From the first time I really explored furniture upcycling, I kept hearing all this chatter about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The rave reviews, boasting it was the easiest to work with, the smoothest finish, all in all the best furniture paint on the market.
I fought it. I won’t lie, the price scared me away. Honestly, paying about twice as much as I usually pay for a quart of paint didn’t sound appealing to me. I wasn’t falling for some trend, some great marketing campaign Ms. Sloan put out. I didn’t need that.
I experimented with several typical enamel based paint, and really fell for Behr. Not the priciest brand, but truly the best quality and fullest coverage I found. And I was happy with it, and never thought I was straying.
Then I saw Annie Sloan’s Florence on a chair at The Barn. And I fell head over heels for the color. I have a big soft spot for the blue/green/teal/turquoise color scheme (as my house shows) and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. After obsessing over the color for a month, I broke down and bought a sample of it at the Stylish Patina Barn this weekend.
I was doubtful when I was told a mere 4 fl. ounces would paint an entire small end table, especially after they told me I didn’t need to prime my piece first. But I trusted the lovely Terri from The Barn enough to give it a shot.
So here’s what I started with
I sanded the top slightly since there was a pretty slick finish and I wanted to rough it up just a little to make sure the paint had a good surface to grab on to. Then I started painting. It didn’t take me long to realize the reviews were right. I couldn’t believe how much coverage I was getting without even priming first.
And then I moved onto the spindle legs. I hate spindles. I have been know to pass up on an awesome piece of furniture because it involves spindles. I swear they are the bane of my existence. But to my surprise and delight, they were almost as easy as the top. Before I knew it, I had the first coat on, and it looked like this:
Now if I was going for a distressed look, I could have stopped right there, taken my sanding block to a few corners and called it a day. No lie. In one coat I had enough coverage to stop if I wanted a slightly worn and weathered look. And it was the easiest application I had ever done.
I let it dry for only about 20 minutes and started the second coat. It went on just as smooth and covered everything. Words cannot describe how impressed I am with this paint. After the second coat, here is my finished product:
How adorable is that?! Such a great pop of stunning color for any bare wall. I’m in love. And after it was all said and done, I still have nearly half of my paint sample left.
I can’t believe how much I liked working with this paint. I now completely understand why the price is what it is. Between saving on primer and the extra coats, it may end up being cheaper in the long run anyway. Plus, I completed this project in at least half the time it would have taken me doing it my old way. And really, as busy as I am these days, you can’t really put a price on my time.
My advice, if you’ve been shy about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for any reason, don’t be. It is a great quality product that makes the upcycling process crazy easy. It goes on smooth and leaves a rich finish. I expect to be exploring many more colors, but really, I may end up painting everything I own Florence.