DIY chalk paint vs. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I get asked a lot the differences between DIY chalk paint & ASCP & both are great for home DIY projects, but they are very different. Read this post for all pros & cons:
Homemade chalk paint

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  • Rose Rose on Nov 11, 2015
    Do you need to seal a wall painted with chalk paint?

    • Julie Crozier Julie Crozier on Nov 12, 2015
      @Rose I used Chalk-tique added to paint in my bathroom. I waxed the cabinets after I painted, but not the walls or baseboards. It has been a year, and still looks great.

    • Helena Helena on Feb 09, 2016
      For protection, waxing, in my opinion is a good investment.

    • Poppies Paint Powder Poppies Paint Powder on Mar 27, 2016
      @30 results are available, use up and down arrow keys to navigate. no way would wax a wall. But conversely you can just use Flat paint. We have customers ask us all the time to sell them Poppie's to paint their walls and we highly discourage them.

  • MaryAnn Bickmore MaryAnn Bickmore on Nov 20, 2015
    Can you get too much wax on a project?

    • Helena Helena on Feb 09, 2016
      with chalk paint there is no right or wrong. If you applied too much, you can always sand down lightly.

  • Chr3052279 Chr3052279 on Nov 21, 2015
    do I need a sealer after I painted the object with chal paint , and how many coats does it need pls Thank you

    • Stacie Stacie on Mar 13, 2016
      No, but it is completely matte. If you want a sheen you would have to polyurethane in your desired finish. The number of coats depends on the coverage you want. One is generally enough for me with a few brush stokes here and there for coverage. This is a table that I just finished. One coat, but a few more strokes on the drawers. Good luck!

  • Shirleygatto Shirleygatto on Dec 21, 2015
    can i use furniture polish on chalk paint?

    • Helena Helena on Feb 09, 2016
      If the chalk paint has been sealed with a wax protector, you can lightly dust with a soft cloth

    • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Mar 06, 2016
      I use Johnson and Johnson's Finishing wax to seal the pieces I want to seal with wax. You really only need to go over the piece with a soft the worse maybe a damp cloth. If you want more gloss on a piece you have chalk painted..then you can use a satin or semi gloss polycrylic. Your chalk painted furniture should be sealed..

    • Poppies Paint Powder Poppies Paint Powder on Mar 27, 2016
      Yes shirleygatto . We seal most of our pieces with Daddy Vans furniture polish. The great thing about using furniture polish as your sealer is that when your piece gets dirty just re-wax it and it will look like new.

  • Claudia Veitch Claudia Veitch on Feb 18, 2016
    Is there anything I can use to seal white paint without it turning yellow?

  • Shoogie (Susan) Shoogie (Susan) on Aug 10, 2016
    The link isn't highlighted therefore it doesn't work. I would like to read the comparisons.

  • Luann Heffelfinger Luann Heffelfinger on Jan 12, 2018
    I have a quart of chalk paint...and it's too "white". What would happen if I got creative and mixed in some leftover latex paint to try and get the color I prefer? I plan to polycrylic the final result... What do I have to lose? Any thoughts?

    • Susan Dunlap Brighton Susan Dunlap Brighton on Aug 02, 2019

      I have mixed stain as well as latex paint with a chalked paint, but added the stain or latex on top of the dried paint and wiped it on until I liked the look and color. Really added dimension to the piece.


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  • Dori Dori on Aug 04, 2016
    Thank you sooo much for being forthright about chalk paint. I was told Benjamin Moore has a very good paint for furniture. Having read your comments, I think that is the road I will take for painting my furniture. Sign me "Grateful"

    • B Juliana Leo B Juliana Leo on Aug 05, 2016
      There is a paint that I have used for years - you can get it at It is called SETCOAT - It comes in various colors OR you can get the tint base and get it colorized from your favorite paint store (colorizing tints can be made at any Paint store) SETCOAT is made to be used for Walls And Furniture, but the beauty of this product is its cabinet durability. Its thicker than most paints, and can be thinned for spraying. (by 10%) SETCoat also can be textured or painted smooth. Depending on application process. TO texture it, you can even Add some Joint compound to the mix, to thicken it. I know Annie Sloan has done a great job marketing their product, but truthfully, I find that buffing it with Wax, to be tedious. I'd rather just paint on a nice topcoat and be done with you. YOU can still get the same look. I know, I've done this many times.

  • Dori Dori on Aug 05, 2016
    Thanks again Juliana. Appreciate your advice.