Painting a Slate Foyer using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Another Tile Floor Transformation with Chalk Paint®

Posted on 09/26/2017 by Tricia

This is spectacular!   One of our customers, Laura Guncheon really disliked the colors in her entrance. I mean, REALLY disliked. Between the floor and the hunter green doors and trim…she wanted a change. So, The Purple Painted Lady was able to step her through the process and she is so proud of the transformation that we just had to share it!

Laura first cleaned her floor really, really well and then followed up with an additional rinse of fresh water to ensure there was not any soap residue left behind, or any dirt. Cleaner repel paint and not allow it to adhere to properly. The same goes for dirt. This is a boring step, I know! But do it well and take your time! Then, allow the floor to dry thoroughly (including the grout) before painting.


Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan’s Lacquer

Annie Sloan’s 2 inch Flat Paint Brush

Once the floor and doors were clean and dry, she began to use the 
Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan to cover the orange and grey slate tiles.

Graphite packaged in a litre container (starting in 2019) is a soft black. I feel much more of a black than the Graphite that was once packaged in a quart container (pre Jan 2019.) I understand that this may be confusing so please call us with any questions you have on colors!

The image below is Laura’s Hunter “before” photo showing the Hunter green painted trim and doors that she was not a fan of.

First Laura painted the grout lines with Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. However, she realized once she began that she would not be happy unless they were the same size and decided it was more effort than it was worth to her. So, then she went directly to rolling on two coats of the Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, and then followed up using Annie Sloan’s Lacquer.

NOTE- when applying Lacquer over “dark” colors like Graphite, Athenian Black, Napoleonic Blue, Amsterdam Green, Emperor’s Silk- it is always best to use Annie’s Gloss Lacquer.  The reason being is that the flattening agent in the Matte Lacquer can end up looking white and hazy over the dark colors.

Also, keep in mind, that Lacquer does not like to be handled like paint! It is super important that you read the instructions we include and follow them to the “T” otherwise, you may have problems. Click Here for important information about using Lacquer since it does NOT behave like paint. It is critical you read and follow the instructions we provide!!!!

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