Chalk Paint™

Painting with Chalk Paint™ decorations paint by Annie Sloan, should always be a pleasure.

Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint™ to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture and that had a good range of colour that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.

Reasons Why it’s Good! 

 Chalk Paint™ is a very special paint for very many reasons

1. It’s the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way
2. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain
3. You can use it as an impasto ( thickly) – leave the lid off to thicken
4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out ( the outside of our shop was painted in it- perfect!)
5. No need to prime or prepare
6. The colours are mixed intelligently and the web site shows how you can adapt your colours for your use
7. It’s a girls’ paint, but boys can use it too.
8. It’s flexible so you can be creative and change your mind
9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls
10. Extremely low VOCs so it is good for the environment

 Chalk Paint is a unique paint in 31 decorative and historical colours made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, painting ‘blackboards’ and for giving walls a completely matt velvety finish.


This is THE paint to use for the painted French and Swedish look on furniture where the paintwork shows a patina of history. The paint is soft and easy to patinate taking wax to give it a beautiful mellow and protective finish. The colours have been inspired by European 18th century furniture and have been made bright and rich, bearing in mind that they will be darkened with wax. Like all Annie Sloan paints none of the colours except Graphite contain black pigment, allowing for combining colours, further mixing and layering without the paint dulling.

For Floors and Walls – use a roller to paint floors and walls. You may need one or two coats depending on the colour of the wall,wood or concrete and the colour of the paint. Light colours will need more coats generally. Floors need to varnish with Matt Extra Strong varnish.

For a Blackboard that’s not black! – apply three coats of paint to wall or wood. Allow to dry overnight. Clean with a slightly damp cloth

For Garden furniture – paint over wood, metal, matt plastic or terracotta and leave to harden overnight before exposing to rain. No need to varnish or wax Matt walls – use on walls for a completely matt effect but remember this is best for anywhere that is not going to get a lot of wear and tear.

On a practical note, the woodwork NEEDS NO PRIMING, NO PREPARATION as it will stick to almost everything -old waxed pine, melamine and varnished wood included. Knots on new wood need to be sealed with Knotting solution. Great coverage but does depend on what you are painting,but a rough guide is 13 square metres.
The paint allows walls to breathe and is a simple eco friendly water based paint. Wash brushes out in water.

Click here to find out how to extend our colours by mixing with Old White.

24 thoughts on “Chalk Paint™

  1. Hi–I live in the US and am in search of Hortensia chalk paint. I can’t figure out if the color has been discontinued or if it is only available in Europe. Can you help me find a place that would ship it to the US? I’d really like to add Hortensia to my growing collection of ASCP. Thanks for your consideration.

  2. Hi, I just saw Hortensia on your blog and would love to get my hands on some… I also live in the US and was not aware of this color until now. Could you forward any info you shared with Susan? Thank you!
    P.S. Your blog is STUNNING!!

  3. Hi I have just discovered chalk paint and would really like to know how to get started and how to use it. Could you point me in the right direction? I have an old drop leaf table with what I call ruffled edges that I would love to paint. Would you suggest i start on something that isn’t so precious to me?Many thanks. Susan

    • Susan! Welcome to my blog and thanks for writing.
      I will definitely suggest you start trying CHALK PAINT™ on something that you don’t value that much, just to get the feeling of the product and to find out what is the best technique you can use on your drop leaf table. Then you will feel more confident and ready to take on the big project. It is a lot of fun to use CHALK PAINT™, It won’t let you down. 😉

  4. Planning to paint some walls with AS paint, first time with chalk paint, do I wax the walls when I’ve done a couple of coats?

    • Chalk Paint™ on walls looks best without wax. You should choose a wall with very little traffic. The only thing I will recommend after you have painted your wall is to remove any excess of pigments with a clean dry cloth. Gook luck with your project. 🙂

  5. I still don’t get if Hortensia is available here in the States? I keep trying to get a similar shade sort of aubergine but not quite as dark with mixed results.

  6. Hi i do paint effects in south africa,i would like to know where can i buy the chalk paint around johannesburg or mpumalanga thanks kind regards Frank

  7. on your mixes, when you say 1/2 Old white, is it one part of base color and two parts old white? etc…..what do the numbers mean?

    • 1/2 (0.5) Old White, means half of the mix is Old White. if I say 1/4 is Old White then the other colour is 3/4, then Old White is 25%, or one cup Old White to 3 cups of the other colour. i hope this is more clear now. 🙂

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