To Shabtique my furniture I mostly use Annie Sloan products, I have not found any other paint to be as good, I know that there are alternative chalk paints on the market but I have not tried them yet so at the moment I can only recommend Annie Sloan.
Annie Sloan paint and other materials are not cheap, but I try to find alternatives (like paint brushes) to make it a little cheaper .
So far I have used the following colors and materials which I will be featuring in my posts:
- Old White, Old Ochre, Cream, Versailles (£16.95 for 1L)
- Paris Gray, Chateau Grey, French Linen
- Graphite, Coco
- Emperor’s Silk, Primer Red
- Antibes Green, Aubusson Blue, Duck Egg Blue
- Clear and Dark Wax (£7.95 for 500ml)
- Craqueleur (£12.95)
- Gold Loose Leaf Brass, Gilding Size (£6.95 & £5.95)
- Decoupage Varnish (£5.45)
- Pure Bristle Brush, Large (£28.95), Medium (£18.95), Small (£12.95)
Farrow & Ball
- Black Blue (£19.50 for 750ml)
- Brushes (£9)
Other materials used in my projects:
- B&Q or eBay paint brushes
- Airbrush stencils
- Old T-Shirts and bed sheet (lint free materials used for waxing)
- Sanding paper, mouse sander
- Washing up liquid to clean brushes used for waxing
Upholstery (all purchased on eBay):
- Upholstery foam
- Upholstery jute webbing
- Upholstery strip studs/tacks
- Upholstery bottom cloth Heavy Duty
The best way to use effectively chalk paint I found is to thin it down a little with water. This way you will use less paint and it will be easier to apply.
To clean your brushes use just running water, I hold my brush with the bristle up and let the water run through, this paint is really amazingly easy to wash off anything!
It is a little harder to wash you wax brush, I discovered that soaking it first in warm water with added Fairy washing up liquid for an hour or more really helps before rinsing it with clear water.
That’s my tips so far.