Why Chalk Paint® is so pleasing to the eye in a home!

Annie Sloan chose the name ‘Chalk Paint’ because it was suggestive of its very matte – almost chalky – finish. I like to say, Chalk Paint® is “Annie Sloan Paint” though.  

Chalk Paint® ……..”Matte is the desert dryness of chamois leather and sand, the chalkiness of charcoal and powdery pastel drawings, of blackboard smudges and soot. It is the smooth, bleached surface of driftwood; the dry, unglazed texture of bisque pottery; the bare, flat finish of concrete; the rough graininess of sandstone.

A natural matte finish … looks as comfortable and mellow as an old armchair. Lacking any hint of shine or artifice, it has the reassuring quality of the completely natural. It has a velvety and sensual texture, like peach skin or blotting paper, that makes you want to touch it and hold it.

Matte finishes are absorbent, which means that light is soaked up rather than being bounced back, creating a restful, peaceful atmosphere. In white or pale colors, most things that are matte look dusty, powdery, and chalky, but when the colors are dark, they look as soft and rich as velvet. As matte finishes do not demand attention, they are unpretentious and low-key, which makes them perfect for a bedroom or a relaxing sitting room.”
– Annie Sloan, Modern Paint Effects, 2000

Wax vs Lacquer on Kitchen Cabinets?

Wise Words from Annie Sloan herself! What is the best product to use to seal cabinetry that has been painted with Chalk Paint®?   Annie Sloan responded, “although lacquer seems like it will protect and you can scrub it clean, once it breaks, that’s it! Whereas wax can be cleaned and rewaxed if necessary and lasts many, many years!”

Personally- The Purple Painted Lady loves Annie’s Clear Wax over her Chalk Paint®. I find the wax to be very forgiving.  I keep my tin under the kitchen sink.  Do you need to wax every three months or year?  TOTALLY NOT TRUE!  But if a little person decided to take a crayon to my cabinets, or the black rubber bumper from my vacuum left a scuff – a little Clear Wax on a rag rubbed over will remove it all.  So, I would recommend three coats of Clear Wax total on the fronts of the cabinet doors you use the most.  Two coats on the doors you use the least, and two coats on the back of the doors. It goes on quickly, you wipe away the excess. There is no long wait time to let it dry. You can use a bleach wipe on them to clean up dirt and messes.

The highest end craftsman made cabinetry have a hand rubbed wax finish.  Trust the wax!

Making a “Teal” with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Interested in making a teal using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan?  If you are by one of our shops – you can always stop in and experiment mixing using our paint bar.  Otherwise- another option is using our virtual color mixing tool that is on-line HERE.  This software tool allows you to select up to three colors and specify different ratios to see a hypothetical mixture of what the mix outcome would like.  
Otherwise, here are some “teal” color recipe ideas to get you started.  Remember, Chalk Paint® is an artisan paint and Annie created it for you to use, to experiment with and to enjoy!
* Old Ochre and Florence make a nice Tiffany Blue- some of our customers call that teal.
* 3 parts Aubusson Blue and 1 part Antibes Green.  (but we encourage you to play with various amounts because the created colors are beautiful)
* Equal parts Aubusson Blue and Florence

* Napoleonic Blue and Florence1 part each, that makes a nice dark teal.  Then, if you want the best turquoise…..add 1/2 the mixed amount of quart of Pure White.

*  For a brighter teal, try only 10 or 20% Napoleonic Blue added to Florence.
Once you create your customer color  – you can then lighten it using Pure White.
Celeste Blemenauer – an Annie Sloan Stockist at her shop, Catfish Studios Mixed  Aubusson Blue with a hefty touch of Antibes Green to create a Teal on the hutch below to make a shade that everyone has loved.