Last year, I got on the Chalk Paint® bandwagon.  I really wanted an entertainment armoire for my living room.  Since these are usually $1,000 plus, I decided to check out Craigslist.  It was there I found one with some minor damage for $80.  Ironically, it was probably from the 80’s — with an orangey tone.  Boring.  So, I heard about Chalk Paint® and thought it would be an inexpensive way to update this piece.  I was right. The latest craze is flipping furniture and I’m glad I got on the wagon.  The armoire now sits in my living room with a distressed white finish and new crystal knobs.  Since it was the first piece I painted, and I didn’t use the original Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® (I used some other clay/chalk/mineral paint) it came out okay.  It definitely looks better from the color it was.  One day I will re-do it because I have done some other pieces since and have learned a few things.  Not many but a few.  It was then I realized how you can take old, outdated furniture and flip it into a shabby chic masterpiece or modern looking charm.

Friends, if you have inherited your great aunt’s chunky chest from the 40’s/50’s, etc… and it has sat in your basement because it doesn’t match your decor — Chalk Paint® is the perfect solution!  Look at this rocking chair I recently flipped.  I found it at an antique shop last year.  As you can see the poor thing was calling out for help:

black chair Here is what it looks like now:white chair

I used two coats Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White with Clear Wax.  I sanded it a little to bring out the black to give it a weathered look and also to remove some brush strokes.  Here is a close-up (click on the picture):


Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® comes in a variety of colors.  The best thing about this paint is it requires no stripping, no priming, no sanding (unless you want to distress or smooth it), and it’s very low in VOC.  You can also use the paint on fabric (I haven’t tried yet).  The best part — it dries in less than a half-hour.  You can Google an Annie Sloan Stockist that sells this paint since it isn’t sold in retail stores just boutique shops.  There are also Annie Sloan tutorials on YouTube on how to use this paint.  Happy painting! 🙂



  1. sweetgrasslady
    August 14, 2015 / 8:56 am

    I always believe in reuse, re-purpose and recycle anything and everything. Even old doors can be used. Your example of doing this will show your children to do the same. Good information to use.

    • August 14, 2015 / 4:27 pm

      Glad you agree. Thanks for your response. 🙂