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I have not posted in awhile due to our moving process. My husband and I just settled on a beautiful Victorian home, but it has been vacant for about a year. The house was/is dirty! I have cleaned the one bathroom three times and I think I am going to go back and clean it again. This week I have been using Annie Sloan's Greek Blue Chalk paint. It is beautiful! I painted our breakfast table this dreamy Mediterranean color.

I feel it is the perfect positive color for your kitchen and/or bathroom.  I am also painting my boys room walls using Greek Blue. I should have some pictures up later today, so check back!

I am going to try the Nantucket color: 2 parts old white and 1 part greek blue for my bathroom. Stay Tuned!

What next? You know you have used too much wax when your piece is still sticky or tacky after days of curing. You can try a few things:

1.) Use a buffer with a little more abrasion, like fine sand paper, to get some excess wax off.

2.) Buff and buff and buff until your surface starts to smooth and the table starts to get an even sheen.

3.) If you really applied it on super thick and your wax is still really sticky after days of curing you may want to chalk it up to a lesson learned and start from scratch.

BUFFING TIP: Use a few drops of sweet orange or lavender essential oil to give your piece a pleasant aroma!

1.) Too Much Wax: Believe me when I say this. I read this tidbit before I even started and still somehow managed to mess it up. My finished surface is a little sticky after almost 2 days now.

2.) Easily Scratched: I was moving my dining table when I bumped the edge of my table. That bump took off all the layers of paint plus wax off that area. Maybe the wax did not cure enough? Please someone enlighten me on this one.
Harry is beautiful! I have really fallen in love with this "South of France" color known as Arles. It worked well with the my old used and abused dining table. It has been in the family for well over 20 years. This Table now has a new lease in life and will look lovely in our new Victorian home. I used two coats of Arles and two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax.

Finally finished!!! It turned out beautifully. There was minimal bleed through from old water damage, but that was barely noticeable. I used the old white for the first coat. Arles for the second coat. I finished the piece with two coats of Annie Sloan clear wax.


1.) Use thin coats of Annie Sloan clear wax
2.) Let the wax dry for 24hrs
3.) When you buff use something that is slightly abrasive to help you buff (not sandpaper please)

I am noticing with the Arles Annie Sloan Chalk paint that I have to use alot more to get the deeper shade and coverage that I am looking for. I know the wax is supposed to darken the color, but I feel like my paint is not stretching as far. The Old White's coverage was far superior than that of the Arles. I have a feeling, however, the Arles color is going to win me over.

I have put the second coat of Arles on. I will be distressing this piece, but as you can see it is already naturally distressed. I apologize for the low quality pictures, but the weather is rainy here.

CHALK PAINT TIP: Paint may look streaky when in the drying phase. Let the paint dry completely overnight before painting any uneven areas.
I was thinking to myself that my dining table should have a rebirth name. So I came up with Harry. Grizzled, yet distinguished. My sister-in-law had this table before me and engulfed it in white paint. It took me nearly 4 years to unearth poor Harry (even with a power sander). You will see in the photo below that I got off all I could, but alas some remains.

ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT TIP: This paint will paint over stained and painted furniture. No need for stripping!

When I left the paint store yesterday I was actually kicking myself for not purchasing the dark wax. Then I was working on the dining table today and noticed the patina has nice dark edges and lines to it!

You always need clear wax and let it dry for the full 24 hours *be patient*. Then to add age to your piece using dark wax all over or in selected areas will help you create that aged effect. My piece already has that aged effect. I can put another light coat of Arles paint and then put on a clear coat of wax tomorrow!  I cannot wait to see how this turns out!

CHALK PAINT TIP: Work with your piece. Do not let your piece work with you!

Since my last post I have been working out the mysteries of Chalk Paint and Mr. Arles. Here is what I have found: I left the paint open over night and found the color to be much improved. It was alittle too thick to work with so I just thinned it out with some water.

I used the Arles in two different ways (I will be posting photos for examples). The first was directly over the wood and it has a neat neutral affect almost like a taupe, which I find really neat (the paint is in the drying phase). The table was stripped and sanded before the painting process began. Pictured is just the first coat of Arles.

The Second is a coffee table that was stained I started with a base coat of Old White and put a second coat of Arles. When used this way the gold/orange tones really come through. It makes this piece a bit cheerier.

CHALK PAINT POSITIVE OF THE DAY: The paint dries fast which is helpful if you have a toddler trying to run his hands through your hard work!
Today I am starting out my experiment using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. I went and purchased three colors Arles, Old White, and Greek Blue. The Old white went on nice and thick as expected. The Arles went on very thin. So thin in fact that it is translucent(see photo below)! I did plenty of shaking and stirring to no avail. The next step is to let the paint thicken overnight to see if the color comes through then. I will let you all know what happens tomorrow.

If any Annie Sloan veterans have any experience with Arles please feel free to leave comments!

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