I looked skeptically at the tiny pot of paint in my hand. It was smaller than an single-serving yogurt — almost the size of a teeny jar of jam on a hotel room service tray. How was I going to paint anything more than a picture frame with it, I wondered.
The nice people at Annie Sloan Chalk Paint had sent me a package for their #MadeItMyOwn campaign. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has been around since 1990 and is the OG, as the young people say. But somehow I’d tried every other chalk-type paint on the market except Annie’s. It was time to put it to the test.
The pretty box contained Annie’s new book, Annie Sloan Paints Everything, as well as sample pots of paint and wax, and two of the nicest paintbrushes I have ever owned. I wanted to paint an old hand-me-down table so I could test out the famous Annie Sloan paint, but . . . one jar was likely not going to cut it.
They’d sent me four colours and I decided to use the light grey (Paris Grey) with the thought that if I ran out, I could paint half the table with the darker grey (Graphite) and give it a two-toned look. I mean, the little plastic pots only held four fluid ounces (or 118ml, which sounded like a lot more) and I was painting over dark, shiny wood.
I carried the table out to the deck on a sunny afternoon, spread out a beach towel (to protect the newly stained deck from my inevitable splatters) and started painting. The brush! Oh, that brush with its smooth wooden handle and oval-shaped bristles. I’d never painted with something so rich. (I almost choked when I looked online and saw they retail for between $35 and $60 each.) My friend, Rose, from Philips & Chestnut Victorian Salvage and Decor here in Truro (formerly Onslow Historic Lumber) has always told me it’s worth it to invest in good brushes, but I’d never believed her before.
I WAS VERY WRONG.