Chalk Paint Vs Eggshell Part 3 – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Experiences of Chalk Paint and Water-Based Eggshell

Part 3 – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint…

KEEP CALM Paint French © Amanda Lakey

In part one, I described my history with paints in the 1990’s, and the many difficulties of getting good results. You can read part one here: Chalk Paint v Eggshell Part 1  In part two, I described my experiences using Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth Eggshell paints.  You can read this here: Chalk Paint V Eggshell Part 2 

I know its confusing with all the advice out there. But in my opinion, to make your furniture look good, and most importantly continue looking good;  you really need to choose between Eggshell Paint and Chalk Paint. In this post I will discuss my experiences of using Chalk Paint…

Chalk Paint

My experience of Chalk Paint is only with the Annie Sloan brand. There is another company in the UK called Autentico, and there are lots of DIY chalk paint recipes on the web, which is a mix of Plaster of Paris and emulsion paint. I have yet to try either, so for the purpose of this post, I can only discuss my experiences using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I’m not a stockist of any paint, so here I will give my honest and unbiased opinion.

So onto Annie Sloan…the paint everyone’s raving about – Visit her website here: Annie Sloan  

Colors For Paint

This is a decorative paint, and has a velvety matt finish. It is of course chalky in appearance and texture. The paint is designed to have many uses, from acting like limewash to emulating the look of antique painted furniture. It can be used on just about any surface. Chalk paint should not be confused with ‘chalkboard paint’ which is completely different. 

I have often heard it claimed that only one coat is needed. That may be the case on some smaller items e.g. picture frames, ornaments etc, but in my experience one coat isn’t tough enough on furniture, and usually doesn’t provide enough coverage – especially with the lighter colours. I would recommend one coat followed by a second thinner coat.

Now Annie Sloan states that no prep work is needed e.g. sanding or primer in order to stick, but in my experience that hasn’t been the case. It’s true the paint does stick well, you don’t need to prime and it has good coverage for the most part. However most items of vintage furniture need some kind of restoration first, and a good old clean, this is whatever paint you use! Also remember that paint wont hide a poor surface, so you need to sand it down to a smooth finish before you paint.

So…unless its part of the intended ‘antique’ look, you’ll need to do some work. I currently own a chair with a split that looks seriously cute, and some old oak tables sometimes look nice with a natural crack in the wood. But otherwise you have to restore. You’ll need some basic knowledge of DIY to restore furniture to a good standard, an assortment of tools, ‘No More Nails’ instant invisible glue, sandpaper and wood filler.

I’m going to be brutally honest here! In my opinion there’s nothing worse than to see so-called restored tables and chairs with rocky and loose legs, and freshly painted items that look lovely until you get close and see the cracks, holes, and chips in the wood. There’s no excuse, it’s simply bad workmanship. So please don’t take the ‘no prep’ hype too seriously. If you intend to sell furniture, you risk giving Shabby Chic a bad name.

So many people seem to think all that’s needed is a quick lick of Chalk Paint. I know this to be true as I’ve purchased a few items from other people who have done appalling paint jobs. I love Shabby Chic furniture, and want my own home to look beautiful too. So when I’ve been too busy, or can’t find a particular item, I’ve purchased from other painters for my own home. Sadly I’ve been very disappointed with most, and have had to sand down, restore and repaint. Needless to say I wont be returning to buy more. Enough said!

Chalk Paint is very different to eggshell paints, you may not like it to start with – I didn’t! But persevere following the tips below, as it is a useful paint to use in many situations, and you do end up loving the final results.


  • Annie Sloan states that you don’t need to sand, or use a primer in most situations. Despite this advice, I ALWAYS repair, sand and wash down throughly with sugar soap. I don’t use a primer though.
  • Add water to thin the paint out and stir well, once it starts to thicken up, it’s very difficult to work with. Watering down also helps your paint last longer.
  • Wax is not optional with Chalk Paint, it is part of the process and must be used to protect the finish. The wax absorbs into the paint and seals it. The only way around this is to use a varnish. If it’s for outside, Annie says just paint it, and don’t put anything on top at all, however, I can’t recommend using this paint outdoors at all.
  • If dark wax is part of the look you’re after, be aware that the dark will stain the paint and theres no turning back. To prevent this, you can use a base of clear wax and then add the dark. This gives you a layer between the paint and dark wax meaning you will be able to remove the dark if needed. For chalk paint I use the Annie Sloan brand of soft wax.
  • Sanding can be done before waxing, but if you do – go outdoors if you can, as you can expect to get a cloud of chalk and a mess! Sometimes when I’m not happy with the paint finish I will sand it smooth first. (Ive noticed this tends to happen when the paint is too thick)  But otherwise if you sand after waxing, the dust is minimal.
  • I have seen this paint ‘slapped on’ in a rough fashion. If a rustic uneven look with brush marks is your thing – go for it, but personally I apply the paint using the same technique as for eggshell. Apply it quickly in small areas at a time, and then use a ‘laying off’ technique. I use the small size Annie Sloan brush, which helps to get it on quick, however I also use my Picasso angled brush for the laying off and in the corners. You may have guessed – I don’t like brush marks, and I always aim to make the finish as smooth as possible.

Here is a good example of one of my own furniture makeovers using Chalk Paint. You can read this post here: ‘Joie de Vivre’ French Table 

Joie De Vivre Vintage Coffee Table © Amanda Lakey

So to wrap up, (hopefully you’ve read all three posts on this subject) and I’ll bet you’re thinking…But why would you choose eggshell at all? It needs a primer and far more coats than Chalk Paint so it must be harder work!

On the surface this would appear to be true, but this has not been the case in my experience, as both methods take me about the same time. If anything Chalk Paint takes longer! Waxing is extremely hard work with Chalk Paint, as owing to its texture the wax drags in the paint. Not so over eggshell, where it glides on like butter and is quick and enjoyable to do.

Be aware, this could just be me and my style, and someone else will have a different opinion. My naturally preferred look is a smooth finish.  I mess about with Chalk Paint far more than I do with eggshell.  Hence I often get stressed with it. I’m never really happy with the look until right at the end, this is after I’ve waxed and sanded and generally messed about with it, then suddenly it transforms the look.

This process often gives me a completely different effect to what I had in mind though. Sometimes this is a nice surprise and sometimes not, especially if its a been reserved by a customer who wants a specific look.  With eggshell, I know exactly how it it will look and what to expect. Also, even if you don’t sand at the beginning, I can guarantee you will be doing at the end.  So the ‘no sanding’ claim is hardly a timesaver.

The waxing is a curious thing with Chalk Paint! You think the paint is looking nice with what appears to be good coverage, but then when you apply the wax, it shows the paintwork to be streaky! Either that or the wax is removing some of the paint. It’s true to say more often than not, I end up repainting over the wax with a thin coat of paint, and then I have to wax again. This is the cause of my stress with Chalk Paint. The French table shown above caused me no end of stress, and took many many hours until I was finally happy with the effect.

Chalk Paint is a very creative paint and allows for many different paint effects. So in the main it really depends upon the look I’m aiming for. I use both paints, if I’m wanting more of a contemporary and smooth look then I go for eggshell. If I’m after a more rustic or French look with heavy distressing, Chalk Paint is great at creating this finish.

I hope this was helpful to you if you want to have a go at painting furniture. Please leave comments below, I would love to hear your opinions on this subject. Also let me know if you have any additional questions or advice and I’ll try to help.

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56 Comments on “Chalk Paint Vs Eggshell Part 3 – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  1. Amanda, you really explained it extremely well. I do not like the look before it is waxed either. This is why I was turned off by it at first trying it. However, I will work with chalk paints more in the future – especially on smaller items. As you know my look is a lot more high gloss on my furniture and with lots of overlapping the paint with patterns and such.

  2. Great post Amanda and very well written. I like Anne Sloan Paint better after waxing too. I am not a fan of the chalky surface before it is waxed, but it does have a pretty velveteen look. As you know my furniture is very glossy and so the chalk paint is not what I would use, but I will try it again for smaller projects.

    • Hi is this Mollie? the comment is listed as anonymous.
      I hated chalk paint to begin with, its so much harder to use than eggshell. I also felt that it looked like a cheap emulsion! But then it changes so radically after waxing & looks good at that point. On my first try I purchased 4 tins so had to carry on with it, im glad i did as Im quite used to it now. I still wouldn’t use it for contemporary styles though.

      One thing – all my own furniture is in eggshell and still looks great with minimum care. I haven’t actually kept any chalk paint furniture so would be really interested to know if the paint holds up as well over the long term. I will have to keep something and test it out.

      If this is you Molllie, what kind of paint do you work with? I agree that chalk paint wouldn’t be right for your furniture x

      • Hi
        Just thought I’d add my twopennorth worth here. I have been painting furniture for over 7 years and have used AS chalk paint in the past. I really dislike it, as you did I find it harder work to get a good finish etc but the reason I dislike it is because the finish doesn’t stand the test of time.
        My mum has some pieces painted by an “AS trained” stockist (just adding this in so you know it wasn’t her doing something wrong) which she bought maybe 1-2 years ago and the paint flakes off everywhere, can’t be wiped down well and generally looks terrible and in need of a re-paint, which she is gradually doing with trusty eggshell. In my opinion even a good quality emulsion waxed has much better lasting power than chalk paint…
        I think chalk paint is a little bit “the emperor’s new clothes” at the moment and not what it’s cracked up to be…

        • Hi Emily,
          My stats on the website are continuously full of people searching for “how to get a good finish with chalk paint”, so its obviously a problem for people. Thankyou for your comment, its refreshing to find someone else who is willing to be honest and open regarding painting with it. Most people rave about it, and dont write about the difficulties in using it.

          I think you could well be right about the emulsion paint, I think if a good quality one was used with good pigmentation it could be just as good, and far easier to get on evenly. If i was going to use emulsion though, id be tempted to use a varnish instead of wax to give it extra protection, and I wouldnt use it anywhere it would get heavy usage. As I havent kept any chalk paint furniture myself, Ive asked my customers to let me know of any problems with the finish, not had any reports yet though. Also, Ive just bought some plaster of paris, I plan on having a go at making my own paint, & when I do ill report my findings.

          In this post i tried to weigh up all the pros and cons in a fair and honest manner, but it probably comes across that im slightly disillusioned with chalk paint, and that my favourite paint finish is eggshell – not just for its look, but also I have complete faith in its durability and have the evidence within my own home.

          Thanks again x

          • Hi again,
            I can tell you from experience that a good quality emulsion waxed and buffed is pretty durable. I had a pine corner desk that I painted in a Farrow & Ball emulsion and then waxed (I had the paint lying around and seeing as I wasn’t selling it I could risk the finish..) anyway, we used it pretty much every day for 4 years as a computer desk and my OH didn’t take care of it at all! He used the painted surface for his mouse, no mat! and generally treated it badly – including eating and drinking at it. We moved last year so I decided to sell it off. When I cleared all the computer stuff off it was pretty dirty, especially with ground in greasy dirt from where the mouse had been. I went at it with Cif and one of those sponges that has a scourer on one side, I used the Cif and the scourer and scrubbed it hard. It came up as good as new and not a sign of any wear and tear :)
            Can’t say the same about chalk paint, one of my kids put pencil on a piece my mum had, I tried to clean it off and the paint came too.. :-/

            • Well thats a pretty good test case for emulsion paint :). For a quick paint job, I have used an F&B tester pot on a small cupboard which I waxed afterwards, but thats only in my spare room so doesn’t get any wear & tear.
              In defence of chalk paint, the main problem is that too many people believe the hype and think you only need 1 coat. With just 1 coat you can scratch it off with a fingernail, but with 2 or more coats its a different story.
              I did a tv cabinet which had previously been painted very badly and thickly in chalk paint, it also had tons of wax over the top. (Its shown on the website, called Pretty in Paloma) That cabinet took me hours to sand down, & I was left with the impression it must be tougher than I thought.
              If viewers are reading these comments and feeling pretty much deflated by what we’re saying here about chalk paint, do save yourself some disappointment. Follow my tips on this post and paint with 2 coats…:)

  3. Dear Amanda, “Emily” and “UK Vintage Chic”. There has been a lot published on the web lately about the success of our Autentico Vintage. This furniture paint is based on REAL chalk and it excels on all fronts. You really should try it and judge for yourself. Because we love artisan people like you….may I offer you to send a you a “testing package”? With best wishes from Autentico, taking furniture and wall painting to the next level. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter

    • Wow! Thank you for the kind offer. I would be absolutely delighted to test Autentico and in fact had been considering doing so. Please let me know what I need to do to receive the testing package. Thanks again Amanda

  4. Hi Uk Vintage Chic, I am a shabby chic ‘virgin’ and was wondering if I might ask your advice on my first project? My bedroom furniture is painted in Farrow and Ball eggshell and has been lacquered over for a smooth finish. It is beginning to look a little tired and I want to spruce it up a little. I contacted farrow and Ball and they gave me a long list of their products that I need to buy : In your opinion would I be able to sugar soap this and paint over it with Farrow and Ball emulsion and wax over the top or do you think I would be trying to cut too many corners? Would it need keying, priming, painting in F&B eggshell and then lacquering? Or would you recommend making F&B emulsion into a chalk paint and waxing? Argh so many ways! I would like to try and achieve the smooth finish that it has now but I feel a bit apprehensive about it all! Hope you don’t mind my asking your advice.

    • Hi Emma,

      For your project I would recommend exactly the same as ive said on the tips on part 2 of this guide (about eggshell paint)
      Give it a quick sanding, paint the whole thing with Dulux supergrip primer, then use eggshell paint, (not emulsion which is for walls & really isnt suitable for furniture) if you want to, you can use a clear wax at the end for a lovely smooth finish.

      If you really want to cut out the priming you could use Chalk paint instead, but it wont have the same kind of look its currently painted in, so it depends what you prefer.
      Hope that helps :) Amanda x

      • Thanks so much Amanda. Yes that helps alot. I have read about the super grip primer on a couple of decorators forums so will give it a whirl. Thanks again for your help. X

  5. Hi Amanda,

    Just wanted to say I absolutely LOVE all your furniture! I came across your site by accident – I’m looking for heart shaped stencils and Googling this brought up an image of the heart on your sewing box….clicked on the picture and found you. And I’m so glad I did! Your furniture is beautiful and your blogs are so helpful. I have just started painting furniture for myself and have only ever used chalk paint – though not Annie Sloan – as that was the thing to use, according to the internet. I have made my own with Calcium Carbonate and emulsion, which is great, but have also just started using Craig and Rose 1829 Chalky Emulsion. This gives a completely different finish than the homemade version and waxes beautifully – but I have noticed that once waxed the coverage can look a bit streaky, as you mention. I haven’t distressed anything yet as I’m not a big fan of heavily distressed furniture, and I prefer a smooth, brush stroke free look rather than a textured, hand painted finish. I love the smooth, shiny feel of the waxed finish! After reading your blog I am very tempted to try eggshell paint, particularly as you say it hardly shows the brush marks :)

    Can I ask a quick question about stencilling? I stencilled for the first time ever yesterday (funnily enough, with the same heart you used!) and although it came out okay (not great :( ) it was very rough and raised compared to the rest of the surface. Do you normally sand over your stencils, or do they turn out better with eggshell paint? This painting lark is addictive and I can’t stop buying odd bits to make over! Luckily several of our local dumps have opened Re Use centres, where you can buy old furniture for just a few pounds so it isn’t too expensive…but I’m running out of room!

    Keep posting the photos – I can’t wait to see more!

    Best wishes,


    • Hi Meli,

      I’m pleased you came across my site, its lovely to meet a fellow addict!:-)) Painting with water-based eggshell is really no different than painting with emulsion, so if you have no trouble with brush marks using that – the same should apply. Technique in application and the brush used is the key to a smooth look, more than the actual paint used.

      All paints have the potential to chip, even factory finished painted furniture can, and will chip over time. I prefer to distress whenever possible, For one thing I really like the look, but also I can be 100% sure that the paint won’t chip, due to the heavy sanding treatment following painting. If it should chip of course, it wouldn’t even be noticed amongst the distressed edges.

      Re stencilling, I aim for a smooth look and feel, so that the stencil is part of the paint and not just sitting on top. For this, its just practice really. I use a light technique in painting them, and once dry I like to give them a light sanding. I find it just adds a bit more character and depth, and also there are no raised edges to contend with. In addition I always apply wax after stencilling – and not before which again helps to smooth out the finish.

      Hope that helps!
      Best wishes Amanda

      • Interested in all these comments, as I have been very disappointed with my use of Annie Sloan paint.
        1. As you say, when I applied the wax, the original wood showed through (even after 2 coats of the paint) and, like you, I wondered if the wax was removing the paint.
        2. I didn’t seem to get good smooth coverage even after diluting the paint.
        3. It is all very time-consuming – diluting the paint took a while, the painting itself, the waxing. And the instructions say the wax may take 5 days to cure.
        4. Hugely expensive.
        5. I wonder about the actual paint itself. Surely it is just a matt emusion paint? And does it actually contain chalk? On her website I think Annie Sloan says she called it ‘chalk paint’ as it gave a chalk-like finish.

        For furniture, I shall definitely go back to using Farrow and Ball eggshell on top of the Dulux any-surface primer. But it would be interesting to experiment with any standard emulsion paint (my hunch is that it would stick to any surface) and then wax.

        • Hi, thanks for visiting and commenting. From experience I can tell you I have painted a cupboard using Farrow & Ball which is a good quality emulsion, which I then waxed. It seems absolutely fine so far, although doesn’t get much wear and tear where its placed. It’s to be noted that none of the manufacturers recommend this on furniture. I think its fine if you need a quick change, but I wouldn’t use emulsion for furniture in my living room for instance. :)

          • Thanks. Just looked at this page by Annie Sloan, where she confirms that her ‘Chalk Paint’ doesn’t actually contain any chalk or plaster of Paris, which still makes me wonder how it differs from emulsion paint (which is similarly water-based).


            The link that you posted to the how-to tutorial was very informative (I now realise I used an unnecessary amount of wax), but I noticed that she said her piece of furniture was ‘distressing itself’ along one edge while she waxed. Not the effect I wanted!

            • Hi Maggie, im pleased you found my ‘how to’ useful. I guess its just trial and error to find out what you like using. Chalk paint is much thicker than emulsion & does have great coverage with the darker colours at least.

              It would be great if you could trial emulsion paint and post your findings back here though?

              Best of luck with your research. :)

  6. Hi
    I used Annie Sloan paint on my first project and was very pleased with the results, but have bought another old piece of furniture with more intricate detail and was going to use Annie Sloan again to save me sanding down the minute details. Problem is, on my previous project, the varnish DID come through the paint and I had to strip that part, sand and paint again. Waxing before sanding (shabby chicing) made the job very difficult as the wax just fills the sand paper. So with my next piece, I sanded first and it was far more successful.
    With my new piece, I want to use eggshell, because the top of unit is flat with no detail and as you mentioned before, brush stokes and finish are not to good with chalk paint. My question is, if I sand as much as I can off of the intricate details on the wood, will primer still stick to it? Also, is eggshell as easy to sand down (shabby chic) as chalk paint? Does the primer soak into wood so that I would be unable to have bare wood showing in parts? One more question: can I use clear varnish instead of wax on chalk paint and eggshell ?
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Carmel,
      Primer doesn’t soak into the wood, it sits on the surface, so providing you use the correct primer (designed for covering all surfaces) e.g. Dulux Supergrip, you won’t find these difficulties.
      Give the surface a light sanding to remove any bits of surface dust etc, make your repairs if needed, then paint a couple of coats of Supergrip primer, you can use a roller if you prefer. Then you can start painting your eggshell. I always sand between coats.
      Eggshell is much tougher than chalk paint, and yes you can use a varnish instead of wax,

      When you say Shabby Chic, I assume you mean the distressing. My definition of this style, is a finish that deliberately sands areas to allow the original wood to show through on details and edges. If you don’t want this, and prefer a full painted look, don’t sand heavily. Instead of sandpaper you could use fine wire wool.

      Hope that helps. :)
      Best wishes Amanda

  7. Hi Amanda

    I am painting a sideboard for the first time to match a table which I know has been painted in farrow and ball white tie. Can I use estate emulsion rather than estate eggshell if I’m going to be waxing/ varnishing anyway?


    • Hi Amy,
      Thank you for visiting. I wouldnt like to say for an absolute certainty, as it depends on the general wear and tear you’ll be exposing it to. However since your table has a good coating already, I would think it would be ok providing you use a good quality emusion.It cant hurt to try anyway hun. :)

  8. Hi Amanda
    Just read Carmel’s post and your answer, so I think I might have worked out what to do…
    I’ve got a 70s ‘pine’ Welsh dresser that’s been kept in our shed for the past 30-odd years. It’s not good enough for indoor use really, so we’ve decided to try it as part of an ‘outdoor kitchen’ on the terrace, so my big question is, “chalk paint or eggshell?”. As it’s not ever going to be a ‘fine piece’ (and I’m feeling a bit lazy), I was thinking of trying the chalk method – no sanding, slapping on the paint, etc, then waxing -, but seeing as our UK weather isn’t exactly like a nice South of France garden (!), I’m worried that the finish won’t stand up to damp, rain etc. (unless you can varnish instead of wax?). Maybe it’d be better to go down the primer, eggshell (although I’ve found F&B rather hard work for large areas – ie internal cottage doors), and a top coat of clear eggshell varnish. What do you think?
    Thanks in advance!

  9. Hi Amanda
    I think both methods would be very hard work on your welsh dresser. I definitely wouldn’t use eggshell. You will still need to sand with chalk paint to get a nice finish & will need at least 2 coats of paint. Annie Sloan advises just painting & applying nothing on outdoor furniture, you can’t use wax for outdoors-it will melt in the sun. Last summer I followed her advice on an outdoor table. It now looks a very rustic mess! If it were me, I would either:

    Chalk paint, using two slightly different shades of colours e.g old white & country grey. This would produce a slightly textured look, which would look nice when you give it a fine sanding at the end. I would follow this with an outdoor mat varnish.

    Traditional garden furniture paint eg cupranol.

    Whatever you decide, good luck! Please pop back & let me know how you got on :D

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  12. I’m glad I found this as I was thinking of painting some furniture and I wasn’t sure about what to paint it with, it looks like it will be most helpful. I will return when [if?] I eventually get around to it.

    • It’s always nice to hear my posts are helpful and inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes please do come back, I’d love to hear how you got on with your project. :D

  13. So refreshing to read what really works and what doesn’t. Not that I’m going to be attempting it myself because of a disabling condition but we’re moving house and I intend to get my husband to follow your every word!

  14. What s brilliant article, well 3 of them!
    I was about to try the Chalk Paint but I’ll stick with eggshell, I don’t like distressed furniture, I prefer it to look painted but smart so I think you’ve saved me a lot of time and money!! Thanks!!

  15. Hiya,
    I have just been given a piece of furniture that i think has been painted with Annie sloan chalk paint then waxed and i want to paint it with F&B. Can I paint straight over the waxed surface or do i need to remove wax somehow? I want to sand it to smooth the surface really? What do you think?
    Thanks Debs

  16. Hi I use too use annie sloan but for the last 3 years I now use farrow & ball eggshell love the finish distresses well and just wax over afterwards I always sand before and always comes too a stunning finish your post are great would like too know your thoughts on the new authentico eggshell finish thanks Bryan

    • Hi Bryan, thanks for visiting and for your kind comments about my posts.

      Farrow & Ball is my favourite finish, my own painted furniture is still looking lovely after 2 years and it also cleans nicely using a damp cloth. With chalk paint furniture, I find it has to be dry dusted rather than cleaned.

      I haven’t used Autentico, I was offered a sample by them some time ago but they never did send it. I have to go out of my way to find a stockist for them so I probably wont bother with it, unless its miraculous. If you try it, please come back let me know what you think to it. :D

  17. Wow Amanda, this is awesome, it’s really inspiring, wish to try it someday :)

  18. Really enjoyed reading your Blog. You’re the first person to talk about the Annie sloan chalk paint coming off during waxing – I thought it was just me doing something wrong!
    I’ve just painted and waxed my daughter drawers in Annie sloan paint and it’s chipped already. I take it i could just give them a sand and try some eggshell for a more durable finish? the drawers were quite modern and paint didn’t take to them so well (i did give them a light sand first) Maybe I could give them a coat of primer then retry
    the chalk paint?

    • Since you’ve started with chalk paint I would carry on hun. Give the whole thing a good sanding down, clean the dust off & start again.
      No you’re not doing anything wrong, you don’t need primer with chalk paint. Chalk paint is hard to use. It takes practice. Thank you for taking the time to comment, I’m sure your experiences will help others too. :)

  19. The AS chalk paint has just arrived in Australia and I was very excited, until I saw the price and read about it here. Now not so keen. I certainly don’t want it flaking off in 2 years time, given the astronomical price they are asking for it here. This is such an excellent post. Well done,
    Kind regards,

  20. Thanks very much Amanda, Chalk paint is quite difficult to get the hang of, but I very much doubt it would flake off indoors. Outside is a different story, we painted our wooden patio table and chairs last year, and there is virtually no paint left on it!

    Lots of people love chalk paint. I do use it, but my favourite finish is definitely eggshell. Many will disagree with me – but to each our own. One tin of paint will go a long way if you thin it with water, so why not give it a try and see which you prefer. :D

  21. Really interesting and knowledgable comments. I am using Farrow and Ball paint on a bedroom chair for the first time and have found this blog extremely helpful – thank you

  22. Looks like I will be taking your advice, waxing, sanding and then repainting…I definitely wont be using Annie Sloan paint again! You are so right, doesnt cover in 1 coat, drys to quickly so you have work really fast and I am not happy with the results…luckily I purchased a tin of her soft wax! So tomorrow looks like I will be waxing sanding and repainting for that smoother look! I am like you I dont like streaky brush marks on paint!

    • Diane you sound just like me when I first tried the ‘wonder paint’. Chalk paint is hard to get used to, and it takes practice.
      If you really can’t get on with it, use eggshell paint. It is much easier to predict the results, despite the prep and undercoat needed.

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