How to Whitewash Your Floors Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

When my husband and I first moved into our home October 2011, we were left with a lot of unfinished flooring. The flooring was crappy pine wood with very light coloring and no finish or sealant. I could have had a nice bonfire and roasted marshmallows with that flooring, but it got minimal points in the beauty department. I had two clear choices: tear it up, seal it, or paint it. I always choose the cost effective version of things and painting is as cost effective as it gets. Also, I thought chalk painted floors were going to look really artsy and beautiful. Turns out, I was right
How to whitewash your "unsealed" wood flooring using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

1.) Evaluate your floors. Only attempt this if you have unfinished flooring. Any glossy or sealed flooring should not be used with this technique. If you have crappy pine floors, then by all means go right ahead and whitewash your floors with Annie Sloan chalk paint.

2.) Make sure your floors are clean and dry.

3.) Lightly sand floors to improve paint adhesion. Clean and dry floors prior to chalk paint application.

2.) Open your chalk paint can and thin to preferred transparency. It should be pretty watery.

3.) Take your clean cloth, dip, and then wring out the excess paint. Do everything as evenly as possible.

4.) Rub the wood going towards the grain. You are essentially rubbing the paint into the wood. I would refrain from using an applicator for this portion.

5.) Let dry overnight and repeat with additional coats if necessary.

6.) Lastly, Use a clear varnish to seal in your work. Two to three coats will be necessary. Be sure to lightly sand with fine sandpaper and then use a damp rag to pick up dust in between the coats of varnish. I would use a long handled synthetic applicator(it looks like a mop) to apply the varnish.
Learn from my mistake: Annie Sloan's website told me it might be easier to use a mop to apply the wash. Initially, I did and my wood floors were very streaky and uneven with this method. Getting down on the floor with the chalk paint soaked into your clean rag ensures even results. I guess I can see why grandma still gets on her hands and knees to clean her floors. Not resistance to change, but just getting the job done right!
Heather Paulding
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