Annie Sloan Chalk Paint…. It’s Not Just For Furniture

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Nope, it’s not.
My house is covered in it. Really.
I can’t look around without seeing it on something.
I love it and use it all the time on furniture.

BUT I also use it on all kinds of other things too.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - You can use for almost anything!  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

Come take a look…..because Annie Sloan Chalk Paint really is not just for furniture!

Before” picture of two of the things I painted with chalk paint…..some of my thrifty finds…

Thrifty Finds Before Chalk Paint / Artsy Chicks Rule

The ugly orange picture frame I got for .45cents…..(pictured above “before”)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - frame - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan
And the mirror that was $2.00 (also pictured above “before”)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - thrift store mirror - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

“Old White” Chalk Paint with the gold rubbed through.

Or how about this Olive Oil bottle I’ve had for ages…it was a mustard yellow color before…..

Old Olive Oil Bottle Chalk Painted / Artsy Chicks Rule

You can see the mustard color where I “distressed” it.
That’s my pretty tile backsplash I did in June/2010. I will have a post about that soon. (update: see here for the backsplash)
It was super easy to do. Can’t wait to share some of the tricks that made it so.

How ’bout this pretty little thrifty find?
It was an unfinished, unfired pottery dish for $1.00.

Unglazed Pottery - Thrifty Find - Aubusson Blue Chalk Painted / Artsy Chicks Rule
Just begging to be painted.
So I did, with Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint and applied gold to the rim.
This went to the shop but didn’t sell so I brought it home after a month or so…silly people.
Now that it’s here it’s not going back. I love it. :)

Lamp I bought at a garage sale for $5.00.
I sprayed the base with my ORB and the lampshade was painted in a custom blended shade of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® (it was beige to begin with).
No wax or sealer used.

Annie Sloan Chalk Painted Lampshade / Artsy Chicks Rule

I blended up Napoleonic Blue, Aubusson Blue & Antibes ( all Annie Sloan colors) to come up with this gorgeous turquoise color,
So yes, you can even paint lampshades with it.

And this lovely antique mirror I picked up at my favorite thrift store…..for $6.00.
Look at the curves. I love this so much. $6? Crazy.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - $6 thrift store mirror  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

In a blend of Aubusson, Old White and Antibes Green…to come up with this lovely color.
And yes, I started painting before I took the “before” picture….I always do.

I just always get so excited and jump right in. Sorry!

Magazine stand in my guest bath.
Wood stained, very 70’s piece here but so nice with a little paint.

70's Magazine Rack / Thrifty Find / Chalk Painted - Artsy Chicks Rule

Painted in Annie Sloan “Cream”.

And of course this little thrift store mirror that is on my Gallery Wall pictured here.


Whimsical Mirror / Thrifty Find / Chalk Painted - Artsy Chicks Rule

A blend of Scandinavian Pink and Primer Red Chalk Paint.
Rimmed in gold again.

A mirror I picked up at HomeGoods for cheap.  $25, love that.
(and yes, I also started painting this before I took a photo again)
PLASTIC framed mirror, I might add.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - PLASTIC  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

It was black…but I changed it to “Old White”.
This is in the middle of a gallery wall over the top of my Aubusson Blue dresser in my study.

How about this lovely?? It came from HomeGoods..and started out GREEN.
I mean really green.
I really liked the design & detail…and knew it would get painted.

HHome Goods Frame / Chalk Painted - Artsy Chicks Rule


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - paint then drybrush frame!   - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

Ok…and a cool effect I didn’t plan on but love. I sprayed it with white primer first.
Then applied the chalk paint while it was still a bit sticky and it gave it a crackle finish!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - cool effect that happened  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan
How cool. I love little surprises like that!
This one got “Aubusson Blue” with a dry brush of “Old White” Chalk Paint.

Look how beautiful all that detail is the Old White paint brought out.

And another “Aubusson Blue” frame.
It started out completely gold and is another thrift store find.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - Aubusson Blue with Gold underneath rubbed through  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

I painted it and then rubbed a cloth over the edges to remove just a bit to let the gold show back through.
That’s me, my guy and my little ones, by the way.
Who aren’t so little anymore.
At all.
My little guy there is taller than me now. Time goes so fast!

This is a “Southern Living at Home” metal tray I picked up at a garage sale for $3.00
It was an orangy, brown metal color and all chipped up.

Antionette Pink Chalk Paint / Thrifty Metal Tray / Artsy Chicks Rule

I painted it in “Antoinette” Chalk Paint. Antoinette is the perfect pink with a touch of brown so it’s not too “pinky”.
It’s a very sophisticated pink.

This metal tray I bought years ago. It was a dark brown to begin with.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - metal bowl - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

Until I painted it in “Provence” Chalk Paint.

So much better….and Provence is such a gorgeous color.

This is actually a letter/paper tray. I picked this up at the thrift store for $1.00 if I remember right.
Wasn’t much….

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - old paper tray turned bar - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan
I painted it with “Old White” on the outside and “Scandinavian Pink” on the inside.
I use it as a tray to hold my decanters on my “bar cabinet”.
You can see the bar cabinet post here.
It went through several transformations. But the last transformation is a KEEPER.

Gin bottle. Nothing special…just empty. Ha!
So I painted it with my favorite spray first…Oil Rubbed Bronze …..

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - old gin bottle  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan
Then I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ®…added a stencil, waxed & distressed it.
How cool is that?
I love how this turned out so I have it displayed on the ledge of the board & batten in my kitchen.

A cute little lamp I picked up recently.
I decided to use it on my Aubusson Blue dresser but the white was not working with everything else in there.
So….I painted the shade with “Old White” Chalk Paint.
Same as the frames on the wall behind it.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - you can paint lampshades!  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

I love how this paint has that chalky, smooth finish.
Works so nicely for things like this!
Again, no wax or sealer on the shade.

And lastly, this old silver dish my mom gave me recently.
It was in her china cabinet and had gotten tarnished.
So I cleaned it up and decided I’d paint it.

Who me? Paint it?? NO….
Yes. Of course….it’s what I do. 😉
I paint everything… Almost.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - metal bowl!   - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan
I love how the outside is painted and the inside is all silvery & shiny.
One of my favorite pieces.
No distressing on this one, just a bit of clear wax to seal the paint.
So clean and smooth and lovely.

This is another metal tray (also found at a garage sale).

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - metal tray  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

I painted it twice, the first time Primer Red, the second time with a blend of Scandinavian Pink.
I use it outside on my table that was also painted with Chalk Paint. 
You can read about that here –> Rescued Patio Table with Duck Egg Blue

And this mirror I got at HomeGoods …came home and dry brushed some blue over it! 
(Provence, I think)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - It's Not Just For Furniture - dry brushed mirror  - #chalkpaint #ascp #anniesloan

I can’t leave anything alone…or as it comes. 😉 
You can see the gallery wall I created around this pretty mirror here. –> “Eat, Pray, Love Gallery Wall”.

Clearly I love all shades of blue. 😉  But these are all treasured pieces in my home.
I love them all.
And I LOVE how I was able to transform them ALL so easily!

They’ve all held up beautifully I might add because that is important to note.
Durable and beautiful.

Have I given you some ideas? I hope so!

Want to know more?? —> Check out this live Google Hangout where I, along with other Chalk Paint Pros, discussed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

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    • Nancy says

      Thanks Denyse! So glad you like it!! And thanks so much for all the love!!! lol
      Yea, our heads are spinning in more ways than one these days ….but yes, you can paint just about anything with my beloved Chalk Paint! 😉

      • Joan says

        where do you get the chalk paint? I live in Maine and I have never heard of that paint but its been a while since I have gone looking for paint… hope can get it at a local store… love you work…

        • Nancy says

          Hi Joan,
          You may be able to find it at a local store. I purchase mine from Robyn Story Design online because I have no one close to me that sells it. You can look at to see if someone near you sells it.
          Thanks so much for stopping by an taking the time to comment! :)
          Hope you have a great Sunday!

          • Gin says

            I live in Virginia Beach, Va. There is a store called Delighful Digs at 1777 London Bridge Rd
            In Va Beach. It’s at the intersection of Damneck and London bridge. they sell Annie Sloan Paint. Don’t know if this is close to you living in Hampton Roads Nancy, but thought you might like to know.
            Love to see all the things you posted.

          • Nancy says

            Hi Gin!
            Thank you! Nice to “meet” someone local. And Thanks so much for the info. :)

        • Heather says

          Hi Joan,
          I also live in Maine and had the same question! I searched online and it should be available at Blessings in Brunswick. I’d give them a phone call first to verify – but local! YES!

    • Nancy says

      Thank you so much Lorraine :) Yes, I am! lol…my husband always jokes I’ll paint anything that sits still too long…so it’s totally hilarious that you said that! And yes, of course, Aubusson Blue, how did you guess? 😉

  1. Melissa says

    Hi, Love all the great painting projects!! I was just recently introduced to chalk paint and am thinking of painting my oak kitchen cabinets with it. Have you ever painted cabinets with chalk paint, and do you think that chalk paint would be a good choice for kitchen cabinets? We want to use paint that will cover the grain in the wood and I was told that chalk paint would do the trick.


    • Nancy says

      Hi Melissa!
      I’ve painted pretty much everything with it but not kitchen cabinets. I am actually getting ready to paint mine though! I’ve done a few test runs and have figured out exactly how I’m going to do it and finish it, etc. I will definitely be posting about it so keep a lookout for it. It is the next project I’ll be working on. I honestly wouldn’t suggest kitchen cabinets as a first try with chalk paint. It is a big different to work with and I think you maybe should try something smaller to get a feel for it first, see how you like the finish, etc. :)

  2. says

    Oh I am loving these ideas Nancy!!! WOW! You have inspired me to get my paint out and get rocking! And I am so glad to see you up and running! The new site is fantastic! Nicole

    • Nancy says

      Hey Nicole!
      Thanks so much!! :) Haha…I just love to paint! 😉 When I see something, anything, everything, all I can think is hmmm what color should I paint that?? lol
      Yes, thanks, me too! Still a few bugs and kinks to work out but it’s getting there! (one is email and comments, so forgive me that you can’t respond back to me through email, if you wanted to! ;), …I’m working on that!!)

  3. says

    I love your new look on word press! Very nicely done! I also love all of your painting upgrades. You definitely have a knack for that.

    We are having a link party over at my blog. I would love to have you come link up.


    ps. Thanks for linking up last week! :0)
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    • Nancy says

      Hi Melissa!
      Thanks so much!! I am loving it…just having to get it all down! 😉
      Thanks for the compliment too! I just love to paint. I love changing things and seems a great way to do it!
      I will hop over, thanks for the invite!

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Kim! :) That is so good to hear!! I almost started on WP in the beginning but was overwhelmed by it all and just took the easy route…Blogger. So, I think I sort of always knew I would switch if I stayed with it. I like the look and layouts, as well as all the things you can do, with WP better. I’m still learning though! 😉 How hard was it?…well, I had someone design and switch me over….I have added some plugins and moved things around and such though. (it’s a little…lot…nerve wracking process though!! ) 😉

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Sonya! :) I’m happy it’s all almost behind me! (the move)
      Haha…yep, it’s addicting…I always want to paint everything!! 😉

  4. Michelle says

    Love your ideas!! I recently painted a piano with chalk paint and can’t wait to do more!! I would love to paint an old set of dishes…have you ever done this? Can I still eat off of them and wash them or even put them in the dishwasher? I”m guessing not, but man it would be nice if I could!!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Michelle :)
      Thanks so much!!
      A decorative dish, that won’t be used for food, etc, yes, I would. For decorative purposes only. But for eating dishes, no, I wouldn’t recommend that.
      OH I bet your piano is beautiful…if I had one I’d paint it too! 😉

    • Nancy says

      Aww thanks Kelly! Yes, I am thinking you are. lol You need to get with it! 😉
      Once you start…nothing in your house will be safe!

    • Nancy says

      Aww thank you Sharon :) Yes, I’m gonna get everyone on board eventually! 😉
      Yes, I sure did! It’s been a little bumpy but I love it so much better. Thanks so much!

  5. Patty says

    Have you ever used DIY chalk paint? I make mine by buying mis- matched gallons of latex paint for 3 bucks at my local hardware store. They also sell 1 quart bottles of tint, usually 3 bucks. Then I buy my plaster of paris in large boxes of about 4 pounds for 5 bucks. I buy used tupperware containers at goodwill. Then I mix mix mix 2 cups of paint, 2 TBL water and 7 TBL of plaster. I mix my water and plaster until very smooth then add it to the paint. I add the tint, small amounts until I get my desired color. and Ive got just the prettiest chalk paint! The tupperware containers keep it fresh and I can mix the used chalk paint with others for new colors. Ive kept it for as long as 2 months so far in the containers. Its super easy and costs around 1.00 per pint. Just wondering if you have tried it! Your projects are beautiful!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Patty,
      You know, I have actually. I really wanted to love it for obvious reasons but I just didn’t come across a formula that worked as well as the ASCP. I used the grout and whiting versions and didn’t get the results I’d hoped for. May have to try your recipe there with the POP and see what I think since you speak so highly of it! 😉 I actually bought some POP awhile back to try but after the first two failures I just put in on the back burner. I do really love ASCP but I’m always open to trying new products and new things, so I may give it a whirl just to see how it measures up. Thanks! :)

  6. Julie McCormack says

    Hi, I’m painting a glass/wood cabinet and it has a mirrored back, which I was going to cover with material or wallpaper. Can I paint it with Annie Sloan paint or will it chip off? Kind regards, Julie Mc

  7. says

    All your projects look great! Please tell me how you painted the lamp shades. I am tackling my living room this summer. Right now it’s all brown. Brown furniture, wood floors, brown tables, etc..very boring. I can’t do anything with the sofas, so I plan on painting the lamps, tables, etc. I had no idea Annie Sloan can be used on lamp shades!
    Thanks for any tips!

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Deb :) Nothing special on painting the lamp shades….you could mix the paint with a little water if you want to go with a light coat first. Other than that, just paint as usual (I used a brush). But be sure to let it dry and leave it. Don’t put wax or anything over it. It may or may not be okay because of the heat from the light bulb…but I personally wouldn’t do it. Both of mine I painted with the chalk paint and left without any kind of seal/top coat and they are great. Hope that helps!

  8. kay says

    I recently purchased a dresser that has chalk paint and my daughter wants to change the color to black; what’s the best way to do that?

    I have never used chalk paint.

    • Nancy says

      Hi Kay,
      If it has chalk paint and wax now you can purchase the color “Graphite” (a soft black color) in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and paint right over it and re wax it. If you want to paint with Latex paint you will need to sand it down below the wax layer so the paint will adhere. Hope that helps :)

  9. Marjorie says

    thank you so much for this! it took me a while (once I came across this paint on a dif blog) to figure out if I could use the paint on an already painted piece (a painted dresser from a thrift store). your blog provided the answer, as I would imagine a few of the items you mentioned were not originally just wood/varnish but painted (like the frame that was black) which btw, looked so good once you were done with it! thank you!!

    • Nancy says

      You are so welcome. :) Yes you can paint right over regular paint with chalk paint. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

      • Marjorie says

        Thank you, Nancy!:D Btw, your blog is lovely! I will stop back and comment if I end up getting&using the ASCP–I’m on a budget and would have to drive about an hr each way to a specialty shop to get it, but I just might do it anyway. Thanks again! 😀

  10. Rhonda says

    I am using DIY chalk paint to paint a metal bed…..I had done some research and read that chalk paint is great on metal. I just put 3 coats of chalk paint on the bed and the paint seems to just scratch right off. Is this normal? Does the wax make it more durable. Nervous I have done something wrong and wanted to find that out before I start waxing. This is my first time using chalk paint so feeling anxious I have messed up!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Rhonda,
      Honestly your problem is most likely the DIY paint not anything you’ve done. I tested some of the DIY formulas last year and none compared to Annie Sloan’s at all. It’s just not the same. Adding ingredients to latex paint may change the way it applies a bit….but it’s still latex and still has latex properties. Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® is different and has different properties than latex paint. I have painted many metal (and glass) things with Annie’s paints, waxed and/or poly’d them without a problem. Do you have access to her paint? If you don’t have a shop close by that sells it you can order it online. That would be what I would suggest. :) You could try waxing over what you have but honestly I think you will probably be disappointed. Sorry! (and no I don’t work for Annie Sloan and I am not a stockist….I am just someone who paints furniture and loves the product! 😉 )
      Hope that helps some!! :)

  11. says

    I love the bottle you made! Did it peel on the glass? I had a go at using home made chalk paint on a similar surface and it peeled, so did you need to seal it?

    • Nancy says

      Hi, thank you! No the paint has not peeled on the glass. And yes, I sealed it with wax. I will say I have tried the home made chalk paint before for testing purposes and it is not the same as Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It is still latex and latex will peel like that. That is my experience anyway. Hope that helps!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Kari, I just take a very fine grit sandpaper and lightly rub the edges where natural wear would have taken place. You can do this before or after waxing. Also, with chalk paint (before waxing) you can use a damp rag to wipe away to distress also. Nancy

  12. melissa says

    Just wondering what you use to seal the metal pieces you’ve painted? I recently painted an old metal container and had thought I’d use it as an umbrella holder but I’m not sure how to seal it so the wet umbrellas dont rub the chalk paint off?!!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Melissa,
      I have used regular poly, polycrylic and wax to seal metal pieces. Most of the time I use wax on those but all have worked well for me. :)

  13. Amber says

    Hi there!
    I love your work!!! I am new to re-vamping old finds. I still do not know how to properly “distress” something and make it look antique. Can you give me some pointers? I am currently wanting to distress 2 ceramic plates and 2 glass candlestick holders.
    Much thanks!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Amber,
      Thanks so much!
      There are several different ways to distress. You can distress with a very (very) fine grit sandpaper before waxing/sealing…and you can distress after. Just lightly rub around the edges. Anywhere there would be natural type of wear over the years is where you want to focus on. If using Chalk Paint, you can also do a damp rag to distress. I did this on a few of my projects here on the blog. Just lightly wipe away in those same areas. Another way to distress is with a wet sanding sponge. All of these will give you the distressed look…all a tiny bit different from each other. Best to maybe take an old piece of wood or furniture and practice on to see which you like best.
      Hope that helps!

  14. says

    Wow, you have really inspired me to want to scrounge my house and repaint stuff!!! I’d love it if you guest blogged a redo like one of those sometime on my blog! I really think my readers would love your creations!
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  15. Renia Watson says

    After painting my lampshade with Annie Sloan paint, it was awesome until I turned the lamp on. You could see light spots all over the place! What do I do?

    • Nancy says

      Hi Renia,
      Yes, that can happen, especially with the darker colors. I would just paint a few more light, even coats over the shade to even it up!


  16. says

    A great blog post with some amazing transformations. We’re a stockist of ASCP in the UK and just love to see how others use this brilliant paint. It is so versatile and we also use it on everything! :)

    • Nancy says

      Aw, thanks so much! :) I love painting anything and everything and ASCP makes it easy! :)
      Have a great weekend!

  17. Cindy Dahlgren says

    Can you use chalk paint on plastic? If you can, does it last? I need to repaint some plastic rockers that I have outside. The spray paint that was for plastic is peeling off. I’m looking for a permanent solution to this problem. The chairs are super comfortable, so I would like to save them somehow. thanks.

    • Nancy says

      Oh that is a good question! I’m not sure I have ever tried it on plastic. I’m not sure how well that would work, especially if they are outside. And if they already have spray paint that is peeling you would want to remove that before painting again (it will most likely continue to peel even with another layer of other paint on top) But if you love them and want to keep them, I would probably try to sand them to remove loose paint and then spray with a primer (made for plastic) and try a different brand of spray paint for plastic. If it was an inside piece..I’d say paint it with Chalk Paint! 😉
      Hope that helps!

  18. Laura Bart says

    Hi! Fun reading all about the things you have transformed with ASCP. I have a question – hope you can help. I have used ASCP to paint a lampshade. It was white, I used the cream color. I then added a couple of very cute stencils and it looks great….until I turn the light ON. That’s when the paintbrush marks are oh so obvious and ruin the look! Am I doing something wrong? Do you see paintbrush marks when you light up your lamps with painted shades? So frustrating. Any advice very much appreciated. Laura

    • Nancy says

      Hi Laura,
      I have some advice but it’s gonna be tough since you’ve already stenciled. Yes, the light coming through can occasionally show brush marks depending on the color used.
      You can used a bit watered down paint and do light, even strokes. Or, in this case, just add more coats to “fill in”.
      Some colors are worse than others. (but I’ve only done a handful of lamp shades)
      So, no, you didn’t do anything wrong, just needed an additional layer or so of paint.

    • Nancy says

      Hi there!
      Have you tried the Country Grey. That looks very similar to that color without any mixing needed. You can manipulate the color a bit with the dark wax (mixed with clear), as needed.
      Hope that helps! :)

  19. Dawn says

    Hi! I tried painting a set of old clear glass canisters. I put one coat of AS, then when time for the 2nd coat some of the 1st coat would come off. I ended up washing all the paint off and spray painting them with brown primer/paint then put two coats of AS…worked AWESOME. BUT all things cannot be done like that!! What is the trick without primer, etc??? Thanks!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Dawn,
      Yep, I know exactly what you are referring too. The glass is so slick that the paint wants to come off when it gets wet again by the second coat. That was a smart idea to use the primer. :)
      But, what advice I can offer is this…. a light hand. A very light hand on the second and/or subsequent coats. Sort of like nail polish. 😉 If you wipe the brush too many times over a spot on second or third coats of nail polish it will take away a bit of polish there and the nail will show through or it will be uneven. Kind of the same principal here. The underneath paint will get wet again and will react like a first coat.(because it is Chalk Paint and porous until it is sealed, unlike latex, etc) SO, a light hand and don’t go over too much. Lay the paint on lightly and move to the next area. I find the same thing with glass/mirrors and making a chalkboard. Light hand, don’t work it too much, and do several coats and you should be good! :)
      Hope that helps!!

  20. Lauren says

    Love the blog! I have a chalk paint question. I have refinished several picture frames (mostly older, ornate wood frames) for various reasons using both acrylic and latex paints and so far haven’t had an issue. I always thought chalk paint was better on finished, glossy surfaces or those that would be used heavily (like furniture). Is there a benefit to chalk paint I may not be considering for these sorts of projects?



    • Nancy says

      Hi Lauren! Thank you!
      You can use CP on finished or unfinished wood etc. No benefit to using for those sort of projects really…just a matter of preference. :)

  21. Mary says

    I am just learning about chalk paint and am excited to try it on a garden stool that I have had for a couple of years. I have never been happy with the white color. I suppose it is ceramic and it has lots of cutwork on the sides. Will ASCP work on this type of surface? Will the steps be the same as with a wood project?

    • Nancy says

      Hi Mary,
      It’s hard to say for sure without seeing the piece. But as long as it’s not something that you use a lot, decorative only, than it should be fine.
      I’ve done metal and glass without an issue but they were decorative items.

  22. Tina says


    firstly I really like your site and you are truly amazing :-) Secondly I am new to ASCP and I was trying to paint mason jar, ok, it did pretty good but I can make a scratch and chip off the paint and I thought that it is impossible to do that. Dont you know what I am doing wrong??

    1. I clear the bottle (rubbing alcohol)
    2. painted first coat
    3. painted second coat after 30 minutes
    4. distressed it
    5. seal it

    Thank you so so much for your tips

    • Nancy says

      Hi Tina!

      Thank you so much. :)

      Ok, you are probably not doing anything wrong. :) I would not say it is impossible to scratch off, but very resistant. If I painted something like that and tried to scratch it, it may come off a bit. But I’d expect that with anything I paint, any type of paint. I would expect it to come off with normal usage though so…here are some thoughts:
      It will take a bit of time to cure, so I would be extra careful with it for at least a week.
      One thing also, when waxing, be sure to get the wax down into the paint well. You don’t have to use a lot, just be sure it saturates. Then wait an hour or two and buff well.
      The buffing I have found really helps durability too.

      I hope this helps some!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Sandra,
      Yep, you sure can. You just want to make sure whatever you paint over is secure. (not peeling, etc)
      Have fun! :)

  23. says

    I’ve been dying to try the chalk paint for too long now. But I’ve recently been reading that the wax finish isn’t great for “sticky, greasy fingers” that leave marks that you can’t get off. With three kids under the age of 8, that could present a problem. I have some dining room chairs I’d love to try it out on, but I’m a bit trigger shy after the bad rap rumors. Any thoughts? online furniture


  1. […] And here it is in the “Cherry”….. ..we were refinishing our wood floors over there so EVERYTHING that was in those two rooms (the one you see and the other one through the opening-basically half of the downstairs) was piled up into the rest of the downstairs rooms. That was a fun week or so let me tell ya!! And it only took 8 long years before we were ready to tackle that project. But that’s another post entirely! Soooo…….don’t judge. Be kind…it is a mess, I know. Dust masks, mail, sander bag, unfinished china cabinet…not one surface clear. But look, in the midst of the mess I did have some pretty flowers in a vase. Organized chaos, right? No it really wasn’t. But I knew where everything was…swear. I can’t believe this is the only picture I had. I’m not even sure why I took this one?? But see? Wood. Pretty but boring and didn’t really match. Edited this post…because I knew I had taken a picture at some point (without all the junk!) Just came across it, of course…. figures, right? Not a great shot but a little easier to see without all the renovation JUNK.  (and bonus! it even has a “before” picture of the metal tray that I later painted with Chalk Paint in Provence pictured here.) […]

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