Chalk Paint lovers- Please don't hate me

Hello there and Welcome ,
I finally had a chance to try Anne Salon's Chalk Paint.
I won a give away on
and the paint was from
I just love their names
and they have really great blogs.

I've been anxious to try it.

I was truly thinking of becoming a stockist.

I even filled out the online application to become one.

So I was so excited to win some.

I have two end tables in our bedroom, one is a Pennsylvania House piece, so it is constructed, very well.

So It's "A Keeper!" They were both oak, stained and varnished.

Here they are painted.

I used Anne salon's Chalk Paint- Old White, and Louis Blue

I liked the colors, it spread on easily.

The one with all the drawers is the PA House piece,

there was a wet ring mark on the top, from a sweating glass.

I had a hard time getting the Old White to conceal it.

I used 4 coats over the ring, and you can still see it.

Kinda bums me out.

Also, for some reason, on some areas, the varnish kept seeping through,

the paint, so I had brownish discoloration peeping through.

I just kept applying more paint, let it dry, and applied more paint.

A total of three coats of paint, four coats of paint to cover the ring stain and the varnish seepage.

I guess it's okay. I can still see the ring.

I didn't have the same happen with the Louis Blue, it covered well,

you can still see some of the wood grain.

Sanding was a breeze, it took very little elbow grease, I just used 120 grit sandpaper.

There is a lot of chalky dust, and on the back on the back of the Chalk Paint can, says it is Toxic.

Don't like that.

I waited one day to see if the paint would scratch, I lightly used my fingernail to scratch it, the paint scratched easily.

That's probably why you can sand (distress) it so easily.

So, the next day, still could scratch it.

So, then I applied Anne Salon's wax, I used the clear.

I liked the powdery blue and white look.

It is the consistency of very soft butter.

I tried to use the brush that was sent along with the wax,

it looks like an awesome brush. I tried rubbing in circles to kinda work it in to the paint for a durable finish.

I didn't really like it, I'm used to the feel of rubbing the wax in with an old T shirt,

so I tried that, I found it didn't spread as nicely as the Liberon wax, that I 'm used to.

I became frustrated, and got out the Liberon to finish it.

I let it dry and it passed the scratch test- It DID NOT scratch when I lightly scratch it with my fingernail.

In my opinion Chalk paint has beautiful colors, coverage was good on the Louis Blue, a little more work with the Old White. But that's probably true with most white paint.

I like Liberon wax better than the Anne Salon's wax,

I think it goes further and Spreads more easily.

Caromal Colours Reclaim - has a smooth finish............

It is unlike Caromal Colours textured basecoats-

It definitely WILL NOT SCRATCH, even after the first coat has cured.

It has a nano technology, so the molecules are very small, so it bonds very well.

You can use the white or off white- buy paint tint- from any paint store- So you can get any color under the sun!!!

I just went in to our local paint store, picked out the color I wanted, from 1000's of choices. I asked for just enough tint for one quart of paint.

But told them, I didn't want it added to any paint they sold. I just wanted to buy the tint.

then, I asked to buy an empty paint can- for the tint to be put in. I bought a gallon size empty paint can, ( total $ 2.10 for tint and gallon paint can)

brought it home, added my quart of White "Reclaim"

and Wahl Lah........... had a customized color to use, that Will NOT Scratch, Peel, or Chip!

I LOVE Caromal Colours! I know, I know, you're saying that's because

"You are a rep for Caromal Colours"- yes, Iam.

But I was truly seeking to become a stockist for Anne Salon's Chalk Paint.

I am no longer considering it.

With Caromal Colours anyone can become a rep to for the company, just find the CIR (Certified Independent Representative) closest to you- you can be trained, so you can get the discount price of a rep,for your own projects,plus sell their products- plus and it's A BIG PLUS- there is No Minimum order.

The minimum order for Chalk Paint is really more than I can afford.

If I thought it was superior to Caromal Colours I would have taken a small loan and done it.

Reclaim- has a smooth finish, and can be tinted as I described above

Textured Basecoat- comes in 12 colors, the texture allows you to hide imperfections, like deep scratches, cracks, and you can create a crackled two color, for that chippy worn look

So CC, has a lot of versatility,

Caromal Colours, also sell beautiful stencils

Stencil Creams and brushes

Gilding Kits


Perfect Plaster (an awesome product)

Here is a little table, I painted with Caromal Colors Reclaim

paint, after it was dry, I brushed on Toner by Caromal Colours.

Cute and Easy!

I'm off to paint some Cabinet doors with Reclaim now....



If you'd like to learn more about Caromal Colours

please click on right side bar to take you to

their web site- they have beautiful


Stencil creams

Gilding kits,

In your Own Words (custom phrases)

Perfect Plaster (awesome stuff!)

If you decide to order, my coupon code is jan

please use it to get $$ off shipping.

NO Sales Tax outside of Pennsylvania


marian buis said...

I have been a professional decorative finisher/artist/furniture painter for roughly 20 years. I have studied with Melanie Royals,Pierre Finklestein,Gary Lord, and Martin Hirsh to name a few. And the problem I have with this post is that it is so obviously skewed toward the product you rep. I've done million dollar homes and many commercial projects that included furniture type installations. Anyone who has had years of experience knows that it is virtually impossible to be brand loyal. Certain products have certain advantages over others in specific situations. I have useed Faux Effects products for years. I have also used Modern Masters, Behr, and plain old joint compound mixed with my own additives. My point is that chalk paint isn't as bad as you make it out to be in your post. I have just finished two large projects with it and it worked beautifully in both cases. It did what I wanted it to do. That being said, a product is only as effective as the person using it. I am sure the paint you rep is good too. But to write extensivly about the negative properties of one particular product when you clearly rep another is just sort of "cheesy".
I am not brand loyal- I love certain products in certain lines- for instance, Faux Effects Lusterstone is simply the best. There is NOTHING else out there as versitle or as good. It is the cadillac of metallic plasters. I am in love with Modern Masters Metallics. And Behr Venetian plaster is one of the best on the market. I like chalk paint in some instances. It is great for certain projects. But again, as a professiona, I would never have just slapped it on the table without the proper prep work. I don't care what product you use, proper prep work is necessary in all cases. It is the foundation for all god painted projects. Most painters know that you can't just paint over lacquered or varnished surfaces with out a minimal amount of prep. So its no wonder it took you 4 coats of chalk paint to cover the marks. A little prep would have gone a long way in this case.
Marian Buis
Ruby Slipper Designs

Unknown said...

I never claimed to be a professional finisher, I simply stated my opinion, cheesy or not. I don't agree with you, Chalk Paint advertises No Prep, No, Sanding, just apply to a clean dry surface. It is marketed for DIY, the average home owner. I can apply Caromal Colours Reclaim or Textured Basecoat to a varnished piece of furniture, and the varnish does not come through.


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