PROP 65 WARNING SIGN for the State of California

The state of California back in 1986 passed Proposition 65.  This has been an on going regulation since 1986 that changes and revises and that requires even Starbucks to post this sign because of the way coffee beans are roasted.  I found this article on the Bloomberg Opinion website about how this Proposition 65 Consumer Warning- applies to coffee on case you would like to check it out.  Click  HERE

Effective August 30, 2018, all Chalk Paint® retailers in the state of California need to hang a sign in their window. In addition, any retailer with an online store should print and include a copy of the attachment in all shipments to consumers in the state of California.

This warning will also effect General Finishes products too. 

The difficulty is that – like all government regulation it is very confusing to understand.  In one part of the regulation, it states, “small brick and mortar businesses with less than 10 employees may not need to.”  Then, they say it’s a good idea but then caution not to unless absolutely necessary.  So, which is it?  

Either way- we will publich a notice to go in to packages but keep in mind before you panic, that the Crystalline-silica that is found in calcium carbonate which is used in our products-  is also found in sand.  Sand that the earth created and that is on the beach near ocenas and lakes.  So, when you visit a beach in California you may see the Prop 65 warning also! 


You can also read more about Proposition 65 at this website HERE    or   HERE

For General Finishes products- The “Warnings” are specific for each product (see attachment)  HERE 


Annie Sloan’s The Colourist – Bookazine! Sept 2018

Annie Sloan’s The Colourist – Bookazine!

We are so excited and so are many of you!  The Colourist will be available sometime in September 2018 through our stores and on-line.  As soon as they are available at our distributor-  we will make a post with a link to purchase. 
The Colourist is a unique Bookazine (bigger than a magazine, smaller than a book) dedicated to Annie Sloan’s passion for colour. It is a collectable, bi-annual publication featuring 132 carefully curated pages bound in a covetable cover.

Inside you’ll find interviews, beautiful furniture, interior design inspiration, Annie Sloan Stockists, home tours and travel destinations. Each issue will also feature a range of Chalk Paint® projects, for all abilities from absolute amateurs to confident creatives, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

This first edition includes an exclusive free Annie Sloan Stencil, with an easy step-by-step guide by Felix Sloan. There is also a competition to enter, where you can win a complete room revamp including paint, fabrics, stencils, brushes and more.

Dark & Black Wax “How To”

TINTED WAXES by Annie Sloan: There are a few ways to use the Dark or Black Wax.


At a high level- when most people are using either Dark or Black Wax over “light” colored Chalk Paint®….. like any of the “white’s” or Louis Blue, Antoinette, Country Grey and so on……- unless you want a heavy rustic look- always apply an application of clear wax first. (Apply the clear wax and remove most of the excess)

The clear wax creates a barrier on top of the Chalk Paint® from having the “stain or tint” of the Dark or Black Wax penetrating directly into the porous Chalk Paint® – which makes manipulating it difficult.

Then- you can immediately apply your Dark or Black Wax. Typically, you only apply one coat of either the Dark or Black Wax versus multiple layers- so having the clear wax base gives an extra layer of protection.

A wax finish is as foolproof as you can get. You can only make two mistakes when waxing … putting too much on and buffing too soon. The secret … thin coats and lots of clean, lint free rags.

With that said- if you have a dark colored Chalk Paint®- like Graphite, Amsterdam Green, Emperor’s Silk, Napoleonic Blue and so on…..some people SKIP the clear wax and go directly to Dark or Black Wax. This means the paint will absorb more of the stain and make the piece even a richer or darker color.

If you purchase from us… please make sure to read the instructions we include for your products carefully and experiment on a test piece – like a chair or little side table that you have OR even on the back of the piece you are working on – before taking on a big project without any prior experience. As our instructions suggest- you should make sure to off load some of the Dark or Black Wax from your wax brush before slathering it on your piece.

We like to remove excess wax using lint free Scott Shop Towels versus cheese cloth.

If you are looking to “buff” the Dark or Black Wax to create a sheen – it is suggested to wait 24 hours before doing so. Many of our customers will use steel wool 000 or 0000 ……or a buffing brush, and lightly rub teh wax but I recommend in a linear fashion versus circular. ALWAYS test this in an inconspicuous location before just going at the top of a dining room table that took you weeks to perfect the look of. The larger and flatter the surface- especially when using “dark” Chalk Paint® colors- the more finesse it may take to buff.

The link to the YouTube video below on The Purple Painted Lady channel shows Courtney and Trish applying dark and black wax in different ways to achieve different outcomes. If you do not want to hear the informational discussion and just skip right to the wax application – jump to the 15 minute marker on the video. Please take a moment to watch it and consider subscribing to our channel.

Here is the YouTube VIDEO link:

Lastly- if you have stain on your fingers or under your nails from the Dark or Black Wax – the Scrubby Soap we sell works wonderfully removing that. My favorite are Lemon, Orange OR Lime. Here is a link to that:…


Here is an old timer’s trick too for when applying tinted waxes over previous wax:  Only occasionally and ONLY over a wax layer … never directly on Chalk Paint® because it can leave some discoloration. Usually when I want to touch up or refresh an old waxed finish. These cabinet doors are a couple of years old and had been handled a lot. I just use a very very small amount of wax, rub it on with 0000 steel wool and light pressure, and buff.   Again- Only occasionally do I use steel wool and ONLY over a wax layer … never directly on Chalk Paint® because it can leave some discoloration. Easy and fast. Leftover tricks from my old cabinet finishing days!

And do not doubt using wax!  … but think about something we all own that we think is extremely durable but it has just a painted finish … your car.  When you want to rejuvenate the finish or give it some protection or durability, do you put polyurethane on it or do you wax it!?

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