Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush effects

How to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a bit of an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint fan and a lot of that is to do with me being a lazy diy’er.  Yep I can hold my hands up and admit it. I really can’t be arsed with priming, sanding and all that jazz which is pretty handy because with the Annie Sloan paint you can skip all that faff.

How to upcycle a wooden towel rail

How to upcycle a wooden towel rail with annie sloan chalk paint

My mum was having a clear out and I managed to rescue this wooden towel rail before it was packed off to the charity shop. As I mentioned above there’s no need to sand or prime so I gave the wooden towel rail a wipe down to remove any dust and waited for it to dry before I painted it.  Oh and yes your eyes are not playing some weird trick on you, the bottom rail really is curved!  I only noticed when I was cropping the photo!

There are currently thirty seven colours to choose from in the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint range and if you can’t find the shade you’re after just create your own.  The paint colours mix together so you can create the exact shade you’re after.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antoinette

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antoinette

After much deliberation I decided to go with the colour Antoinette.  I would describe it as almost a light candy pink and knew it would contrast well against the dark grey background where the towel rail would live.

I used an Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush, although I usually prefer a flat, contemporary finish, this time  I wanted to try and add some texture to the paint.  The particular brush I used was probably too big for the spindles, in fact my hand really began to ache after a while as the brush is quite heavy but I can imagine it would work really well on a larger surface such as a cupboard or table, etc.  There are other size brushes available and they also do a range of flat brushes if you’re after a smooth finish.

Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush

Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush

Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush effects

Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush Effects

Once you’ve left the paint to dry, I recommend a full 24 hours just to be safe, you’re left with a chalky, velvety matt finish.  You can either leave it like this or apply some clear wax to get a soft sheen but be warned, although the wax will help to protect your furniture and the overall finish, it will deepen the colour slightly.  I used a clear wax and applied with a brush.  I will be the first to admit, I’m not a fan of this process.  It’s because I’m so impatient!  Once you’ve applied the wax I tend to let it cure for 24 hours before buffing it off.  This gives you a higher sheen and a more consistent finish. Also word of advice, make sure you use a lint free cloth and not a yellow duster like I did first time round…that was a serious face palm moment.

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

 

Once you’ve buffed the wax off you’re left with a slightly smoother finish and a slight sheen.  Your item is ready to be used straight away.

I’m really happy with the overall finish.  I love how the pink stands out against the dark grey and brings a bit of colour to the room.  This is definitely my new favourite colour…this month anyway!

 

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

Bathroom featuring Annie Sloan towel rain in Antoinette

 

So, have you used any Annie Sloan products before? Are you working on something at the moment?  Tag me into your instagram posts @ohhhellohome I’d love to see what you’re working on,

P.S. If you’re interested in hearing more about how versatile the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint range is check out one of my earlier blog posts by clicking here.

2 thoughts on “How to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  1. The Daisy Pages says:

    I love what you’ve done with this towel rail! I’ve been thinking that I need something like this in my bedroom….maybe I’ll try upcycling too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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