Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Let’s Talk Annie Sloan – Chalk Paint That Is

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP)
You've all heard of it. Right? Well if not, you're missing out on a huge trend. Check out Annie Sloan’s Web Site for more information.

How many of you are using ASCP for your furniture projects? I haven't ventured into it yet for one simple reason, price. I've heard that it's simple, and it goes a long ways. But still? I’m skeptical.

My initial investment would have to be somewhere around $300. That's for a few basic colors, waxes and brushes.

There's no denying that every piece I've seen finished with ASCP is simply beautiful. But is it really worth it? My bigger question is, has anyone found a suitable substitute? How about a DIY recipe? Surely, someone has come up with a DIY recipe. No, I’m not calling you Surely. Not exact of course, but very similar for a fraction of the price.

I’m not trying to take anything away from this brilliant product. I’m just trying to do what most of us do, find a cheaper alternative. Now, with all that said, I’m sure I’ll break down and buy some. But first, I’ll have to sell a few non-ASCP pieces to raise the money.

In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful video tutorial. It’s very informative.


lauren @ West Furniture Revival said... [Reply]

great video, the chalk paint does make it look super easy. ive read some bloggers have used plaster of paris in with the latex to copy ascp
i was going to give it a try!

Jake said... [Reply]

@lauren @ West Furniture Revival
I've read the same thing Lauren. I've also read about non-sanded grout, whitening powder, and calcium carbonate.
So, today, I spent a total of about 6 hours researching. Yes. 6 painful hours. Actually it was really informative. Here's my take on everything I read - the short of it.

Non-sanded grout is great for making chalkboard paint. The others work as well. However, none of them seem to stretch as far as, or are nearly as durable as ASCP.

So my thoughts are: if I am simply wanting to achieve the chalk look, I think is doable. I already have a box of non-sanded grout that I bought about 2 months ago to try out. But, I think in the long run, ASCP is going to be worth its price tag. I was really amazed at all the blog posts I read, describing how many pieces were being painted with just 1 quart of ASCP.

Even though it's double the cost of a regular quart of paint, if it lasts 5 times longer, know where I'm going. Now, I just need to find someone to split the cost with me :)

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said... [Reply]

I've been seeing this paint more and more around blog land. I didn't realize what it was for exactly or that it is so expensive. I think I'd have to see a piece in person before I splurge on a can.