Yep. I gone and done it. Two weeks ago, I clicked the ‘Buy It Now’ button and ordered some of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. I had read such rave reviews, I just couldn’t take it anymore, I had to try it for myself. So I did.
Two days ago, my shipment arrived.
If the French distressed look is what you’re going for . . this paint will do the trick.
This is ‘Paris Grey’. It’s quite lovely.
I mentioned awhile back I had a thrift store mirror sitting in my garage. I loved its shape, especially the arched cathedral top. Since I planned to have it sit in the foyer, I didn’t want it to be dark wood because the dresser below is already a dark stain. I saw the mirror above it in a complementary distressed paint treatment.
I paid $16 for this mirror, so it was the perfect candidate for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint experiment.
My review, thus far:
What I love: This paint is very easy to use, it’s water based, has no odor, and has a nice consistency for flat paint. I was able to cover my mirror’s frame in just one coat. This paint goes on very quickly, I painted this mirror in ten minutes, which is a heck of a lot quicker than my traditional method (primer + latex paint). The chalk paint cleans up with water and a little goes a long way. According to the company, there is no primer required and the paint will stick to varnished furniture or melamine surfaces.
There is little open time since this paint dries very fast. I noticed that with a brush, there were visible strokes when wet due to the quick drying time, but when the paint dried they virtually disappeared. The paint dries very quickly (in about 20 minutes), and has a chalky finish. Once it’s dry, you can easily distress with a sanding wedge, the paint comes off in tiny dust particles.
What concerns me: This paint is very expensive: one quart cost me $39 from my closest California retailer House of Anne. ($51 total with shipping, ouch.) That is one pricey quart of paint. Not gallon. Quart. Also, what is it about this paint that allows one to skip the primer step? What is the special additive? I couldn’t find the answer on the Annie Sloan website or anywhere on the internet, so I wrote to them.
I’m always concerned about durability, you can read Annie’s answers to my inquiries in our Q&A. I’m still curious about the formula, and want to know what exactly distinguishes this paint from all the other water based paints which allows one to skip the primer step. Annie is keeping her ingredients a secret.
Also, this paint is available in only 24 colors, which you can mix to create your own colors, but at $30+ a quart, that adds up quick.
To finish off my mirror, I gave it one coat of clear paste wax (Johnson’s) which slightly deepened the color. I did not purchase the waxes from House of Anne, they are an additional $25 for each wax (clear or dark). However, the chalk paint + Johnson’s paste wax combo looks really great up on the wood mirror, and I can say I will certainly use this paint again (after all, I have most of my quart left!) There’s a dresser revamp I have in mind, and this ‘Paris Gray’ will be perfect for it. I do want to see how it performs over a long flat surface that gets a lot of wear and tear.
My first impression is a good one thus far. This ‘Paris Grey’ chalk paint looks aged when dry and distresses exceptionally well.
Bottom line: If you can stomach the cost of one quart, then I encourage you to try if for yourself. I can’t vouch for its durability over time, but I’m loving the result so far. If you love a flat finish and a European distressed patina, then this paint will give you the look you’re going for.
I can’t deny my $16 thrift store mirror looks fabulous in our entry.
What say you? Have you tried Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint?
What do you think of this brand ?