Annie Sloan Chalk Paint VS DIY Chalk Style Paint – Unique Hall Table Reveal
Ok, so it’s been a while since I have posted a new article up, so this morning I decided to jump straight on my trusty old laptop and get my stiff little fingers moving so that I can share some of the exciting things that have been happening over the past few weeks. Life has been very busy but a lot of good things have happened and I have upcycled some great pieces of furniture (which I will write some more articles about) but as you can see from the heading this article is about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and involves a great little hall table.
A week or so ago I received a sample of Annie Sloan’s much coveted Chalk Paint and Soft Waxes. As you probably know, her paints have only just arrived in Australia and become available to buy here so I was really dying to try some. To say that I was excited to get some is an understatement, and when my Annie Sloan products finally arrived it’s safe to say that I leapt around the kitchen in sheer excitement, after which I promptly rang a number of people and shared how excited I was with them haha.
The paint colour that I chose is French Linen; I have seen some absolutely stunning projects done in this colour and was sure that it would come up great. It took me no time to crack the tin of paint open and get working. The lucky piece of furniture that I chose to paint is a wonderfully unique hall table that my husband and I fell in love with and bought from a very cool store that sells all kinds of great old furniture wonders. The hall table is so special because it actually converts into a small round table. I literally hadn’t seen anything like it and fell in love with it straight away. The only trouble with it was that it was stained in a really bright red stain which won’t match the colour scheme of our new home that we are building at the moment.
So this is where Annie Sloan’s (A.S) wonderful Chalk Paint comes in to the picture. Up until this project I have been using DIY Chalk Style Paint from some recipes that I had found online, so I was very interested to use some of Annie Sloan’s paint and see how the different paints compare. Seeing that it was freezing outside and in the workshop, I decided to line the kitchen floor with newspaper and paint in the house. The great thing about Annie’s paint is that it has no smell so painting in the house was not a worry. I was a bit sceptical as the leaflet that came with the paint said that with A.S’s Chalk Paint most surfaces don’t need priming. I was very unsure as the piece I was about to paint was loaded with bright stain and I was worried that I would get some pink bleeding in the paint which had happened in the past with the DIY Chalk Style Paint (this had happened to me with some DIY Chalk Style Paint on an old coffee table which I wasted a lot of time sanding back and priming and repainting to stop the stain bleed) and I learnt my lesson and quickly learnt to identify which pieces needed priming / sealing before painting.
This piece IMHO needed to be sealed first but I thought I would test out A.S’s paint and try painting with no priming. Much to my surprise after I had put the first coat on there was NO BLEEDING of the stain through the paint. I must have sat there and stared at the piece for half an hour in surprise. To say I was happy is an understatement, if I had been using the DIY Chalk Style Paint without priming I am almost certain that the stain would have bled. I had already saved so much time by not having to prime the surface so I was thrilled and got straight back into it. The A.S Chalk Paint dried just as fast as the DIY versions I have been using which is great. The upside of A.S Chalk Paint is that you can get coats on faster that the DIY versions. With the DIY Chalk Style Paint that I have been making (both the Superfine Grout and Plaster of Paris versions) you have to lightly sand between coats as the paint has a slight gritty feel and only gets that wonderfully soft ‘chalky’ feel after light sanding all over with a very fine grit paper to get any ‘gritty’ bits out. A.S’s Chalk Paint however feels soft and chalky straight away and requires no sanding which saved me both time, sand paper and spared my poor hands and elbows from exertion. The coats of paint went on quite fast which is one of the great things about all forms of chalk paint, life’s so busy so it’s great to work with something that doesn’t take ages drying.
I found that a little of A.S’s Chalk Paint goes a long way and I was pleasantly surprised that my hall table only required 3 coats. I did do 4 coats on the table surface as this area would get more wear than the rest of the areas, but this was purely my preference just to be safe. After I had finished I realised that I hadn’t even used a ¼ of the tin of paint, in fact it looked as if I had barely used any paint which I am very happy about as I have some other projects I’m dying to use this paint on!!
After my last coat of paint dried I was already in love with the new look of this piece, the colour is just divine and will go great in our new home when it’s finished. Great was not enough however for me so I decided that I would grab one of my new paint stencils that had also just arrived in the mail and add some extra detail. I chose a French stencil and Vintage one. I sprayed the back of the stencils with spray adhesive and let them dry till they weren’t sticky to touch. Then I firmly pressed them on to the top of the hall table lid. By doing that you prevent the paint from bleeding as the stencil will lightly stick to the table. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil down as the adhesive worked a treat. Next I got some old news paper and my stencil brushes and began to dip the brush I had chosen into the white paint and offload the paint onto the news paper. You want to make sure that you off load most of your paint as stencilling requires a dry brush (too much paint means that it can bleed under your stencil and ruin your surface). Next I began to dab or stipple the surface of the stencil areas with the brush, working down over the stencil areas till I had opaque coverage. I then let this first layer dry before repeating the whole process till I had the coverage that I wanted. It’s hard waiting for the paint to dry before ripping the stencil off to see how it looks, but it is safer as you don’t want to run the risk of smudging your paint. Once dry the stencil should peel off easily and voila a wonderful stencilled surface.
I was more than happy with the new look of my table, the stencil just added that little bit more detail that really transformed this table from great to fabulous. I LOVE IT!!!! Now all that was left was to wax the surface. I decided to give the Minwax a skip and try A.S Soft Wax in Clear. Soft wax really is an apt description, her wax is like butter and just glides on over surface with ease I used a lint free soft cloth and it really was so easy to use. After I had left the wax to cure for about ½ hour I buffed it with a clean soft cloth to give it a subtle shine.
I’m in love with this piece and with A.S Chalk Paint. In the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint VS DIY Chalk Style Paint stakes, my opinion is that A.S’s paint is both superior quality and easier / faster to use. Although the DIY versions cost less, they do require more work and preparation. A.S’s paints are a higher quality and come in a fantastic colour range. A little A.S paint goes a long way, dries fast, and feels soft and wonderful without sanding. You can thicken the paint by leaving the lid off or thin it by adding a little water. It does not cause your brushes to go stiff and sticks to most surfaces without priming. It really is so versatile; you can create a crackle effect or a distressed effect, you can paint vintage style or modern. It really is up to you, but I do recommend giving A.S products (if possible) a try. That being said, whatever paint you are using don’t forget to have fun and remember that with a little love, imagination and effort you really can transform drab to fabulous!!