July 14, 2011

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...

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Oh, I know you are familiar with this sensation, but I 'll bet you haven't seen a makeover like this one. Forgive me, Annie, but I did not apply your fabulous paint to some gorgeous, vintage piece of furniture. No, I decided to try it on my much hated black slate tile, foyer floor!
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Imagine if you will, a chalkboard floor after twenty-two years of wear. Yes, that's right it looked the same after two days of wear. It never looked clean showed every little lint and crumb and had to be mopped constantly. I hate to tell you "I told you so", Mr. B. This floor pick of yours has been the bane of my existence since we built our house. Did I mention that the foyer is ten by fifteen feet? It is a slightly angled space also, the biggest rug that will fit in the center is six by nine. Okay, enough venting (I have only been b------- about it for twenty years). The plan was to replace it, but I could not decide what I wanted and I was changing my mind about it all the time. We were not eager to make another costly mistake and I really didn't mind the dark color.
So, after reading about Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint on so many blogs, I decided to give the floor a second chance. The graphite was beautiful and after thoroughly cleaning the floor, I started carefully cutting in. I was floored, pardon the pun, it went on smoothly with the suggested nylon brush, and covered perfectly. It dried in one half hour and I was able to second coat the trim and roll out two full coats in one longish evening. The matte finish was amazing and after keeping all pets and people off it until the morning, it was ready for a finish.
Annie Sloan recommends a low sheen varnish for floor applications, although I am sure they are thinking "wood" floor. I was unable to purchase her Matte Varnish in the USA, so I used a reliable water based, satin polyurethane. The drying time between coats is two hours. In the next two days, I put down four coats. Furniture was not moved in for several more days, to allow the whole floor to cure.
We could not be happier with the result and saved the cost of a new floor, probably about twenty-five hundred dollars. A very big thank you to my new friend at Classic Paint Finishes, Patty, for her help and generosity, (she included a couple of sample jars in my order, so I did not have to order a second quart)! By the way, the floor used just a little over one quart of paint! The best part is that there is no odor at all, and even the poly was low odor. I would use it on a floor again, in a heartbeat, but I am now so anxious to try it on a fabulous old piece of furniture, with some of the Annie Sloan Wax.
What do you think?




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22 comments:

  1. ITs wonderful. Do you think it would work on cement floor?
    (please say yes!)
    xx
    julie

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  2. I would say yes! It should be the same as any other hard surface. If I were you, I would give it a try. Let us know if you do.

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  3. Wow! I had no idea you could use this paint on a floor! It looks amazing, Roseanna!

    I really want some of this paint!

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  4. Wow, I love it! And tell Julie, yes it most definitely can be used on cement floors too!

    Would love to have you stop by and share at my Chalk Paint Link Party

    www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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  5. Ro, I love it! I have been wanting to paint my 1960's kitchen linoleum but wondered it it would hold up! I am super excited to try it. Way to go!

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  6. Looks utterly fantastic, Roseanna! Luv it! I'm so glad to hear that it works on floors. I've got one ugly parquet floor in my entry that's going to get a swipe of that magical paint in Paris Gray! Thanks for being the guinnea pig! lol!

    oxo laurie

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  7. I was wondering how the floor has worn in the lastyear. Still happy?

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    1. Julie, I am happy to report that the floor looks as good as the day I finished it. It has held up very well, and this is a main traffic area in our home. I would use ASP again on a floor. Let me know if you give it a try!

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  9. wow I'm so excited to find out about this paint. I have a large kitchen and dining area with white tile, what was I thinking, I'm hoping this is the answer I've been looking for.

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    1. A kitchen and dining area, now that is ambitious! I would love to see a photo if you decide to do it.
      What color are you thinking about?

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  10. Still holding up well? I have a couple of rooms that do not have hardwood under the icky carpet and I can't afford to buy tile or whatever right now (plus I'm not 100% sure what I want) so I'm having a new subfloor put down and all the seams sealed and sanded. I plan to paint it and want something super durable.

    Also, has anyone used this on old linoleum?

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  11. Yes, very well...in fact as well as the day I finished it! So tempted to do the kitchen tile. I think it would be terrific on linoleum, as long as you sealed it with a poly, water based. Have fun!
    R.

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  12. glad it worked for you, looks great, thanks for stopping by my blog. cheers Fiona

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  13. Quick question regarding the color, the graphite listed on Annie Sloan's website looks very close to black vs. your painted floors which have a nice dark gray tone to them, did you add any other colors to the graphite paint or it is straight out of the can?

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  14. Quick question regarding the color, the graphite listed on Annie Sloan's website looks very close to black vs. your painted floors which have a nice dark gray tone to them, did you add any other colors to the graphite paint or it is straight out of the can?

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    1. Graphite is a very dark gray versus a true black.
      When painting furniture it can be darkened by the addition of ASP Dark wax. I of course chose a poly finish since it was the foyer floor and a high traffic area. It is now about two years and it still looks great! I hope this helps...

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  15. So fun to see this post. My husband and I were just discussing the fact that we really were not going to be able to put down the engineered floor in our basement that we had hoped. I was SO disappointed because the slate tile down there makes it so dark and we just installed bead board that looks awesome. Then I had the idea to chalk paint it. So excited to see someone else as crazy as me. Can't wait to go hunting a color sample and give a piece a try. Thanks for the validation.

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  16. That is absolutely beautiful! I'm currently painting some metal chairs and hope that the paint will last as long as your floor! Have a great day!
    Haley
    www.me-and-mrjones.com

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  17. Did you sand and/or prime the tile before painting? I want to do this on glossy ceramic tile and unsealed slate. Thank you!

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  18. Did you sand and/or prime the tile before painting? I want to do this on glossy ceramic tile and unsealed slate. Thank you!

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  19. Outlook Tech Support GREAT POST, I like your post.
    Thanks so much for sharing at You're Gonna Love It! I'll be sharing it on Pinterest!

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