So most of us know all about the awesomeness that is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint by now. I have been admiring chalk paint furniture transformations for awhile – there is no question, it produces really beautiful painted furniture. The problem for me all along has been the cost. At around $35 a quart plus shipping, it is very difficult for a frugal lady (cheapskate) like me to see the value no matter how beautiful the results.
Last week I was reading the post Chalk Paint Cost and Why I Use It at Perfectly Imperfect and I was inspired to reconsider chalk paint’s value. I decided to do a little test. Several months ago, I ordered some 4 ounce samples of a few colors of chalk paint from Shades of Amber. I had used most of the paint on picture frames and other small doodads but I still had half the sample of my beloved Antibes Green. I had been afraid to use my little samples on furniture pieces since they were so small. But after reading Shaunna’s post, I was feeling feisty.
- It can be painted straight onto pretty much any finish without sanding or priming.
- It provides really great coverage.
- It is much faster to paint using chalk paint than latex paint.
|before: glossy black|
- It can be painted straight onto pretty much any finish without sanding or priming. – Even with this super glossy finish, there were zero problems with the chalk paint adhering. Because the original color was so dark, I did have to do three coats of the chalk paint though.
- It provides really great coverage. – Even though I had to do three coats, my tiny little 2 ounces of paint still managed to get the job done. (It did use every drop though.)
- It is much faster to paint using chalk paint than latex paint. – This was also true. Aside from all the time saved by not sanding and priming, the actual painting was faster. I really didn’t have to be careful about how I brushed on the paint because it dried to a smooth finish anyway. And I also only had to wait a few minutes between coats.
|The back table has the exact same glossy finish this table had before painting.|