Annie Sloan Follow-Up: Mini Take-Home Project

Remember my mini project from the Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop the other day? The one I couldn’t quite finish because the paint hadn’t fully dried? If you missed that post you can read about it here.

Anyway, I was given a faux wood tray made of hard plastic to paint, and then distress. But I couldn’t do the distressing part with the paint still tacky, so that’s what was left for me to do at home.

I didn’t get a ‘before’ photo of the tray, but it was somewhat similar to this one.


Remember, this is faux wood.

Here is the actual tray with it’s coat of paint.

I opted to go with ASCP ‘Aubusson Blue’.

This is the paint chip colour from the Annie Sloan website.


And we all know how colours vary when they’re on the computer…

But did you know Aubusson Blue was named after the grey blue found in classic 18th and 19th century Aubusson rugs from France? And that it’s also a traditional Swedish farmhouse colour? I find the stories behind the colour names as fascinating as the colours themselves.

To distress the tray I went with the water and scrubby method instead of scuffing it with sandpaper.

Here are the first few scuffs.

I wanted to go easy to get the feel of it.

I know one of the bonuses with this paint is how easy it is to touch up ambitious distress marks…

Like some of the ones you see here. Oops. I think because this is plastic and not wood, the paint peeled rather than scuffed when I used a little too much pressure. Oh well, I’ll get the hang of it. But for now I don’t have this paint, so I can’t fix those spots.

So I moved on to the clear wax to protect the paint, and give the tray a more finished look.



But I used a dry cloth to rub the wax on to the tray, not a brush.

Gives it a little bit of shine, but not too much.

So, the tray went from this…

To this.

What do you think?

Who knows, I might touch the tray up in time… once I have my own paint. But for now I have given the paint a test run, and with this mini project have a little something to look back on.

I’m looking forward to my bigger project, but have to discipline myself to finish up a few waiting in line before moving on to that one.

How about you? Got any projects on the go? Any you are dying to tackle, too?

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Scuffing About With Annie Sloan

Yesterday was a day I’ve been looking forward to since last year. Okay, since the beginning of December… but that’s last year, right?

Yesterday I attended a workshop where I finally got to hang out with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint… for a whole afternoon!

Do you remember my little mention of Annie’s paint here? Well I  have been dying to try it ever since. I mean, who can resist no sanding,  no priming, and getting by with one coat?

And look at all the colours we got to play with.

So hard to choose. Did you know the paints can be combined to create a palette of over 55 colours?

These are the colours I chose to work with…

Paint Colours: Source 

There’s also a clear wax and a dark wax that you can use to create different effects.

Soft Wax Brush & Can: Source / Wax Images: Source

We worked with pieces of moulding to practice layering paint colours, and trying different distressing and waxing techniques.

Here is what I did.

Based on the colours I chose to work with, can you guess what I did?

This one is my favorite.

Believe it or not, this is Paris Grey with clear and dark wax, and no distressing. It looks a little darker here than it actually is. But isn’t it amazing how the dark wax changes the colour?

I was trying out Paris Grey for a reason. You see, I have a project in mind that I think this colour might be perfect for. Do you remember these windows? I wrote about them here.

Well I’m thinking of painting out a piece to go with the windows.

Here’s a little glimpse of what I have in mind.

The moulding colour and finish shows truer in this picture. What do you think? I don’t think it’ll be too matchy-matchy in the end, because of the dark wax.

We also did a mini take-home project in the workshop, which I have to finish now that the paint is dry on mine. But you’ll get to see that in another post once I’ve got it done!

So in spite of what I’ve heard about how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to work with, I’m still glad I took this workshop instructed by Debra Boeyenga, owner of A French Touch. I learned so many tips and techniques that will make my life easier, and I’m sure my paint and wax will go a lot farther as a result!

So far I have only bought the clear wax, but once I decide on what project to tackle in which colour, the paint and dark wax will be next! And naturally that means the painting tools, too!

Do you have any projects you’re thinking of painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint? Any that you’ve already done? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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