My Adventures with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint So Far

Today I’ll show you the stages of this project, where it’s at (not finished), and ask for your thoughts on some things.  Another day, I’ll do a Q&A on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then another day even, I’ll show the actual process of painting it.

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I bought this piece from Craigslist.


It was a piece inherited from a grandparent and then not wanted.  I know, it needs work, but I liked the fretwork lines on the bottom, as of course, they match my faux bamboo fretwork, as well as the fretwork on our coffee table.


I saw potential in the piece (hutch and buffet/ china cabinet).

So, I went to work cleaning it off, knowing I wanted to paint it.  But you have to know yourself, right?  I know I hate sanding and priming.  What product allows you to skip sanding and priming?  Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (ASCP)!  It will go right on top of clear coats and stick like a dream – I had heard.

So, I figured it was time to try this ASCP and see what I think.  After all, it’s been all the rage lately.

If it’s so great, why isn’t everyone doing it?  Well, it’s expensive.  Almost $40 a quart.  Not a gallon, but a quart!  However, you are saving on primers and time on sanding…

First step was deciding on a color.


I was thinking a blue.  Maybe white inside.  I threw up this quick (rough) mock up drawing with ASCP’s Duck Egg blue on my Facebook page to see what readers thought.


I told you – rough.  I’m sure a child could have done better, but the point was it was quick.  But, I really like to get a visual on where I’m going when possible.  Many times, I can picture things in my head, but not 100% of the time.

Not too bad.  I also liked the colors Provence and Aubusson Blue with dark wax.  See, that’s another piece of the puzzle – will you do a protective coat in clear wax or dark wax as each affects the paint differently.

I went to Revival in Bee Cave and bought the Duck Egg, Pure White, and Aubusson since they didn’t have the Provence.  I also bought the dark and clear wax and a brush.  And, I got started on the hutch.

I saw this as practice and me just getting to know the paint and waxes.  Let me tell you, I’ve painted and waxed over this thing so many times…  I figured it only helps if I distress – there will be under coats to peek through.  Let’s see some of the coats.


How do you think it’s looking?  Remember the before?


And, so far… (Note that these are all just photos from my phone.)

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Remaining questions -

1. Should I leave the inside white?  Or, do a light gray?

2. Should I stencil the back with another color such as gray or remove the glass and put chicken wire?

3. On the bottom, should I just do all blue with clear and then dark wax or add some white?

Haha, enough questions?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.




  1. Love the Aubusson with the contrast of white! I think light distressing on the edges would look great.

  2. I like the Aubusson color. You could distress it, but I don’t think you have to. And, I think I’d leave the glass in, I like the way glass would look with the style of the base. Fun piece!

  3. I think it looks fabulous! I can only imagine how long this has taken you. I’d have to keep it for awhile just to make myself feel better….and then I’d sell it. :P

    I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on the paint. I haven’t tried it yet!

  4. I think it’s looking fantastic! I like the gray idea, but don’t do the chicken wire. i think that’s a trend that is going to go out quickly and you might regret it in a couple of years. If you do it, definitely keep the glass to put back in later.

  5. I love the way it’s looking now! And the contrast between the darker blue and the white!

  6. I think the blue is lovely but I might add a bit more dark wax and distress it right up for character ,the white inset is my choice NO CHICKEN WIRE I too am going to be undertaking a ginormous old hutch soon so I am with ya sister:)) great work!

  7. Wow! You’ve done so much work on this piece. The first few photos look very dark (on my monitor) and I thought you were using the Graphite. I can see the blue in the last few pics and it is gorgeous! NO, please do not use chicken wire! I love the contrast between the blue and the white or the light gray. I don’t think it needs a lot of distressing….in my humble opinion, I think that can be overdone. What do I know? :) I just don’t care for chippy pieces or chicken wire.

    Great job!

  8. P.S. I look forward to your opinions re: ASCP. I haven’t tried it yet, simply because of the cost.

  9. I love the color!! I have one very similar that I am painting navy..and I love the idea of white on the inside. I think I will go with a cream color. I am undecided on whether to do existing glass or chicken wire….I vote for chicken wire, so I can see how yours turns out! :) Thanks for all the great ideas!!

  10. Hello,
    I was wondering what the benefits are to the wax? Also, how come you needed to apply so many coats. I am getting ready to paint my first dresser and I was thinking of using a paint that allows me to skip the sanding. Thanks

    • Great question. I asked SO many during the process that I will end up doing a whole Q&A post. But, for now, you don’t need but one to two coats of wax. I just kept repainting which then meant more wax on top of the paint. You always end in a wax coat. Without the wax, the paint will easily scratch off. With the wax, it’s durable and you can move stuff around on it and so on. Feel free to email any other questions – I hope to do that post in the next few days.

  11. Kristy, I believe Annie invented this paint so that someone could complete a project in a day. I think you are defeating the purpose here. But, it is looking wonderful. Ann

    • Exactly!! I’m practicing for everyone out there so they don’t have to! That’s at least how I’m trying to see it. I think you do have to get a feel for the technique and colors. I guess that is why there are classes offered.

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