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You may have lots of questions to ask about what we do and the wonderful Chalk Paint TM and furniture. If you call or come down to the shop I can tell you all you need to know but for now here are a few questions answered...

 

1. What is Chalk Paint®?Chalk Paint® is very easy to work with. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface - from wood to metal, and matt plastic to terracotta. It can revitalise old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It's easy, fun and makes amazing results accessible to everyone. With a colour palette inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, you can easily mix the colours together to extend the range. Chalk Paint® is eco-friendly too. It contains extremely low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and has no odor. Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off, make it into a wash by adding even more water. Use flat brushes for a smooth look or bristle brushes for a more textured aged look. Gorgeous results have never been so simple and straightforward. 2. Why is Chalk Paint® so special?Annie Sloan's unique decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, is a very special paint for very many reasons: 1. Chalk Paint® is the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way2. No need to prime or prepare3. Extremely low VOC so it is good for the environment4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out (the outside of our shop was painted in it -- perfect!)5. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain6. The colours are mixed intelligently and the website shows how you can adapt your colours for your use7. It's a girls' paint, but boys can use it too8. It's flexible so you can be creative and change your mind9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls10. You can use it as an impasto (thickly) - leave the lid off to thicken11. We've been making it since 1990 so it's tried and tested3. How do I bring out the Grain in Oak Using Chalk Paint®Revealing the Grain in OakApply Chalk Paint®, the unique decorative paint by Annie Sloan. You may need to add a little water - by brushing it into the wood working every way to make certain it goes into the grain of the oak. Wipe off the excess several times until you have achieved the look you are after. The first wiping will give it a translucent stain but if you wipe again he wood will look more like a limed oak with the paint just in the grain. Old White, Pure and Duck Egg Blue are good colours for this effect. 4. How do I Extend the Range of Chalk Paint® Colours?Adding Old WhiteWe have 32* colours in the Chalk Paint® range from soft and pale to bright and strong. Annie Sloan's carefully selected range of colours is hugely flexible as you can mix colours together to extend the range and create endless possibilities. If you want to make a colour paler then you can add Old White or Pure. (Old White will help make the colour vintage and Pure will make the colour more modern) Find out roughly the ratio of what you want either by experimenting - use your finger maybe to dab and mix or by looking on the individual pages on this web site by clicking on the paint swatches. For a small amount of paint you can use a big spoon or for larger amounts use a cup. Two dollops of Old White to one dollop of Provence is a ratio of 2 to 1 making a lovely soft pale slightly aged turquoise like old faded French shutters. Use Pure and the colour is cleaner and fresher, more vintage 1950s! * Depending on which country you live in the number of colours in the range differs. We make our paint in two countries - England and the USA. 

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