Painting Your Floor with Chalk Paint® Projects (wood floor, tile and Linoleum)

These floor projects using with Chalk Paint® on wood floor, tile and Linoleum are just spectacular. 

Here is one of my favorite blogs to follow, Dana at HOUSE*TWEAKINGDana is a pharmacist by trade but her passion is houses. She is seriously talented in her vision. She recently painted a tile floor entry to look like slate using Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and then protected it with Annie’s Matte Lacquer.

Tile floor project by HOUSE*TWEAKING

Just a disclaimer, usually over dark colored Chalk Paint® you should use Annie Sloan Gloss Lacquer since the flattening agent in the Matte can look hazey.

Dana was clever though and wanted that potential haze to make the tile look more like authentic slate. 

Here is a link to Dana’s beautiful website:




HOUSE*TWEAKING – applying Annie Sloan Lacquer

0We think she nailed it! In her post, she shares some of our instructional information…but check out the first comment below to a link to our website for a lot more Lacquer tips! Here is a link to Dana’s beautiful website:

Check out this wood floor fixer upper project by our friend Amy Smith – who is an entrepreneur and has had multiple successful businesses.

Picking out colors of Chalk Paint® at The Purple Painted Lady

This new chapter she just began is being the caretaker for the Taylor House 1810 at 2941 West Lake Road in Cazenovia, NY. They will be doing an exciting new launch of their gorgeous bed and breakfast in early January 2020….and will be sharing more photos. But we just had to share what they did to their floor using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

However, we wanted to give you a little taste of how they are using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and inspiration from blogs like Quintessence on this journey. 

Amy’s Inspiration for her floor transformation


Amy had some restoration to the wood floor and the repairs did not fit in with the previous wood stain.

Taylor House 1810 Wood Floor Restoration

Amy had a vision and with Athenian Black, Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® and patience ~ she is creating something gorgeous.

Taylor House 1810

……and then she used Annie’s GLOSS Lacquer to seal the floor.  To read more about using Lacquer- visit this post HERE.    The whole bed and breakfast is really coming together! 


Once the Taylor House 1810 does their formal debut- The Purple Painted Lady will make a road trip to visit Amy and do a Facebook LIVE. We will give you a tour and discuss the projects Amy did and let you ask any questions to get real answers! I cannot wait- it is going to be gorgeous!!!!

Next up is a project from an Annie Sloan Stockist named Josh Mintoft who owns Martha Heritage in Sheffield –  he transformed his old tile that was a terra cotta red to something current, fresh and very clean looking! 

Josh cleaned his floor well and followed up with an additional rinse of fresh water to ensure there was not soap residue left behind, or any dirt.  He then made sure the floor was totally dry before he began.  Especially, in the grout lines.


French Linen Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan’s Lacquer

First- he painted in the grout lines with white.

Once the white on the grout was dry- he began to use the French Linen Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan to cover the bulk of the tiles. 

He was not too concerned about if he accidentally covered some grout with the French Linen Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan because he knew once he added the stencil…there would be enough movement- no one would really notice!

Josh stated he used a brush, and managed to get away with one coat generally of the French Linen – but touched up in places.  Then he stenciled and applied the Lacquer.   

Here is some important information about using Lacquer since it does NOT behave like paint. It is critical you read and follow the instructions we provide!!!!…/using-annie…/

This Linoleum floor was completed by Maddie with her sister and mom.  They used Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  They sealed the floor using two solid coats of Annie’s Gloss Lacquer.  Most importantly- they wanted to share to take your time cleaning the floor.  It is one of the most important steps…along with taping the perimeter to protect the walls.
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Our 9/23/17 Festival!!!!

The Purple Painted Lady® 7th Annual Festival Sept. 23, 2017 is TOMORROW….SATURDAY ONLY!!!!

Come see us and 300 amazing artisans (no one is selling solar panels, or insurance at this show!) and 22 bands& musicians, 16 food trucks and more!!!!!


9 to 5 pm at 845 Yellow Mills Road Palmyra 14522.

$5 parking and $1 entrance….money to benefit Pal-Mac Rotary and Camp ONSEYAWA (camp for kids with disabilities).

This is a family friendly, NO smoking event.

See the website for directions, map of all vendors, and every other detail you are wondering about. AND don’t forget to print your FREE raffle ticket to win some of the 300 raffles donated by the artists!!!! Thanks everyone! #thepurplepaintedladyfestival

How To Clean Your Painted and Waxed Cabinets

Hi!  If you have have refinished your cabinets using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and her wax ….. I bet they look awesome!  Congratulations!

I want to help you keep them looking great!

NIGHTMARE:    First- let’s address the worse situation.  Meaning, something VERY BAD happens- (queue the scary music in a horror film now)  ……like a black sharpie was taken to the front and there is a “permanent” mark….or Crayola Crayons were used, or the black from the rubber bumper around a vacuum left a scuff …or a scuff from a kids shoe…..or for that matter……anything that does not come off with a gentle cleaner/dish soap and warm water.    

  • Grab your tin of Annie’s clear wax (in fact- always leave it under the kitchen sink.) 
  • Take a soft towel and get a small amount.  Like less than a single green pea.  
  • Lightly rub that on the abused area until you see the stain lift off.  
  • You might need to re-wax the whole door to get a uniform look- but this should have done the trick.  The reason this works is –  there is a component in the wax that keeps it soft and spreadable.  This component will also soften the top micro layer of existing wax on your cabinet door (or dresser, or table, etc)   When it softens that layer- it also allows you to lift any serious dirt or stain.  
  • If your cabinets were painted a while ago- you do not realize this…but dirt and dust will land on them.  By cleaning only one spot….it may acknowledge that the rest of the door needs to be cleaned also.  So, a nice once over with the clear wax will do the trick.
  • NOTE- if you have applied a tinted wax all over your cabinets- such as Annie’s Dark, Black or White wax.  You will probably need to use Clear Wax over the entire door, and then re-apply the tinted wax.  
  • Another option is using Odorless Mineral Spirits on a rag- to wipe off all of the surface wax, in hopes- it also removes the problem area.  Using a little odorless mineral spirits on it and wipe off some of that wax build up. Your rag should be damp only, not dripping! I like to use “real” Mineral Spirits..meaning not the environmentally “green” Mineral Spirits that has a milky white appearance. I feel it does not work or perform nearly as well as the original Mineral Spirits. Take your rag and place it on the opening of the Mineral Spirits container. Flip the container a couple of times in different areas of the rag. (the image I want you to think of is how a person would put nailpolish remover onto a cotton swab or ball!) With a tiny bit of Mineral Spirits on your rag, rub the area you are trying to remove the wax.  The mineral spirits on the rag will remove some of the wax. You do not want to be aggressively scrubbing in any one spot- you want to have uniformed removal of the build up.  If the stain or problem area disappears- then – take a rad lightly moisten with water,  Wipe the cabinet down again.  Let it completely dry.  Finish with a fresh coat of wax over the entire surface. 
  •   Lastly- Annie Sloan’s products are amazing- but they are not a miracle.  If for some reason- you can’t remove the “nightmare” of a stain – you may have to repaint and then wax.  This is why I always tell people, to keep some of their leftover paint and a tin of Clear Wax in the back corner under their kitchen sink.   And know this- a touch up probably will not work.  You may need to repaint the entire door.

ON GOING CLEANING of Cabinets painted with Chalk Paint® and have Wax as a top coat:

Cabinet Care & Cleaning

From regular dusting to cleaning splatters and spills, you can help maintain the beauty of your cabinets by following these recommendations.


A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water.

After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth.

Do not aggressively scrub in any one spot.


The following cleaning products are to be avoided as damage may occur (this would apply to brand new cabinets from a big box store too):

  • Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder, scouring pads, steel wool or self polishing waxes.
  • Sponges or dish cloths. They may contain particles that could scratch your cabinets, or they may contain food and oil residue or remnants of harsh cleaning solutions.
  • Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits, nail-polish removers or paint thinners.
  • Ammonia or cleaning products that include ammonia.
  • Bleach or cleaning products that include bleach.
  • Silicone-based cleaning, waxing, or polishing products.
  • Soaps that are a “de-greaser.”


Clean spills and splatters immediately. Prolonged exposure to spills, including food, water or other liquids, or to oil and grease splatters, can cause permanent discoloration or damage to your cabinet’s finish.


cabinet care tips

Use a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth for regular dusting.

Packaged dusting sheets are not required or recommended. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets, and do not use aerosol products made for dusting.


Over time, polishing compounds may build up on the surface of your cabinets and cause a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. Never use Endust or Pledge on cabinets.  


I recommend that you add or embed to your painting quote ….the cost of one new tin of clear wax by Annie Sloan.  Leave it with the customer under their kitchen sink.   Explain to them and leave a document on how to use it.  

Provide them with TWO copies of a documented “CARE TAG” regarding on the proper way to clean their cabinets and have them sign off on your job – acknowledging that you left it. 

If you do not have a care tag…MAKE ONE NOW!   Just copy and paste what is above and tweak it to fit your style! 

If you transform a project and would like to share it with The Purple Painted Lady® via your Facebook or Instagram page, please use our hashtag!!!  #thepurplepaintedlady   We love seeing what you are all working on!



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