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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 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

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