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Chalk Paint Review

With ASCP painting became easier, quicker, and …fun. I have, for the most part, completely stopped using latex. While some people may still like it, I think latex takes too long to dry, often leaves drips, can sometimes peel up when sanded and is basically…not fun.

When I first started using ASCP, I spent some time on the website learning about the product and from there I followed the links to a local retailer. I found there was one nearby and the next day I made my first purchase. This product was a dream to use. And other than getting some basic pointers, I found it virtually fool proof.

While I found the website a little tedious to navigate, there is a lot of good information and good links to tutorials. I especially liked the Annie Sloan Youtube channel here.

Annie Sloan French Linen


Working With the Product

Working with the ASCP is a joy. I painted one of my first pieces in French Linen, a darker neutral gray. I opened the can and with no priming, began to paint. The product was thick, yet still,creamy and easy to apply. And even over a dark stained wood piece, only 2 coats were really needed. It also dried quickly, within half an hour. So, in less than a day, I was able to apply two coats and sand to distress!

Great coverage even after just one coat.


And talking about sanding, Annie Sloan recommends waxing and then sanding, to help with the dust. I prefer to sand first and wax only after I am sure I like my distressing. It does create some dust so you may want to do this outside.

Easy to sand and smooth….but lots of dust!


While it sands easily to distress, sanding does seem to leave some sheen differences. With the Fench linen, it seemed that where I sanded, the color became lighter and I spent some time trying to lightly sand everything to get a smooth and consistent color. However, I may have obsessed over this more than I needed.


Annie Sloan wax comes in two colors, clear and dark. These were the first furniture waxes I ever used. Now, let me start by saying I love waxing way more than applying polyurethanes. It gives a natural look while most polys I find to look like plastic.It is also forgiving. You can remove it with mineral spirits if you need to and if a stray pet hair would land in the finish (and when hasn’t that happened!), there is plenty of time to pick it out. In poly, that sucker will dry in there for good.

Here’s a rundown of Annie Sloan products:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Point of Difference

From her website,  “HOME of the BEST PAINT in the WORLD!”.  “Annie Sloan developed her signature range of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990, she revolutionized the way we see decorative painting. She called her paint Chalk Paint® because of its velvety, matt finish. And if you add Annie Sloan Soft Wax, you can achieve subtle sheen as well as protection and durability

With a colour palette inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, you can easily mix the colours together to extend the range. Chalk Paint® is eco-friendly too. It contains extremely low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and has no odor. 

Price Point (varies)

Paint $36.95 per quart and $11.95 for 4oz samples

Wax $24.95

Color Palette Review

Annie sloan has a pallette of thirty shades and honestly, every color is drop dead beautiful. They give furniture the quintessential French chick look and her shades are the most requested by my clients.

My favorites so far…this is a tough one because they all are amazing…

French Linen

Paris Grey

Old Ochre

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg Blue

What I loved Best

Smooth and easy application

Great coverage

The best colors