Buy Chalk Paint® and FAQ

Buy chalk paint online here or at our shop in Falls Church, Virginia!  

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!  You can also register for our paint classes here.  Are you looking for inspiration check out the blog with tons of before & after projects and Chalk Paint & Milk Paint projects!

Read more FAQ below:

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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.

Buy chalk paint online or in our shop! Also, if you are looking to brush up on your painting skills or learn some new techniques, register for one of our paint classes, click here for more information. 

55 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?

  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.

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