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How to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I must admit that I’m a lazy DIY-er. I’m always excited to start a project but I want to skip to the fun part, I don’t want to clean/sand/prime first (anyone else have this problem?). So when I started reading about  how to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and the fact that it sticks to anything and there is no sanding or priming first I had to give it a shot!

 In our master bedroom we have had hand me down furniture from my parents (thanks mom!) since we got married. You know that delightful solid oak (ie: almost killed several sets of movers trying to move this heavy stuff) from the 80’s? I’ve been trying to make it work for me since then.

 I painted it black about 5 years ago…

A dresser in a room

…and it worked ok in our last few houses (we are on our 4th and FINAL house in 8 years). Now that we are on the lake and our style is a little more cottagey the black was starting to feel too heavy.

 I thought grey would feel a bit softer so I drove 50 minutes, with my 4 year old (see my level of commitment?) to my nearest Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist. I, being the smart and prepared DIY-er that I am, left my paint chip and bedding sample on the counter at home (sigh). So I had to wing it a little. Which left me with not exactly the color I had envisioned, I SO should have gone with French Linen, but at $35 a quart we are rolling with it a  pretty soft grey color called Paris Grey.

 Paint and Annie Sloan


I thought this would be a good project to tackle when the Mr. is gone on business, but who am I kidding I ripped it open the second I got home! This stuff is amazing, it goes on so easy with no prep work, covers in one coat and doesn’t show your brush marks. It is worth the extra money (just hide the receipt from your hubby :) ).

 This is what it looked like after 1 coat…

A dresser and a door


(see the color kinda matches our walls, even though they are blueish, I was looking for a little more contrast, oh well!)

A room with paint furniture


Another bonus, this stuff dries in like 20 minutes!

 Next step, distressing. You can do this with sandpaper, but I read it gets pretty dusty. I opted for rubbing a damp cloth on the edges to remove some of the paint. This worked best when the paint wasn’t completely dry yet.

A close up of a door
The left shows what it looks like before I distressed it on the right side.
A close up of a door

I went pretty heavy on the distressing since the paint ended up being so close to our wall color, I wanted it to stand out a bit.

 Then I rubbed the clear wax on, this seals the paint. Be careful not to use too much or you will have to go back and wipe the excess off. Wax on, wax off… (I couldn’t resist!).

 I wanted to take the distressing a bit further so I used their dark wax to age it a bit more.

Paint and Annie Sloan

The finished product! Even though I wish it was a bit darker, I still love the results. It has so much more character and the room feels airy and light. What do you think?

A dresser in a room

So that’s your sneak peak of the Master Bedroom redo. I will do a full post later in the week so you can see the big reveal. In the meantime do I dare paint the bed or don’t I? Hmmm….

 …you know I do :)

 UPDATE: I’ve since repainted this armoire again with a different color of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint you can see what it looks like now here.

Want to see a few more how to annie sloan chalk paint examples? Check out my favorite furniture Makeover post here.

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  1. Hi I have a sm home owned business and I’ve been on Pinterest for 2 years admired many things got ideas however I’ve never commented on anything but I love your work and u explain it very well great job

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  3. I absolutely love this armoire. I have black finish that I’d love to redo. Question…did you only use one coat of your base coat (the gray)? Also, was a fairly thin coat?

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  10. Just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring your armoire tomorrow on my painted projects round-up, with a link back of course. (If you would rather not be featured, no biggie. Just let me know.) It’s gorgeous!!!


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  12. Thanks for the helpful advice. I’m just starting my first Annie Sloan painting project. Wow, what a beautiful home, thanks for the inspiration.

  13. This is a beautiful transformation. Do you distress prior to the clear wax coat or after? I was told to clear wax after the paint dries then distress, then go back and wax clear or dark over the distressing. Which method works best?

    1. I don’t think I would distress after waxing unless you don’t want much distressing but that’s just how I did it – good luck!!

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