Introducing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for Furniture August 31, 2011

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is a line of furniture paint from England, that is now sweeping the United States. I doubt that the surgeon general or the head of the CIA knows about Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, (ASCP), but crafters, DIY’ers, and design bloggers are “in the know”.

What’s so special about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you ask? Well, probably the ease of application is what makes it so unique. It sticks to just about any surface without sanding or preparation, besides having a clean surface. It dries quickly and often one coat will do the trick, followed by the wax and a quick buff. Without the wax, you’ll end up with a chalky finish, hence the name.

I was an ASCP wanna-be for months, before finally placing my first order. Days passed and finally my Graphite paint and soft wax arrived just yesterday. Life was now complete!

While my first piece of furniture to paint will be a nightstand, I thought I’d take my “maiden voyage” on an unused picture frame.


This was the frame in it’s original condition…followed by a coat of the Graphite color.

Then, to add a little interest, I used Silver Leaf Rub ‘n Buff, which is not a ASCP product. It’s available at your local craft store, by the way.

Following the silver edging, I could have distressed the graphite paint, exposing the wood, as many do, but that wasn’t the look I was after.

The paint comes in 24 different beautiful colors and I got a good taste of what the paint can do. Now, on to the nightstand! Go, Annie!

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  1. alison at the polohouse on August 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I MUST buy some fo this paint already!
    I think I am the ONLY bloggirl out there who doesn’t own at least one shade of this British miracle worker!
    Your frame turned out fantastic.
    I love the added silver gilting you added to it as well.
    Hope you will share it when it is hanging in place somewhere soon.

    • Barbara Bussey on August 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Well, it’s about time to find out what we are or are not missing!

  2. Vicki shoemaker on September 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Your frame turned out beautifully. I believe you may be near on of our northern california annie sloan mini stockists. Email me and let me know where you are located and I will steer you toward who us in your area……buy it local!! And if you need a mini stockist in your area let me know.
    take care, vicki

  3. Jennifer Hope on August 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Hi Barbara! I was wondering if you have any experience with chalk paint and kitchen tables. I have a table that I want to have that look but don’t know if it’s workable. Thanks for your help. Jennifer

    • Barbara Bussey on August 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Certainly, chalk paint would work well! Just make sure you seal at least the top surface with a wax. There are lots of chalk paint tutorials on line, to learn more.

  4. Karen on October 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I am brand new at this “ASCP” I googled ascp and found Annie’s paint. Love the look here in New England lots of shabby chic furniture….vintage pieces…..however I would like to know Barbara can one do over kitchen cabinets with the paint and wax? Wood oak cabinets with a varnish. Thanks Karen from Cape Cod MA

    • Barbara Bussey on October 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Annie Sloan is fine. I am now Using Le Craise, another company from the United Kingdom. i am not sure how it would do on your cabinets but given some good preparation I think they would do fine. I would suggest that you wash then down with TSP and then lightly sand them for long term success. You could probably omit the sanding step. I’m just overly cautious!

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