a book review

I just recently got my hands on this beautiful new book by Annie Sloan…

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Have you guys heard of Annie Sloan? If not, she’s the brains behind Chalk Paint – a decorative paint developed for furniture, floors, and walls. The paint has a super matte—almost chalky—finish.

I had a fabulous time sitting in the backyard devouring this book. There are tons of inspiring projects that I happily browsed… 

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There are 40 step-by-step projects showing how to use Chalk Paint to create a variety of different looks – from really French styles, to more shabby chic, to country looks. The claim to fame with chalk paint is that it can be applied directly to surfaces without sanding or priming (hallelujah!), and will adhere to pretty much anything – wood, plastic, stone, brick, concrete, and metal. It’s low VOC, and dries quickly into that matte finish.

A few of my fave projects… how amazing is this copper claw foot tub?

BC - copper leaf bath

The green and gold combination here is sooooo lovely.


These chairs in various shades of blues and greens would look amazing around a harvest table, don’t you think?CO - sanded kitchen chairs from the Country Style section

FR - distressed armoire

The really matte texture of the paint looks pretty gorgeous, right? It makes this black desk seem really warm somehow… I am totally keen to try it out on my next furniture makeover. MC- modern bureau

One of the cool things about the paint, is that Annie talks about how to mix the colours to create custom looks, and how to use the wax and other techniques to create different finishes.Working with Paint Colours 1

Annie Sloan stockists and workshops can be found on Annie’s web site: www.anniesloan.com

Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and more
by Annie Sloan
CICO Books, $28.95 CD; www.cicobooks.com
Photo credit: Photography by Christopher Drake


*Disclaimer: This book was received complimentary, but all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own!*


Have you guys used Chalk Paint before? I have seen lots of other bloggers who have done some amazing makeovers with it. I am picturing a gorgeous turquoise chest of drawers with glass knobs…. !  

  • Jackie

    I almost peed looking at those images! Exciting! LOVE! I have a china cabinet I started painting then stopped 3/4 of the way done because I’m unhappy. This was exactly what I needed to get me going again, even if I don’t have chalk paint. Where do you find it?

    • gemma

      I’m so glad! I would do a google search for retailers in your area, or go to the chalk paint website (included in the post). Happy painting! :)


  • Teri

    I love milk paint as well by missmustardseed.com it is a bit different than chalk paint but it is absolutely gorgeous finished. The only problem I have is how $$ these paints can be. However I found a recipe on pinterest using unsanded grout, water and latex paint that works just a nice!!

    • gemma

      Oh neat! Amazing that you can make it yourself!!


  • http://www.softandcosy.com/ Maryam @ www.softandcosy.com

    I’m such a sucker for second hand furniture and I think chalk paint looks like the perfect effect . x