Give Old Furniture a Modern Look With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

I'm sure you've heard a lot about Chalk Paint®. It is one of my favorite ways to transform an old, worn out piece of furniture into something that can be loved again. Chalk Paint® is known for giving pieces an aged, vintage look, but there's so much more to the paint than that. If you're dying to try this amazing paint, but want a more modern look, you're in luck! It's totally possible with these few tips!
1. Fill in any gashes and scratches in your piece with wood filler to give your piece a more smooth finish before you start painting.
2. Apply paint in long, smooth strokes.
3. Lightly sand the whole piece. This will even out your finish of any brush strokes.
4. Apply a second coat if necessary and sand again once dry.
5. On your final coat, pour a little paint into a plastic cup, add some water, mix and paint with long, smooth strokes. This watered down mixture will give you a thinner paint to work with. Chalk Paint® can be a little thick, so watering it down will help prevent brush strokes and give a smoother top coat finish.
6. Once dry, lightly sand with a high grit sanding sponge.
7. Apply clear wax, being sure to buff to a slight sheen.
8. Add updated, sleek hardware to finish off the modern look.
By following these simple steps, you can enjoy this wonderful paint and still get that modern look you're going for! Happy painting!
Give Old Furniture a Modern Look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
You can achieve an even more modern look by using a bold paint color.
Update hardware for a modern touch.
Fill in scratches, dents, and old hardware holes with wood filler or epoxy. Update hardware for a more modern look.
Before and After Give Old Furniture a Modern Look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
The Golden Sycamore
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  • Karen Robson Dougall Karen Robson Dougall on Sep 16, 2016
    I painted my coffee table but it looks really hack. did a couple of coats then put the soft wax on it our class told us to use but the finish is not nice, a bit tacky and just not happy with it. Did not do any sanding ,,, was that my mistake? what can I do now, sand it to take off wax and do another coat? Please help!! thc Karen in Hamilton, ON

  • Vicky Vicky on Sep 10, 2017
    love it hat do you seal it with

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  • B Brown B Brown on Jun 05, 2015
    What kind of clear wax do you use. I've heard a lot about chalk paint but few details on the kind of wax to use.

  • Dianna Jensen Dianna Jensen on Jul 26, 2015
    Thanks so much. Haven't tackled anything yet but I will soon. Thanks for the web site to visit. I'll jump on it before I dig in.