Touch Up’s with Chalk Paint®

Hey all- Trish here. So, you painted a piece of furniture or your cabinets with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan a while back and now you need to do a touch up.

Here are some important questions to know the answer to:

How long ago was your original painting done? If it was painted recently- then the color matching is fine. If however, it was more than a year ago – you may want to consider repainting the whole side that needs a touch up. Keep in mind- that I painted my walls a year ago with Sherwin Williams wall paint and when I went to do a touch up on one wall recently, my touch up looked different and was an obvious touch up because the touch up was fresh and the rest of my walls had been exposed to airborne particles since it was in my kitchen from the last 2 years of living.  Then, also take into account, between just normal wear and tear, UV rays and life with my two dogs – the original paint had a different appearance than the freshly applied paint.  Ultimately- I repainted the entire wall. 

If you literally, just recently painted and something happen where you need to do a touch up- you should be successful. You will want to account for what type of top coat and what sheen it was before doing the touch up. If going over a super shiney surface- sometimes – touch ups are noticeable.

If you painted your piece or cabinets with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan sometime prior to early 2019 and you purchased your paint from The Purple Painted Lady – you will want to call us and confirm if the Chalk Paint® was packaged in a litre or a quart container. This is important to know because Annie Sloan took over manufacturing and distribution here in North America at the end of 2018. The packaging changed from quart containers to litre containers. About a third of her colors, changed slightly.  Some colors changed more than others though. Meaning- if doing a touch up or painting a new cabinet addition to a pre-existing kitchen row- the difference may be in some cases, totally noticeable.

If you need assistance trying to determine if your paint was packaged in a quart- call us and we will do our best to help you. 585.750.6056

What happens when I soak a Paint Brush for a long time – over and over?

So, you made the big purchase and splurged on some of the most amazing brushes for your Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, Congrats! Now, ……take good care of that investment. It is kind of like buying a brand new car. You don’t typically park it in a tight parking spot.

When it comes to brushes- don’t soak them overnight. Any brush that becomes waterlogged from soaking in water will break down over time, no matter what the cost or manufacturer. I guarantee it.

Chalk Paint® is so easy to wash out of a brush with warm water and a little patience to make sure you get all of the paint out. Once that water runs clean- you know you are done. Always wash them out right after painting and avoid any soaking. If you do soak your brushes often – they can end up looking like this poor little brush shown in the photo and this problem should never occur.

Here is a great tip: Periodically, condition your paint brush bristles by taking some hair conditioner or Murphy’s Oil Soap. This will help to lengthen the life of your beautiful brushes.

How much Chalk Paint® do I need to paint my cabinets? ~ How to determine your square footage

So you want to use Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan your kitchen cabinets. 1,000’s and 1,000’s of other homeowners have already done this using Annie’s paint. But you may be wondering where do you begin. Let us help you!


A litre of paint will vary on how far it will go. The paint tins state that Chalk Paint® will cover 140 sq ft. That is for one coat. At The Purple Painted Lady- we will say to use a number more like 120 sq ft. You will almost always need more than one coat and depending on the color you choose and what base you are painting over- you may need three full coats. Determining how much surface space, otherwise known as square footage you have to paint is important because it will guide you on how much paint to buy. Chalk Paint® has great adherence ability and you will be surprised how far the paint goes.

Here are some things to keep in mind though:

  • Are you painting the back of the cabinet doors? I recommend doing this so when you open your cabinet it looks cohesive. If you leave them unpainted, it will be a constant reminder of how they use to look.
  • Make sure to account for the end caps or the side sections
  • Are you painting the bottom of the top hanging cabinets. (this is the side you would see if you were laying on your kitchen floor looking up toward your ceiling)
  • What color are you choosing? Lighter colors require more coats of paint compared to other colors


Personally, I like to draw out sections of the kitchen I am going to paint and break up the layout into vignettes. For example, I will draw a rectangle for the cabinets under the kitchen sink. See my drawing below.

Besides paint- you will consider to purchasing:

PREP before painting: Use Krud Kutter – that is what we recommend and use to clean customer cabinets prior to painting.


Want a smoother finish? We recommend Annie’s 2″ Flat Large Brush.

For the actual cabinet base- try using Annie’s 1 1/4″ Flat Small Brush

If you want a little more texture, or get more paint applied to the surface faster- try Annie’s SMALL dome top brush.


Not all top coats are made equally or will perform the same.  Be careful if painting your cabinets with a light colored paint…especially white and you choose to go vogue using some poly top coat you pick up at a hardware store.  Many will eventually yellow – even when they say they won’t.  I recommend strongly- using one of the top coats I have listed below.

Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax was formulated to work perfectly with Annie’s Chalk Paint®. You will need to apply a few coats. It is quick and relatively easy. The first coat may not look great, but the second coat will bring it all together. You do not need to wax every few months or year- so disregard that if you have read that somewhere online. I strongly recommend to purchase Annie’s Small Wax Brush if doing your cabinets and a roll of Scott Shop Towels

Annie Sloan’s Lacquer. Annie’s Lacquer comes in both a Matte and a Gloss. Do not use Matte Lacquer directly over dark colored Chalk Paint® because the flattening agents can create a white hazy effect. Make sure to read our post on best practices of Annie’s Lacquer HERE. It is important because Lacquer does not behave like paint.

Painting with “White” colored paints? Like Old White, Pure, Original? Top coats that yellow are a serious issue. Wax will never yellow. But another option is Artisan Enhancements Clear Finish. This will have a satin to shiney sheen and keep in mind, the more applications you apply, the shiner it will become. Make sure to purchase their varnish brush to apply it with.

Chalk Paint® (Dark Color) Streaking?

When using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and mixing water with the paint to thin it slightly and get a smoother finish – we recommend pouring out some of the Chalk Paint® into a separate container and then mixing water with it directly. Then, throughout your project, make sure to remix it to keep all the pigments incorporated because it can start to separate a bit. This is especially important with darker colors like Napoleonic Blue, Athenian Black, Amsterdam Green, Graphite.

What you should NOT do… just dip your brush into water and then into the paint or use a spray bottle- it can cause the end result to look streaky. Below is an example of what can happen.

Another suggestion is when painting, to paint the whole surface and not going back and feathering specific spots here or there. This is especially important when adding water to your paint.

Chalk Paint® Color Chart – don’t always judge a color by a 1″ swatch

Don’t always judge a Chalk Paint® color just by that tiny 1 inch square on the Color Chart.

When you look at painted swatches against the bright white card stock of the color chart – it could give you false perception. So does holding the card flat vs vertical …the amount of light bouncing off the swatch can effect how your eye perceives the color.

This kitchen project shown further down in this post is a perfect example of what I mean. The Chalk Paint® color Original – is a warm, slightly creamy, traditional white. When you look at the swatch, it has a slight ochre base to it, and may appear as if it is too creamy but once painted, it is a perfect soft warm white and seems much more neutral. Purchasing a sample pot of potential colors you are considering is always a great investment… especially if you are doing a large project like your kitchen cabinets. Paint one door and see how the color works with your wall paint color. Keep in mind other things like the amount of light you get in your home and your flooring and countertops can make a difference too.

**** Sorry- I interrupt this post quickly to insert a link to a video I made where we opened every LITRE container of Chalk Paint®, stirred it and described the color. There is a key to jump to a specific color too. CLICK HERE to watch the YOUTUBE Video.

If you are are considering of purchasing Chalk Paint® for a larger project- like a kitchen or a whole bedroom suite consider investing in a sample pot of chalk paint first. They are very affordable and really the only way to truly see how a color plays in your home with your lighting, other wall colors, etc. Sample Pots are 1/2 cup.

So, if you have any questions regarding the swatches on the Annie Sloan Color Chart – just contact us. You can reach Trish by phone or text at 585.750.6056.


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