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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Painting Furniture/ Annie Sloan Paint or Latex







I am sure you have all read reviews and opinions on which paint to use by now. One more isn't going to change your mind, but I might as well add mine to the pile. Last year I started painting furniture for booth sales. Mostly I use oops paint...returns and remixes from local hardware stores- usually that ends up being latex, eggshell or satin. Once in a while you get a flat paint- perfect for making your own "chalk paint".
   I had on occasion even mixed in some plaster of Paris with satin, semi gloss or eggshell, seeing if it would give a better adherence. Mixing your own chalk paint is perfectly fine- with the flat, here is some of what I learned along the way.
  you have probably heard to strain your paint, I have done this.....and been to lazy to do it- official opinion- strain it!! oh my  for junk and clumps that are already in paint!
Next use only flat paint to make your own- really anything else will result in wasting left over paint, it chunks, clumps, and deteriorates.
  Mix your plaster of Paris in warm water and then add it to the paint. I used the the recipe of 3 Tbs plaster powder to 2 Tbs (maybe 3) of warm water mixed into 1 c paint.

Dear Annie,
For a long time....mostly because of budget...or lack of, I stayed away from fancy paint. Locally only Annie Sloan chalk paint is sold. After a couple successful booths, I broke down and treated myself to Annie- first I just tried a little pod
   next a quart
then the wax
then a brush
Official opinion......it is like butter baby! There is a reason that stuff is so expensive, it works! It works well, it covers well, and the colors are rich and amazing.



before



This table is done in Emperor's Silk and Graphite.
If you have ever painted with red before you know......there is a reason red is a head ache to work with, often it requires 5 or even more coats to get a rich consistent color. Sometimes requiring a base coat- and if you're me, always making a mess and regretting I went for red. (unless it comes from a spray can).



Annie's red- yep 2 coats and perfect coverage. Most of time it is said you can get her paint to work in one coat, I do find 2 is just better for me. Annie calls it one and a half, once over and then get where you missed or paint is thin, I think if you're a good painter that would apply. The paint is relatively easy to sand and distress.
As for her wax- I have used a few waxes, mixed my own too and all I can say is, budget willing I will never use anything but Annie Sloan wax again!!!  Wax hardens in about a day and completely cures in a week or so and it pretty tough.
Keep in mind, her dark wax is powerful and a little has a big bang!

       
stencils from Artistic Stencil Designs

Latex
For most pieces I still end up going with the oops paint, at 50 cents to a couple bucks you can't go wrong. Often you are limited in choice, but once in a while you strike it rich with a beautiful color.
Whites are still, and always will be a favorite. The thing with latex is, it distresses very easily- sometimes too easily and you may chip or sand off more than you want, but if you really want a rustic worn look this is a good paint to use, especially since you will be removing much of it with sand paper. The paint does not adhere as well as chalk paint and takes a while longer to dry, usually it doesn't need sealing....but it never hurts, especially if you want to be sure every bump won't remove more paint.
stencils bought at Hobby Lobby


These pieces are satin latex white and home made brown chalk paint on the details. A light coat of wax was applied after distressing.
  You can see latex distresses easily and larger chunks pull off.  This is more of a time worn look in my opinion.

The yellow is another latex with hand painted craft acrylic details, waxed on top to prevent them from wearing off.






Back to Annie, below is an example of rough wood, using Provence and dark wax. If you want a softer dark look you will need to mix your wax with clear or place a coat of clear first and then a second coat of the dark to keep it from such a deep color. I tend to like the real dark stuff on some pieces, but you can see how much it changes the look, see the box below? Same color but with clear wax only.





 Provence, same color as above but with clear wax only.  Note- the inside is a regular latex paint. This piece is a great example of how helpful Annie's brushes are; because they are so thick and concentrated in that lovely round form, they really hold the paint which is helpful in crevices. Although they were created to get large flat area coverage with minimal brush lines they are also the bomb for things like this.


before

after

When all is said and done, don't let paint or lack of paint stop you from creating, use what ya got and have fun, everything can be painted over if you don't like it. But yes, ASCP is a great product and worth the extra money.

True advantages of  Annie Sloan chalk paint (ASCP)- no primer needed
                                                 very low odor
                                                  good coverage with less paint
                                                  rich beautiful colors, and consistent - no need to wait for mixing at the store
Advantages of ASCP wax- low odor!
                                          soft and easy to use
                                           tough surface after drying
Advantages of brush-   excellent coverage, holds a lot of paint


I was not contacted or paid to do this review.
I have not tried other name brand paints such as CeCe Caldwell or Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint



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7 comments:

Jann Olson said...

Shannon, you hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. I have used A.S. and made my own. Must admit, I have mixed it with eggshell, but you do get small lumps. I end up having to sand a lot more. I do mix my Plaster of Pairs with hot water first. But A.S. is the smoothest most wonderful application. Must admit, it is worth the money! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Coloradolady said...

Thanks for the suggestions, I have several painting projects this year, and have debated on the A.S. Paint, or mixing my own. I may just invest in her products, as the pieces I want to redo, I really want to turn out perfect!! Happy VTT

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Awesome tips and your furniture pieces turned out great! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend! ~Deborah

Susan Clayton said...

Loved seeing all your projects.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Wonderful post - I do love Annie Sloan's red paint - I might paint something with that soon - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Royal said...

I am new to furniture painting. I want to do this while I go to school for income. When I see pictures of chalk and milk painting projects, they are "shabby chic" looking. Can those paints be used for the clean look also? Has anyone made the chalk paint using joint compound? I saw a blog that did, but I didn't know what to do with that information, then. Is chalk paint better than the regular latex (oops type) paint? What's the difference in chalk paint and milk paint? Are you saying chalk paint is better for furniture? I don't want to rustic or shabby look. How can I get flake free painted furniture with paint? Thanks for your suggestions.

shannon i olson said...

yes you can use Chalk paint without the shabby finish. Chalk paint is ideal for the shabby look because it sands easy, which is why you so often see finished products like that. I believe chalk paint is the best for furniture because it rarely needs any prep (sanding,priming) It adheres well to most finishes and dries quickly between layers, Often it only requires one or two coats, Latex peels and if the wood is not raw or sanded well does best with a primer. Now, it is up to you how much work you want to put in on your piece, I have simply painted latex without sand and primer, because I am going for shabby and the chips and peels are effective for the look.
Directly to your question, chalk paint is, in my opinion the best and easiest to work with, I personally have not tried Milk paint.
You do not need to go with the shabby finish, and it will be a crisp lovely finish after waxing- you must wax or seal chalk paint! You will not get a shiny finish however so if you want a glossy or high gloss finish, you will have to use latex or spray paint.
As for home made with joint compound I have used it, and personally feel the texture is too gritty

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