Difference Between Annie Sloan’s “White” Chalk Paint® Colors

Which “White” Chalk Paint® Should I get???

If you have a local stockist – this is easy to determine.  Just visit them and see the colors in person!  Most will strongly recommend that you purchase your colors with confidence- since returns are typically not an option.  With that said- if you need to order paint on-line, it can be even a bit more intimidating since colors may look differently on your monitor. This can be due to either:

1. the quality of your monitor
OR
2. the quality of the camera and lighting of who took the photo!

So, please read this post to learn more about Annie’s “whites” and then- call us if you are a customer of ours- and need more help with your purchase.  585.750.6056

I admit- I have yet to invest in an expensive camera. I use my “smart phone” to take photos. Compared to basic cameras purchased just 5 years ago- smartphones take higher resolution and better photos. But- truly- they are still not good enough. So, with that said- I would like to write a description of the colors below. Some of the information is my opinion, and some is based on how Annie Sloan herself describes the color.

I receive a lot of questions about the differences between the colors of Pure White, Old White and Cream Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

White differences The Purple Painted Lady Old Ochre Old White Pure White Cream 2

COLOR DESCRIPTIONS:

PURE WHITE:

The color of a piece of white paper. Literally- plain old note paper. White…clean white. It is WHITE.
: )
Pure White Sample Board

OLD WHITE:

This is the number one color that we sell.  Seriously- of ALL the colors we sell- the total of Old White is almost the same as all the other Chalk Paint® colors added together.  I think that is because it plays so well with all colors and it is not a bright, stark white.  Old White reminds me of the color of bisque pottery before being painted. It is a soft white, but can have a very slight yellow hue if placed near other items that are yellow. Some customers would refer to Old White as cream- as a matter of fact.  Annie says it is the color of chalk and gesso, a soft white without pink or yellow in it. Of all the other paint colors we sell collectively at The Purple Painted Lady- we sell that same amount (if not more) in just Old White. It is the number one selling color in our shops, on-line and any furniture we paint in Old White sells immediately!
Old White Sample Board

CREAM:

Think French Vanilla Ice Cream! Seriously- open a container of French Vanilla Ice Cream- and this is what I see. It has a vanilla hue to it. THIS IS A SOFT BUTTERY cream…definitely has a yellow hue to it!!!  In my opinion- this has more yellow than a traditional cream.

Cream Sample Board with both Clear and Dark Wax

 

OLD OCHRE:

And since we are doing neutrals- let’s talk about Old Ochre. This is more like a very light khaki, or …. unbleached muslin.
Old Ochre Sample Board

Visit our website to order if interested. $34.95 per quart, low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day!

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

If you do not have a stockist near you – please visit our on-line store- click HERE.

If you are interested in staying touch with The Purple Painted Lady- visit our Facebook page HERE – we would LOVE to hear from you and see your before & after photos!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
Again- if you have a local stockist- go and meet them…ask all of your paint questions to them……build a relationship with them.  Otherwise- if you need to order on-line- we are here to help you as you progress through your future project! 
And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.
Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™ ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

VISIT our locations too!

our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502

OR

STARTING JULY, 2015 ~ 650 South Ave. in Rochester, NY 14620

OR

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge)

OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 1 West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, NY 13027

 

Sanding Chalk Paint® Before OR After Waxing?

The question to sand and distress Chalk Paint® before versus after applying clear wax is a very common question. I asked it too, when I first started using Annie Sloan products. So, I hope this small post about this cute dresser helps you.

I love the combination of Versailles, Antoinette and Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Versailles Sample Board

Antoinette Sample Board

Old White Sample Board

I decided to use them all on a vintage dresser we are painting. Although I did mix a little Old White & Pure White into the Antoinette to soften the pink even more.

Versailles Antoinette dresser The Purple Painted Lady close up

Once the was all dry, I grabbed a “Medium to fine” sanding block because I wanted to soften the look of paint and give the piece a weathered/worn look.

The question many ask- is should I distress a piece before or after applying clear wax?

Personally, I like to sand Chalk Paint® before waxing. The reason I prefer that, is to me- it is less effort. I typically will sand using 200 or 220 grit sandpaper or sand sponge. I never use a power sander. I like to “feel” the piece and it does not take much effort (muscle power) at all to do this step. I like how the Chalk Paint® is polished and the end result, is a silky smooth surface.

Another reason I prefer to sand before applying clear wax, is that often- for pieces I am keeping in my one home, I usually only apply one coat of wax (two on the top though.) So, because I only apply one coat of wax over the sides of the dresser and drawers- I do not want to sand that one coat off- which will mean I need to apply another coat of wax.

For pieces that we sell at my shop though, I always do a minimum of 2 coats of wax since I do not know how the piece will be treated once it is sold. (I sometimes say there are people who use furniture, and then there are people who abuse furniture.)

Now- if you sand before applying a coat of wax- keep in mind- it will create more dust.

See how much is on my shop floor?

Versailles Antoinette dresser The Purple Painted Lady with dust

So, because of this I strongly recommend that you use a drop cloth at home because if you try to mop up that PAINT DUST, guess what you will create? …Yep, you guessed it, a beautiful wash all over your floor. So, don’t do that!

Again, since I sometimes like to apply one coat of wax- so I do not like to distress once it is on.

Now with that all shared, I will still sometimes take some triple zero steel wool and rub that over a finished piece that has been waxed. This changes the sheen of the waxed surface to more of a high sheen and it will feel smooth as glass.

I also like to use a sand block or sand paper to remove paint that accidentally gets onto a spot that it should not be. For example, on the top of a drawer or side of a drawer.

The Purple Painted Lady Versailles Antoinette sanding block drawer BEFOREThe Purple Painted Lady Versailles Antoinette sanding block drawer AFTER 2

The Purple Painted Lady sells Chalk Paint® on-line and we always ship same day! In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

To visit our on-line store- click HERE.

Lastly, we share a lot more information to help you get the most functionality out of your Chalk Paint® on our Facebook page. Consider checking it out by clicking HERE. While there- kindly consider LIKING us.

Thanks again,
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & MMS Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

PHONE: 585-750-6056

Come visit us:

At our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502 OR

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge) OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 2017 Milton Avenue in Solvay, NY 13209
Click HERE for Store hours and information.

PicMonkey Collage The Purple Painted Lady Sandinf Block sponge drawer clean chalk paint

Pearl Plaster- Adding Some Essence to Your Painted Pieces

The Purple Painted Lady sells Pearl Plaster by Artisan Enhancements.

It is an easy way to add beauty to your painted pieces.

Again, super easy to use and a little goes a long way when using it through a stencil.Slide3

Pearl Plaster comes in both 8 ounce sample size containers and quarts.

You can trowel it through a stencil, apply it strategically only to a detailed, architectural element, or mix it right in with your Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Again, a little goes a long way. If just troweling it over a stencil- the 8 ounce size will be plenty. If planning on using it to mix with your paint- consider the quart.

Pearl Plaster has the consistency of a jell-o-ie pudding. Very easy to use, and spreads incredibly smooth. Give it a peek!

The Purple Painted Lady sells it in 8 ounce sample sizes and quarts in her Macedon location and on line here=> http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/Artisan-Enhancements–Pearl-Plaster-Quart_p_153.html
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The Purple Painted Lady sells Chalk Paint® on-line and we always ship same day! In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

To visit our on-line store- click HERE.

Lastly, we share a lot more information to help you get the most functionality out of your Chalk Paint® on our Facebook page. Consider checking it out by clicking HERE. While there- kindly consider LIKING us.

Thanks again,
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & MMS Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

PHONE: 585-750-6056

Come visit us:

At our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502 OR

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge) OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 2017 Milton Avenue in Solvay, NY 13209
Click HERE for Store hours and information.

Using Chalk Paint® to Paint Your Couch or Wing Back Chair

Not in love with your furniture any more?

Instead of tossing it and buying new right away- consider painting it using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, like my customer’s Karen and Roxanne have (and many others!)
The Purple Painted Lady Painting a couch chalk Paint fabric BEFORE After 1

It does NOT matter if the furniture is:
fabric…velvet, brocade, leather or vinyl. Chalk Paint® will transform it…resurrect it…..and make you re-love it!

Keep in mind however, painting fabric will change the feel of it. Since you are not dyeing the fabric- it will have a stiffer, firmer feel. So, although many, many people have done this. Do a test spot in an inconspicuous spot and feel it before painting the whole thing!

Chalk Paint® is absolutely amazing in all it can do and when it comes to painting furniture- which when it is fabric furniture, it is similar to dying it. The Purple Painted Lady has done this herself and has had so many customers do this also. In fact, one customer of ours, Teresa at Lou’s Back Door Consignment in Fairport, NY had an old style couch. You know the kind with the ruffle pleat that goes all the way around the whole base. She painted it- and cannot stop raving about it!!! (Check out her Facebook page by clicking on the business name above and consider giving it a LIKE)

Sarah Cornett The Purple Painted Lady Painted Chalk Paint Fabric Couch rustic chic interiors 2

Keep in mind that if the fabric on your furniture has a heavy textured pattern, Chalk Paint® will change the color of the fabric, but it won’t hide the pattern.

YES………You can paint old worn out leather too!!

Look what Stacey Denniston from Palmyra, NY did!

Primer Red CHALK PAINT and clear wax by Annie Sloan transformed this tired leather chair into a fresh piece for Stacey Denniston’s home. Stacey said she loves the feel because it’s just like leather. You can do this too!

Check out this beautiful transformation by Erin at The French Marketplace. In order to get the stripes nice and crisp, she used “Frog Tape.” She finds that it works really well to achieve a nice, crisp line with no bleed through. Also, she made sure to burnish the tape really well to ensure good adhesion. When she came to the cording, she was careful to make sure that the tape was tucked completely around the cording securely. And that was it!

The Purple Painted Lady Before and After painted chairs Chalk Paint annie sloan

Or try something fun like the famous Janet Metzger from The Empty Nest did.   She used Honfleur Chalk Paint® all over this mauve colored wing back chair than embellished it using Antoinette, Old White, and a bunch of other colors in the Annie Sloan suite!

 

Nice Before & After, huh?  

Here is another by Lizzie White Vintage Chic!  If you stop by their Facebook page- tell them The Purple Painted Lady sent you.  : )

The Purple Painted Lady Michael Herrmann Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Chairs with fabric Graphite Lizzie White Vintage Chic

HOW MUCH PAINT WILL I NEED?

When calculating paint needs- keep in mind that painting fabric is very different than painting a hard surface. Fabric will absorb the paint more. (much more!) You will use more paint covering fabric that will absorb and suck up the paint, compared to painting a wood dresser. You will most likely need to apply two full coats – even a possible- third in specific areas pending the color you chose or if you are covering red fabric with a light color Chalk Paint®.

CAN I SAND THE CHALK PAINT® ONCE PAINTED ON MY COUCH?

Yes! Use 300 grit sandpaper after you have applied a couple coats and lightly polish the paint. It will soften it dramatically- but NOTE it will create dust. So, wipe that off with a towel before applying your clear wax. Also- stay away from edges or corners since it is an angle- you could break through the paint and show the real fabric beneath.

Picmonkey painted fabric Patricia The Purple Painted Lady2

LAYING THE KNAP IN YOUR FINISHING STROKE:

When painting velvet that has a heavy texture, make sure to lay the knap in the direction you want it to be once dry with your paint brush in your final, finishing stroke. Meaning, when initially painting, you may approach the fabric surface from different directions with your brush….but before moving on to a new area to paint…with your paint brush…stroke the surface so the knap lays consistently and smoothly in the same direction.

PAINTING LEATHER?:

Make sure to read this post HERE after this one!

Perfectly imperfect/Hollywood Regency Glam? My customer, Maria Antonieta wanted to change a dark – traditional leather & wood chair into “Hollywood Regency Glam.” She used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Pure White and Silver French Gilding Wax. Maria wrote me, “A lot of work, the leather cracked a little (not perfect as all the blogs I read online) no matter the paint, technique,etc)
The purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint painting Leather Maria Antonieta H

Maria wrote, “The chalk paint is a good paint but not as perfect finished as expected. (on leather) Good enough. But the gilding was the magic. LOVE IT….Love the effect !”

Why am I sharing this?

Because this is Maria’s true outcome. Often Chalk Paint® works perfectly and beautifully. And although Maria had a little crazing- this chair was transformed to blend with her style versus having to buy a new one. What do you think?

 

DID YOU PAINT LEATHER TOO THICK AND IT CRACKLED?

If you did not thin your paint at all – or enough, you may end up with a crackled look. This may help you.  Try sanding the paint softly with some 300 or 400 grit sandpaper. In this step- make sure to be careful not to sand the edges or corners since you may break through to the actual leather.  Again- stay away from the edges so you do not accidentally get a distressed look by wearing thru the paint.

And lastly, if interested in purchasing product on-line- check out our on-line store HERE after reading this post. We offer awesome customer service and the lowest flat rate shipping and…(drum roll please!) …… we ship the same day you place your order! (small print disclaimer – we ship same day as long as your order is placed before our UPS guy has come) But if you visit our FACEBOOK PAGE and look at our customer reviews- I think you will get the hint that we are super fast in turning your order around and we really care about our customers!

Now..after stirring up all of this excitement I need to share…..that Chalk Paint® is amazing- but it is not a miracle…so always do a test in an inconspicuous location if you are hesitant. What do I mean by this? I certainly do not want to burst the bubble, but I often share with my customers that some people “use” their furniture and then,..there are some who “abuse” their furniture. If you have four 120 pound Great Danes who like to play and jump on the furniture coming straight in from outside with muddy paws…this painting technique will work, but I would not guarantee it for years of use. Ok? For the majority of us who sit on our furniture and watch TV, take naps, read stories to our kids and yes, have pets- …you will love this as an alternative option.

APPLYING WAX TO LEATHER:

After the paint on your leather has been dry for about 24 hours, then wax.  (this extra time allows your paint to really set up, adhere and cure)

To apply the wax, we used a lint free cotton rag instead of a wax brush.  The leather is soft and subtle and we found using a rag to be best, but you may have a different opinion- and that is fine.  Go with what works for you.

Basically- we gently rubbed the wax around and in and then stopped when it felt smooth and almost dry to the touch.  Can you see in the photo above how the wax makes the painted leather a little darker?  It does NOT change the color but intensifies it.

This was a super easy process and the wax sealed the paint and made it feel like the most luxurious leather coat you have ever felt.

If you apply too much wax and need to remove the excess, just take a fresh, clean, lint free rag and gently wipe off the excess.

Be gentle when rubbing near the seems , corners or edges so that your removing of the wax does not act like a “wet distress” where you remove the paint.   It is normal to get some color transfer on your rag that you are applying your wax with, so do not panic when that happens.
PicMonkey Collage The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Fabric Chair Roxanne

To paint your furniture- follow these steps:

1. If painting a chair or couch, you will need:

PROJECT LIST:

* Drop cloth
* Chalk Paint® decorative paint in the color of your choice! Depending on your project- you may need more than a sample pot- but you will NOT use a whole quart.
* A natural bristle paint brush …either one of these will work PURDY or Annie’s SMALL Brush But Annie’s brush is the absolute best for this application.
* Annie’s Clear Wax

2. Make sure to have a plastic drop cloth beneath your furniture.

CLEAN YOUR FABRIC.   Dust it off or vacuum it.

3. It is important that immediately prior to painting the fabric- that you get a spritz bottle (like an old Windex bottle.) Fill it with water and lightly mist your fabric. You want the fabric to be moisten and definitely damp- but not dripping wet.

4. I strongly recommend using Annie’s SMALL paint brush when painting fabric! It will make your project so much easier, versus using a traditional flat/straight cut brush.

Annies Brushes

5. Thin your Chalk Paint® with water. So, whatever color Chalk Paint® you are using…you can either:

A. Pour some in a separate container and thin it slightly with water. I would consider starting by adding about 20% water to whatever amount you have. (YOU MAY NEED TO ADD MORE WATER!)  You do not want it soupy- but thinned enough that when it dries, it is not too thick and crusty)    If you do not thin your Chalk Paint®- due to it being a thicker paint- it may crackle. This does NOT jeopardize the adhesion ability of the paint and actually gives the look of leather or crocodile skin. Many of my customers love a chair that I did in my shop over two years ago like this!

OR

B. Have a plastic cup filled with about a 1/4 cup of water. Dip your paint brush into your paint, then quickly dip the tips of your brush into the water. Then paint! Make sure to position your paint and water close to your project- so you do not drip any on the floor.

(I prefer option A)

PicMonkey Collage painted couch The Purple Painted Lady before after

Painted Chair seat FABRIC

6. Begin painting your fabric. Apply a uniform thin coat and let it fully dry. Try applying the paint using your brush in a circular motion if painting a tweed. If painting a leather- you have options.

 

STAINS ON FABRIC?

A customer  had bleed through on a painted chair cushion. She ended up using  Kilz Oil Based Stain Blocker in the spray can. She said it worked great!

A. SMOOTH FINISH: Want a smoother finish- paint in traditional linear strokes. And lay your paint in the direction you want it to look before moving on to a new section.
OR
B. Try experimenting on a sample board prior to taking on your big leather couch and try laying Chalk Paint® in random directions. In many of Annie’s awesome videos on YouTube- you will see her painting like this. It is brilliant and creates a very nice finish. You can either be more subtle with this technique- or be bold.

You will most likely want to paint a second coat depending on how it looks. If you need to mix more paint with water- you do not need to thin it quite as much.

The Purple Painted Lady Painted Chalk Paint Fabric Couch Rhonda Banton Vaughn English Yellow picmonkey

7. Once everything is totally dry- and you are happy with the coverage- apply a thin coat of clear wax using a rag. This helps in keeping the fabric soft and subtle and protects it. Some people do not add the wax- but I think it is nice and again, it seals the fabric almost like a Scotch Guard protector. Again- I personally recommend waxing, but you may want to watch THIS funny video of a gentleman named Perry doing the “wiggle test” on a chair painted using Chalk Paint® that has not been waxed. If you watch the video, leave a note that The Purple Painted Lady sent you.
PicMonkey Collage the purple painted Lady Reclaimed and lovely furniture fabric chair chalk paint

Sill unsure of about painting your furniture, check out Annie Sloan herself painting a chair on national television HERE.

DURABILITY:
I have customers who have painted their furniture who also have dogs that get on their furniture and teenagers! They have been extremely satisfied in the longevity and how the paint can withstand the use. With that said, I think it is important to say- it is important that your pets nails be clipped and not be daggers. I also would not guarantee the outcome if you have little ones who use your couch as a trampoline. I always share that Chalk Paint® is incredible, but it is not a miracle. : )
The Purple Painted Lady Painting a couch chalk Paint fabric before after 2

If you have painted your furniture- please feel free to share your photos on my Facebook page! OR- email them to me at takuntz AT rochester.rr.com. (AT – @)

And remember~if interested in purchasing Annie Sloan products, please visit our website if interested in ordering Chalk Paint®. We have Chalk Paint® available for $34.95 per quart every day, we offer low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day (as long as Joe, our UPS guy has not come already!)

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

To visit our on-line store- click HERE.

Lastly, we share a lot more information to help you get the most functionality out of your Chalk Paint® on our Facebook page. Consider checking it out by clicking HERE. While there- kindly consider LIKING us.

If you are interested in staying touch with The Purple Painted Lady- visit our Facebook page HERE – we would LOVE to hear from you and see your before & after photos!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
 
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
 
 
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™ ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

VISIT our locations too!

our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502

77 Main street with phone number

OR

STARTING JULY, 2016 ~ Village Gate on Goodman Street in Rochester, NY 14620

Village Gate The Purple Painted Lady Goodman Ave OUTSIDE May 9

OR

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge)

OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 1 West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, NY 13027

The Purple Painted Lady west genesee Baldwinsville Chalk Paint FRONT Savvy Chick

 

 

Painting A Linoleum Floor and …..

Painting Stairs, Floors, and Linoleum with Chalk Paint®.

When it comes to linoleum, although some of you have the awesome ability to tear tile out and gut a bath, there are many of us – who sadly, are just not as talented as you. That- or some of us- just want a quick fix to change the look of what we have till maybe we budget for someone else to come an do the job, correctly.

An example of changing the look of something you have in your home via an untraditional way- is painting it. Specifically, paining old linoleum flooring.

The Purple Painted Lady Painted Linoleum Floor bathroom Annie Laquer Chalk Paint

 

The Purple Painted Lady was impress by the amazing job Cindy did!

Here is what she shared, “First, I cleaned the floor well with non-phosphate TSP but I have since heard it can take up to days to completely dry but that’s usually with furniture. (Some now some are using Simple Green.)

Most important, The Purple Painted Lady wants to add regarding cleaning: **Make sure to thoroughly rinse the floor after cleaning with any product though! Any residual cleaning agent will cause the paint to NOT adhere.

Next, Cindy put on 1 coat of the Old White straight from the quart. I recommend giving this first coat 24 hours to really set up before doing your next step.

Then she mixed 1 part Old White to 3 parts Coco for the stenciling project. She purchased a spray adhesive specifically for stencils, I think off Amazon. (she sprayed it on stencil outside; so it was easy to lift up and move to another area without leaving any residue and could move several times before having to spray again.)

She then put on 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Lacquer (non-yellowing). It is important to always use 2 thin coats and apply with a foam/ sponge roller.

Annie’s Lacquer is meant for high traffic areas and is water repellant, but not water proof. That means if you have water sitting on it for long periods of time, it can effect it. Annie Sloan Lacquer is a clear matte water based varnish for painted floors or heavily used furniture items, particularly for those painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan (as in Cindy’s case). It is a strong penetrating Lacquer meant to be used over wood or concrete floors painted with Chalk Paint® that are interior floors only. This Lacquer is NOT intended to be used outside. Again, this is for INSIDE use only. Note- this is not recommended for outdoor use.

Whether the paint is applied as a wash or applied solidly with a foam roller, this robust Lacquer will seal it perfectly. It dries quickly – but allow your floor or furniture piece to cure overnight. It will slightly darken the color beneath it with a matte finish that has a slight sheen to give it strength.

Often customers will state after the first coat they see some slight lines in the Lacquer if using a roller, but after the second coat is applied- it looks wonderful. (just sharing this so you do not panic)

There is no need to sand in between either! The Lacquer will slightly darken the paint beneath it. Something to keep in mind…is that Graphite (and dark Chalk Paint® colors) are notorious tattle talers! Meaning if the Lacquer is too thick- it will appear to be streaky or cloudy. It is the flattening agents in the Lacquer that give it its matte sheen create a cloudy or milky effect when the Lacquer is applied too thickly and this is more noticeable over darker colors. I hate to write this- but often repainting and then thinner layers of Lacquer applied with a sponge roller or brush is the correction. So, since you are reading this- I would hope that you would not apply it too thick.
Lacquer

Applying Lacquer:

Some people will sometimes take a wide sponge brush or bristle brush to even out the rolled out Lacquer immediately after rolling it – as so to make sure it is thinned enough. Also- it is important – to make sure that the Lacquer was incorporated well before using it. Again- this is done either by stirring- or- tipping it upside down and rolling the container in your hands.

The varnish is quick drying, non-toxic, low odor, and non-yellowing. The Lacquer will give you a very durable scuff resistant finish. Note though, it is not recommended in areas where there will be a lot of water. Annie’s Lacquer is ring resistant- meaning it can tolerate hot cups. It is also resistant to alcohol spills, which if using wax as a top coat- is not.

The liter will cover approximately 107 square feet (depending on how porous the surface and how thickly the Lacquer is applied.) Two coats are recommended for areas of high traffic (never substitute one thick coat if in a hurry- it will not dry uniformly and you will just have issues- this rule applies to paint and for that matter – ANY product on the market!) I applied it on the top of a heavily used dresser and it was dry to the touch within minutes!

 

DIRECTIONS:

Add about 10% water into the first coat.

Let dry 2 hours and recoat with full strength Lacquer (still a thin coat).

Let dry overnight.

Moving Furniture Over A Floor With Lacquer:

Lacquer dries quickly – but again, allow your floor or furniture piece to cure overnight. It will slightly darken the color beneath it with a matte finish that has a slight sheen to give it strength.  If using on your floor, do not start “dragging” pieces of furniture across it.  In fact, for a period of time- have someone help you and lift and carry pieces to place them.

Often customers will state after the first coat they see some slight lines in the Lacquer if using a roller, but after the second coat is applied- it looks wonderful. (just sharing this so you do not panic) No need to sand in between either!

Cannot stress this enough…..Something to understand when using Lacquer is that it does not want to be back stroked.

Confident strokes in one direction for an even sheen is extremely important because varnishes do not like to be back brushed. This can cause flashing…meaning an uneven finish.

The Lacquer will slightly darken the paint beneath it. Something to keep in mind…is that Graphite (and dark Chalk Paint® colors) are notorious tattle talers! Meaning if the Lacquer is too thick- it will appear to be streaky or cloudy. The flattening agents in the Lacquer that give it its matte sheen create a cloudy or milky effect when the Lacquer is applied too thickly and this is more noticeable over darker colors. I hate to write this- but often repainting and then thinner layers of Lacquer applied with a sponge roller or brush is the correction. So, since you are reading this- I would hope that you would not apply it too thick!

Some people will sometimes take a wide sponge brush or bristle brush to even out the rolled out Lacquer immediately after rolling it – as so to make sure it is thinned enough. Keep in mind the comment above about stroking it too much! Also- it is important – to make sure that the Lacquer was incorporated well before using it. Again- this is done either by stirring- or- tipping it upside down and rolling the container in your hands.

The varnish is quick drying, non-toxic, low odor, and non-yellowing. The Lacquer will give you a very durable scuff resistant finish. Note though, it is not recommended in areas where there will be a lot of water. Annie’s Lacquer is ring resistant- meaning it can tolerate hot cups. It is also resistant to alcohol spills, which if using wax as a top coat- is not.

If the floors are oak or some other sort of open grain wood- note that in the drying action of the Lacquer- it could pull up tannins through the new paint layers. Annie Sloan Lacquer is a penetrating varnish, meaning that it gets its strength by penetrating through the paint layers and attaching itself to the substrate. As it dries, the water in the varnish evaporates and the remaining materials shrink or pull tight to the surface, again another reason for its great strength.

However, the varnish pulls from both directions (think about how clothes shrink- in all directions) and this action can pull the tannins up if they have not been sealed with shellac prior to painting.

The same problem would occur if the floors had been previously stained with a non-colorfast stain. The only solution is to shellac, repaint, and reseal.

NOTE- Lacquer does NOT adhere over oil-based products.

Annie Sloan Lacquer dries to a matte sheen with just a hint of shine for durability … it is not glossy. Annie Sloan Lacquer can also be sprayed, but most apply with a sponge roller or a “bouncy” bristle brush.

Again, with most spray systems it will most likely need to be diluted with some water. My experience with working with the Lacquer has shown that the sheen level diminishes a bit with the addition of water … the more water added the more matte it becomes. With either product, try not to exceed adding more than 20% water.

****   If you brush it on – have confident strokes- since Lacquer does not like being over played with.

The liter will cover approximately 107 square feet (depending on how porous the surface and how thickly the Lacquer is applied.) Two coats are recommended for areas of high traffic (never substitute one thick coat if in a hurry- it will not dry uniformly and you will just have issues- this rule applies to paint and for that matter – ANY product on the market!) I applied it on the top of a heavily used dresser and it was dry to the touch within minutes!

How To Use Lacquer:

Before use, turn the container upside down for about 1 to 2 hours since all the “good materials” that may have sunk to the bottom get well incorporated again to the top and is well dispersed.

DO NOT SHAKE since this will cause bubbles to form in the varnish which you do not want to happen! It is best to gently mix the Lacquer by rolling the containers around in your hands or pouring the contents into a bucket to stir.

Apply the Lacquer with a high quality sponge/foam roller and using a sponge brush to cut in at the edges.

Apply two THIN coats for areas of high traffic such as a hallway, stairs, or sitting room but only one for a bedroom for instance. Again- it is best to apply two thin coats rather than one thicker one. You never get a head taking shortcuts!

An average coating needs to dry 1- 2 hours before another coat can be applied. Leave it overnight to “cure” before walking on it. Wash brushes/sponge rollers thoroughly in water.

Note that Annie Lacquer is NEVER applied over waxes! However, you can apply Annie Sloan’s soft waxes over the Lacquer.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY FLOOR THAT HAS ANNIE’S LACQUER ON IT?:

We recommend a product called Fabuloso. You mix it water and you do not let it pool on the Lacquer.  WalMart and other “fine” stores retail this cleaning product.  It is also great to pour down a drain or even in your toilet bowl- and leave it for an hour.  It will make your room smell like you cleaned it for hours.The Purple Painted Lady Fabulouso Cleaner Lacquer

Note that Annie Lacquer is NEVER applied over waxes! However, you can apply Annie Sloan’s soft waxes over the Lacquer. However, do NOT use wax on a stairs. It will become “buffed” due to use and make the surface too slippery.

Cindy purchased her stencil used on the linoleum through Cutting Edge Stencils Check them out here => http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/

Here is another awesome example of painting floors…or in this case, a set of stairs. And I really love how Karen’s stairs turned out!
Painted Stairs Chalk Paint The Purple Painted Lady South west style

With a Southwestern theme going on in her home- she not only rejuvenated an old set of stairs, but added a “wow” factor too! Using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan made it easy! First she painted her steps in Primer Red, then did a wash of Emperor’s Silk, added detailing, then applied 2 coats of Annie’s Lacquer.

This is another great floor project completed by Wood Junkies. Amber Brady McKee did a custom mix to create her pink.  She used Emperor’s Silk, Barcelona Orange and Old White.  Then she made a custom gray color using Graphite, Paris Grey and Pure White.

The Purple Painted Lady Wood Junkies Custom mix pink Emperors Silk Barcelona Old White Custom mix Gray graphite Paris Pure White

Carrie DiLallo:

Carrie wrote us that the project of painting her slate floor below “was actually very easy. Thoroughly cleaned a couple times and made sure to vacuum a couple times as well to make sure there were no pet hairs or debris. Used an artist brush on the grout with French Linen, painted the slate with Graphite. Let dry and sealed with two coats of Lacquer.”

The Purple Painted Lady French Linen Graphite Lacquer Carrie DiLallo Chalk Paint

Sherry Adelmann

In 2013, Sherry painted her floor with Duck Egg and Pure White for the top design using a stencil. She wrote us, “It’s held up for 3 years! I love it!”

The Purple Painted Lady Sherry Adelmann Duck Egg and Pure White floor

 

Beth Norton

We love Beth’s floor cloth for her Messy Molly, that she painted in English Yellow and Graphite and everything else!

The Purple Painted Lady Beth Norton Dog Mat Messy Molly English Yellow Graphite

Sabrina Jean  

Below, Sabrina painted three coats of Paris Gray Chalk Paint® as the base then did a dry bush of Pure White and Paris Grey mix over the top

The Purple Painted Lady Sabrina Jean Paris Grey Pure White Chalk Paint linoleum

Rhoda Vaughn did an amazing job with this faux carpet on her wood floors!

the purple painted lady Chalk paint lacquer floor rhoda duck  egg stencil

Linda Groom:

She painted the stairs below in her 1890 farmhouse with Coco and Pure White Chalk Paint® and then finished with Annie Sloan Lacquer. It only took me a weekend – very easy and pleased with the results.

The Purple Painted Lady Linda Groom Chalk Paint stairs Annie Sloan Lacquer Coco Pure White

The Purple Painted Lady sells all of Annie’s product on line! I really hope you give us the opportunity to do business with you!

I ship out every week day all over the US. I included a link below to my on-line shop below. We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same. Also- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you. (my shameless, but honest plug) wink-wink! Click HERE to link to Our On-Line Store => http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/

: ) And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project! And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us: http://www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/2014/02/why-buy-chalk-paint-from-us/

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Trish

Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & MMS Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

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