Annie Sloan chalk paint

Have you discovered Annie Sloan chalk paint yet? If not, you’re in for a treat.

I was very kindly invited to an Annie Sloan paint workshop, run by Rigby and Mac, to learn how to use the paint and create some of the effects it is capable of. Lucy, who ran the workshop, was totally wonderful, warm and knowledgable and there was a lovely group of other people there too, including the 2 Lovely Gays – love them. Located in Dulwich, South East London, in a beautiful light filled industrial building (with a wondrous cafe called Volcano for lunch) the workshop was a very happy way to spend a Saturday morning.

The key things I learnt and love about the paint:

– No need to prime or sand your surface (AMAZING!)

– Can be applied to a variety of surfaces including: glass, metal, varnished wood, laminate (oh yes!)

– It does not smell and dries very quickly so no need to paint outside

– It can be watered down or mixed with other colours easily.

My mind is still reeling from the fact that I now have the potential to paint dark, varnished wood with no preparation whatsoever. I also feel a bit aggrieved that I spent two days of my life painting internal doors with five coats of primer and gloss paint when I could have used a couple of coats of this and some wax. Gutted.

Rigby and Mac Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

The Annie Sloan paints come in a really beautiful range of colours that are stocked at Rigby and Mac and sold online.

Rigby and Mac Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

One of my favourite colours that we worked with: Aubusson.

Rigby and Mac Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

We were able to try lots of the paints, waxes and get inspiration from the Annie Sloan books.

Rigby and Mac Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop

We worked on strips of wood to learn the different effects. I think everyone enjoyed learning how to use the gold leaf the most – here it has been applied over English Yellow.

 Using the paint at home…

So, when I got home I was very excited to give it a go. I haven’t currently got any furniture that I want to paint so I decided to give a little set of Ikea Moppe drawers a makeover. I bought Antoinette pink, brass leaf (that actually looks gold in most lights), gold size and soft wax from Rigby and Mac. You will also need a paint brush, scissors and a j-cloth.

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

1. Paint the surface – if you find the paint too thick you can water it down. You may need two coats, depending on what you are painting.

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

2. Cut circles of the brass leaf (that looks gold) with scissors – a little tricky so you need to be careful.

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

3. Paint some gold size on to where you want to stick your brass leaf. Allow it to dry a little until it is tacky.

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

4. Very carefully, place your brass leaf dot onto the gold size once it is tacky and with a dry brush ensure it has adhered to the surface.

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

5. Use a j-cloth to apply a coat of the soft wax. The more you buff the wax, the more glossy it will become. The wax also protects the paints and brass leaf from scuffing and stains.

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

The transformation is complete! It was hard to catch the reflective dots from this angle but in real life it’s so pretty!

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

These little drawers are perfect for lots of crafty bits and bobs.

Annie Sloan chalk paint Ikea hack

The perfect addition to my craft room.

I can not wait to try the paint out on something more substantial. Thank you again to Rigby and Mac for the great workshop; is it too much to say this paint is life changing?!

Katy x




  1. 14th May 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Oh my god! This is amazing! I’m about to attempt painting my veneer table so will definitely give this a go.

    • katy
      17th May 2014 / 2:35 pm

      My mind is still blown from the fact that you can paint straight onto any surface! P.s. really lovely to meet you at Blogtacular, Sarah xx

  2. 14th May 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Wow, I love this! I’ve been wanting to try Annie Sloan paint for a while, didn’t know you didn’t need to do any prep. That has just doubly sold it to me! Enjoy your pretty drawers x

    • katy
      17th May 2014 / 2:40 pm

      No sanding or priming – AMAZING! Would love to see what you create, Emily x

    • katy
      17th May 2014 / 2:34 pm

      They were quite boring to start with so I’m pleased they’ve got a bit more character now 🙂 x

    • katy
      17th May 2014 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you, Leanne! Can’t beat a gold polka dot or two x

  3. victoria
    29th April 2015 / 11:32 am

    I am having new internal doors, do these need to be primed as they haven’t been painted before?

    • Katy
      30th April 2015 / 7:55 am

      Hi Victoria, it really depends what your new doors are made of. You can paint straight onto unfinished wood with no problems but if they are varnished or laminate you will probably need to sand and use a primer.

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