Sep 11, 2013

We're happy to announce, 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!

Tutorial: The Distressed Armoire

Annie's distressed armoire is inspired by a Swedish take on French style in the 18th century.  The exterior was painted with Annie's French Linen dark gray, and a topcoat of Paris Grey and Old White.  The interior is painted a bright and bold Greek Blue.  While the interior colour is fairly bold, a bit of a punch works better than something dark and subtle (Color Recipes, 33).  


  1. Remove any drawers and paint upside down. 
  2. Paint the entire piece until everywhere is covered.  Finish by brushing with the directions of the wood. 
  3. Once the paint has dried, work in small sections brushing on clear wax.  Make sure the whole piece is covered, but not to thick.  Remove the excess wax with a clean cloth.  
  4. Mix equal parts Paris Grey and Old White paint together.  Dilute it with equal parts water.  Spread the diluted mix over piece with a flat bristle brush to make a thing translucent wash.  The paint needs to be applied and wiped off immediately afterwards.  
  5. With clean cloths, wipe off paint gently, spreading it over a larger area then you initially brushed.  Paint then wipe two areas at a time until you have achieved a beautiful dragged look.  
This project and more can be found in Annie's awesome book Color Recipes for Painted Furniture (Color Recipes, 33-35).  You could WIN a copy of Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and more

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