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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??

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