I joined the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) bandwagon this summer, and recently finished a slew of projects using the paint. Everything everyone says about ASCP is true. It's great!
I actually got this coffee table for free. Someone put it out to the curb and I drove by, wondering if it was for sale. I approached the homeowner and he said he was throwing it away. I stuffed it into my already-full van and sped away before he changed his mind:
I used ASCP in Old White and Louis Blue on the coffee table. No pre-sanding was necessary, and the paint went on very easily. Once dry, I sanded the table with a random orbit sander to create some wear marks. I then applied a coat of Ralph Lauren tinted glaze in "Smoke" and wiped off most of it with a damp towel. When dry, I coated the piece with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax and buffed it for a nice finish.
I could have saved a step by using tinted wax, but I didn't have any and thought I should use up the products I had on hand.
The next pieces to get the ASCP treatment were a scuffed up Victorian-Era whatnot shelf (below) and hanging shelf (foreground):
Before painting, I re-glued a few loose joints and dusted the pieces with a tack cloth:
The same painting/sanding/staining/waxing process was used for the shelf, which was painted in Old White and Louis Blue:
I hand-sanded the shelf after the paint dried, and think it looks better than the coffee table because of the hand sanding:
This piece took quite a lot of time because of all the little parts, but I think it was worth the time and effort:
I painted two sewing cabinet drawers, one with Old White and the other with Versailles:
The jars below were spray painted, but the shelf was "Annie Sloaned" with Versailles:
You can learn all about ASCP from Miss Mustard Seed's blog. She has lots of examples of finished projects using this wonderful paint, along with tutorials about how to use it.
Perhaps there's a few cans of ASCP in your future?