Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and Oxford Navy

This is post is dedicated to Sarah Dunlavy who asked if we could show some examples of Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan mixed with Graphite…. We created a video that we will be sharing on our Youtube – but for now….I just wanted to share this photo.

We mixed Napoleonic Blue with Graphite in a few different mix ratios and then we mixed Oxford Navy with Old White……I think my two favorite mixes of all were the mix of:

Napoleonic Blue and Graphite in equal amounts – meaning 1:1

Oxford Navy and Old White in a 4 to 1 mix.

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Painting the Brick Around a Wood Burning Stove with Chalk Paint®️

Chalk Paint®️ by Annie Sloan helped Andrew transform an area of his home that he did not like. He was over the traditional red brick and wanted to lighten up the space so he used Paris Grey Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan all over and then the color called Pure (white) on random bricks to break up the solid color of Paris Grey. Take a peek at this before and after of the brick surrounding his wood burning stove.

Crazy transformation, huh?


Andrew used swept and vacuumed his brick surround to remove any dust and debris first. Depending on how dirty your brick surround is – will dictate to what degree you will need to clean it. Also, depending on how shiny your bricks are – which means, if they had been sealed prior or if they are a flat, and unsealed….. On shiny bricks, soot will not stain as easily and usually comes off sealed brick with just soap and water. Use caution with using stronger cleaners on sealed brick to avoid stripping off the oil sealer. Brick that has a dull, flat appearance is unsealed brick and that is harder to clean because soot, dirt and grime can penetrate easily into cracks and crevasses.

One suggestion for cleaning bricks, is:
Put 4 cups of hot water in a spray bottle.
Add 1/2 cup of Ammonia and 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and swirl to mix.
Spray a section of bricks with the cleaning solution.
Scrub each brick with the nylon bristle brush. …
If the bricks are especially dirty, you may need to apply more pressure.

MAKE SURE TO ALLOW FOR A COUPLE DAYS FOR THE WET BRICKS to thoroughly dry if using a cleaning agent.


Andrew used Paris Grey Chalk Paint®️ by Annie Sloan and an Annie Sloan Small Dome Top Paint Brush – and painted all over the brick surround. This paint brush is wonderful for this type of application because the large head of the bristles, are able to work like a mop and really get into the nooks and crannies of the brick and grout lines.

Keep in mind, some brick may be thirstier than others and will really suck up the paint. Depending on how opaque of a look you are going for, you may need more than once coat.

Then, Andrew took his Pure Chalk Paint® and thinned some of it by adding a little water to small amount to thin it and then selectively chose specific bricks to lighten to get more subtle effect. This allowed for the look to be more interesting versus being all Paris Grey.

NO TOP COAT is needed, but if you want to apply a top coat, we strongly suggest that you check with your local fire marshall because every city and state have different restrictions and requirements.

So, what do you think? We love it! And if you want to see more fireplace and mantle transformations. LOOK AT THIS WEB POST HERE! : )


Using Chalk Paint® Over Wallpaper that You Dislike

No photos to show on this, but wanted to share some information on if can you paint Chalk Paint® over wallpaper?

Yes, you can use Chalk Paint® over wallpaper BUT……..

9Again)……But…….. the most important factor to consider though was if your wallpaper was sized properly when it was first hung. You would not want to paint the wallpaper- have the chalk paint moisten it and then have the wallpaper fall off the wall.

So, if you want to paint wallpaper- I would also recommend that you apply one or two coats of Shieldz Wallpaper Primer first. The Shieldz Wallpaper Primer will act as a moisture barrier so that the wallpaper does not become saturated and loose by the Chalk Paint®. It will also block any inks used to print the wallpaper from bleeding through into the new paint layers.

I would STRONGLY suggest doing a “test” area in the most inconspicuous spot in the room because we cannot guarantee that this will not cause an issue with your wallpaper (that is a disclaimer in case we were subtle). And then — be prepared for if it does not work – to take on the project of stripping the wallpaper! I get that removing wall paper is not fun. In fact- if it was not put up properly- removing it can even ruin your drywall….but in the end, you may have to bite the bullet.

Lastly, always ask yourself if what you are doing could impact the resale value of your home if you were going to sell it. : )


Iron Orchid Design Transfer and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan Floor Cloth HOW TO

You may recall a post we did a while back where Stacey and her daughter shared a step by step on how to paint a floor cloth. Well, I have another good friend and her name is Janet. She is a modern day Renaissance woman. Seriously, there is not much she cannot do! She is also a professional artist. You can find her on Facebook or on Youtube. She is always painting for others but she recently painted her whole dining room and it turned out so beautiful. Now, she is sharing her beautiful floor mat she created using Iron Orchid Design’s Transfer called Winter’s Song Wreath and it turned out so gorgeous, we just had to share this too!

Janet is going to break this all down for you in easy steps you will want to do yourself.


First, using a piece of vinyl floor covering, (pick up a remnant at your local linoleum store or big box store…you often can get them for free) Janet base coated the mat with Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint®. She applied two coats of it.


After letting that dry overnight and the paint has begun to cure, she then placed the Iron Orchid Design’s Transfer called Winter’s Song Wreath on to her painted floor cloth. Using the tool that comes with the transfer, using a rubbing motion, she transferred the design onto the painted floor cloth. Notice how the acetate that the transfer is packaged on for safe keeping has a grid pattern on it. The grid pattern will not transfer, but it is there as a tool to help you align the transfer for placement better.


Using artist grade acrylics, she began to color in all of the florals and greenery. <Annie’s Detail Brush Set is perfect to use for this finer type of painting.>

Janet started lightly with washes and slowly built up from there. She wanted to give the flowers depth and a three-dimensional appearance. She used acrylics on her floor cloth, but she has used Chalk Paint® before and it worked fine. <the only difficulty when using Chalk Paint® is that it dries so fast, you will definitely want to add water to thin it out so it acts like a watercolor paint> Otherwise, it won’t give you enough time to play with shading and highlighting.

For some added design and interest, she painted green and pink stripes on the edges. You can tape off your stripes or just paint them freehand. It’s personal preference at this point. She let all of her color dry and start to cure overnight.


After letting all the color set overnight, prior to applying her topcoat, Janet used a sticky lint roller to remove any dust or dirt particles on the surface of her floor cloth. This is a very important step, because you don’t want any of that debris in your final varnish coats. You will be surprised and can see in the photos that even though an hour prior Janet had cleaned it, by the time she was ready to varnish, there was more debris. If you choose to use a brush, she would recommend a good varnish brush with some softness to it. You do not want a stiff brush that will drag on your surface. That will leave brush marks.


The next day she applied with a 2 inch foam roller, Annie Sloan’s Clear Matte indoor/outdoor Finish, for protection. <feel free to apply Annie’s Lacquer in all random directions. The more random the better.>

Now she has a pretty work of art for her floor!! What I love about these transfers and stamps offered by the IOD sisters, Sally and Josie Celio Iron Orchid is that even if you are not an artist and can only draw stick figures, you can still create beautiful florals and other designs for your home decor or your business.

PS…Because I know you guys will ask, yes vinyl and canvas floorcloths are extremely durable and clean up with a damp rag and water. When I owned a shop, I had quite a few on the floor that got walked on daily for five years. They held up beautifully.

And, If your piece of vinyl is not non skid, then you can use the unique double sided tape they sell for this purpose. This is one example.

Another point….vinyl and canvas floorcloths are NOT to be used on top of carpet.


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Painting a Dining Room Set with Chalk Paint®

I have a good friend and her name is Janet. She is a modern day Renaissance woman. Seriously, there is not much she cannot do! She is also a professional artist. You can find her on Facebook or on Youtube. She is always painting for others but she recently painted her whole dining room and it turned out so beautiful, I want to share it with you all.

Janet shared, ” Stick a fork in me, I’m done!”

“OK, so let’s talk about what I did to update my dining room. My dining room is a very small room and for years I’ve always thought it was just is too dark. There’s only one window, although it’s large, and it gets a little afternoon sun. So most of the day it’s pretty dark in there.

First let me say this is not a valuable antique table. My table is from the 1990s, it is oak and made by Drexel. It was a yard sale find years ago when I lived in Texas.
If you follow me, you know that about a week ago I painted an oak cupboard that’s in the same room. I lightened it up and gave it a pretty Swedish Gustavian vibe. Of course the moment I stepped back I looked at my cupboard I knew I had to paint my table and chairs.

I wipe down all the pieces and then proceeded to paint two coats of Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan using my Small Annie Sloan Paint Brush on everything, yes even the fabric!

I lightly distressed everything with my trusty straight edge razor just add pressure points from where the body would touch or where the table would be handled over the years.

Using some of the leftover custom green from my cupboard project, I painted French ticking stripes on all the seats. Taking stripes are my go to design when I want a little something and I don’t want it to clash with other patterns in the room. You can paint them freehand or tape them off with blue painters tape. The key to getting a nice stripe is to use very little paint, in fact almost no paint on the brush. Too much paint and the stripe would bleed underneath the tape.

On day two I took my can of Annie Sloan Clear Chalk Paint Wax and applied one coat on the chairs, the fabric seat cover and the whole table. Over the next few days I will apply two more coats of wax, waiting 24 hours in between applications, on the table top only. That way I’ll have a nice protective finish on the top which can be easily repaired in the future should there ever be any damage to it.

And that’s it, she’s all done! I can’t tell you how lovely it was to walk downstairs this morning and see this light and pretty table in my dining room after years of so much dark wood. I know this look is not for everyone, I get that. But for me, during this time in my life, it’s absolutely what I yearn for. Clean light and bright.

The thing I love about what the paint did for my table, is that the parquet, which I’ve never cared for, is very much toned down when you look at the table. You don’t notice that, where before that is the first thing you noticed.

I know it’s daunting to look at big projects like this and put them off, I did it for over 20 years. But just get started and once you see the transformation happening it’ll give you that boost to keep going. Is this a big project, yes of course. But is this a hard project, absolutely not. I used one can of Old White and a half a can of clear wax. So basically with about $75 worth of products and a little elbow grease I got a whole new dining room, not a bad investment😉
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