About Chalk Paint®
Developed in the UK by renowned artist, author and decorative painter, Annie Sloan, Chalk Paint® is versatile and easy-to-use. Whether you are a beginner DIYer or a veteran to the craft, Chalk Paint® allows you to be creative without worrying about the preparation and technicalities of painting.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating with Chalk Paint®:
- Can be used on any surface – literally
- Requires no sanding or priming
- Can be used on furniture, walls and floors
- Can be applied to interior or exterior surfaces and furnishings
- Can be easily distressed to create an old world patina
- It environmentally friendly as it contains low VOC’s and has little to no odour
How to Use for a French Look:
- Apply two coats of Chalk Paint® decorative paint, moving the brush in multiple directions. The first and second coats should be coordinating colours.
- Apply the second coat of paint thinner than the first.
- Apply Clear Soft Wax with a lint-free cloth or brush. Work the wax into the paint like you would apply hand cream, making sure to remove any excess.
- Use a fine or medium grit sandpaper to artfully remove a little of the paint.
- Re-wax and polish. You can polish again the next day for more sheen.
About Soft Wax
Developed to work with Chalk Paint®, Annie Sloan Soft Waxes add the finishing touch to your product. It is used as a protective layer on top of your Chalk Paint® colour as well as to create decorative finishes and patinas when layered together. The Soft Wax can be mixed with Chalk Paint® to create a coloured wax.
How to Use:
Apply Clear Wax with a cloth or brush over dry Chalk Paint®. The wax will appear to darken the paint, but on drying it won’t be so apparent. For a distressed finish, rub gently with fine sandpaper AFTER applying the Clear Wax (while wax is still wet), then wax again. For a more pronounced aged look use Dark Wax over the Clear Wax, working it into any brush textures and removing excess with the clear wax. Finally buff with a cloth.
Maintaining Your Furniture:
All water-based furniture finishes need 21-28 days to cure (or longer if there are several layers of wax). For regular cleaning, use a soft cloth or slightly damp cloth on unwanted stains. Avoid excessive water; wax is by nature water resistant but will spot if not wiped immediately. Please treat your newly-finished piece of furniture as you would a fine fabric or antique – with respect!