Buy Chalk Paint® and FAQ

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It’s true NO PRIMING, NO SANDING!  Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint® to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like white washing to looking like old painted furniture, and that had a good range of color that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.

Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off if you want to make it thicker, make it into a wash by adding even more water to it. Use flat brushes for a smooth look or bristle brushes for a more textured aged look.

To learn more about these and other techniques, take a paint class with us or purchase one of Annie’s fabulous books under our DIY Book category online!  You’ll find detailed step-by-step instructions in Annie Sloan’s books ‘Creating the French Look and ‘Quick and Easy Paint Transformations’.

A 4 oz sample jar will cover a small side table and a quart will cover two good size dressers with some paint left over.  Buy chalk paint online or at our shop in Falls Church, Virginia!  Are you looking for inspiration check out the blog with tons of before & after projects and Chalk Paint & Milk Paint projects!

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Q. Do I need to sand before painting with Chalk Paint®?

A. Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan adheres to almost any surface, indoors and outside – and there’s rarely any need to sand or prime before painting. Most times simply cleaning and dusting off the surface will do. However, there may be rare times when you need to sand first – to remove loose paint, rust, and other surface debris, or when the surface is very glossy (this includes melamine and laminates). Change out your piece of sandpaper when it becomes clogged with old paint and other debris. A fresh sheet makes the task at hand easier to accomplish.

Q. What type of brush should I use to apply Chalk Paint®?

A. Your brush does not have to be expensive, but it does need to have certain qualities because working with bad brushes can be very frustrating. A brush that is made of natural bristle works best. The bristles should be fairly long and flexible with a little bounce to allow you to be expressive in your work. Don’t choose brushes with bristles that are too short since the paint will not flow well, and don’t use a brush with hard and inflexible bristles, because the paint will look scratchy. Don’t have a floppy brush either because you will have to work too hard to make the paint spread.

Annie Sloan’s oval Pure Bristle Brushes are excellent for applying both Chalk Paint® decorative paint and Annie Sloan Soft Wax. These brushes give you the freedom to paint expressively, they hold lots of paint, and they are comfortable to hold and easy to work with. Buy them here!

Q. I am looking for the perfect color for my project. Do you have any suggestions for mixing colors to get the color I need?

A. We offer paint classes at least once a month where you can learn the basics of chalk paint as well as advanced methods. Our classes are a great way to get introduced to chalk paint and the various painting techniques. Be sure to check our schedule and register for a paint class that works for you!

Another way for you to find the perfect color for your project is to visit our store in Falls Church, VA or if you are not local, visit your local Annie Sloan Stockist. Each Annie Sloan Stockist has been trained in the Annie Sloan Method and we can guide you with making the perfect color choice. If you don’t know your local Stockist, please visit www.anniesloanunfolded.com and click on “Find a Retailer.” Enter your zip code and a listing of Stockists closest to you will appear.

There is also a very informative chapter on working with paint colors in Annie Sloan’s latest book, Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, including tips for mixing colors and layering one color over another. This book also contains 40 step-by-step projects using Chalk Paint® decorative paint and Annie Sloan Soft Wax. It is available from your local Annie Sloan Stockist, booksellers, and online.

Q. I am painting an unfinished piece of furniture with Chalk Paint®. Are there any special preparation steps I need to take?

A. If you are working with new, untreated wood, you will need to apply clear shellac to any wood knots and open grains. One or two coats of shellac applied with a cloth pad will block any tannins that can bleed up through your new layers of Chalk Paint® decorative paint. This is particularly important on pine, oak, and certain types of mahogany.

Q. Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax safe for use on baby cribs, etc?

A. Absolutely! Both Chalk Paint® decorative paint and Annie Sloan Soft Wax are safe to use on furniture destined for baby and child use. However, before putting the item to use, please allow these materials to harden and cure for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Expectant mothers should not apply Soft Wax themselves but find someone else to do so instead. For more information, please reference our Material Safety Data Sheets that can be found at www.chalkpaint.com.

Q. Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax good choices for kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

A. Yes! You can use Chalk Paint® decorative paint on most wood cabinetry. Chalk Paint® is meant to give character and interest to cabinetry rather than a perfectly smooth “factory” finish. Typically there is no need to sand or prime although in areas that receive a lot of use, like the cutlery drawer, it might be wise. Apply at least two coats of paint and then two or three coats of Annie Sloan Soft Wax for protection, allowing each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next. Soft Wax makes a good bond to the paint for durability. You can easily maintain your finish by simply wiping the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water to clean, and refresh every now and again with a light application of wax as needed.

Q. Can I paint my walls with Chalk Paint®?

A. Chalk Paint® decorative paint can be used to give both old and new walls depth and interest and even a bit of texture. Simply apply one or more coats of paint with a brush or roller for coverage and let dry. You can leave the paint as is, but some people like to apply a thin coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax over the paint for a really smart polished look.

Q. Can I apply Chalk Paint® over a surface that was previously finished with linseed oil?

A. Linseed oil is a finishing product that is used to restore wood’s natural moisture without covering the grain. It is typically found on antique or vintage pieces of furniture that have a stained finish. Unless it has weathered to the point of almost being gone, the surface may not be receptive to new paint. Clean well and apply one or two coats of clear shellac, a natural non-toxic sealer. Chalk Paint® decorative paint can then be applied as you would on any other wood surface.

Q. Is Graphite Chalk Paint® a true black?

A. The Chalk Paint® decorative paint palette does not include a true black. Graphite Chalk Paint®, which is almost black, is not a simple, hard color but a mellow, sophisticated one. However, you can create a darker appearance to the Graphite by first applying a layer of Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint®. Follow this with one or more coats of Graphite until you have achieved complete coverage. When the paint is dry, apply one or two coats of Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax. You can also add a bit of the Aubusson Blue into the Dark Soft Wax to make an almost black wax.

Q. Can I paint the slate around my fireplace with Chalk Paint®?

A. Although Chalk Paint® decorative paint can be applied over many brick, stone, and concrete surfaces, you should first check with your local government offices to see if it is permissible to paint around your fireplace. Every county or province in North America, Australia, or New Zealand has a set of building codes, including codes that may restrict the application of paint around a firebox, and these codes can vary for each county or province. For example, some building codes do not allow the application of any paint product within 13” from the top of the firebox and 9” on either side.

Q. Can I paint my kitchen countertops and backsplash with Chalk Paint®?

A. We do not recommend painting kitchen countertops and backsplashes because Chalk Paint® decorative paint, even when sealed with a quality sealer such as Annie Sloan Soft Wax or Annie Sloan Lacquer, will not be 100% non-porous and this can present problems with cross contamination. The surface may look clean but it may not be deep down into the finish.

Q. I am painting a previously stained piece of furniture with Chalk Paint® and a yellow stain has appeared in my new paint layer. How do I cover it?

A. If you see a yellow or pink stain coming through the paint on older furniture – typically pieces from the 1930s and 1940s – apply clear shellac, a natural non-toxic sealer. One or two coats of shellac applied with a cloth pad will stop this happening. There is no need to remove the stained coat of Chalk Paint® – you can apply the shellac directly on top. Shellac dries in minutes, and then you can get on with your painting!

Q. Can I paint my furniture from IKEA with Chalk Paint®?

A. We have had many success stories from people who have painted their IKEA furniture with Chalk Paint® decorative paint. We recommend that you ensure the surface is clean before painting. Some new IKEA pieces may have a bit of an oily film on them for packing and shipping purposes and this should be removed using a cloth moistened with low-odor mineral spirits. Next, lightly sand the surface with some fine grit sandpaper and dust off. Then apply a thin first coat of paint, and allow that coating to dry about 48 hours to encourage the paint to bond to the surface. After that, you can continue painting for your desired look.

Q. Now that I have painted a table for our kitchen with Chalk Paint®, I want to put a durable finish on it that I can clean frequently. We have kids and we all tend to be kind of rough on things. What should I use?

A. Annie Sloan Soft Wax, once hardened and cured, provides a durable finish that is easy to maintain. Apply at least two coats of Chalk Paint® decorative paint and then two or three coats of Soft Wax for protection, allowing each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next to get that extra durability you need. You can easily maintain your finish by simply wiping the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water to clean, and refresh every now and again with a light application of wax as needed.

It is important to note that any protective coating can be susceptible to scratches, stains and watermarks. When these occurrences happen to a wax coating, they are easily fixed with just a bit more wax rubbed into the marked area with a soft cloth.

Q. How long will it take for my new finish to harden and cure?

A. Chalk Paint® decorative paint is a water-based paint. Water-based paints take approximately 30 days to harden and cure, a chemical process that takes significantly longer than drying. Annie Sloan Soft Wax contains solvents that need to completely evaporate before it is hardened and cured. The curing process for this product may take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks or longer. All finishes prefer warm, dry conditions during the curing process. Cold temperatures, high humidity, and application thickness will extend drying and curing time substantially.

Q. How do I care for my new finish?

A. Furniture painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint and finished with Annie Sloan Soft Wax will stand up very well to everyday wear and tear. Treat your furniture with respect. Allow your new finish to harden and cure 30 days or longer before placing items that may scratch the surface. Avoid excessive water and sharp or scratchy objects. Use coasters under water glasses and placemats on dining tables. Clean with a soft cloth and avoid all liquid furniture polishes. To clean marks or stains, use a slightly damp cloth or chamois with a little mild soap. If you need to use a stronger cleaner, you may have to re-wax the area. Keep away from extreme temperatures or humidity. Waxes dissolve in alcohol, so using it on bars is not advisable!

Q. I finished my project with Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax. Now I’ve changed my mind about the color. Can I paint over my finish?

A. Of course! One of the key features about working with Chalk Paint® decorative paint is it’s easy to change your mind. You can apply another coat or two of Chalk Paint® over your previous finish, and then seal your new paint layers with a coat or two of Soft Wax.

Q. I have painted my kitchen chairs with Chalk Paint® and the paint is not sticking in some areas. What should I do?

A. A clean surface is important for any paint project, especially on items from the kitchen. You should sand the areas where the paint is not sticking to remove the loose paint and then inspect the surface. Remove any old greasy, waxy or oily residues with a soft rag moistened with mineral spirits. Then clean with soap and water. Use a Scotch Brite pad to lightly scrub the surface, and a soft brush to work into open grain and intricate carvings. Rinse with a clean rag and warm water and let the piece dry completely. Then reapply your Chalk Paint® decorative paint.

Q. I accidently left the lid off my can of Chalk Paint® and now there is a skin over the paint. Do I have to throw my paint away?

A. A skin can form on the top of Chalk Paint® decorative paint when it is exposed to air for a long period of time. Simply mix the skin back into the paint, stirring for a couple of minutes until the paint is smooth again. If the paint becomes too thick, you can thin it with a small amount of water.

Q. I use a spray furniture polish when dusting my furniture. I recently tried to paint one of my pieces with Chalk Paint® and the paint cracked in some spots. How can I fix this?

A. Many spray furniture polishes contain dimethicone, a silicone used as a film former to protect surfaces. This can cause cracks to appear in your Chalk Paint® decorative paint layers, especially along edges. Sand the affected areas with fine grit sandpaper and then seal the surface, including the remaining paint, with one or two coats of shellac, a natural non-toxic sealer. Shellac dries in minutes, and then you can get on with your painting!

ANNIE SLOAN SOFT WAX

Q. Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax safe for use on baby cribs, etc?

A. Absolutely! Both Chalk Paint® decorative paint and Annie Sloan Soft Wax are safe to use on furniture destined for baby and child use. However, before putting the item to use, please allow these materials to harden and cure for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Expectant mothers should not apply Soft Wax themselves but find someone else to do so instead. For more information, please reference our Material Safety Data Sheets that can be found at www.chalkpaint.com.

Q. Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax good choices for kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

A. Yes! You can use Chalk Paint® decorative paint on most wood cabinetry. Chalk Paint® is meant to give character and interest to cabinetry rather than a perfectly smooth “factory” finish. Typically there is no need to sand or prime although in areas that receive a lot of use, like the cutlery drawer, it might be wise. Apply at least two coats of paint and then two or three coats of Annie Sloan Soft Wax for protection, allowing each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next. Soft Wax makes a good bond to the paint for durability. You can easily maintain your finish by simply wiping the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water to clean, and refresh every now and again with a light application of wax as needed.

Q. Can Soft Wax be used on outside projects?

A. No. Annie Sloan Soft Wax should be used on interior surfaces only. It is not suitable for outdoor use.

Q. What is the best way to apply Soft Wax?

A. Less is more, so there’s no need to apply Annie Sloan Soft Wax too thickly. Always apply Soft Wax in thin layers. The wax needs to be gently spread and pushed into the underlying paint using a brush or cloth so that it absorbs into the paint (just like hand cream!). You should immediately remove any and all excess wax with a clean cloth. Work in small areas at a time and change to a clean cloth frequently as an old one can become clogged with wax and become ineffective. Let the remaining thin layer of wax dry a few minutes before buffing. Buff with clean soft cloths. You may find this task easier if you wait until the following day to buff.

Q. Now that I have painted a table for our kitchen with Chalk Paint®, I want to put a durable finish on it that I can clean frequently. We have kids and we all tend to be kind of rough on things. What should I use?

A. Annie Sloan Soft Wax, once hardened and cured, provides a durable finish that is easy to maintain. Apply at least two coats of Chalk Paint® decorative paint and then two or three coats of Soft Wax for protection, allowing each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next to get that extra durability you need. You can easily maintain your finish by simply wiping the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water to clean, and refresh every now and again with a light application of wax as needed.

It is important to note that any protective coating can be susceptible to scratches, stains and watermarks. When these occurrences happen to a wax coating, they are easily fixed with just a bit more wax rubbed into the marked area with a soft cloth.

Q. How long will it take for my new finish to harden and cure?

A. Chalk Paint® decorative paint is a water-based paint. Water-based paints take approximately 30 days to harden and cure, a chemical process that takes significantly longer than drying. Annie Sloan Soft Wax contains solvents that need to completely evaporate before it is hardened and cured. The curing process for this product may take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks or longer. All finishes prefer warm, dry conditions during the curing process. Cold temperatures, high humidity, and application thickness will extend drying and curing time substantially.

Q. Can I apply Annie Sloan Lacquer or another clear protective material over Soft Wax?

A. No. Once Annie Sloan Soft Wax is applied, no other protective finish can be applied to the project. Attempting to add Annie Sloan Lacquer, or polyurethane or any other protective material, over a wax finish is futile.

Q. How do I care for my new finish?

A. Furniture painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint and finished with Annie Sloan Soft Wax will stand up very well to everyday wear and tear. Treat your furniture with respect. Allow your new finish to harden and cure 30 days or longer before placing items that may scratch the surface. Avoid excessive water and sharp or scratchy objects. Use coasters under water glasses and placemats on dining tables. Clean with a soft cloth and avoid all liquid furniture polishes. To clean marks or stains, use a slightly damp cloth or chamois with a little mild soap. If you need to use a stronger cleaner, you may have to re-wax the area. Keep away from extreme temperatures or humidity. Waxes dissolve in alcohol, so using it on bars is not advisable!

Q. I placed a water glass on my new finish and it left a mark. How do I repair this?

A. Annie Sloan Soft Wax offers water resistance but it is not waterproof. Spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. If spills remain on the surface, the moisture can penetrate through the wax coating and leave a mark. These marks should disappear as the moisture evaporates, but if not you can use a bit of Soft Wax on a soft cloth to rub it out.

Q. I would like to apply another layer of Soft Wax for additional protection, but will this cause the wax to build up, making the surface sticky?

A. Annie Sloan Soft Wax builds up only if you don’t remove all of the excess wax after each application. Each time you apply a new coat of wax, the solvents in it dissolve the underlying wax, making one new mixture. When you remove all of the excess wax you will be left with the wax that is stuck on the surface. You can effectively remove the excess wax by wiping it away with a clean cloth. Most likely you will need to have several cloths on hand as you should switch to a clean one when your old one becomes clogged with wax.

Q. What can I do if my finish feels sticky and leaves fingerprints?

A. Failure to remove all of the excess wax can leave a sticky or smeary finish. Try to remove and buff out the excess wax using a clean cloth. Have several cloths on hand and change to a fresh cloth when the old one becomes clogged with wax. If you find this difficult to do, apply a thin layer of additional wax. The solvents contained therein will soften the underlying wax, making it easier to remove the excess. Again, have several clean cloths available. As a last resort, you can remove the excess wax by wiping over the surface with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Most likely you will need to reapply a coat of wax.

Q. How do I clean my brush after I have used it to apply Soft Wax?

A. You can clean your brushes used to apply Annie Sloan Soft Wax with hot water and a grease cutting soap. This method is good if the wax is still fresh on the brush. If you find the wax has hardened on your bristles, place the bristles in low-odor mineral spirits for approximately 5 minutes to dissolve the wax, and then wash the brush with hot water and soap.

ANNIE SLOAN LACQUER

Q. Can I apply Annie Sloan Lacquer or another clear protective material over Soft Wax?

A. No. Once Annie Sloan Soft Wax is applied, no other protective finish can be applied to the project. Attempting to add Annie Sloan Lacquer, or polyurethane or any other protective material, over a wax finish is futile.

Q. What is the best way to apply Annie Sloan Lacquer?

A. Apply Annie Sloan Lacquer with a quality sponge roller and/or brush. Stir this product well before using. It is best to apply two thin coats for even sheen and greater durability. A small amount of water (up to 10%) can be added to the Lacquer for the first coat. Let the first coat dry one to two hours before recoating, and leave the final coat to dry overnight before walking on it.

Q. Can I seal my outdoor patio with Annie Sloan Lacquer?

A. No. Annie Sloan Lacquer was designed for use on interior floors only, and is not suitable for outdoor use.

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186 Responses to Buy Chalk Paint® and FAQ

  1. Angie says:

    You say that no sanding or priming is needed in order to paint with the chalk paint. I haven’t used it before and plan on painting a pair of side tables that are slightly damaged on top (water spots and nicks). I assume I have to sand it down to reveal a smooth surface. Is that true or is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so thick that I don’t even have to buff out the existing scratches?

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  4. Molly says:

    I plan on using chalk pain for our baby crib my husband is building. I see I shouldn’t use the wax while pregnant but how about the paint? Would it be safe for me to paint and have my husband apply the was when I’m not around? I know I will need proper ventilation and can only use water based paint. Thanks!

  5. Ryan Pape says:

    How would I go about refinishing my kitchen cabinets?

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  7. TABO says:

    If I have a kids table with a light wood finish on it as the bottom coat..Would it be okay to spray paint it dark brown (because you do not have an espresso brown in chalk paint) then paint over it with the english yellow chalk paint? Would it still come out right or do you need to use bottom and top layers of chalk paint to make it appear worn looking? Thank you! Looking forward to hearing from you!!! 🙂

  8. Jessica says:

    Hi Kelly, I have a bunch of early 1900’s american primitive furniture that I am thinking of painting using this product. Specifically, I want to pain just the legs/bottom of 2 tables (one we use as coffee table, the other as a bedside stand) and then we have a chimney cabinet. They have all been stained a darker red color. I am looking to paint these 3 pieces using the white color or cream. Would you recommend using a sealer first? Just because of the age of these pieces? Or just go for the paint/wax?

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  11. Pat Larson says:

    I have a question – I have a milk painted item that keeps chipping (just painting it – but I’m on round 3) I’ve decided I should just chalk paint it and you suggest sealing it first with shellac. Our hardware store doesn’t carry shellac – only polyurethane. Can I seal it with that? Thanks for your help and advice.

    • Hi Pat, so I’ll address a couplet things here
      #1 you can add a bonding agent to the milk paint to assist with the adhesion (it still pay chip a little)
      #2 if you are going to paint with chalk paint instead I wouldn’t bother with sealing the milk paint just take a sanding sponge fro the coal hardware store and get rid of anything that is still chipping off (doesnt have to be left) and then use the chalk paint right on top! No need to use a poly or a shellac first! Hope this helps!

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  13. Cindy Phillips says:

    Unfinished wood. I want to first stain then use chalk paint, then distress and last use clear poly for protection. Is this going to work?

  14. Kirsty Knapp says:

    I have bought a second hand wooden table and chairs which I want to paint. It’s a finished piece already as it’s been varnished!? Do I not need to sand it all before I use Annie Sloan chalk paint?

  15. Adrienne says:

    I am trying to find out if I can use a different type of paint with the chalk paint. I want to add grey detail to my white chalk painted dresser but no one has stock of the French Linen chalk paint and I would like to know if I could use a craft paint over the chalk paint and apply the wax to the whole dresser afterwards. Any ideas what might work?

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  19. Holly Bentley says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I read that the whole drying process of the paint and the wax can take up to 4-6 weeks. I live in a small apartment and will need to use the furniture again soon after painting it. If it is being used for softer items like clothing that won’t scratch can it begin to be used in about a week or so? Also, I will be moving to a new apartment in about 7 weeks. Do you think it will be completely hardened enough to make the move? THe movers obviously will wrap it in blankets first. I really want to have it done before we get to the new place! Can’t wait to hear from you!

    • Hi Holly, the paint drys in 30 min! and the then you can wax the paint right away and then use the furniture immediately! Don’t put heavy items that might scratch on the surface but light items are fine!

  20. Silky Katoch says:

    I was wondering: can chalk paint be used on 5 to 10 year old wood furniture without any work done on the furniture beforehand? Note: my furniture has that fake-wood-look covering on them.

  21. Cynthia Mulkey says:

    I painted 2 coats of chalk paint on my editable, and let it dry for 8 hours, when I tempted to put soft wax on, it took paint off down to original finish, what am I doing wrong?

    • Hi,I have never had that happen before in 3 years of painting with Chalk Paint? Is the table made of wood?

      • Renette says:

        Hi, I had the same problem. A contractor painted my kitchen cabinets with annie sloan paint, tried the soft wax and took the paint off. Then tried laquer and same happened. They ended up mixing laquer with annie sloan paint. Came out beautiful and all done now, but when I wiped a spill the paint came off! Will really appreciate advice on how to seal it. Thanks!

  22. Nancy Forbes says:

    I have an old trunk I want to paint with Annie Sloan chalk paint to achieve a distressed look. I previously spray painted the trunk white. Do I have to remove the old paint, then paint the chalk paint over it and then sand to achieve the distressed look?

  23. Kristah says:

    We just moved into an older home. Our kitchen cabinets needs some TLC. We plan to paint them with chalk paint, but they are chipping and cracking. If we just sand it so they aren’t chipping can we paint right over it?

    Also, the paint job they have now is not pretty. It is very streaky. Will that show through?

    Thanks!!

  24. Pippa says:

    I’m about to paink my brick fireplace with Annie Sloan chalk paint (can’t wait). Can you advise me if I should leave it unsealed or should I wax or lacquer it? The fire is never put on it’s just a ornamental piece but I do have 3 pre-teens and 2 kittens!!!

  25. Holly says:

    I painted my dining room table with black chalk paint and then applied the wax. Now it appears hazy and you can see brush strokes( 10 days later). How can I fix it now that it’s dry?

  26. Kristen says:

    Hi! Can I use Annie Sloan soft wax on stained wood? (not painted). I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax on several projects before, but the project I am working on now has a mix of paint and stained wood. I’d like the wood and paint to have a similar finish, but I don’t know if the wax would work well on a wood stain. It is possible to use the wax? Or should I just go with polyurethane?

    Thanks!

  27. Karen says:

    I am planning on painting my kitchen cabinets. I don’t want to have to remove all the doors and hardware. Can I just paint over them while still hanging, then use the guilding was on the hardware. I read somewhere that you can do this. Is that right?

  28. Elena says:

    Hi. I would like to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a piece that is textured a bit. It looks like it has a crackle to it but is not chipping. Can I do a couple coats of the ASCP and wax and it look smooth?

  29. Anna says:

    Hi

    I just bought a dinning set that was recently painted and waxed with Annie Sloan products. It looks beautiful, but if we scratch it with our nails the paint comes right off to the bare wood. Is this normal? I.m horrified as we have small children. I read about the curing process and hope it will be hard in 6 weeks, but not sure. The lady that sold us the set told us it was undestructible, so I’m very disappointed.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Hi I have brought soild oak cabinet very old and would love to paint it old white do I have to sand it first before painting with Annie Sloan the cabinet has got a shine ??
    Thank you

  31. I just painted and waxed a side table with chalk paint. How long before I can place a lamp on it.?

  32. Beth Hill says:

    I plan on using the charcoal color on my large bathroom vanity. Will the wax hold up in high humidity from hot showers? Can I use a regular poly over it?

  33. Anna L. says:

    I have a bedroom set that is lacquered mahogany. Can it be chalk painted, and do I need to do any prep work on it?

  34. Rheannon says:

    Hi
    Before researching it first, I put a few coats of polyurethane over my final coat of Annie Sloan dark wax and of course it didn’t work. Can I paint over the polyurethane with Annie Sloan paint? I’m hoping I will be able to just do the paint and wax steps again and not have to sand the polyurethane off…..

  35. Kim says:

    I have a piece of furniture that was painted several years ago (with regular latex paint). Is it possible to use the chalk paint on top of the painted piece or will the old latex paint need to be removed first?
    Thank you.

  36. Kim says:

    Thank you for sharing so much useful information! I have painted a bookcase and a dresser with homemade chalk paint and they’ve both come out fine, but I want to paint the kitchen cabinets and think they’re worth the investment of Annie Sloan. The problem is, they are not solid wood (veneer covering). Will the paint adhere to them? Will I need to sand down under the veneer? Thanks!

  37. Katy Kraus says:

    I painted a window, with chalk paint, to hang on the wall with a photo behind it. Do I need to seal it with was or can I just leave it without anything on top of the chalk paint?

  38. Jamie says:

    I just painted my grandmother curio per the directions of the store specialist. I was working with 2 colors blue and white. I wiped down the piece of furniture, heavy coat (2-3) of blue (let dry between coats, then a very light coat of white, I was told to sand at this point then do the wax. However, I only got to the last coat of blue and noticed the paint alligatoring in certain areas….meaning pulling up to where I can see the wood undernethe. So, I decided to scrap it off which wasn’t even a problem because it really wasn’t stickying. I sanded down the areas and used a little primer in the problem areas and proceeded to paint it a second time….IT’S STILL DOING IT!!! I am so mad…I thought this paint was no prep!!!! (sanding, priming) my entire day and $48 gone to waste. Now what do I do? Rescrape again and start over with another $48 quart and another 2 days work? Anne Sloan should really tell people this could happen and prepare for fixing.

  39. peggy says:

    hi can i get chalk pain off my furniture. i dont like it? how can i get it off

  40. Stephanie Mason says:

    Hi, I have just applied 3 coats of white chalk paint to some old pine chairs but it’s still coming through yellow , why is this ?

  41. abby says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for the great information. I am about to paint my kitchen cabinets with AS chalk paint and I’m so nervous!! My kitchen is large so it will be a lot of work! I read somewhere that for high traffic areas like the kitchen, I can paint the cabinets and then finish with the lacquer instead of wax. Is this true? I am not looking forward to waxing that many cabinets door and drawers… Applying a couple coats of the lacquer would be so much easier but I want to do it right. Can you help me?

    • Hi you can use the Annie Sloan lacquer you could also use a poly to seal them. I like our General Finishes water based poly in the high performance brand. IN general poly can cause light colors like whites a tint of yellow so be careful. Good luck!

  42. Michele says:

    Hi. I want to paint some glass tea light holders and candle sticks. After painting, should I wax them? And if I wax them, will it melt off with the heat of the candle?
    thanks
    Michele

  43. Michele says:

    I would like to paint some glass tea lights and candle sticks. After painting, should I wax them to seal the paint? If i wax them, will the heat of the candle melt the wax?
    Thanks
    Michele

    • Yes it will Michele, don’t worry about waxing the exterior of the candle. If you want to put something on them for protection you could use a water based poly. We sell one in the shop by General Finishes that I really like.

  44. Beth Douhne says:

    This is my first experience with chalk paint. I painted my living room table with two coats. Then, after drying completely, I sanded it to make it appear aged. Next, I applied the clear wax. My problem is that on the table top where I slightly sanded in spots, it appears really shiny. It is noticeably shinier where I distressed it than the rest of the table top. Any suggestions on what I should do now?

  45. Theresa says:

    I painted my dinning room table and chairs with the graphite AS paint but realize it chips very easily. I painted it about 1 week and 1/2 ago and keep finding new chips that I need to fill in. Any suggestions? How long should it need to sit to completely dry?

    • Hi Theresa,
      I haven’t ever had chalk paint chip actually. Did you seal it with wax? If it’s chipping you can seal the finish with annie sloan clear wax or a water based poly. I like General Finishes high performance water based poly in satin to be used with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

      Hope this helps!
      Kelly

  46. Sharon says:

    Hi, I’ve just given my wooden fire surround one coat of chalk paint. It will definitely need at least one more coat. How much time do I need to leave between each coat of paint before applying another coat? Thanks

  47. jenya says:

    Hi
    , Just painted a bookcase and it looks great. How long should wax cure before I put books on it? thanks, j

  48. Heather says:

    Can you use chalk paint on the fake 4 x 8 tile panels that are in some bathrooms or kitchens on the wall? (Not shower/tub surrounds that are subject to water) I have it in my bathroom, floor to ceiling and want to do a temp fix/redo of the bathroom until I can afford a proper fix and considered chalk painting it. I figured at worse I would have to sand slightly and prime it before I chalk painted it. Would that work and would I be best to use wax or a poly finish?

  49. Victoria says:

    I would like to make the stain look like an espresso color. How might I do that? Currently pregnant and trying to match furniture colors.

  50. Jessica says:

    Do I have to let me chalk paint cure before adding wax

  51. Rachael says:

    Hi, I recently purchased a beautiful old table that has been previously refinished (it’s been painted with a disgusting red top and back legs). My question is, will I need to strip the red top before painting so that when I distress the piece the red won’t show through?

    • unfortunately yes OR you can paint another color over the red and then apply your top coat color and just gently distress to that layer lets say you apply cream over the red and then grey on top. You can gently distress down to the cream. It can be a bit tricky:-)

  52. Trina Morris says:

    We have an old dresser that my husband and I painted long ago for our daughter’s room when she was really young, she loved black and purple then witch is what we painted it. Now she has a daughter of her own who now has the dresser. I have fallen in love with chalk paint now and my question is do we need to take the black and purple paint off with paint remover or can we paint right over it with chalk paint. Please help before we make a mistake! Trina

  53. Denise Hajec says:

    Hi – hoping you can help. I painted a server which has a laminated top with the Olive color ASP. My problem is that when I waxed the top it came out blotchy. Shiney and dull in some areas. I lightly waxed and wiped off. How can I correct this now? Do I need to apply another light coat of wax and hope that it evens out? I am stumped. I painted a whole antique bedroom suite with no problem last year. Any solutions you can offer would be great. Thanks, Denise

  54. MARIA CASTRO says:

    Hi. I have to paint a dinning table that is going to have a lot of use. I read that I can’t use Annie Sloan Lacquer or another clear protective material over the soft wax, but can I apply it over the chalk paint and not wax it… or is it necessary to apply the wax? Thank you

  55. Andrea says:

    Hi there,
    I just finished painting my two nightstands with White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I added the Annie Sloan Clear Wax to the first nightstand and I noticed that it picked up a lot of lint and small black fuzz. I used a Waxine Wax Brush that I had purchased specifically for the task of waxing, but I am finding it isn’t working to well. I also tried washing the brush in Dawn and Warm water. Is this common with this paint color? Do you have any recommendations? I want to try to resolve this before I attempt the second night stand.
    Thanks

  56. Steph says:

    Help! I bought a headboard that has been done in chalk paint, but…it’s wearing off where the pillow hits. What do I do? I’ve never worked with chalk paint before.
    Thanks!

  57. Simon Ken says:

    I want to renovate my kitchen cabinets and I want to use chalk paint. I am not sure whether it is a good idea so I hope that someone could give me an advice. Thank you for the useful article about the chalk paint!

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  59. Lindsey says:

    I have a dresser that I was wanting to redo, there are a lot of chips, nicks, and scratches. I read that you do not have to do any sanding or anything other than wiping the piece of furniture down but do I need to fill these chips, scratches, and mi chips, scratches, and nicks??

  60. Melanie says:

    Can I use the paint for outdoor wooden windsor chairs? They are currently painted an peeling. Is the pain waterproof once it’s fully dry?

  61. Sherry says:

    I am wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets with ASCP. The doors/drawers have a polyurethane finish on them now, but not the base cabinets. Do I need to do anything for prepping the polyurethane pieces before painting? Will the finish look different on the doors compared to the base cabinets?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

  62. Olivia says:

    I have just painted a dark wooden wine rack with Arles. It does not cover – I have done 3 coats already and the wood is still coming through – it almost looks like it has been washed but I used the paint as is without thinning it with water . What should I do now. . It looks horrible! 🙁 please help

    • Hi did you turn the can of arles upside down and let all the pigment sink to the top? Mix it really well? Arles in general takes a few coats unlike some of the other colors. Try mixing the can really well and applying a nice thick coat.

  63. Karen says:

    Help! I am painting a new, raw wood table top with AS Old White. Before painting, I did a very light sanding and applied two coats of Zinsser shellac so the knots wouldn’t bleed through. After letting the shellac dry for 24 hours I started painting. My paint is crackling and not in a good way. I’ve tried sanding and reapplying shellac and am still getting crackle. I’ve never had this happen before. What am I doing wrong???

    • My guess is that it is the shellac interacting with the paint. I know others have done this and not had any problems (I have not tried it) but that is my my only thought! ?

      • Jess says:

        I am having the same issue with Pure White. I’ve read a lot of responses on several other blogs with people having the Old White and Pure White chipping. Such a bummer with the paint being so expensive.

        • I have never had that issue and been painting with it for over 4 years now!

        • Kelly Callahan says:

          I agree Karen and Jess! I too have just used old white and parts of the dresser are peeling and chipping! Other parts are fine. This is so disappointing because as you say, the paint is so darn expensive!! I even washed the whole piece (which has an entire laminated finish) with tsp. I have used tsp on every piece I have ever painted with chalk paint before without ever a problem!! Until now, using old white!!!! How do you fix this problem? HELP!

  64. Jamie says:

    I want to paint my wood floor. After I apply the lacquer, can I go back over the lacquer with the dark wax? I know I can’t put lacquer over wax but I really like the dark wax look and was just wondering about having the wax on top of the lacquer.

  65. Debbie says:

    I painted two rocking chairs with Annie Sloan paint that set on my front porch. Out porch is 12′ wide and covered so the rain and sun do not affect it. I’ve read that I do not put Annie Sloan Wax on them if they are going outside. But the paint has such a flat finish they look dull. Should I put a water based poly or shellac to make it not have such a flat finish?

  66. Nikka says:

    I have an Ikea furniture that my dad had spray painted. Is it still possible to use chalk paint on it?

  67. Angela says:

    I am looking into painting my kitchen cabinets with as chalk paint. My cabinets are old and we’re professionally painted with a sprayer about 15 years ago. Do I need to sand them or can I just paint as paint right over? Also, there are two places where there is a chip in the paint. Will that show through?

  68. STLQueenie says:

    Over zealous newbie. 1st project painting a velvet button and tufted chair. I’ve since learned that I should of diluted the paint more than I did. In a few areas the paint has cracked. I did sand a bit between coats but apparently not enough. Should I sand using a course gain sandpaper? On a birght note love the color and texture and the back of the chair looks awesome using a technique of dipping my brush in water and then into paint . Worked great in this application. Any help will be appreciated . LOVE love your product.

  69. Jolie Wang says:

    I already used the pink color for my child bed repainting and the new one looks so beautiful. It’s not smells too much as another paint I had used.

  70. Jason Long says:

    I painted a kitchen table with chalk paint, and then applied the first coat of wax. It turned very cloudy and shiny in spots and you can see brush strokes all over the top of the table. Does that mean I used too little wax or too much? Will this go away after applying the 2nd and 3rd coats of soft wax? What is the best way to fix this appearance?

  71. sandy says:

    How do I paint and wax detailed carved roses on a wood chair.

  72. Ann says:

    Hey Kelly, I bought a bedroom set for my son. It’s painted and was sealed with waterbased poly. I would like to paint it with chalk paint, but it’s not wood and it is sealed with the poly. Will the chalk paint adher to it?

  73. Cindi says:

    Hi. Thanks so much for the wealth of information. I am hoping you can help me understand what a chalk painted piece should feel like after waxing. I’m not sure if I am removing too much. Also, how long should I wait to add a second waxing? Is it nesscesary on a bathroom cabinet?
    If I am not happy with how the wax holds up on my bathroom cabinet, can I seal it with a wipe on poly?

    Thanks ~ Cindi

  74. Wendy says:

    I want to paint ugly granite surrounding my gas fireplace, can I paint granite and if so, should I sand it beforehand?

    Thank you for your help. Btw, love your paint. I’ve used it to paint various furniture pieces and they all look wonderful.

    Wendy

  75. Barbara smithey says:

    I accidentally miss-aimed the spray nozzle on spray chalk paint and it got on my tile. U
    What can I use to get it off. I’m desperate!!

  76. Sandy Merrill says:

    Have just finished painting my first piece with chalk paint. I want to add some vinyl cutouts i have made with my Cricut. Do I put the wax on first or the vinyl and then wax?
    Thank you so much. Sandy

  77. Jessica says:

    I want to paint some tiles, will the soft wax be enough to seal this?

  78. mary says:

    I painted a desk, with the chalk paint. I let it set and dry then waxed it. When we were moving it we bumped it on something and paint came off. Is that normal?

  79. Ronnie Lloyd says:

    i painted a outside chair with Annie Sloan chalk paint last winter. Two coats of paint then one coat of glaze. The chair sat in my workshop for an additiona week before it was put back outside. The paint is now chipping off almost everywhere. Why?

  80. zacki thorpe says:

    hi,
    i’ve just painted an outdoor table and i’m wondering what i can seal it with, as we can’t use the wax or lacquer.
    thanks

  81. Tiffany says:

    Hi, I painted my kitchen cabinets and waxed them. I no longer like the color. Can i just paint over the wax. Or do I need to do something special

    Thanks!

  82. Glenn says:

    We are renovating an old beach duplex and I decided to try AS paint on the cabinets. The cabinets were all wood fronts but old and somewhat grimy. For the past month or so, I have been working on prepping/ painting the cabinet doors. I followed all the steps, scrubbed them with degreaser, wiped down with mineral spirits. Even sanded the old crackled finish a bit to smooth. Applied shellac and always waited at least 24 hrs between coats. I painted the lower doors French Linen and followed by two coats of the clear polyurethane I’d seen recommended. They turned out looking good. Then I moved to the upper cabinets which were Pure White. It took 3 coats of paint to make them look good but they did look great. That is until I painted on the polyurethane. I put it on last night and this morning the white paint looks crackled. There are tiny straight dark crack lines through out the paint. It almost looks like you brushed paint on and some of the darker cabinet is showing through brush strokes. These were definitely not there before the sealer coat. I’m so bummed and about to give up on this. To spend soo much time and get this result is frustrating. I tried the soft wax on my first test cabinet door and like the result but since I have 36 doors and two kitchen bases to paint, it was more labor than I could handle. Thats why I went with the poly. Its a recommended process on the AS info so I don’t understand what happened. Any help would be appreciated.

    • oh no!!!! In general I don’t use poly on any of the lighter colors especially the whites b/c it can also yellow. I have only used the soft wax and I don’t use shellac first I am so sorry for your frustration at this point it should like something interacted and caused the paint to crackle.

  83. Drew Davis says:

    I plan to chalk paint a dresser that already has a latex paint color on it. Do I need to sand the old paint off or can I just chalk paint over it? Also if I want to distress the dresser and don’t want the light color of the original wood to come through do I need to paint a darker color under it first?
    Thank you for your help!

  84. Lee says:

    I recently just painted a tv stand with chalk paint and it won’t stick. What seems to be the issue?

  85. Ryl says:

    Hi Kelly!

    I didn’t realize you didn’t need to sand before painting. I sanded and then painted over the bare wood and now you can really see through the paint. How should I fix this?
    Also can I just used the chalk paint a and no sealer over it … Is that ok?
    Thank you!

  86. Lauren says:

    I purchased a black table and chairs from Craigslist. It looks like it was painted with a latex paint. Do I need to sand or put a primer on before hand? I plan on using a light colored chalk paint.

  87. Kim says:

    I have done 3 coats of paint (Graphite) on my coffee table and it is still blotchy, there are brush marks and you can see the seams. What am I doing wrong? How can I fix it? I’m going more for a clean modern finish as opposed to shabby chic

  88. Cynthia Fraley says:

    i just painted with chalk paint, then I white washed on top of my color. Do I sand it first to get the distressed look before I put on the wax?

  89. Julie Mayman says:

    Got a modern dark wood electric piano can I use chalk paint on it .

  90. Trudy says:

    Hi, I’m interested in painting my kitchen cabinets with chalk paint.
    Weather is scheduled to rain. Is it recommended to paint indoors
    When raining? Thanks

  91. Jen says:

    I am going to be painting my second hand crib with chalk paint, I have purchased a quart of pure white. Should I put a light coat of primer on first to ensure the quart will fully cover the crib?

  92. Lisa says:

    I am wondering about painting my kitchen cabinets. They have flat fronts to them with slightly rounded edges. To make things easier while waxing I was wondering if I could use an electric car buffer with a soft cover like sheepskin to save on my arms?

    Thanks much!
    Lisa

  93. Julie says:

    I want to paint my kitchen cabinets with the Chalk paint. My kitchen cabinets have an oil based paint. Do I need to sand them first a little before using the chalk paint?

  94. Casey says:

    Can you mix the brown (olive, cocoa, or french linen?) to the graphite color to get an espresso brown? I’d love to match some furniture I already own – doesn’t have to be a perfect match, but I’m hoping to get a dark brown 🙂 If so, do you have ratios you recommend? This will be my first chalk paint experience and I’m trying to complete the project on a budget, so I’m hoping to get some advice instead of “trying a bunch of things” hehe 🙂 Thanks! So many blogs I’ve read recommend you guys!

    • Hi! Actually an even easier option might be using our General Finishes Milk Paint line they have a dark brown that I think might work better. Chalk Paint is my preferred paint line but when it comes to a brown i think they have the easiest option.

  95. Lydia says:

    I painted a dresser (for baby’s nursery) with laytex paint and I’m not fond of the color. Can I paint over the laytex with chalk paint? Or do I need to sand off the laytex? Thanks in advance!

  96. Heather says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I have a piece that I chalk painted and waxed a few years ago. Now I’d like to repaint it, but with latex, do to color choice. Do you know how it will behave? Painting over wax with latex? Thanks.!

  97. Teresa says:

    I’m painting kitchen cabinets, and plan on using several coats of soft wax.
    1. Do I buff each coat or wait til all coats have been applied?
    2. Also, if I don’t want to use soft wax, can poly acrylic be used instead?
    3. I have a question about applying chalk paint to unfinished wood..
    4. Do I use shellac on the whole piece or just on the wood knots and grainy areas?

    • Hi!
      1. buff each coat until it’s smooth when you run your hand over it
      2. yes we sell a water based poly we like online and in the shop
      3. chalk paint works really well on raw wood it just soaks right in
      4. if you want to cover the knots i suggest just do it over the entire piece to be safe

  98. Kim says:

    Hello! Thank you for all your information. It has been very helpful. Can you use white shellac versus the clear shellac before applying chalk paint? Thank you!

  99. Stacey says:

    Hi Kelly. I am repainting a 9 piece set of French Provincial furniture with chalk paint. My client prefers to have poly used rather than wax. I did my first piece & sealed it with poly & it turned out great. The second piece I did, the poly made random horrible yellow streaks! It is water based and I have no idea how to fix it. Any suggestions??? I’m limited on time to complete the project and really cannot afford to redo the whole piece 🙁

    • Hi-
      Yes I have had this happen before … I am guessing you are using white? This in general can happen it sounds like the piece needed to be primed. If you can hit the streak areas with primer and then repaint you hopefully should be good. The streaking happens due to something in the original wood/ paint you can’t predict this ahead of time!

      • Stacey says:

        Yes ma’am, Old White to be exact. I actually primed the entire piece being as only parts of it is “real” wood. I will certainly give it a try and pray that it works. Thank you Kelly for sharing your knowledge & expertise. God bless!

  100. Kasey Loring says:

    Can I use wax brush with chalk paint?

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  102. Voula Hadjiathanassiou says:

    I painted my stairs with reg latex paint. Can I use the wax to protect them?

  103. Cathy Moore says:

    Do I have to sand before painting something that has polyurethane?

  104. Jen says:

    How is ASCP wax considered safe for baby furniture when it is naphtha based? The CDC lists naphtha in any state/form as highly toxic and risk of poisoning can be fatal.

  105. Erica Sledge says:

    Can you use the chalk paint over latex paint?

  106. Tanya says:

    I would like to chalk paint my stairs.. Do I need to remove the layer of polyurethane first.

  107. Franceen Loy says:

    I was recently hired to paint a chalkboard wall for somebody, and they told me that the wall had already been painted over with black chalkboard paint and all I have to do is paint the design. Now, I have a few questions:

    1. Will chalk paint (Annie Sloan or other brands) stick to chalkboard paint?
    2. How do I go about painting with different paint colors? Should I just have a bucket of clean water beside me to rinse off the brush when switching colors?
    3. Do I have to use the wax afterwards? What does the wax do exactly?
    4. Is it necessary to have more than one coat of paint? I’m not painting the entire wall or furniture; just painting a design on a chalkboard wall.

    • Hi!
      Answers 🙂
      1. yes Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will stick (but it’s not a chalk board paint)
      2. yes unless you need clean lines then I would do a different brush for each color
      3. the wax seals the paint in so it is water resistant and deepens the color
      4. no just as many coats that works with your design

      Hope this helped!

  108. Joan Huff says:

    Hi! My husband just built us a new headboard/footboard out of pine. Do I need to sand it or can I just start painting? I wanted to distress it, but in order to do so, would I have to stain it first? Or can I paint, then distress it and let the natural wood show through. If I use a darker wax, does that turn the areas that I sand (corners and edges) to distress it dark? So many questions!

    • Hi!
      You can paint right away, if you paint and distress yes the natural wood will show through. So the dark wax may “stain the wood that is exposed a little bit but I wouldn’t count on it being very dark. Also if you use dark wax use the clear wax first! If you only apply dark wax it will stain the color of the paint, if you do clear wax then dark wax it gives you more flexibility with melding the dark wax. Does that make sense? Check out Annie Sloan You Tube channel she has a Dark Wax tutorial.

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