For those of you who may not have come across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I think it’s well worth telling you a little bit about it.  I was only introduced to it this year and can only describe the first time of using it as a bit of a ‘light bulb’ moment.  I’m so grateful to Julie Maltman for that; she has been very generous and encouraging.

You may also be wondering who Annie Sloan is?  She’s a rather amazing interior designer as well as being a fine artist and author of many books on decorating.  She really is an expert in this field and she decided to create her own paint for furniture in 1990.

Here’s Annie Sloan ….

Annie Sloan
Artist and Creator of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

There are a number of things that will come as something of a revelation when you use the Chalk Paint for the first time.  It’s rather affectionately known by some people as a bit of a ‘girlie paint’ …. nothing to do with the colour palette or anything like that.  It’s actually because there is virtually none of the preparation involved that you would normally associate with painting furniture.  I actually had a fairly ‘elevated’ debate with my brother-in-law, who is a very good painter and decorator.  He really couldn’t get to grips with the fact that you don’t have to sand, prime (or key as he calls it) or undercoat with the Chalk Paint.  To be perfectly honest, the first time I used it, I found it a little strange because it really does break the rules.

What’s really wonderful about the Chalk Paint is that it is so very versatile.  You can use it on all sorts of surfaces; plastic, wood, metal, terracotta, stone, cement . . . it’s quite incredible.  Also, the paints are water-based, eco-friendly and you can water them down to use as a wash, or mix colours to create new shades.  There aren’t really any mistakes to be made with it.  If my 14 year old son can use it, then really and truly, anyone can.  He found the experience such fun and really rewarding.