Friday, May 30, 2014

Painting the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Way

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of ReStyled and the opinions are 100% my own. I received a complimentary painting class in exchange for this blog post.

After writing about ReStyled Vintage and French Decor in this post, I was invited to take an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® class at their Carmel, Indiana location. ReStyled is the Central Indiana area Stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. They have had great success and now have four locations: this one in the heart of downtown Carmel's Arts and Design District, Franklin, Noblesville and in Zionsville.

ReStyled is a boutique store offering hand painted furniture, custom furniture painting services, and the Artisan Enhancements line of faux finishing products. Other unique items exclusive to ReStyled are vintage-inspired home accessories, Farmstead Vintage Washed Flannel Shirts, Haitian handmade jewelry and an ever changing inventory of one-of-a kind furniture and home decor. Experienced interior designers make the store a real treat to visit, one of which taught the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® class to us. 

The class was three hours long which allowed for plenty of time to have questions answered and receive help with personal color selection.

The Annie Sloan color Old Violet was used for the chalk board on the wall.

Here was my place all set up and very welcoming!

We chose our colors and learned four of the most popular Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® techniques. 

There are so many things I love about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. First of all, there is no preparation (no sanding!) other than cleaning an old piece of furniture with ammonia and water or TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). It can be applied to furniture, floors and walls, adheres to most surfaces, and dries quickly. The part I like the most is the easy clean up with soap and water. It is also non toxic, lead free, odor free, and made in the USA.

The paint colors are just dreamy, but my favorite part was learning about the gilded finish. See the gold in the little jar below? It is gilding wax. You spread it over the paint with a tiny bit on the tip of your finger. 

Look at these shimmering colors that are available for creating the smooth gilded finish. 

Before we could complete some of the paint processes, the paint we applied needed to dry. While we waited, we took a tour of the store to learn how other pieces had been finished. On the chest below, the door was cleverly left off so the space could be used as a shelf. 

Gorgeous, gorgeous...and I love the clear knobs. The knobs in the store are so beautiful and I was told that many of them came from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

Here are more completed pieces that are available for purchase that show Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® techniques.

ReStyled even caters to we Downton Abby lovers!

Hardware can be replaced or painted right on the piece of furniture. I enjoyed seeing how the hardware was treated in the ReStyled store.

What an ingenious idea for a child's table. I learned that when you apply 3 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, the surface becomes a chalkboard (Do not apply wax over it). Wouldn't a child love to play at this table!

I've been wanting to find a color to use as an accent for my home. When I showed this picture of my great room, the color Versailles was chosen for me. We discussed the possibility of painting fabric and since I have been wanting to reupholster my dining room chair seats, I am thinking that perhaps I may paint them instead. To do that, I will use a wet brush and let each coat dry really well to prevent mold. Then cover it with two coats of the clear wax. It should resemble cracked leather.

The Versailles color is on the little board with the gilded finish (below). I brought some home with me, along with a sample of the Graphite. The colors are really beautiful.

Here are a few other things that I wanted to tell you about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. As mentioned above, it can cover just about anything, including marble. Darn, I had a marble table top on a vintage washstand that I replaced with wood. If I had known I could paint it, I would have saved myself a lot of cash.

Secondly, the paint can be used for outdoor pieces, but wax should not be applied over it. The paint will have a weathered look.

And finally, the clear wax can be tinted with any color. 

There is so much you can do with these products to make your piece truly unique. This class was so jam packed with information that I filled my whole tablet of paper. Annie Sloan has written over 20 gorgeous books that offer step-by-step paint transformations. Her best selling book is Quick and Easy Paint Transformations and her most recent one is Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More.

There is a special ReStyled Barn Sale that will be held in June. I attended the event back in October of last year and wrote about it here. It's a good one!

Thank you, ReStyled, for the very fun class. I am eager to get painting with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of ReStyled and the opinions are 100% my own. I received a complimentary painting class in exchange for this blog post.


  1. Hi Patty. What a great and informative review! I have not yet tried the AS paint, but sure do want to. I learned a few things in this post too. I love the idea of painting the furniture. I wonder what the piece feels like to sit on afterwards? Great post!!
    xo Kris

  2. Patty, That place has many wonderful things to choose from. I like those colors you put on the board. You sure know your way around Indiana.Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. That must have been a fun day. I've wanted to try my hand at chalk paint and there is a place in town that offers classes using AS paints. I daren't bring another piece of furniture into the house before we sell, but once the SOLD sign goes up I'll be heading for the thrift shop for a project piece.

  4. You must have been in heaven in that store! :-) You do such a great job explaining the processes with your words and photos.

  5. Hello from Spain: great colors. I do not know how to paint but you are very creative. Keep in touch

  6. Great review. That must have been nice taking a class for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I decided to give it a go on my own, and was mistakenly striving for perfection. Until my friend Suzanne told me that it wasn't supposed to be perfect! I am happy with my finished table though, and will use the paint again!

  7. Love all the pictures you took at Restyled. That Downton Abbey pillow is so me, too! It looks like you had a fun time with the painting class. Have a good week ahead!

  8. I love using ASCP. I just painted some napkins using the paint and all of my hand painted pillows are done with ASCP.


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