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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

Do I need to sand before I paint?

Chalk Paint® decorative paint adheres to almost any surface, indoors and outside, and there’s rarely a need to sand or prime.  Most times simply cleaning and dusting off the surface will do. There may be times, however, when you’ll need to sand to remove loose paint, rust, and other surface debris, or when the surface is glossy or made of melamine or laminate.  Use medium to fine grit sandpaper and remember to change it out when it becomes clogged; a fresh sheet makes the task at hand easier to accomplish.

What type of brush should I use? 

Your brush doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to have certain qualities.The bristles should be fairly long and flexible with a little bounce to allow you to be expressive in your work. Avoid brushes with bristles that are too soft, too short, or hard and inflexible. Annie Sloan’s Pure Bristle Brushes are excellent for applying Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Soft Wax. They hold lots of paint and they are comfortable to hold and easy to work with.

Are there any special preparation steps for painting unfinished wood?

If you are working with new, untreated wood, you will need to apply clear shellac to any knots and open grains.  This will block tannins that can bleed up through the paint.  Simply wipe on one or two coats of shellac with a cloth pad.  It dries in minutes, and then you can get on with your painting.

What is the easiest way to distress my finish for a more aged look?

With Chalk Paint® distressing is no longer an arduous chore. Most finishes are best when just a bit of paint is evenly rubbed away here and there using fine grit sandpaper. This will be easier to do if you apply Annie Sloan Soft Wax first. This will also reduce any sanding dust, helping to keep your workspace clean.

Can I use Chalk Paint® in the garden?

You can use Chalk Paint® on exterior walls, garden furniture (except teak), metal, concrete, matte plastic, and terra cotta. Just leave it to harden overnight – preferably in a protected area – and then wipe it down with a damp cloth before exposing it to rain. There’s no need to add a protective coating.

I finished my project and now I’ve changed my mind about the color. Can I paint over

Soft Wax?

One of the key features about working with Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Soft Wax is it’s easy to change your mind. You can apply another coat or two of Chalk Paint® over your previous finish, and then seal your new paint layers with additional wax.

Can Soft Wax be used on outdoor projects?

Annie Sloan Soft Wax should be used on interior projects only. It is not suitable for outdoor use.


Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

What is Milk Paint?

It’s a powdered, all natural paint (no VOC’s) that has been around for thousands of years.  It was found in the pyramids in Egypt and on ancient cave paintings.  It’s been used in America for years on furniture, walls, barns, etc.  It is a versatile paint that can be used to achieve a variety of looks from chippy and distressed to smooth and sleek.

Is Milk Paint Good for Raw Wood?

Yes, it’s one of the best paints for raw wood.  It acts like a stain, but looks like a paint. The color will penetrate the wood for a lasting finish that won’t chip or flake.  This makes it an ideal paint for raw wood cabinets or floors.

How Do I Create a Crackle Effect?

Paint your piece and apply direct heat immediately after coating (such as a blow dryer or heat gun) to areas you want to crackle. This is a really easy, natural crackle to achieve without having to use a crackle medium product.  It will also usually crackle if you paint outside on a hot day!

What's the Difference Between Antiquing Wax and Furniture Wax?

Antiquing wax has dark pigment in it that will age and darken your paint. Furniture wax will dry clear and give your colors the richness that they need after they dry.

What is Hemp Oil?

Hemp Oil is a finish that is a nice alternative to the wax.  It is all natural, so it’s great for people who are sensitive to chemicals.  Hemp Oil is best when it’s applied to a porous surface (like raw wood, stained wood or Milk Painted raw wood.)  It will absorb into the surface, creating a durable finish.  It can be used over Milk Paint over an old finish as well, though.  Wipe on with a clean cloth, wipe away excess.  We love to use a microfiber cloth for this!  This is also a great product to revive dry, tired wood, metal, leather and more.  We’re always finding new uses for Hemp Oil.

Do I Have to Prime Before using Milk Paint?

No. You can simply mix the bonding agent with all coats of paint for optimum adhesion.  If the “chippy” look is desired, do not use the bonding agent and do not prep the piece. 

Can I paint Colonial wood like Teak?

Surfaces made of colonial wood, like teak, are the hardest to paint. The natural oils in this wood will most likely bleed through. When the wood looks dry or weathered, the oils will probably have dried out, and you won’t have issues when painting. When the wood looks very saturated, there are still a lot of natural oils present. These oils will migrate to the surface and bleed through. Sometimes the wood has been treated with protective oils, meaning even more oil! You can only prevent from bleeding-through by applying a layer of shellac. When shellac was applied, you will have to add bonding agent to your milk paint mix.

When should I use Tough Coat instead of Wax or Hemp Oil?

We advise our Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat for high-traffic areas. It’s very durable and water-resistant.

Kitchen cabinets are a good example … they endure a lot of wear and tear, water, grease, stains. Wax and hemp oil have great protective qualities, but both will only endure a lot of water or aggressive household products for only a short amount of time. The more you clean or scrub your cabinets, the faster the wax or hemp oil will wear, dry out and will have to be reapplied.