Aug 28, 2013

We're thrilled to have Annie Sloan, one of the world's most popular experts in decorative painting, join us at both our 2013 Toronto Fall Home Show and our Vancouver Home + Design Show.

Annie has developed an incredible paint brand called Chalk Paint; this fast-drying miracle paint can be applied to wood, concrete, metal, matte pasting, earthenware, and much more indoors or out!

DIY: The Limed Oak Look

Oak is a rough wood with a deep grain that traps paint, which is why very old whitewashed oak often has a soft gray/silvery look about it.  This look is very beautiful as it shows the distinctive decorative grain of the wood.  Nowadays, new oak furniture is often covered in a varnish that needs to be stripped before painting in order to reveal it's wonderfully grainy texture (Color Recipes, 132-133).  


  1. Paint over the surface with white one small area at a time so that none of the paint dries before you reach step 2.    
  2. As the paint dries, gently wipe it off so that it is just left behind in the grain.  If the paint is too dry, add a spit of water to the cloth.  
  3. If there are any wood carvings on the piece, apply clear wax to it with a brush.  Otherwise, use a clean, dry cloth to work a small area of clear wax in at a time.  
  4. Let dry, and enjoy! 
This project and more can be found in Annie's awesome book Color Recipes for Painted Furniture.  You could WIN a copy of Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and more

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