My Love of Chalk Paint

What many of you have likely noticed from visiting us at the Land Haus or by viewing our furniture online, is that many of our pieces are refinished using Chalk Paint. The brand that I use and have had the most success with is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Years ago, when I first started refinishing furniture I used regular latex paint and then I would spend countless hours sanding and scraping down pieces to get an aged look. Although I put a lot of work into each piece I was never 100% satisfied with the end result and I wasn’t happy about the “abuse” done to the wood or the furniture.

Then I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

What a difference it made! The first big bonus of chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand or do a ton of prep work to your piece prior to painting – you just clean it and away you go!

Annie Sloan has a wonderful colour palette selection for her paint and if you want to create your own custom colour you can simply mix two together. For support on this process you can visit her website here.

While mixing paints is one technique you can use, I personally prefer to layer different colours and then removed the different layers in specific areas of the piece. This creates the beautiful look of a well loved piece that has been worn down over many years of use.

Close-up of desk where I layered paint and scraped some off to create a worn, well used look.
Close up of a drawer pull where I applied the same distressed process.

When distressing a piece, I work with sandpaper as well as moist sponges and rags of different textures. Every piece is so different from each other and I really pay attention to the details of the furniture I’m working on. I look at the areas that have naturally aged and use that to my advantage. I slowly take more and more paint off until I reach the desired look I want. Sometimes this is a fast process, other times it’s stretched out over multiple days. While I usually spend my time taking the paint off, if I’m not quite happy with the outcome I will add some paint back on.

I love the process – for me it is a form of creating art.

To finish my piece off, I apply a layer of clear wax to it. To create traces of use on the piece I add an antique wax or will set highlights by applying some gilding wax.

Adding an Antique Wax or Gilding Wax allows you to create some gorgeous dimension to projects and it can really highlight ornate pieces like this one.

The completion of each project always results in a stunning, well aged antique, with a wonderful light sheen that is soft to the touch. This is reward enough for all of my elbow grease!

If you are interested in bringing new life to a piece of furniture in your house, check in on us every now and again as we hope to create more posts about the process I use. You can also stop in at the Land Haus and ask me direct! I also recommend visiting the Annie Sloan website for inspiration and tips and techniques on her products.

Roll Top Desk Example

Below is an example of how a piece can start out and then what the final result is.

This gorgeous desk was found in rough shape but I had a vision on how to make it come to life again.

Roll Top Desk Before
Roll Top Desk Before

A few coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and it’s starting to look renewed. I first painted this piece with Country Grey and then layered Old White on top.

Roll Top Desk Painted
Roll Top Desk Painted

This is the completed desk. As you can see, I distressed areas of the desk so you can see the a bit of the original wood peeking out and some of the Country Grey. I finished this piece with Clear Wax.

Roll Top Desk Finished
Roll Top Desk Completed

**This post is in no way endorsed by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – it is simply my views on a great product.**

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