Friday, February 8, 2013

Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan & the good ol' outdoors!

Chalk Paint® has so many uses and I tell my workshop
attendees to never, ever use Annie Sloan Wax as
an outdoor finish.  I don't protect anything I paint
outdoors, but at times I will lightly sand them with 
600+ grit sandpaper to burnish and protect from scratches
if it's a flat surface.

Here is a metal table I painted in Antibes Green,
distressed and left as is.  It was one of the
first things I painted in the summer of 2011.

Some outdoor signs I created for a local farmers' 
market, all with Chalk Paint® on old barn redwood

This is customer, Kristel's, previously aged and
rusty brown metal patio chair set she
painted with Graphite and lightly burnished
with 600 grit sandpaper

Another outdoor customer project from one of
my workshop attendees, Karla.  Her project
was done with Chateau Grey and Arles on the side table.

Here's a peek of my garden shed
done in Olive and Old White, painted in June 2011

One of my campers, Emily, from this summer did this
outdoor Chalk Paint® project in Country
Grey.  She is13!  See little Ross peeking through 
the table?  He is the sibling to our Cavalier, Ivy!

Remember NO wax outdoors.  It doesn't do well with heat
and temperature changes.  Any moisture will trap itself under
the paint and create bubbling, but the paint alone will
not chip or flake like latex does and is a perfect
makeover for your outdoor furniture!  I see no need
to ever put a poly or lacquer finish over this paint 
for outdoors.  We really get caught up with the
need to "protect" everything here in the U.S. but
Chalk Paint® is really a durable finish by itself.