Chalk Paint Q & A Post

div style=”text-align: center;”>Hi, sweets.
I’ve answered your questions and asked my lovely Chalk Paint stockist,

Patty at Classic Wall Finishes, to provide her expertise too.

Thank you so much for your questions.
If you need clarification {or anything at all}, just comment or email me!

(And, if you have any trouble viewing the videos, let me know and I can embed them in separate posts with separate links.)
Q: I am trying to figure out if I can paint glass with chalk paint. Do you know?
A: Yes, you can. Chalk paint will adhere to glass, and in my experience on the aqua jar & pot below, covers quite nicely without the transparency of a standard acrylic paint. I would however, apply a sealer for protection. I used an inexpensive, $2 bottle of DecorArt’s Patio Paint “Clear Coat” and it worked like a charm. (Note: I intentionally created a weathered look before sealing.)
Q: The flat chalky finish is really cool and it distresses beautifully, but the coverage is not the best and it does not go on all that smoothly, especially on the second coat. My biggest issue is with the wax. It seems to remain tacky for a long time. Still experimenting.

A: In my experience, the chalk paint has gone on very smoothly but I think I see what you’re saying about the second coat in that it doesn’t glide over the first like a latex paint does. That first coat really grabs the second. Patty’s recommendation for that is below. As for tacky wax, try using a little less per coat, if you haven’t already. I was used to using a thicker, Johnson’s paste wax and proceeded as usual with the Hannant’s. Not good. You only need a couple of very thin coats. If I’m wrong about what you mean by coverage, chime in. I don’t want to assume that’s what you mean if a piece has taken more than 2-3 coats.

Patty’s A: She can try adding just a little water to her paint for the second coat. Let it dry completely prior to adding the wax and it sounds like she might be using too much wax. Annie Sloan has said that we tend to use too much wax. Less is more on the wax; just a nice thin layer. Then, apply a second coat of wax when that is dry. Let dry at least overnight prior to buffing with a soft cloth.

Q: I have tried chalk paint but that was of the Farrow & Ball kind. Is that comparable?
A: My understanding is that F & B is a clay-based paint.

Patty’s A: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the only Chalk Paint that I know of and is completely unique. It adheres to almost anything – all varnished and waxed woods, bare wood, brick, metals, plastic; almost anything. It leaves a beautiful finish especially when used with the waxes and used with the techniques that we teach in our Chalk Paint Workshops throughout the United States.

 Q: I bought a round table with a black base and wood top. I plan to stain the top but will the white chalk paint cover the black base, how many coats would I apply? Also, I picked up four bright white French chairs and a beige wood love seat to paint to go with table. If I paint all them all white would they look same color even with a different color base to start with?

A: I painted Old White over a glossy, black frame with only two coats. It will, of course, depend on your piece. There is an exception to every rule. Typically, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint covers in 1-3 coats.

Patty’s A: As for painting everything white and looking the same, I would say, yes. The darker piece may need an additional coat or two. Also, remember that the beauty of painted furniture is their uniqueness and not having exact factory finishes. You want that hand finished look, right?

Q: Ask Patty about the result of using regular paint OVER a base coat of chalk paint. Is it possible to do that? I read a blogger had a nightmare after she used a coat of Paris Grey and then did top coats of regular paint. She said it had no adhesion. Once you go chalk, you can’t go back. Is that it? 

A: Not necessarily. Personally, I haven’t had any issues repainting a few frames and an antique trunk which were subsequently painted latex white after an initial coat of Paris Grey chalk paint. All pieces had been curing for at least a week before repainting with the latex, which might make a difference.

Patty’s A: We use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint over everything and not vice-versa. I really would not use the product as an undercoating. I’m not sure how it will perform, but if it has had enough time to cure on the piece of furniture you might be fine. The Chalk Paint gains its strength and adhesion after curing and its use with Annie Sloan Soft Wax really seals and protects, and gives a beautiful finish to the paint. To use the Chalk Paint alone and not seal it is not recommended for indoor furniture finishes.

Q: What makes Chalk Paint different from regular paint? I love the look but what is the difference? 
A: It isn’t latex like regular paint and because of that, the way it looks and performs is entirely different. Chalk Paint can be painted directly over just about any surface without the need for priming or sanding…typical prep work before painting with latex. The paint colors are mixed using very little black, which creates a gorgeous color palette. I also love that Annie Sloan’s paints are inspired directly by colors that she observed in France, Italy, etc. For instance, Paris Gray is the real deal. Everything else I could mention is listed here on the About Chalk Paint page.
Patty’s A: It is a unique Chalk Paint created in England by Annie Sloan. It has unique properties that allow this water-based paint to be applied directly over varnished and waxed furniture without the need for sanding, priming or stripping, and the paint will adhere. We recommend that you apply two coats of the Chalk Paint, unless you are doing a wash, then apply two coats of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear.
There are unique binders in Chalk Paint. This paint has strong adhesion to various surfaces, but you need to seal and protect the paint with wax for durability.

Because Chalk Paint and latex paint are different, don’t add a latex additive to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  If the paint ever gets a little thick, just add a little water. The paint was created to get thick (if you leave the lid off) to create various techniques, like impasto. Again, these techniques are taught in our more advanced Workshop Classes.

Q: I’d really like to know what recommendations there are for finishing a HIGHLY used kitchen table. I’ve been trying to gather information about it. I like the look of the wax finish, specifically when using a dark wax. But I’m afraid wax is not going to be enough for this table. If use poly can I put it on top of the wax? Or if I’m wanted an aged look do I have to stain instead of using a dark wax and then poly? 

Patty’s A: I would recommend that you apply two to three coats of wax and maintain that finish.  I would stay away from the plastic-like feel and look of Poly. I think the wax would hold up fine over two to three coats of Chalk Paint; no problem.
A: If your family us rather aggressive on furniture like mine, Patty also mentioned that a water-based varnish can be used over the wax. Faux Effects Varnish Plus is good one to use.
Thank you, Patty!
Here are some more helpful links:

I also want to mention that although I received (and appreciate) complimentary sample pots of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from Classic Wall Finishes, the Paris Gray and Old White paints used in these videos were purchased by me and as always, my thoughts and opinions are honest and entirely my own. 


  1. Jami ~
    Thank you so much for your wonderful post and videos!!
    They are wonderful and really help with some of my questions that I have had ~


  2. Hi lovely,

    I love the videos you post. I’m a total sucker for your accent!! ;-)

    Guess who I spent the day with on Monday? Yup…Annie Slaon!! So exciting!! I had the best day!

    I’ll be posting about it in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait!!


  3. Victoria says:

    That was informative but I couldn’t get past what pretty lips you have!!! They’re so full! Forget the chalk paint, it made me want to go out and get some collagen injections in my skinny lips:)

  4. {oc cottage} says:

    Awesome!!! THX a million!!!!!

    m ^..^

  5. gail says:

    great post jami! Love the videos. I used paris gray and dark wax yesterday… I think I flunked out of waxing school. I just don’t get it. I have watched marian’s video a couple of months ago… I guess I need a refresher course.
    thanks for all the tips!

  6. kathaleena says:

    I have some tips for chalk paint: After applying the second coat and before waxing, I lightly sand, which evens out paint imperfections such as raised areas, bumps, etc. Also, I have found that if I apply Hannant’s wax using my hand(s) instead of a brush or rag, the heat of my hand melts the wax and it is more evenly/lightly applied.

  7. Oh, cool. Thank you for sharing those tips, Kathaleena. I tried applying the wax with a rag like I’m used to and that was a no-no. Never even thought of using my hands though. Isn’t that stuff toxic to your skin? Or do you wear thin rubber gloves? I don’t have an email for you but maybe you’ll see this.

  8. Hey Jami! Thank you for the GREAT informative post today! Even though I couldn’t hear the videos (any ideas why???), I watched them all and learned a wee bit more about this magical paint. I’m going to have to cave in and buy some!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. c.w.frosting says:

    Great chalk paint look! Might try to make painted vases like this!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  10. Olde Tyme Marketplace says:

    WOW!! Thanks for the great post! I know how much time that had to take! I seriously need to junp on this chalk paint bandwagon. It looks amazing.

  11. Thanks thisvwas helpful! I am dying to try! :)

    Fancy Frugal Life

    Ps.. thanks so much for the linky party!

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