Annie Sloan Paint

Well I started painting my first piece of furniture with the infamous Annie Sloan Paint.  
It goes on well but mine came out a bit streaky.  Is that how it does?  Do most of you do two coats?  I haven't bought their wax either just wondering if I can use any kind of wax.  And if anyone knows - can you use Annie Sloan paint as the first coat then use another kind of paint on top then distress to show a bit of the Annie Sloan?  All new to me.  
I will say that I ordered the wrong gray- not Paris if I like how it works I'll have to order some more in the right color. 
Here is the secretary with one coat...
and here is a close up of some of the detail...

Any tips you all can share on this paint?  I'd love to hear them.
till later, 


  1. It's designed to show brush strokes a bit for a distressed look but a second coat will get rid of that. The second coat will not go on as smoothly though because it's a texturized paint. You can use any wax {just don't use to much, instead do multiple light coats}. I wouldn't use a different type of paint on top {although I'm sure you can} instead I would use a different kind underneath and then the ASCP ontop and distress to show the bottom colors in spots. ASCP distresses so nicely I would always use it on top. Good luck!

  2. I just tried some. I didn't do a good job on round items like candlesticks. When I added another coat, it dried really well and looked good the next day. I used the Fiddes clear wax on top. I think it is very similar to AS wax. The wax brush is unbelievable. It makes the application so easy. I have been waxing furniture for skatey-eight years and wish I would have known about this kind of brush. I just bought a second brush to use for the dark wax. I am going to wax all my furniture with these waxes. I am about ten years behind in waxing. I tried the dark wax on top of a child's chair. I hated it. I found out that the clear wax will take off the dark wax. Good to know. Also, wax before you sand. Sanding makes a really big mess.
    Shades of Amber in Colorado Springs has been filling their own sample jars. They have 24 colors, 4 oz for $6.95 which is a good deal. Annie Sloan is coming out with their own sample jars in a month or so, so Shades of Amber has to get rid of their supply. I think they will be on sale soon. They also have an unbelievable sample deck. All colors painted on wood. One side is waxed with clear, the other dark. You can add water to Annie Sloan Paint to thin it down. I think this paint takes some getting used to, but the savings in time for sanding, priming, etc will be worth it. Lindauer Designs had a post about how it is less than $10 a piece of furniture. Check it out. Ann

  3. Putting some tape around the mirror will save some scraping time.

  4. Hi Tammy - For a first coat you got some good coverage. Absolutely do another thin coat. If the paint is too thick you can thin LIGHTLY with water and it will make it smooth out better. Usually my way of thinning is to dip the brush about 1/4 in water and then the pot of paint and then paint...turns out beautiful. And a little paint goes a long way...there is no need to glop it on at all trying to get better coverage. Two thin coats are always better than one thick coat.
    For waxing - You can see my wax questions and answers on I have answered a lot of common questions about the wax, including ALWAYS use clear wax FIRST!. The only real MUST with the Annie Sloan line of paint.
    Clear wax on with brush, preferably, or paint brush if you don't have the wax brush, then wipe off excess. Don't use a lot of wax either....just a bit to cover. Then distress to your liking. Clear wax over where you distressed - wipe back. Then you can start playing with the dark wax very sparingly, around the areas that have definition, etc. wipe back and you can wipe back with some of the clear wax as well.Sometimes I just put a bit on my finger and dab it on and wipe it back if it is a small area that has too much dark wax. So much fun to play with this way! I have all the sample jars and will be starting a giveaway this next week - all 24 jars. Have fun with the rest of this project...looking forward to seeing the end result. I would be happy to answer any other questions as well!

  5. I really appreciate the way you have expressed your idea.You are doing a fine job.Keep it up.

  6. Hi Tammy,

    I always use 2 coats as I like to cover all of the wood unless I am doing a really primitive piece. I like to distress BEFORE I wax as the paint comes off in a very fine powder and makes the distressing process very fast and easy. It is very dusty, however. I have used several different kinds of wax, including Minwax and Fiddes and Sons light wax which have a bit of color to them that gives the piece a bit yellower/warmer tone. Clear waxes don't yellow the color but deepen it and bring out the distressed areas. If I want it to look more aged I use a dark wax over the clear or light wax. Just play around with it, you will love it! I agree that the added expense is worth it for the instant gratification of not having to prep/sand/prime the surface.

    Good luck and have fun!