Chalk Paint Dining Table

Chalk Paint Dining Table

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can be painted right onto bare wood, varnished wood, laminate surfaces – – all of the above – – without any prep. And yes, you can paint a design overtop of it, too! I recommend using Chalk Paint for that, too, if possible. However, if you use acrylic, be aware that the acrylic paint will likely resist the wax (not absorb it like the Chalk Paint), so you could either move forward and just know that the acrylic paint won’t be fully sealed. Or you could skip the wax altogether and seal it with something like Polycrylic, which works for all paint types. I will say that waxing is easier than applying Polycrylic in my opinion. So if there’s any way you can get your hands on the colors of Chalk Paint you want for the decorative painting, that’d be my rec. Best of luck!
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Chalk Paint Dining Table

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.
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Chalk Paint Dining Table

I bought a different brand than Anne Sloan Chalk paint. This is the first time I’d ever painted anything with Chalk paint, but I paint everything all the time so I’m not new to painting. However, I didn’t find the coverage very good. I had to put 3 coats on one dining chair and it still is sparse in areas. I think the same effects could be achieved with a flat paint as opposed to Chalk paint. I’m just not sure if it was the paint or if I was putting it on too thin, etc.
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Chalk Paint Dining Table

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.
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Chalk Paint Dining Table

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.
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Chalk Paint Dining Table

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.
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Chalk Paint Dining Table

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!
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Chalk Paint Dining Table

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.
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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.
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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. 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.
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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!