great thread! Am about to buy my first tin of AS, I am hoping to have a new kitchen before Christmas and want to revamp the dining area. Have a dresser which I hate but no money to replace it so going to have a go with AS. Do you have to buy a specific wax to go with a specific colour paint? Please tell me again which type of brushes you need to use. Would love to see some of your handy work, any pics? Thanks smile

ggirl Fri 27-Sep-13 20:02:21

triplets- annie sloan does a clear wax and a dark wax, the latter is put on after the clear and gives a more worn look.Same wax for all colours. Probably worth you have a look at you tube videos about annie sloan paint , there are loads of demonstration videos.
It will transform your dresser ! You can buy special annie sloan brushes for painting and waxinf ..not cheap but great. However if you prefer the clean painted look as opposed to the shabby look then a normal good quality natural bristle brush will do . Lots of people don't use a brush to wax but use a lint free cloth to apply it and remove excess (again worth watching a video).
What colour are you thinking of using?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 27-Sep-13 21:47:12

Oooh lovely - yet another new face smile Welcome triplets!

I'd love to know what colour too...

triplets Fri 27-Sep-13 21:51:43

Golly thanks for the very welcome welcome!!Not sure what colour, am off to Sandwich tomorrow, there is a gorgeous shop there called Smoke on the Water. She stocks the paint and has the shade cards for £1. smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 27-Sep-13 22:08:32

The new colour cards are brilliant (now £1.50 but worth it).

Do let us know what colour you choose! and ask away if you have any questions smile

Haveanotherbiscuit Fri 27-Sep-13 23:27:37

I've been inspired by the no sanding/priming etc and have just started painting my wooden stairs with as. I've chosen old white and then a green colour(can't remember name) to do a panel down the middle of the steps.

Wish me luck

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 28-Sep-13 11:03:35

Good Luck Haveanotherbiscuit smile Sounds lovely! When you get time, have a look at the tin & tell us which green you chose.

EastwickWitch Sat 28-Sep-13 11:43:42

I'm desperate to join you all.
I have a horrid orange wood (?Mexican pine , quite awful) console table that I think would look OK painted.
My nearest AS shop is an hour away & it's the one Oneplan went to. I might bite the bullet and order online.
Shabby Chic wouldn't fit my house but presumably I could just paint it thoroughly then wax it?
I am the least artistic person in the world
I can only make curtains in a check so I can follow the lines

pierpressure Sat 28-Sep-13 13:32:48

Hi eastwick, welcome to our painting coven!
If you paint it with a normal fine textured paintbrush
Your strokes won't look too brushy, I would slightly
Water down andd do two coats , although not
Everyone agrees with me!
You could do a v fine glass paper sand before
Waxing to smooth out more.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 28-Sep-13 13:38:43

Eastwick Hi smile No, you don't have to distress it and if you use a smoother bristle brush & add a little water to the paint you will get less 'texture' in it so it will be smoother finish. You can also use a very very fine sandpaper on it before waxing it, which gives a much cleaner, smoother finish to a piece. It will never look like it has been glossed, but still lovely. You could start by ordering a colour chart if you aren't sure which colour you like - or just go into the shop if it's not too far from you.

^^ I typed that before reading Piers reply, we have said much the same thing! smile

pierpressure Sat 28-Sep-13 14:07:35

Great minds!

EastwickWitch Sat 28-Sep-13 16:47:51

Right, I shall bite the bullet. You've all inspired me and the table will just be chucked if I don't do something with it.
I've been on the website & watched some tutorials.
How do I order a colour chart, I can't see it online?
I fancy Paris Grey.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 29-Sep-13 00:42:28

Piers Indeed grin

EW - If you like Paris Grey then just order it It's a nice pale grey, really nothing not to like smile The brighter colours don't look a lot like the ones on screen, so if you wanted those then getting a colour chart would be a good idea. Will you order the wax as well? Just the clear or both?

Hope the above works - it's a picture of a close up of the Paris Grey on my dresser for you ER

bigbutsrus1 Mon 30-Sep-13 11:24:37

Super excited just finally won some lovely ercol vintage chairs on ebay to paint! Going to keep the seats sanded back to wood, then will have to decide on colour of chair! Picking up a dressing table today for my DD, unsure wether to paint a cream or sage/blue colour what does everyone else think?

Needanewsofa Mon 30-Sep-13 22:15:10

I've uploaded my first photo to MN - the newly Annie'd sideboard!
Feeling rather proud of my first attempt!

triplets Mon 30-Sep-13 22:38:30

can`t see the photos sad

Needanewsofa Mon 30-Sep-13 22:50:14

That's really odd! Probably my MN ineptitude! It's showing a photo on its side, but generally recognisable as a sideboard!

Any tips for uploading photos?!

triplets Mon 30-Sep-13 23:18:42

Ah got looks lovely smile which colour did you use?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 30-Sep-13 23:43:10

BBR1 - great smile I love buying furniture on eBay hence not being able to move in here for stuff needing painting!! How old is your DD? What colours does she like? Duck egg blue is pretty with one of the whites as a contrast.

NANS It looks LOVELY!! Well done you smile

Triplets It looks like Duck Egg Blue on that photo (on my laptop) but it isn't! It's Provence smile <NANS said earlier on in the thread>

Crikeyblimey Mon 30-Sep-13 23:46:14

Wow! That looks amazing.

I am sorely tempted to stray into the world of AS. I just need to finishe decorating the hall and then see if I have the balls to paint the legs of my kitchen table.

It's a very square legged ikea table - would such a "modern" shape look crap ASed?

Needanewsofa Mon 30-Sep-13 23:49:56

It is Provence - I had a wobble in Thomas & Lucia and nearly chose the duck egg blue, but realised my wall paint is very similar. The woman in the shop thought it may be too bright, but I love it :-)

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 30-Sep-13 23:57:42

Crikey Yes - and No. Helpful huh grin It really does depend how you do it, what colours you use and what 'result' you want! If you just want to 'freshen up the table' then painting the legs will be perfectly fine & easily done - just don't expect it to morph into a lovely 'french piece' grin

NANS - I'm glad you love the colour you choose - it's so hard, especially when you choose one of the bright colours!

bigbutsrus1 Tue 01-Oct-13 13:52:23

thinking for the dressing table - maybe country grey with duck egg blue on the insides of the draws to give it a flash of colour when opened! My DD is 6 and desperate for her own dressing table. Got a stag 6 draw chest with mirror. Have also got a similar tall boy for my DS room and was thinking of doing the same. I don't want it too white, not cream but not too dark! I like the sounds of chateau grey but think it is too dark - oh decisions decisions!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 01-Oct-13 14:23:00

I have a brand new tin of CG (LOL, I'm like a child with a new tin smile) for a side board, it has shelves and drawers inside, I haven't decided yet what colour to paint them - not that it matters though as it's burried behind and under about another 20 pieces <sigh> I'm sure the DEB will look nice. DD is 6 - it's a wonder she hasn't asked for Emperor's Silk or Antibes grin

Chateau Grey 'mixes down' a lovely colour if you want something lighter?

bigbutsrus1 Tue 01-Oct-13 15:04:13

Haha I didn't ask DD what colour she wanted! Mean I know but want this to last her - and fit it! Did think of adding white to the Chateau grey but a complete novice so think a single colour may be my best bet to start with. Will order it and give it a bash!

Hello... ive just painted my wardrobe a set of drawers and a dresser in as old white and graphite I love them... they all neeed waxing but every where ive read people have said its really hard to work with. .. ive got as clear wax am doing it today.
From what I've read I put a thin layer on then wipe the excess off the leave it 24 hours before buffing does that sound about right?

Next question smile ive got an almost full ti of old white and want to paint an old pine toy box can I mix as paint with some normal emulsion to change the colour or do j need to get another as paint?

Tia xxx

ggirl Sat 05-Oct-13 15:49:29

Hmm not sure you can mix emulsion with AS chalk paint..I don't think so.

Waxing is a pain , yes to one coat unless it's a well used area like a table top when 2 coats would give it more protection.

well iv'e just tested a little bit of as mixed with some matt grey emulsion and i quite like it.... its obviously not as chalky as just as.. but its dried quickly and it seems a bit more hard wearing in that its water resistant and finger prints aren't showing.... and i don't have to wax it smile its for a toy box... arghhh i can't decide what to do smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 05-Oct-13 16:34:43

BigButs Probably wise (not to have asked DD what colour she'd like!!). Colour mixing is easy, especially if you're just toning down a colour, you can just whack the whole test pot into the tin (bit by bit to get the 'tone' you want). Anyway, CG is nice and if it's too dark you can do that for the second coat?!

Pretty How did you use the Old White & Graphite? Have you done the waxing?? What you said is perfect. If the wax is too heavy (it can be if it's a bit cold) then you can warm it (on the cloth, not in the tin!!) which makes it go on a bit easier smile

I have seen a Blog where someone mixed it with emulsion and it was fine - but no idea long term. I'd keep the mix mostly AS with as little emulsion as you can and see. The worst than can happen is you need to paint over it!

Hi Chipping smile

I have absolutely no idea how to add a picture if y could talk me through it ill add one of the dresser drawes I did
In graphite and old white smile

I did graphite on the top and the drdrawers in old white. . Im too scared to wax it smile x

iv'e added a picture smile let me know what you think xx

Please excuse my spelling.... my phone is very stupid!!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 05-Oct-13 17:39:06

Hi pretty you need to make your profile public smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 05-Oct-13 17:40:51

Why are you too scared to wax it? Graphite looks so much better when it has been waxed and if you use the dark wax on top it looks quite different again! Looking forward to seeing the photo.

you should be able to see it now... hopefully x

skyblue11 Sat 05-Oct-13 20:56:02

Chipping!!! Can you advise me on what colour a novice should start with, white may be a bit stark I was thinking ochre it doesn't look too creamy?

bigbutsrus1 Sat 05-Oct-13 21:52:06

Just ordered a completely different colour to what I had in mind! Going for Orchre for outside of chest of draws and duck egg blue for insides of draws. Ordered the dark wax as well as soft wax, guessing I do dark wax on "aged" bits and wait to dry then do the soft wax?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 06-Oct-13 01:35:30

pretty that looks great!! Dig deep - get waxing!! grin

Sky On what and where is it going? What colours are already in the room? A lot is personal taste too. I love very 'clean' colours so love the whites, greek blue etc I'm not personally that keen on Ocre, but, lots of people are!!

Big ^^ Oooops (re Ocre). As I said, lots of people love it and love it with the DEB. NO NO NO NO NO Wax with the soft/clear wa first and while that is still 'wet' put a small amount of dark wax where you want it then wipe it off to leave the level you are happy with, if it's still too much you can use a bit more clear wax on a cloth to wipe it off. DON'T put the dark wax directly on the paint!!

skyblue11 Sun 06-Oct-13 10:00:24

Thanks Chipping, I'll tell you what it's for.....
I recently bought 3 small wine tables from a local auction, I just want to paint them and sell them on so looking for a popular colour, I just like painting!
I note you're the expert on here so nice to get answers!
Can I paint on the leather tops of the tables do you think?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 06-Oct-13 15:15:21

Sky - wine tables - nice smile I did a couple in Olive recently, they looked lovely with a bit of dark wax after, but grey/cream always sell well. Yes, you can paint the leather smile I tend to add a smidge of water to the paint so it 'absorbs' a bit better then leave it somewhere warm but not hot to dry.

skyblue11 Sun 06-Oct-13 16:01:44

Hi! The shop was closed but the owner opened it just for me! So...I ended up with Ochre, it's not as yellowy as cream (hate yellows). Within minutes I had cracked it open and started, couldn't wait!
First's a little like treacle, and I don't like the smell but I will keep you posted, one coat has covered good, will probably water down for the second coat.
Chipping.....I assume i was then sand then wax again?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 06-Oct-13 20:41:17

Oh lovely of them - which shop was it?

LOL at the speed of painting! grin

However, you really should turn the tin upside down for half an hour, (then turn it back up the right way!!) and open it & mix it for what feels like forever to get the chalk mixed into the paint (it settles in the tin).

If you want to water it down (I often do) don't add the water to the tin, decant some first.

Wax, sand, wax - yes. You can just sand then wax, but it's a lot messier and you end up with a slightly different distressed look (which you may or may not like better?!).

Did you get any of the dark wax?

skyblue11 Sun 06-Oct-13 22:30:57

LOL Mix it??? I can't hang around for that!!!
I decanted a little, the watered it down I have to say ot was much easier using it watered down and I seem to use loads. I dread to think jow much chalk is at the bottom of that tin now! I'll just have to buy more...
I don't like the dark wax look, I may progress to that latersmile
The shop was Marthas Interiors in Sheffield, Anne is lovely very jealous of her beautiful shop, I want one!
I think I know what I will be having for Christmas, how sad is this my life ? Think I must get my painting obsession from my late Dad bless him he was a painter and decorator. He was always painting furniture!
I think I would like to layer two colours then sand, now I'm really getting sad eh?
Will let you know how I get on with the tables x

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 06-Oct-13 22:40:36

Yeah - the bottom will be like concrete grin

I haven't been to Marthas - but I will probably get there early next year as I'll be up in Sheffield.

You are going to have a SHOP for Christmas - wow wink

It's nice to have a part of you that feels like it's from your Dad x

I don't like the dark wax on many things, but I think with Ocre, used sparingly it looks nice - and it sells well wink

I 'layer' a lot of my stuff.

If you are sad - I'm BEYOND help grin

skyblue11 Mon 07-Oct-13 17:03:45

No, no I meant paint for Christmas not a shop! I wished....

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 07-Oct-13 19:58:30

I know - I was just pulling your leg wink

skyblue11 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:16:59

chipping You had me going there! I bet you have all the range don't you, what colour do you like using the most?

chartreuse Tue 08-Oct-13 18:08:50

Help me ladies, please!

I bought a tin of AS pure white to paint the hideous built in wardrobe in our new house, but it is not turning out as I had planned. The wood is a medium darkness IYKWIM, and after one coat it looks dreadful, patchy and uneven. The paint is really hard to spread and there are chalky patches that I can't even out as I paint.

Having read this thread, I think I need to do the following:
Mix the paint much more thoroughly than I had been
Water down the first coat
Apply a second coat, but should I sand between the 2 coats?
Also should I buy the AS brush? I'm just using brushes I had in the house but I read here that I need to have a soft brush.

Expert opinions very much appreciated smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 09-Oct-13 00:50:34

Sky I have a few colours blush The colour I have enjoyed using the most has been Aubusson - it's not my favourite colour, but for some reason it just goes on so well, perfect thickness/texture and one coat is usually plenty. I wish all the other colours were the same. The one I have disliked using the most is English Yellow, though it's not the colour I like the least... I like the colour blends I have made the most smile I don't have a favourite colour out of her range as it depends what I'm painting.

chartreuse - you are a fast learner grin

- turn the tin upside down and leave it there for a good 15 mins, the longer the better. The (right side up of course) give it a bloody good stir - basically until you think you risk your arm falling off wink

- slightly water down the paint. Don't add too much water or it will drip. I use a bottle with a sports top and literally drip the water in.

- you can sand between coats if you want to or not if you don't. If you do, use the finest sandpaper you can get your hands on and do it gently. This will give a smoother appearance.

- The wax will change the colour slightly too and it will change the appearance, it will make it softer/smoother/satiny.

You don't need to buy her brushes and if you want a smoother finish (rather than a more textured finish) you are better not to. However, you do need to use a reasonably decent brush. 2.5in is best for most things/people, mixed bristle, with the bristles of a medium length, you want a bit of 'bounce' to it, but not too much. A fiver will get you a reasonable brush.

Good luck!

chartreuse Wed 09-Oct-13 18:42:59

Brilliant Chipping, thanks very much!

I'm hoping to get a good run at it tomorrow after the school drop off. The brushes I have are pretty good, old but still going strong so I'll persevere with them I think.

Thanks againsmile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 09-Oct-13 22:17:42

Oh lovely - break up my day and let me know how you get on if you do start smile

chartreuse Thu 10-Oct-13 14:12:29

Well mixing the living daylights out of the paint and thinning it a bit certainly made a big difference - it is much easier to use! it dries I am getting this two toned effect of a white background with yellowish streaks which is not really the look I was going for! I'm going to go up and sand it down now and see what happens, but at the moment it looks pretty grim.Hmm.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 10-Oct-13 23:48:13

Well mixing the living daylights out of the paint and thinning it a bit certainly made a big difference - it is much easier to use!


as it dries I am getting this two toned effect of a white background with yellowish streaks

?? How did it look when you went back to it?

What kind of wood is it?

chartreuse Fri 11-Oct-13 10:39:50

ok I think I'm getting there - after 3 thin coats it's starting to look better. Yay!

Dd has a playdate after school so I am changing into my painting clothes and I'm going for it grin

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 11-Oct-13 19:39:53

How did it go?

What kind of wood is it?

What happened to you isn't 'normal' so I'm wondering what caused the problem.

chartreuse Sat 12-Oct-13 10:03:07

I'm lying in bed looking at the fruits of my labour! It looks so much better now, but it needed 3 light coats. Half the wardrobe has 3 coats and half has 2 as I ran out of paint. I got the best result when I diluted it well, I'd say nearly 50/50. Parts still have the weird yellow streaking by I'll learn to ignore that!

It was bloody hard work, not quite the 'slosh on a coat' project that I was expecting. I 'm not going to have time to finish it until Tuesday, but my arms were aching so much last night that I think they need the recovery time grin

I'll go back for more paint today and the wax. Thinking of painting the inside in Emperors Silk mixed with some white to a raspberry shade.

Any advice for the waxing? Thanks Chipping smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 12-Oct-13 15:52:22

Chartreuse - something is really wrong here. When people say to 'water it down' they're talking about drizzles of water, nothing like 50/50. Not even 75/25... more like 90/10 or less.

The streaking is weird - not at all normal.

What is the wood???

I'm probably too late now, but I think you should take a piece of it to the shop with you and talk to them.

Emperor's Silk & white (to raspberry) is lovely!!

Waxing - if you F 5 (to get the find box) and type in wax there's loads about it on this thread smile Basically use either a brush or an old white t-shirt, do smallish areas, work it in, wipe off the excess. I leave it 24hrs before buffing, but you don't have to. You can, if you wish, use a hair dryer to make the wax a bit easier to apply - get some on your cloth then gently warm it with the hair dryer and if you want direct the dryer on the piece while you are working it in. I do this if it's particularly cold, but I'm so cack-handed I find it hard to do, so prefer not to bother. If you have any specific questions - just ask!

ggirl Sat 12-Oct-13 17:33:47

hello fellow fanatics ...have had a trip to the shop in christchurch (they are a dour pair in there)
planning on doing chest of drawers for the bedroom now
bought old ochre , old white and some dark wax (scary stuff)

I am planning to mix the old white into one of three colours - duck egg blue , country grey or the old ochre

I also bought the quick transformations book ..cos I felt like spoiling myself today grin

blue2 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:49:21

Hi Everyone

I feel I owe it to you to come and report back about my plaster lamp base that I've 'ASed'. Did Provence for the bottom coat, Old White for the top. The I waxed it, and then tried to sand it with v fine sandpaper - t'was more like glass paper..

It just went down to the plaster, so am left with an Old White lamp base!

Suggestions as to what I do next??

(I've also had problems getting a new light fitting to go on the top of it, but have at last located one... then just the shade to recover... gulp!)

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 12-Oct-13 17:49:40

Hi smile

Shame they're so 'dour' - are the others too far from you?

LOL the dark wax isn't toooooo scary, as long as you remember to use the clear wax first and it's best to do the dark wax while the clear wax is still wet. With a fresh bit of cloth and some clear wax you can pretty much remove all the dark wax if you want to and although it's a pain in the bum, you can always paint over it smile

I am still, after all this time, surprised by how much adding white actually changes the colour (rather than just making it lighter iyswim). It's a sciency thing, beyond my comprehension grin Have fun playing with the colours. I use a scrap book and pour some of each into a small dish and mix it on the paper until I get the colour/shade I want - so I know roughly how much of each I want to use, then when I'm ready to 'make the colour' I do it in another pot, just in case I over add the colour (so I still have more of the white & colour to add separately - does that make sense?).

I have that book smile I like the new one too 'Colour Recipies'

How have you got on with the polyvine wax?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 12-Oct-13 17:51:49

Blue - do you mean there's plaster showing through in patches or that you sanded the whole thing back to plaster?

pierpressure Sat 12-Oct-13 17:58:44

Hi fellow paint geeks!
Yes ggirl polyvine report ?
Am on holiday in Cyprus and having fantasies about
Opening an Annie Sloane shop here, we could have
Sunshine painting holidays!
I can dream...

blue2 Sat 12-Oct-13 21:22:56

Yes, Chipping - all I'm getting is plaster through the 2 layers of paint.

What am I doing wrong?

skyblue11 Sat 12-Oct-13 21:53:26

Are you sanding really vigorously? I found I only needed light pressure to get the result I needed.. also what grade of paper are you using? Try to use a really fine one, that helps.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 12-Oct-13 22:00:59

pier - I'd do that with you if you wanted a partner!! smile

Blue - Sorry - but I am still confused. Can you explain what you wanted when you sanded back & if at all possible put a photo on your profile?

ggirl Sun 13-Oct-13 11:23:19

the polyvine is great , I used it for the bookcase cabinet and some side tables , very easy and leaves a lovely matt finish.
I spoke to dour lady in shop about it and she said it is great for table tops etc cos you get a reliably tough finish but you can't go over it with darx wax unfortunately.

blue2 Sun 13-Oct-13 11:54:43

Hi Chipping

I'm looking for a finish to a plaster lamp that is predominantly Old White with a hint of Provence that I've sanded down to.

My first coat was Provence and then I painted Old White over the top - and then tried to sand it. I bypassed the Provence colour, and just went down to the plaster. It was mega fine sandpaper - in fact it was glass paper I used.

I'm thinking I'm going to have to just repaint with Provence, and sand back to Old White/plaster colour.

Not sure a photo will make much difference as all you can see is Old White against plaster!


ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 13-Oct-13 12:53:23

ggirl - good to know smile I think I will get some for the inside of the big (drinks/side) cabinet, much easier than waxing it and it needs painting (I almost always do the insides of things, I'm not keen on them being left). How many coats have you done?

Blue - If I were you, I'd give if a few coats of Provence, then Old White, wax it 2 or 3 times and take to it LIGHTLY, using a much coarser sandpaper with big gritty bits - sort of sweeping past it/lunging at it - rather than 'sanding' as such.

ggirl Sun 13-Oct-13 13:31:52

Just one coat on the bookcase but 2 on the table tops

pierpressure Sun 13-Oct-13 17:44:52

Hey Chipping, sounds like a plan, and we would not be dour!

Blue, I reckon you should let the provence dry hard at least 24 hours, then do the Old White, and while it is not entirely dry, just wipe it, use a soft cloth, and slightly damp.
I have used this technique on intricate mouldings where I dont want the moulding to get sanded down and the profile spoiled.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 13-Oct-13 22:52:05

No - I'm mostly knacked, sometimes a bit weepy, occasionally a tad grumpy & I used to be annoyingly hyper, I'd like to get back there again & I think AS is the way, it makes me a bit excitable (LOL) ...but 'dour' nope! grin

Pier that's another option, but I got the impression blue wanted a more chipped look, but if she is fine with a more 'wiped' look it would definitely be the way forward.

What's the weather like?

blue2 Mon 14-Oct-13 08:03:32

Thank you so much, Chipping.

TBH, if I give it several more coats of either colour, it won't matter that much... its just the technique I'm lacking in!
I have watched most of the AS videos on the "How to..." but it didn't cover my problem.

Nepotism Mon 14-Oct-13 13:07:36

Ggirl, I too suffer at the hands of the dour ones ;). There's another stockist in Romsey, have you tried them? Bit of a trek for me but I'm going to give it a go.

skyblue11 Mon 14-Oct-13 17:12:05

I was disappointed to see the price has gone up to £18.95 per litre now I paid £16.95 for my first lot last week!

I painted my daughters little chair and table set in the Henrietta colour and its turned out gorgeous, can't decide whether to wax it or not. I've ordered tin of Provence to do a hallway unit and some soft wax.
Really love the paint its very pigmented and easy to work with I almost found it easier to stipple it on in areas, what kind of brushes are you all using ?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 14-Oct-13 22:58:18

Blue - let us know how it goes!

Nep - Hi smile

Sky - I haven't bought any since it has gone up, I didn't realise it was going to/had. It's still a reasonable price though for such a great paint and no prep costs. I end up bashing the credit card badly when I go, so I'm not sure I'll notice too much as it's 'ouchy' anyway!!

50 - that sounds sweet smile If you don't wax it, it will stain/mark as the paint is really absorbant, I'd give it two coats all over and three on the table top myself.

I use AS brushes, some nameless flat bristle brushes, some sash brushes (these are my favourite) and a few others for random things - mostly old ones for stabbing & bashing!

Nepotism Tue 15-Oct-13 14:15:00

Hi Chip (how appropriate)

50 - I use Harris brushes. Mid price - I realised the 99p shop ones were a false economy as most of the bristle sticks to the furniture.

Just off to hunt down some Polyvine.

CuddyMum Tue 15-Oct-13 14:36:10

I'm toying with making my own chalk paint (have made another post). Would that make me a bad person? smile

Nepotism Tue 15-Oct-13 18:42:37

No, but it might make you a rich one!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Tue 15-Oct-13 21:00:38

Cuddy << Did you mean to be cudd*l*y mum??

You can make it, loads of recipies on the 'net, but why mess with perfection grin

CuddyMum Tue 15-Oct-13 22:33:41

Chipping - I'm most definitely not cuddly smile

Have ordered ingredients... will test on scraps first.

Oh, and I'm a tight northerner grin

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 16-Oct-13 23:09:14

Cuddy - OK - not Cuddly then grin A small cabin on a boat though?? confused Have fun with your ingredients!!

skyblue11 Fri 18-Oct-13 17:49:01

OK. Question. I am about to paint a veneered coffee table but don't know if i should because the veneer has kinda lifted and rippled along the surface edges if you know what I mean, I think painting would accentuate this, thoughts?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 18-Oct-13 21:47:10

Sky I know exatly what you mean, I have tackled this in a few different ways...

1) Used glue/filler to (obviously!!) fill the gaps & just painted it when it had fully dried (I did this on a few cabinets where they'd 'gone' along the bottom)

2) Chipped/sawed/attacked the veneer to get the lifted/rippled bits off, roughly sanded and then painted.

3) Done 2 then 'filled' to level & painted.

The difficult part is that it's a table and you ideally want a very smooth flat surface (well, I assume so) so that you don't 'catch' cups etc on it.

It depends how attached you are to it - but I'd try 3 for this piece.

Good luck!!

phoenixfox Sat 19-Oct-13 20:09:45

I'm fairly new to the annie sloan paint and could really do with some expert advice! I have painted a few pieces with mixed results but at the moment I'm painting the floors in my children's rooms. The lady in my local shop said that I can't wax the floors. Instead I should use the annie sloan laquer. They are moving out of their present premises today so she couldn't find it. They still haven't found a new premises so I don't know when they'll be opening next!

I have no patience!! The floors are painted and are awaiting laquer. There are no other shops near me and even if my local shop does open next week, it won't be till Tuesday at the earliest. Sooo, do anyone know of a substitute for the lacquer that I could buy in b&q? Or any experience of what I could use on the floors instead?
Thank you, all knowing paintresses!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 19-Oct-13 20:15:56

Hi Phoenix - I would hold out for the laquer myself - you could order it online from AS but that might not be there much before the shop re opening.

However, some people have had success with the polyvine varnish instead of the wax for furniture, so there might be something in their range that would work? (Polyvine has a list of stockists on their site).

Sorry not to be more help!

What colours have you painted the floors?

skyblue11 Sat 19-Oct-13 20:16:46

I have never heard of lacquer though i am sure that Chipping will be along soon to advise you.

chipping I have another couple of questions....
Re the veneer, what do you fill with, just ordinary filler like polyfilla? I am scared to hack though it has little value so nothing would be lost really....also
I have painted a small childs stool and though I don't think it was painted it was dark reddy wood colour (maybe stain) which has 'bled' through the paint (1st coat though) I'm panicking a bit do you think it's cover have you ever had anything bleed on you so to speak!

phoenixfox Sun 20-Oct-13 08:48:37

Thanks chipping!

I think you are right about waiting. It's a pity because the rooms are empty at the moment but I'll have to move the furniture in over the next few days. Have you ever used the lacquer?
I've painted the floors in one room in Paloma and the other 2 in Aubusson blue. I would 100% agree that Aubusson blue is divine to work with. It glided on. That colour looks so amazing that I'm really tempted to paint over the Paloma! The walls in all 3 rooms are painted farrow and ball Parma grey (dulux made up to that colour, not the actual paint) and I am so in love with the result! It wasn't my 1st choice of colour, I had initially wanted graphite but they were out of stock. Thrilled that they were now.
Do you know anything about the lacquer? I can't seem to find much about it online. Thanks again!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 09:42:04

Hi Skye I have tried various 'fillers' - standard wood filler seems to work just fine, but make sure it's properly dry before painting - I'd so it in stages & leave it a week if it's 'deep'. The biggest problem, with a coffee table, (to me) would be getting it flat - which you wont do if it's on the top & you fill it.

With the childs stool, it sounds like they've used outside stain (possibly). I'm a tad on the lazy side and so would just bung another couple of coats on it - I'd start with whatever dark colour I had to hand and then when that's dry put on the colour I want it to be. The other thing you could do is use knotty pine sealer all over it, but that's an expensive way to fix the problem (IMO) - or you could varnish it - depends what you have to hand really.

phoenix - frustrating isn't it!! Are you sure there isn't another stockist within driving distance?

Aubusson is amazing isn't it - so so smooth & silky! Graphite is nice - but it doesn't give a 'solid' colour like Aubusson it really does look like a blackboard - though it's a bit better once it's waxed, especially with dark wax.

What is your floor made of wood/concrete? How did you find the coverage?

What did you want to know about the lacquer?

phoenixfox Sun 20-Oct-13 14:18:25

The floors are cheap varnished wood. Maybe yellow deal? They have gone quite orange. The coverage with the Aubusson is terrific. One coat and its done. The room isn't huge but it was done in an hour. The Paloma could probably do with another light coat to give the same coverage but I think I'll leave it as I quite the washy look iykwim. Also that room is for my 3 year old twin girls and I foresee it needing it redone every few months!wink They are terrors. Professional demolition agents! It was so easy to do that I'm really considering doing the study in olive! grin

phoenixfox Sun 20-Oct-13 14:20:06

I don't know where the first half

ggirl Sun 20-Oct-13 14:27:45

phoenix polyvine wax varnish may be good on the floors , I got mine from brewers paint shop, they ordered it in for me.. It says it is good for staircases so floors should be ok.
I have used it over annie sloan paint and was am very pleased with the result. Not cheap though.
There is a stockist list on the website.

phoenixfox Sun 20-Oct-13 14:30:45

Arghhhh! The baby pressed post!
I don't know where the first half of that message went.
There is a shop about 40 minutes away but they are closed on Mondays. Did I mention that I have no patience grin.
About the lacquer, is it easy to use? How quickly does it dry? Will it need more than one coat? Would waxing be a nightmare?

On a design note, the floors in my sons room are Aubusson, the walls a bluey grey and the skirting and doors are very pale cream. I want to paint the sliderobes which are a wood veneer. I really only want to do one coat. I was thinking of old white but do you think the Aubusson would be completely over the top?
Thanks again

phoenixfox Sun 20-Oct-13 14:35:00

Ggirl I saw you mention that earlier in the thread and I checked the stockists and they don't supply anywhere near me. I'm in Ireland and the nearest stockists are in Dublin and I'm 3 hours away. I could ask my local paint suppliers to order it but we are moving in on Friday and I really want it done by then.

ggirl Sun 20-Oct-13 14:37:21

maybe a matt varnish would do then? or a shellac from homebase ?

ggirl Sun 20-Oct-13 14:38:55

perhaps the sliderobes painted in aubusson mixed with some old white to lighten it ?

ggirl Sun 20-Oct-13 14:39:49
phoenixfox Sun 20-Oct-13 15:05:24

I love love love the "Stockholm"! It might be a bit too similar to the walls though. I think I'll experiment with mixing though. Thanks.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 15:15:34

Loving your realism about the girls' floor grin

Personally I think you might need something lighter for the slider robes - but it's hard to be sure without seeing the room. Have you considered Ocre or Original. I think the Old White might end up looking like a dirty white against your cream skirtings. Of course, lightening the Aubusson is an option - there is a lovely colour AS calls 'stockholm' which is Aubusson & Old White. There's also a lovely fabric called Montpellier (I think, from memory) that goes with it if you need curtains/cushion/throw/wall storage thingy.

I think you should be patient and get the lacquer hopefully on Tuesday! Can you leave them a message - you might be able to go and pick some up, even if they aren't officially open?!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 15:17:55

Oops - that'll teach me to refresh before posting!! Massive cross post!

Greek blue looks nice with Aubusson. Mind you - so do Emperor's Silk, Antibes etc if you want to introduce a bright colour.

phoenixfox Sun 20-Oct-13 15:51:46

Just rereading my last post. The typos are shocking!shock In my defence, I'm packing and posting on my phone at the same time. My 6 month old assistant isn't up to scratch either.
I think I will wait until Tuesday and get the lacquer. I'm embarrassingly excited about it.
I would never have thought of Antibes and I think that would be gorgeous. And Montpellier blinds! Oh bliss!!

skyblue11 Sun 20-Oct-13 17:53:52

Aw chipping did some research on bleeding thru and I bought a shellac primer by rustoleum used it today and it's still bloody bleeding through!!! Grrrrr.... shall keep at it if it has 10 coats!

skyblue11 Sun 20-Oct-13 22:04:05

Don't know if anyone slese does this but I have just seen about 10 items on Downton Abbey I'd like to 'Sloan'!

Nepotism Sun 20-Oct-13 22:32:50

I'm glad it's not just me! I found myself wondering which F and B shade a wall was!

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Sat 26-Oct-13 01:05:21

phoenix - so long as your 6 month old doesn't start with the 'text talk' it's all good smile

What have you decided/done this week??? (I'm definitely living vicariously IRT AS as I can't paint at the minute!).

Skye What the hell is it? I have never known that to happen - never.

I am shocking for thinking 'Hmm that would look good in 'colour of the moment' smile Not on Downton though as I really, really dislike period drama grin

How are things going Nep?

ggirl Sat 26-Oct-13 17:55:22

ok AS girls I need your opinion.
I've bought a small walnut chest of drawers that I was planning in painting but now I have collected it is seems a shame to paint over the lovely walnut ...But the oak floor and walnut clash and it bothers me.
What do you think?

ggirl Sat 26-Oct-13 17:58:23

pic on profile for your judgement

ggirl Sat 26-Oct-13 17:59:30

was planning on old ochre

skyblue11 Sat 26-Oct-13 20:16:19

I think it would look lovely in OO....and even better if you got some new knobs on!!! Go for it!

chipping i sprayed half a can of shellac primer and it worked! not so much underneath but not worried about that!

ggirl Sun 27-Oct-13 00:16:40

yeh it would look great in very tempted
i quite like the knobs it has but not sure whether it would look better with knobs painted or not?

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Sun 27-Oct-13 08:15:36

ggirl - it's lovely - it will look fan-tab-u-lous painted smile

OO will be fine, though I think a darker colour would look even better - but one of the great things about this paint is that it's so easy to layer the paint (ie change your mind!!).

It's hard to see the 'knobs' are they actually the circles that hang down? I like those and imo look good painted and unpainted - or painted and wiped back immediately and drastically.

Sky - brilliant!! At last smile

ggirl Sun 27-Oct-13 08:46:10

oh good , so you agree it will look better painted on the wooden floor?

what darker colour would you paint it?

ggirl Sun 27-Oct-13 08:47:18

I have country grey,duck egg,oo and oldwhite

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Sun 27-Oct-13 12:08:59

ggirl absolutely and I say that as someone who actually loves wood as well, sometimes I see pieces people have painted and I want to cry - they were so much nicer as they were! But the piece you have will look so much nicer painted and that's without considering your wooden floor that it 'clashes' with!

It's hard to say what colour to paint is as I don't know your house, but, if I was going on the piece alone I would say it would look great in any of the dark colours really... french grey, aubusson, old violet, olive... as well as the strong light ones like greek blue. It is a good size for a striking colour! However, if you want to put it somewhere that would suit OO it will be lovely in that too... It's a nice shape for a dual colour with a bit of rubbing back too or even a very very tiny bit of dark wax to hightlight the shape.

ggirl Sun 27-Oct-13 12:29:20

the room it will be in is painted a very pale duck egg blue.
cream /white and beige furniture and stuff
I think I'll paint it OO with some dark wax ...eeek I have never used the daark wax before!

skyblue11 Sun 27-Oct-13 13:05:17

So.....putting another question to you all, I currently have acquired a lot of spare bits of furniture do to my painting passion, where can I sell them apart from ebay or gumtree? I don't think1 Etsy has much selling success I just want to break even if you get me

ggirl Sun 27-Oct-13 13:49:49

sorry no idea sky - am sure someone will come along with a fab idea

ggirl Sun 27-Oct-13 13:50:51

ok have removed the handles as two are broken anyway...shame i like them
any ideas of nice replacements?

ggirl Sun 27-Oct-13 17:22:26

just bought a massive pine frame mirror for £20 from The Range , think I might craqueleure it...<<completely addicted>>

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Sun 27-Oct-13 22:33:19

Sorry - I've been out all day since I last posted!

I think given where it's going, that will be perfect smile With the dark wax, the best way to do it is small areas at a time, but the clear wax on and the dark wax straight away, wipe away as much as you want to, if enough wont come off, then use a cloth with clear wax on it to take it off. Worse comes to the worst you can re-paint a bit of it.

Ebay 'knobs' (make sure no children are present!!) lots & lots of lovely choices!! I love the roman numerals myself!

grin << addict!!

Sky those are the best options & perhaphs a local paper/magazine.

ggirl Mon 28-Oct-13 17:27:27

thanks chipping , water marks now showing through on top of chest despite three coats , I am goning to have to try and disguise with waxing malarky

sky , there may be a facebook buying and selling page near you, there is one in my town called Shabby chic (name of town)

skyblue11 Mon 28-Oct-13 19:25:23

ggirl did you prime it before, it's maddening when it comes through isn't it? I was gutted. There's a spray from B&Q you can get called Zinsser BIN lots of AS folks use it. If the waxing doesn't work (it might) clear varnish then repaint?

ggirl Mon 28-Oct-13 20:54:27

I haven't waxed it yet , can I put this zinsser on now , put another coat on then wax?

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Mon 28-Oct-13 21:16:54

ggirl - water marks??

ggirl Mon 28-Oct-13 21:23:54

yes..I didn't really notice them before I painted cos it looked like the wood pattern but it's come through the paint

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Mon 28-Oct-13 21:31:06

It really shouldn't?! Have you watered down the paint? I just can't imagine anything coming through 3 coats of undiluted paint?!

Are you using the Old Ochre?

ggirl Mon 28-Oct-13 21:52:05

no not watered down

ggirl Mon 28-Oct-13 21:52:51

well the 2nd and 3rd coat were done with a damp brush ?

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Tue 29-Oct-13 21:07:16

Damp brush is fine.

How odd. Did you turn the tin upside down for at least 30 mins then stir until your arm felt ready to fall off?

ggirl Tue 29-Oct-13 21:12:08

Yes turned upside down and stirred like buggery

skyblue11 Tue 29-Oct-13 21:17:08

chipping remember I mentioned the veneered table with ripples? Well I hacked and sanded then filled in and sanded, looked perfect, So I painted Paris Grey....not that that matters! Looked fine, went back to do a second coat now it looks like more ripples elsewhere have appeared, hoping they subside as it dries, though I doubt it! Thought I'd cracked it!

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Tue 29-Oct-13 21:20:07

sky What a shame/pain in the bum sad It must have been loose all the way through?! Though, AS paint is really 'dry' so I'm surprised.

killpeppa Tue 29-Oct-13 21:21:58

I lovvvve you all!
I have stuff I want to paint and CBA with all the sanding and prep.
I'm away to buy somesmile

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Thu 31-Oct-13 02:35:09

killpeppa grin

But you need to rethink your name Peppa Pig is GOOD!!

Eastwickwitch Thu 31-Oct-13 16:42:45

I've been following you all but have had to wait ages to buy the paint--too mean to pay postage--.
Today I have purchased a tin of grey & some clear wax. I've refused to spend £18 on a paintbrush, even though it was lovely & round. Will any old paintbrush do?

Dilidali Thu 31-Oct-13 18:46:31

Came to join the ranks. Every time I look around my DH follows my gaze with horror: No, you're not painting that too! The fact that I don't even bother argumenting my intentions really scares him.
I've been Sloaned alright.
I have a tin of Pure White and a chest of drawers awaiting. Been tipping it down here, cream carpets (no way I'd dare paint in the house), so I am waiting for a dry window and then just go for it.

Now, my inexistent interior design knowledge and taste only allows me to use white. Any mixing and matching and you've lost me. I don't do distress, I don't do retro, or shabby chic. I like Dutch design.
Got a couple of 'coffins' that are going to see the back of my brush. My only nod towards playing with colours is going to be a splash of colour in handles/knobs. Been scouring the net for weeks in search of 'the' knobs (snigger away, ladies). The ones I like cost more than the furniture and the paint put together.
My question:any of you chalk painted any brass knobs? Does it become distressed with use? Any of you decorated with pen etc? (I'm thinking child bedroom furniture here).

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Thu 31-Oct-13 19:56:59

East - welcome smile It doesn't have to be and AS paint brush, but the type of brush you use will determine what finish you get. A blend of natural & synthetic is good, it needs to have some 'bounce' & the bristles should be a medium length.

Dilidali - hello smile Your poor DH grin <snigger> You need dust sheets!! Ummmm errr.... emmm ummm - coffins? shock

Dilidali Thu 31-Oct-13 21:19:59

Hahahahaaa (hollow laugh)- yes, coffins, also known as furniture we had to inherit, been in the family since, hmmm, 1970? We can't possibly be rid of it, aunt Mabel would turn in her grave. IT LOOKS like one could easily bury something in it. I've got a sentimental DH. And a tin on Annie Sloan. After 15 years my revenge will be sweet.

ChippingInNeedsANYFUCKER Fri 01-Nov-13 10:24:01




Go and buy some dust sheets & get painting!!

ggirl Mon 04-Nov-13 14:11:54

So nearly ready to dark wax and I'm a bit terrified. Have seen different ways demonstrated , some using cloth , some using brush then wiipe off with clear wax on a cloth and the easiest one I watched on you tube was applying very lightly with brush then wiping off with fine steel wool.

Right so what do you lot do ?

ggirl Mon 04-Nov-13 16:05:23

I"VE DONE IT !!!!!!!!!
watched numerous you tube videos , then decided to do it the steel wool way.
I mixed dark and clear wax to give me some maneoverability and it worked ...I love it ..will put a pic up as I'm so relieved I haven't botched it up !!

ggirl Mon 04-Nov-13 16:30:56

Buggerations...can't seem to upload the photos from my phone to iphoto cos I seem to have resized them a few days ago to send them in an email , now I can't figure out how ot undo that.

ggirl Mon 04-Nov-13 19:27:40

pic on my profile ....where are you all?

Dilidali Mon 04-Nov-13 20:49:07

Looks really really well!!! Fantastic piece and what transformation!

I painted some of the stuff too this last week. Looks amazing!!! Love it smile

Pannacotta Mon 04-Nov-13 22:27:27

I posted a thread about using AS paint to makeover some light fittings - I have some naff brass ones I want to paint - but didn't get any replies.
Have any of you done this? Would I need to use wax as well as the paint?
Like your work ggirl!

ggirl Mon 04-Nov-13 22:30:11

thanks , I'm not sure about that, chipping (resident expert)is having trouble with posting today , she's reading but unable to post for some reason.
I am tempted to paint a white ceramic lamp base .

ggirl Mon 04-Nov-13 22:31:37

I reckon you'd be better off finishing with polyvine wax varnish if you have to use a wax at all?

Pannacotta Mon 04-Nov-13 23:07:08

Thanks ggirl, lets hope Chipping makes a speedy return, she has given me good advice before on A Sloan.

ggirl Thu 07-Nov-13 20:27:44

anyone have any recommendations for knobs to go on my little chest of drawers on my profile?
I cannot decide !

Dilidali Fri 08-Nov-13 06:39:25

I painted over the old ones smile, it actually looks nice.
If you do want new ones, would emerald green match the room the dresser lives in?
Tk maxx sometimes has quirky knobs, worth a look?

ggirl Fri 08-Nov-13 07:44:51

Yes I may put the old ones back on but one of them is broken. Can't find one to replace it ..although i found one online about 2 weeks ago...But can I find them again !!!angry

Room is light duck egg blue

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ggirl Sat 09-Nov-13 11:25:37

thanks for those, think I have decided cream coloured crackle one will suit the piece
is there anywhere on the high street that sells knobs?

Leilababyno1 Mon 18-Nov-13 17:24:57

Hi, has anyone got experience of painting wooden floor boards with Annie Sloane? Thanks

lolalotta Mon 18-Nov-13 18:43:20

No not Annie Sloan but I have recently painted ours with Farrie and ball if that's any help?

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