As a rough guide, one liter of Chalk Paint™ covers approximately 150 square feet. In terms of furniture, that is equivalent to about 2-3 large dressers or 1 large china hutch. Have a look at our infographic to help estimate how much paint you need. Or have a look here at how much we were able to paint with only 1 pot of Aubusson Blue!
For most purposes, one or two coats of paint are enough. Here is the added bonus, there is rarely the need to sand or prime before painting. Chalk Paint™ adheres to almost any surface including wood, vinyl, leather, fabric, cement, tile and so much more!
Before use, tip the pot upside down for a few minutes then open and stir well. Like everything else in life, the best results are often achieved using the best tools. We recommend using a good quality brush like the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ brushes to apply the paint.
If ever the paint is too thick, simply paint with a slightly damp natural bristle brush or pour some out, add a little water and stir.
Chalk Paint® wax is the perfect complement for Chalk Paint™ and we would even go as far as saying it's an essential partner. This is the Aha! moment. It adds incredible durability, deepens the colours and gives a very slight sheen. It’s really easy to get sensational results – just use a cotton rag, or your Chalk Paint® Wax Brush, to get it into corners and crevices.
As a very rough guide, you will need one 500ml tin of wax for every 3-4 litres of paint – of course, this will vary depending on how many coats of paint or wax you use to cover a piece. And it's always best to have a little wax left over for touching up. With the lid tightly on, it will last indefinitely.
When you apply the wax, ‘push’ it into your Chalk Paint™ going in all directions so that it absorbs into the paint. You can use a cotton rag, but the easiest and quickest way is with a Chalk Paint™ wax brush which helps to really get into all corners an d crevices. Work in small sections at a time so the wax doesn't dry before you get to work it into the paint removing excess wax as you go with a clean lint-free cloth such as blue Scott Shop towels. This is not a workout so you shouldn't be sweating! The easiest sweat free way is always the right way. You can have a look at our "How to apply Chalk Paint™ wax"video on our tutorial page if you want a visual.
Don’t buff just yet - leave the wax to dry for 24 hours before buffing using a clean lint free cloth or buffing brush for a fantastic sheen, or leave as is for a matt effect.
Less is more, so there’s no need to apply wax too thickly. The wax will feel touch-dry immediately after you’ve applied it.
To bring out brushstrokes or for an aged effect, work Dark, Black or White Chalk Paint® Waxes into crevices, wiping it back with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to achieve your perfect result. Always apply a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax before you apply coloured waxes – this will allow you to control the colour.
The Wax will be dry to the touch very quickly but take longer to harden or ‘cure’. The ‘curing’ process can take 5 - 21 days depending on ambient temperature.
Chalk Paint® Wax is food-safe when completely cured.
Thankfully, you don't need to do much! No sanding, priming or striping is required. But you do want to make sure to wipe away any noticeable dirt and grime. We recommend using a biodegrable cleaner such as Krud Kutter and warm water, then rinse well with clean water and let completely dry.
On the rare projects that you have loose and flaking paint or old finishes, lightly sand with a medium to fine grit sandpaper before painting.
If you are painting new, untreated wood, apply clear Zinsser shellac to any knots and open grain to block tannins that can bleed through your paint and cause yellow or pinkish stains. Simply wipe on one or two thin coats with a rag. It dries in minutes and you can get on painting!
Yes, Annie Sloan paint is one of the rare paints that works well on these surfaces!
Before you start, you do have to make sure to lightly sand the surface with a medium to fine grit sandpaper. This will ensure optimal adherence on this very slick and non-porous type of surface. Apply a very thin first coat of paint then let it dry and harden for 24-48hrs before proceeding as usual. After that you're good to go!
On rare occasions, you may notice a stain bleed through your first coats of paint. This is most likely to happen on older pieces from the 1930's and 40's with oil-based finishes. This can sometimes also happen with water rings or with untreated wood.
The solution is the same as untreated wood, you want to wipe on one or two thin coats of clear Zinsser shellac directly over the paint you've already applied on the whole affected surface. It dries in minutes and you can keep on painting!
Totally! Annie's products are eco-friendly and pass rigorous Toy and Safety regulations. I myself painted during my whole pregnancy including several pieces for my baby's nursery. So even if your little ones start munching on the crib rails, it's completely safe.
Caring for your Annie Sloan brushes is easy and will help keep them in their optimal shape. Simply use warm water and a bit of dish soap if needed to rinse out the entire colour. Hang them up to dry with bristles pointing downwards. You'll notice that Chalk Paint™ cleans up easily in water compared to traditional latex based paints
If applying Chalk Paint™ wax with a Chalk Paint™ Wax brush, use a grease-cutting dish soap (Dawn dish soap works the best) to clean along with warm water.
Every once in a while, we treat our natural bristle brushes to a bit of hair conditioner. Simply lather and rinse and this will help keep the bristles soft and flexible!
Upkeep is simple and generally only requires a light buffing with a damp or dry soft cloth to clean. If you have a stubborn mark on a waxed piece of furniture, these can often be quickly removed using just a little bit of clear Chalk Paint™ wax on a cloth. Regular use of cleaners will eventually wear away the wax but if you prefer to use a mild surface cleaner make sure to test in an inconspicuous area beforehand.
A wax finish is hardwearing and easy to maintain over the years! Help protect your painted and waxed surface by using coasters and keeping away from extreme temperatures or humidity. A moderate climate is always best.
Waxes dissolve in alcohol, so using it on bars is not advisable.
Avoid aerosol spray polishes such as Pledge as they may contain solvents or silicone that could dissolve the wax.