Monday, March 26, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Q&A (Part 1)

  If you're a follower of Shabby Sweet Tea or just stopped by to read a post or two, you've probably picked up on the notion that I'm currently obsessed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have received several comments and emails asking specific questions about ASCP. So grab a pencil, your cutest notepad and listen up! and don't forget...Annie Sloan Q&A Part 2

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Q&A:

Why do you love ASCP? 
I'm so glad you asked! I am in love with the color palette, which is inspired by European furniture colors of the 1700's.


Annie Sloan
 
This paint is super easy to work with and dries in no time.  Not to mention it's an extremely low VOC paint and has virtually no odor. I've used ASCP several times indoors with little ventilation (I got desperate this winter). If you're into being green, this is the paint for you. I will say, the wax has an odor but it is not overwhelming like some of the other waxes on the market. 

How is ASCP different from regular paint such as latex?
Unlike most latex and oil base paint, ASCP is thicker and doesn't require stripping a piece first or a coat of primer. Also, ASCP will stick to just about anything (wood, plastic, walls, metal, laminate, etc).

Is it really worth $36 for a quart size pot?
Yes! A little ASCP goes a long way. I have used my Paris Gray on three pieces and still have over a half can left. Plus, you don't have to buy products to prep the piece beforehand.
Annie's brushes are a little pricey, about $36. I have been using a Purdy brush (best brush brand ever) to paint with and cheese cloth to apply the wax. However, I am dying to try a waxing brush and will probably order one from a stockist.

Do you need to use the wax?
I recommend using the clear wax that Annie sells for $25. The wax is soft like margarine, odor free, contains no harsh chemicals and is very workable. I typically apply two coats of clear wax. If you want to distress the piece you are working on, you can also use the dark wax. Just keep in mind that a little dark wax goes a long way!

Can you share with me the steps you take when using ASCP?
This is how I went about painting this table which, by the way, was my first time using ASCP.


Start by wiping the piece of furniture down with a damp cloth. Apply one or two coats of ASCP. This paint dries quickly, so I wait about 30 mins between coats. Next, you can distress the piece with sandpaper or apply a coat of clear wax. Annie Sloan suggests that you wax the piece, distress and wax again. This is because chalk paint is chalky and makes a bit of a mess when you sand and distress. By waxing the piece first, you will have less dust. I have found that this process is messy regardless, so I paint, distress and then wax. Keep in mind that one of the easiest mistakes to make is over-waxing. A little goes a long way. Apply one coat of wax and buff it out with a clean cloth.  I use old white t-shirts. Apply a second coat and maybe even a third if you're working on kitchen or bathroom cabinets. When you are finished waxing and buffing the clear wax out, you should have a smooth finish that is not sticky. If you desire an aged look, go for the dark wax next. I cannot stress enough how little you need! If you end up too dark, you can use clear wax to buff out the dark. Please remember to always wax with clear before you use wax with dark. If not, the dark wax will stain your paint. After you've done these steps, allow the piece to cure for a day.

I hope you have found these answers to be helpful. Have any more specific questions?? I have a few more technical ones that I will address in a future post. Until then...happy painting!





Please remember that I am not an ASCP stockist nor have I been trained by Annie. These tips are what works best for me. Hope they help!

20 comments:

Susan said...

Thanks so much for these wonderful tips Elyse! I've been curious about the ASCP for a while, and you've given me great information. I may just have to try it one day.
Your pieces came out amazing!

Elyse said...

Why thank you Susan. I am glad this was helpful to you. Check back soon for Part 2.

-Lisa said...

Super information. Thanks so much. I have yet to get my first ASCP but when I do I will be prepared because of all the great blogger tips.
Following your blog now! Gotta catch part 2.
Thanks!

Debbie Booth said...

Good info. Love what you did. It looks really pretty. I haven't tried it yet but want to start painting just reading your post! Big smile.
Blessings,
Debbie

Elizabeth said...

I bought this paint but hasn't used it yet.. Groeten uit Nederland. Elizabeth

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

This is a GREAT tutorial for the chalk paint. And I like the color swatches. I've gained confidence to at least try the paint thanks to your posts. And I love most of the colors. Your chickenwire cupboard turned out so adorable. You didn't mention anything about sanding the items before putting on the paint. And it doesn't look like you did when you painted your small table. So do you sand first? Or can you put it directly on the unsanded table? Also I like the way you did the jewelry box. But I like that pretty blue anywhere and on anything. Elyse I think you would like my bedroom. One of these days I need to put a post up with photos. Its that very color blue and white.

Also I just went and read some of your cute easter posts. I can't figure out why I haven't gotten them. I thought I'd signed up for your email. Anyway I'd like to try those floss eggs. Really darling. Love your posts. You do such a great job and I always learn so much.

Hugs,

Nann

PS Love your finds at Ikea. I have one about 20 minutes away but I hate to have to trudge through that whole store when I just need a few items. I know, I know its good exercise etc. etc.(smile) So I best get my bod up there and see all this good stuff.

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

This is a GREAT tutorial for the chalk paint. And I like the color swatches. I've gained confidence to at least try the paint thanks to your posts. And I love most of the colors. Your chickenwire cupboard turned out so adorable. You didn't mention anything about sanding the items before putting on the paint. And it doesn't look like you did when you painted your small table. So do you sand first? Or can you put it directly on the unsanded table? Also I like the way you did the jewelry box. But I like that pretty blue anywhere and on anything. Elyse I think you would like my bedroom. One of these days I need to put a post up with photos. Its that very color blue and white.

Also I just went and read some of your cute easter posts. I can't figure out why I haven't gotten them. I thought I'd signed up for your email. Anyway I'd like to try those floss eggs. Really darling. Love your posts. You do such a great job and I always learn so much.

Hugs,

Nann

PS Love your finds at Ikea. I have one about 20 minutes away but I hate to have to trudge through that whole store when I just need a few items. I know, I know its good exercise etc. etc.(smile) So I best get my bod up there and see all this good stuff.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I love the ASCP too!!! I will say...I was not happy using the wax brush.Would love to have you come by and enter my “coastal” giveaway…you can find it on my sidebar.

Blessings,
Linda

Norma said...

Good post!

I too prefer to distress by sanding before the wax. Like you said, it's messy regardless. Plus, sanding after waxing gunks up the sandpaper too fast,lol.

Love Annie's paint, amazing coverage and time saver. I just painted a rocker that had a hideous glossy sponge paint job. My neighbor asked if I was stripping it. Happily told her it wasn't necessary!! :)

Donna said...

I just used ASCP on a very old table that had been painted alot over the years. I used Old Lilac and dark wax. I wish I read your blog first, I would have known to use the clear first. Thanks for all your tips, I am planning to purchase more for another project.

Kay dancingbrushpainting.blogspot.com said...

Hi, I found you on a facebook post and hopped on over here. I'm a decorative painter and have been using ASCP for quite a while. Just wondering if the wax has changed. The stuff I have certainly smells and gives me a headache even in a well-ventilated area if I don't wear a respirator. My most recent wax purchase was about three weeks ago. Smells the same as the older stuff I was using. My work-around is to use poly, which seems to be fine, although you don't get that soft sheen the wax has. thanks for the post!

Donna said...

Actually it was called Old Violet

Janis said...

I just took my first ASCP class, and have at least 3 projects lined up. Can't wait to work with this paint! I'll be posting before and after pics...hopefully starting next week! Thanks for your tips! The hardest part is deciding on a color..they're all so beautiful!!

Carole said...

I love ASCP and have been using it for several months now! I have a question though: if I want to change the paint color after I've waxed with both waxes; how would I do that? Would I need to dissolve the waxes first??
Thank you so much!

Elyse said...

Carole,
I would say go ahead and paint right over the wax. I didn't like the way my bathroom hutch turned out. About 24 hours after waxing, I repainted it Duck Egg Blue and had no issues. Great question!

Siany said...

beautiful post! I always wonder how they do it.. now thank's to your post I get it. We have this sort of coffée table at home but that's because it's really old and we got it from the yard sales.. I feel like I want to do all the furniture now :)

Cherub Cottage said...

Can't seem to stay away....I logged back on and found just what I needed a tutorial on ASCP Products...THANK YOU SO MUCH I learned a lot :)
You are so sweet! Have a great weekend :)

Like Me Some said...

Thanks for the tips! My project isn't looking do hot! I tried graphite but it's not looking soft black like it should... Hmmm I need to keep checking out your blog!!

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Jamie said...

Good to know about the Purdy paint brush and using the cheese cloth for the wax. I probably shouldn't buy the round Annie Sloan brush right now. I can't wait to get started on my furniture!! ~ Jamie