Painting a Porch with Chalk Paint® (and Milk Paint too)

We love it when we can share customer testimonials. This one is especially nice from Carrie, who lives in Western NY. We literally copied her write verbatim- so I hope you enjoy all that she has done. She has photos showing the projects after one year of being done too!

Painting Porches with Chalk Paint® (and Milk Paint too!)
Three years ago, I wrote a post about painting the walls of our house with chalk paint.  Since then, my love of chalk paint has continued, so much so that sometimes when I am talking to people they say, “Wait, are you the Carrie who visits The Purple Painted Lady?”  Indeed, I am! When you live in Fairport village (located in NY state), a front porch-friendly community, you feel a certain responsibility to have a friendly, welcoming porch.  Our little 1930’s cedar shingle house has many features that I adore; however, one of them is NOT all of the latex paint on the porches that peels and flakes with the slightest touch.  Two years ago, my husband and I started working on the porches, not realizing quite how much work we were getting ourselves into at the time, but I can honestly say the results have been worth every bit of the work.  
Front Porch Before:

The original plan was to scrape the flaking paint off the porch and then apply Honfleur Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  Once we started scraping, we noticed that a large quantity of paint was being removed and that the stair treads were not worth saving.  When we replaced the stair treads and had bare wood to work with the plan changed. We considered Curio Milk Paint instead.  As milk paint applies evenly to raw wood, we knew that one big step that we would now need to complete was stripping and sanding the other front porch surfaces.  
Front Porch Preparation Stage:

We scraped and sanded for 3 days until we decided that the treads were not worth saving.  At the end, we removed each of them and replaced the treads with new wood.  

We used a “green” chemical stripping agent to remove no fewer than 12 layers of paint from the ledge.  It took many applications!

We tested the paint for lead, and even though it came back negative, we still took extra precautions when removing the paint.  

We rented a floor sander for a day but soon discovered that sanding off several layers of porch paint takes double that.    

Removing all of the debris was an ongoing process.  After sweeping throughout the project, we used a shop vac.  

After the shop vac, we wet a paint pad with plain tap water, wiped the surface dust from the porch, and let everything dry for a few days.  
Front Porch Painting Stage:

We chose Louis Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan for the ceiling.  As you can see, we chose to paint the ceiling before removing the paint from the other surfaces of the porch.  

Glass jars work perfectly for mixing large quantities of milk paint.  

The raw wood of the new treads absorbed the paint more quickly than the older wood on the porch; however, by adjusting the number of coats that we applied, we made the finished appearance look very similar.  

Before painting the floor, we primed and painted the old beadboard.  
Front Porch Oil Stage:

We used Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil to seal and protect the porch.  It is hard to predict how many coats 90 year old wood will take.  After 3 coats, we started oiling spots that seemed to soak the oil in and dry very quickly until they seemed saturated as well.  After applying the oil, we let the porch and stairs sit undisturbed for 2 weeks to allow the oil to cure. The result is a warm, rich color that still allows some visibility of the grain of the original tongue and groove floor.
Front Porch Extras:

This enamel top table was found in an antique store.  Although the enamel surface was in terrific shape, the painted part of the table needed some help.  We noticed that the color of the blue on the table perfectly matched the original Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® that we already had in our paint supply.  We used Pure White Chalk Paint® on the rest of the painted part of the table to complement the enamel top.  

This bench was my grandmother’s organ bench.  I can still remember her sitting at this bench and stretching to reach the pedals of the organ as she played.  (She was 4’11” at her tallest.) Although the organ is long gone, I saved the bench. Her favorite color was blue, and I think the Louis Blue Chalk Paint® on her organ bench would make her smile.  

This stool was my husband’s grandmother’s piano stool.  He can still remember sitting (and twirling) on the stool for Wednesday night dinners with his family at Grandma’s house.  Although the piano is long gone, we saved the stool. His grandmother’s favorite color is also blue, and I know that seeing this stool in Louis Blue Chalk Paint® makes her smile.  She has visited our house and sat on our porch.  She is 96 years young; bless her heart.  

The front door is original to the house.  It was painted with red latex paint, and it was peeling, of course.  After removing the hardware and scraping off the loose paint, we painted it with Honfleur Chalk Paint®.

The spindles, railings, and risers of our stairs are all painted with the previous version of Old White Chalk Paint®.  With a lot of elbow grease as well the paint from The Purple Painted Lady, our front porch is far more welcoming.

Here is the porch 1 year after painting.  It still looks wonderful. Please excuse the layer of springtime pollen that has settled over the floor and furniture.    
Back Porch Before:

When we purchased our house, the back porch was also painted in latex paint that was, you guessed it, peeling.  
Back Porch Preparation and Results:

Unfortunately, I did not take as many photographs of the back porch project.  For the old beadboard that covers 3 walls, we scraped, primed, and painted. For the cedar shingles, we scraped, spackled holes, and painted.  All of these were painted with the original Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint®.  For the beadboard ceiling and trim, we again scraped, primed, and painted using the previous version of Old White Chalk Paint®.  Please notice the red jelly cupboard.  It is one of the first items that I painted using Chalk Paint®.  You may have already guessed that it is Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint®; the color is the version that was available in the quart containers.  
Back Porch Extras:

To add some of the warmth of wood to our back porch, we covered an existing support piece with cedar boards.  Our patch collection now hangs on it. We also replaced the old red door with this 1930’s solid wood door. We used Clear Shellac as that is what was already on the door when we received it.  The color of the trim around the cedar covered support and the door is the previous version of Old White Chalk Paint®.

This tin quilt square is made of 9 ceiling tiles that we purchased from The Purple Painted Lady.  The tiles were first coated in a layer of Clear Shellac, then they were painted using the previous version of Old White Chalk Paint® and Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® from the quart containers.  My husband hand painted the tiles with both colors on them.  
Thank you to all of the helpful, cheerful workers at The Purple Painted Lady.  They have answered all of my questions and problem solved with me many times through the porch projects.  You might think that after all of that painting, I might be ready for a little break from painting. However, I am already making a list of new projects and the new colors that I would like to try.  After all, summer is here, and what would summer be without many trips to my favorite store? ~ Carrie

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Trish always shares, “first- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.”  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.   This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you. We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!   SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST: *  We love our customers and it shows!*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95 SHOP ON LINE HERE  : )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XOTrish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

Spraying Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan with a Paint Sprayer

INTERESTED IN USING A SPRAYER FOR YOUR CHALK PAINT® in Liters?:

If using a Fuji Q4 Platinum sprayer – here are a few things learned be a fellow stockist:

1. They used a 1.3 mm tip and have changed to a 1.8 mm tip since they found it works much better. Because the paint is a lot thicker you will definitely need different tips than you were using with the paint that was packaged in quarts”
2. Warming the paint while it is in the container helps and then, thinning with warm water also works. Thinning about 10% to 20%.  (start with the less water, You can always add more paint if you add too much water, but try not to waste your paint!)
3. Having your work space and the cabinet doors (or whatever it is you are painting) heated to about 70 degrees makes a difference. So, work in a reasonably warm space.  And this is not while you are just in it.  The space should be kept at this temperature consistently prior and for the entire cure time!
4. Also playing around with the sprayers spray pattern settings was needed. 

Additional IMPORTANT Sprayer Information for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan:

Experiment to get the right results when spraying with your particular model. The most important thing to know is that there is no ‘magic’ ratio of paint to water and you will need to tweak it every time you spray, as site specific conditions mean that results can vary.  With that said, Annie Sloan Interiors recommends that you add 10% to 20% warm water as a starting point. 

ADDING A PAINT EXTENDER:

An extender will thin your paint and by adding it, it will assist to get a smooth finish.  The Purple Painted Lady reached out to Annie Sloan Interiors and they shared that they have used XIM Latex Extender with good results in the past.  Don’t let the name
XIM Latex Extender fool you – since the word “Latex” is noted. Although there is no Latex in Chalk Paint®- this product is meant to work with any water based paints and Chalk Paint® is water based.   The container in the picture below is the brand Annie Sloan Interiors referred us to use, but others are available. Their spray consultant guys tell them that the main ingredient of these extenders is propylene glycol and that you can effectively make your own extender using this ingredient.  Personally, I would just suggest purchasing the product pre-packaged and ready to go.  

Even though you have added water as stated in the previous step – you still dilute with water AND add the extender – if you find it’s too thin to spray you can always add more paint. Don’t get too hung up on the amounts – the spray guys we work with just eyeball it!   Using an airless sprayer is not recommended – the high solids content in Chalk Paint® will damage the nozzle.  You will want to warm your Chalk Paint® because it will spray and settle better.  Place your container of paint in a bain marie of very hot water for 15 minutes.  Bain Marie is a container holding hot water into which a pan is placed for slow warming. After 15 minutes, When we have taught this in workshops in the past, we used a large crockpot as a bain marie. It doesn’t really matter how much water is in there just make sure it is not too high that when you set your containers in- that the water overflows into your paint!

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.   This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you. We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!   SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST: *  We love our customers and it shows!*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95 SHOP ON LINE HERE  : )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XOTrish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

Annie Sloan’s 750 mL Lacquer that is both for Interior and Exterior Projects

The photo above is not an optical illusion. The containers shown are side by side, but the container on the left, is Annie’s Gloss Lacquer that is packaged in the 750 mL tins. The container on the right, is Annie’s Lacquer that was packaged in the 1000 mL .

The 1000 mL container will be phased out through 2019. Besides the obvious packaging difference above, something to point is that in May of 2019, Annie Sloan introduced a new sheen- that being her Gloss Lacquer since in the past, only a matt was available.

In May of 2019, Annie’s also introduced her Matte Lacquer in new packaging of the 750 mL container.

The very exciting quality of both the 750 mL containers of  Gloss Lacquer and Matte Lacquer, is that can both be used for interior and exterior projects…. where as in the past, the Annie’s Lacquer that was packaged in the 1000 mL container was only for interior use. Annie’s Lacquer packaged in the 750 mL containers also has UV Protection so it will help minimize the fading of bright colors from the hot sun.

Something to keep in mind- is that applying Lacquer is not like applying paint! It does not like to be over handled. If you click HERE it will link you to a detailed post that we wrote with detailed instructions and tips on how to best use Annie’s Lacquer.

Also, as noted in the spec sheet below, be careful when applying the Matte Lacquer over “dark” colored colors! You do not want too many coats or for it to be too thick because it can cause white hazing.

DIFFERENCES IN THE 750mL vs 1000mL Lacquer Container:

  • the coverage per square foot has increased. The 750mL containers will cover approximately 200 sq ft the 1000ml was specified to cover 100 sq ft. (I know what you are thinking, less Lacquer but more coverage…but that is correct)
  • the 750mL can be used on BOTH inside and outside painting projects
  • there is a UV protector
  • it is certified “Toy Safe”
  • Gloss is now available as a sheen

If applying over a surface with multiple colors, like if you created a floor cloth as shown below – use a light touch or light pressure with your brush. You do not want to over brush. In fact- you could use a foam roller and then, lightly brush it out. If you apply too much pressure, you can run the risk of pulling paint.

Remember- you cannot apply Lacquer over Annie’s wax!

(It does not matter that color of the wax either) Wax is an organic material, your Lacquer will eventually peel off.  

It may not be right away, but it will.  

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.   This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you. We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!   SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST: *  We love our customers and it shows!*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95 SHOP ON LINE HERE  : )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XOTrish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

Florence over Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

I saw this photo in a magazine and completely fell in love with the color combination. I know I wrote a post about this in the past, for the life of me- I cannot find it on my website. And since I just a call from a local customer asking about it- I thought I would repost it quickly!

What makes this piece so pretty is the color combination. First, the piece was painted in Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

After one or two solid coats of the Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan , I would recommend applying an application of Annie’s Clear Chalk Paint Wax. You want to put the wax on and then, immediately remove the excess. I like to use a wax brush and feel that it gives you a better application, but if you are on a budget or plan on only doing one project, use some Scott Shop Towels or lint free rags instead.

After you have applied the wax, I would wait till the following day and apply a coat (or two) of Florence Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Florence is a beautiful color! According to Annie, Florence was ” inspired by the colors of the copper green mineral and semi-precious stone, malachite, and from the same family of stones as azurite and turquoise. In the 17th and 18th century it was used as a color made with verdigris but as it is a very fugitive color turning black with time so we are not aware of how it was used on woodwork in many houses. It is a classical color found in classical Italian furniture.”


After you have one or two thorough coats of the Florence Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan then take a lightly moisten wash cloth or baby wipe and squeeze to remove ALL EXCESS moisture! You do not want any water dripping down your piece. Use the moisten towel like you would sandpaper. Gently rub the surface in the direction you want to “distress.” Keep in mind, distressing is usually heaviest in the corner and lighter as you move away. Below is a close up of a buffet that I did this technique on.

Once you have it looking the way you want, then- seal it again using a coat or two of Annie’s Clear Chalk Paint Wax.

I hope you give this combination a try. It is really pretty when you have detail to show off.

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.   This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you. We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!   SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST: *  We love our customers and it shows!*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95 SHOP ON LINE HERE  : )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XOTrish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

Creating a Darker Navy with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan says, “Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is inspired by the ultramarine and cobalt blue pigments used for decorative work in everything from neoclassical interiors through to modern 20th century decoration.”


I feel it is a cone flower blue….almost with hints of Periwinkle to it!  I recall when we described it as a deep true blue that is the color of fresh picked blueberries- perfect for creating the Union Jack flag!

By itself as is, it is not navy that is all the rage to do your cabinetry in. So, we played around with a few recipes mixing Graphite Chalk Paint® into it, and that did the trick!
Graphite Chalk Paint® is a warm black and works perfectly..

One option to create a navy, is to mix 4 parts of Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® to 1 part Graphite Chalk Paint® . (colors noted for this recipe are from litre packaging)

When we say “part” we are referring to any unit of measure you require. So, you can mix eye drops, tablespoons, cups or quarts – just keep it consistent. . (colors are from litre packaging) When we say “part” we are referring to any unit of measure you require. So, you can mix eye drops, tablespoons, cups or quarts – just keep it consistent.

Another option for a darker navy, is to mix 2 parts of Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® to 1 part Graphite Chalk Paint® . (colors noted for this recipe are from litre packaging)