Monday, November 28, 2016

What can I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint On?

I am always getting asked 

Can I paint 
previously painted timber
rusty metal
lamp shade

with Annie Sloan Chalk paint?

So I've put a list of blog posts of different materials where I have used (or seen used) ASCP and love the results.

Timber Furniture

Almost all the furniture pieces I buy are unpainted timber. If it is high gloss varnish, Balinese, or a piece i know to bleed I will sand gently using a medium grit sandpaper such as 220 grit and I will also often use Zinsser BIN shellac primer. This may seem a pain and an extra step but it will save you a lot of hassle in the long run. 

Previously Painted Timber

I don't really like painting over previously painted furniture - it means I have to deal with someone else's painting which isn't often the best. I will almost always give the piece a very good sand to make the surface very smooth ready for my paint. If the previous paint is very chipped I think that you are better to fully strip off the old paint.

This armoire was very yellow dated paint so I sanded it back and gave it a wash of ASCP Old Ochre -it made a massive difference - looks beautiful now. Annie Sloan Chalk paint can be painted over oil paint as well as water based paints and it is one of the few paints that will adhere over previously waxed surfaces.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on (Rusty) Metal

Depending on how rusty your metal is you might like to use a product such as Ranex Rust Buster first. You can then just paint the chalk paint directly onto the metal. It really has great adhesion. I've used it on many pieces and years later they still look great.

Remember if your piece lives outside then you shouldn't wax: either leave it unwaxed or use a clear coat sealer. 

Details on this chair setting make over on the link below - so beautiful. Hard to believe they were the same pieces.


Treat laminate the same as high gloss varnished furniture - gently sand with medium grit sand paper then paint your heart out!


This is one of my favourite quick makeovers and I keep this vase in my bathroom still. After years of use and splashing etc it still looks exactly the same.

Leather and Vinyl

I think these work exactly the same and ASCP works perfectly on these fabrics. I have done many vinyl chairs and years later they still look beautiful after everyday use.


Painting fabric works well with watered down ASCP. It does change the feel of the fabric - a bit firmer and stiffer. I have painted fabric chairs and they feel like canvas after painting, sanding and waxing them.

Annie Sloan (and probably a gazillion other people) use her paint to dye fabric. Read her for instructions on dying fabric.


Personally I haven't painted velvet with ASCP and I'm not 100% convinced - but I have seen it done. If you do it correctly then the velvet feels a little stiff but not horrible. I would do this first on a piece you don't care about. Just to make sure you don't hate it :)

My friend Sandy from Paint Me White has written a blog post about how to paint velvet - you can read it here.

Lamp Shade

Why not try painting a dated lamp shade -  Annie Sloan suggests to always paint with the light bulb on so you can see the brush marks you are creating, and to make it opaque. Don't electrocute yourself...


I've painted plastic mirrors - works brilliantly. Just paint normally.  I think from memory this mirror was plastic. 

I know a lot of people paint their kitchen cabinetry with it - personally I wouldn't because I don't want to have a waxed surface in the kitchen or bathroom but if you want to do it then there are loads of people who have done this and love it. I also heard some crazy people talking about painting their car with it, or painting their carpet with it. really? I think that's stretching it. I'm a fan but not fan gurl crazy :)
I recently got kicked out of a facebook Annie Sloan forum that is run by american stockists for advising a lady not paint her skirting boards in Annie Sloan. Who wants to wax all their trim and skirting boards, and can you imagine how dirty they would be if left matte. Apparently those american stockist can't take any realistic feedback. Even when I said I love the paint, love Annie Sloan and paint around 300 pieces a year in ASCP. Those crazy American fan gurls.
Anything else you've painted with ASCP?

Anyway such a great paint.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for all this info. I will be referring back to this post whenever I am in doubt. I am about to paint my dining room table but with all the wear and tear it will be getting not sure if I should wax it or use something stronger like a sealer. What do you think and could you recommend a sealer that doesn't yellow? I think you are right about the skirting boards but each to their own I suppose! Thanks so much and always love your posts even though I don't always comment. Maryann xx


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