For many years I’ve been a huge fan of painted furniture. I love that you can transform a junky old piece into a thing of beauty with just a few coats of paint. I do not, however, enjoy painting furniture … that is until I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. The paint adheres easily to all surfaces (I painted my claw foot tub with it) and doesn’t require a lot of prep work. Score! I no longer use regular old house paint for furniture pieces. Here’s a few of my own pieces, along with some painted by friends …
My dining room set wears Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – the end chairs and table are painted in Old White, while the table legs wear Paris Grey. The side chairs have an initial coat of Duck Egg Blue followed by a coat of Paris Grey. I then sanded the grey so a bit of Duck Egg Blue would show.
The inside of my farmhouse corner cabinet is painted with leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue (you can always find a use for the leftover paint!). I think the color really makes my collection of white ironstone stand out.
Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule painted this beautiful, coastal chest with graphics. So creative!
Another beautiful dresser painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is this gray and white one from My Passion for Decor. The paint colors go so well together!
One of my favorite pieces that I’ve seen using chalk paint is this French Dresser that was painted by my friend Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies. Click on her Before-After tab for even more inspirational pieces!
Look at what Danielle did to the inside of this antique writing desk, also painted with chalk paint.
Gorgeous, right? Everything she touches turns to gold.
This old blanket chest was dark and dingy and you couldn’t see any of the detailing on the front, until I painted it with Pure White and Louis Blue. I added a dark wax to the top to tone down the blue and make it look more vintage.
The buffet in my dining room is painted in Old White – I bought it this way from Carter’s Cottage, which has tons of furniture painted with chalk paint. Christie sells the paint in her store and is my source whenever I need a new can.
Jen at Girl in the Garage proves you can add whimsy to a piece of furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The options are endless as you can also mix the paint to produce custom colors. After painting, simply apply clear or dark wax, laquer, or leave it as is. The paint is truly versatile.
Finally, here’s my claw foot tub that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (just the outside). I added the fleur-de-lis in leftover Paris Grey paint that I had. I didn’t have to wax the tub when finished.
And if that wasn’t enough eye candy for you, check out my digital Flipboard magazine!
The Phenomenon of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is filled with painting tips, resources, and inspirational photos. If you haven’t tried this paint yet, you might want to give it a shot. It’s a little expensive, but worth every penny!
(I was not compensated in any way for this post featuring Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.)