Chalk it Up Baby! Before and After

There is a new furniture paint bursting onto the design scene called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It truly is an amazing paint because it goes over anything and there is absolutely no prep work involved. No stripping, no sanding, nada! All you have to do is paint and then seal the chalk paint with your choice of either a light or dark wax (also sold by Annie Sloan).The paint covers like magic and since painted furniture is a huge trend, it is super easy to paint your own piece and give it an updated new look. Super easy that is…except getting your hands on the paint. The paint is from England and there are currently only a limited number of US distributors that sell the paint. I have to believe this will change soon as more people hear about and want to try out the paint.

I first heard about the paint through my good friend  Susan Siefer who is a super talented decorative painter and the owner of  Mad Patter Art Design.  Susan originally drove to Rhode Island to bring home samples of the paint to experiment with. She raved about it and then together we drove out to the Brimfield Antique Show to buy even more. Not only did we buy the paint but we saw a lot of chalk painted furniture. We have since collaborated on a few pieces and I want to show you a few before and after’s.

The first piece we painted was a very sad small console table that I had bought for $1.00 at an auction. It had been painted multiple times and the top was covered with contact paper. Here is the table before:

$1.00 table before


Here is a close up of the top with multiple layers of paint and contact paper.


many layers of paint


This is the table after one coat of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Paris Gray is on the top and Paris Gray mixed with Original (white) is on the bottom.



We then waxed it and could have declared it finished, as it looked great.

light colored wax to seal the paint


BUT….Remember I said Susan is a super talented decorative painter… so this was just our starting point. We painted the top again with the Duck Egg Blue, distressed a little by lightly sanding so a little of the gray would show through, rewaxed with the light wax and then set up a stencil design for the top.


Annie Sloan Deck Egg Blue with stencil


We used Arles (yellow) for the stencil


Arles (yellow) for the stencil


We distressed the top again with a little more light sanding and then decided to paint the legs Arles and distress them as well. We finished the entire piece with a good covering of the dark wax.

Here is the finished piece.  (The photo was taken just before dark so the color is a little off but you get the idea).

console table AFTER



We were now hooked; both on the paint and on how much fun and how easy it was to turn trash to treasure. We started gathering as many pieces of furniture as we could and went to work turning them into little masterpieces. Here are a few more we did the same week.


A little side table painted Duck Egg Blue and Paris Gray with a silver stencil design.


Duck Egg Blue and Paris Gray


A stool painted in Emperor’s Silk Red and then covered in vintage red silk fabric (that was originally curtains) that Susan found at the Habitat For Humanity Restore.


Emperor's Silk Red



Most exciting is that the owner of  the store  Soiree,  saw one of our pieces on Susan’s iphone and asked if she could put them in her store……well…YEEESS!!!

Here are the painted pieces together when we dropped them off.  I don’t have a photo of the gray and silver stenciled one in the back but the owner put that one  in the store window (how incredibly exciting!)



We have since collected 3-4 more pieces to paint plus an old mirror and a vintage lamp. Now we just need to make another road trip down to Rhode Island or pay for shipping to get more paint.

I would love to hear feed back, and if you have used the paint, I would love to hear about that as well.

Give me a call if you would like to incorporate an Annie Sloan custom painted piece in your home.
















14 Responses to Chalk it Up Baby! Before and After
  1. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    that’s awesome, linda! i gotta get some of that paint! ok, so you mean NO prep, even on furniture with a wood finish with a sheen???

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Yes…NO prep. Even on shinny, glossy , dark brown finishes. The only prep we did was to wash the spider eggs off the bottom of the tables since they had been in my garage for a few years. The paint is just incredible!

  2. Susan Siefer Reply

    It is so much fun working on these pieces with you Linda. Can’t wait for our next “Friday”, whatever day that may be!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Looking forward to it!

  3. Shelley Armella Reply

    Wow, that is some paint! Certainly cuts down on the refinishing time which you gotta love. Another informative blog Linda!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Shelley! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks in Little Rock.

  4. Jil Reply

    Hi Linda, I just bought some of that paint last weekend. I haven’t tried it out, but I keep hearing great things about it. I bought the provencial blue paint and i’m wishing I bought the Paris gray now! I’! chomping at the bit to try it. Your pieces look fantastic.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Would love to hear what you think of the paint Jil and see what you paint.

  5. Kelly, Restyling Home by Kelly Reply

    Love the red stool! As you know, haha, I have also been playing with the new Annie Sloan paint. I will link over to your post when I finish my blog post. Thanks for stealing my thunder sister! 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Can’t wait to see what you paint and what you think of the paint. I feel like a kid with a new toy…I want to paint every piece of furniture in my house!

  6. Sheila Zeller Reply

    I am dying to try this paint Linda! I also did a quick Annie Sloan chalk paint post, but sadly it wasn’t my work that was featured. I can’t wait until the day that it is… this paint sounds like my style… no stripping, no priming, no sanding! I’m in love at first swipe 😉

    Your pieces are amazing! Love them all.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Sheila..can you get the paint any easier in Canada? You will love the is so easy to use.

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