Tips for Painting with Annie Sloan Paint
1- No Sanding or primer is required. All you need to do is wipe down the piece and clean it then start painting, really is that easy.
2- The paint goes further than you think. You may get a sticker shock when you first price the paint, but keep in mind it goes a lot further than you think. I used 1 quart of Paloma gray and was able to finish the book case and the bench and still had a tiny bit of paint left. (1 quart of the yellow did two nightstands and a bookshelf) Keep in mind though that different wood may suck in paint more than others. Also if you want a more smooth look, then you should actually thin your paint out with a little water. If you want a thicker look, then leave the lid off for a bit to let the paint thicken up.
3- Use good brushes. Nothing worse than having little brush hairs come off while painting. Also what style of brush you are using will depend on the look you are going for.
5- Wax it- Once fully dry wax the piece when finished. Annie Sloan has a clear or dark wax, I have just used the clear wax. The dark wax will darken the color a bit and give it more of an antique look. There are wax brushes you can buy, I just use an old soft cloth and rub down the whole piece. Waxing it protects the paint stops it from being a chalkboard like surface.
6- Distress It: If you want to distress a piece, which this paint is really great for, distress AFTER doing a coat of wax, and then wax the piece again.
The first thing I did was put down a protective drop cloth (I just bought a cheap plastic one from Home Depot), as no one wants to spill on the carpet or floor.
I then began painting. For this piece I used Annie Sloan Paloma gray, it is more of a pink/purple based gray and when you first paint it looks a lot lighter than you may expect, it does darken as it dries and would darken even more with a dark wax.
I usually start at the top of a piece and work my way down. For big surfaces I use my big giant brush, but then switch to a smaller brush for the edges and corners.
I lay the shelves on the drop cloth and painted them there. Some people asked if the wood grain shows through. This paint is able to cover up the wood grain and only in places where it was especially strong can you see a few lines.