Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet Florence: My Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Color Review

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to a new blog series dedicated to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors.

Here is my disclaimer:
I am not an official Annie Sloan Stockist. I work and sell at a store that carries the paint and I LOVE painting with it. These are my thoughts and my thoughts only. Proceed at your own risk. ;)

This thought popped into my head recently when I was working at the shop. We have painters travel great distances to purchase the paint from the shop and they always as the best questions.

"Does this one cover more like French Linen or Antibes?"

"Which colors go well together?"

So I thought I could take each color one-by-one and give my thoughts and tricks.

Some colors with be introduced on small pieces (like today) and others will be introduced on larger pieces (Pure White coming soon). However, I will go back and repost all pieces I create in that color for easy grouping and comparing. So check back often.

Here is goes:

Color and Wax: Florence with Clear and Dark Wax

Coverage: Very nice - Medium to Thick - Similar to French Linen or Duck Egg as far as coverage. This frame was covered in 1 coat.

Great Pairings: This would be beautiful with Coco and Paris Grey. 

Would I use this again?: Yes and often

Final Thoughts: This one is an easy one. No real tricks needed here. However, the original, straight out of the can, color is very shocking. This is a color I will use often but I will always use it with the Dark Wax to calm it down.

FYI...I purchase my Chalk Paint from Carter's Cottage. :)

Here is a sampling of what Florence can do:


  1. love the color and will need to get this one too...I love the blue's Provence,Duck Egg,Paris Gray,old white,pure white,Graphite,CoCo,Linen,Chateau Grey...On my 3rd can of Old goes with everything...But right now I am going to be brave and try to make my own chalk paint...but I will always be a Annie Sloan fan

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  3. I have just started using Annie Sloans paints and these posts will help educate me and familiarize me with the colours and the combinations. I do not have a supplier in my area and have to order from 4 hours away. So I have not taken any courses on painting with ASCP either because I would have to travel 4 hours for the classes. Can't wait to see the rest of the posts. thanks Tobey

  4. I love that you are doing this series. I find that all of Annie Sloan's colors all are different and unique to work with. I find Emperor's Silk hard because it is a thinner paint. Can't wait to try florence! Thanks for the tips.

  5. Very useful. I have not tried this particular color but may have to after checking out your advice.

  6. I recently has an "interesting" and unexpected reaction using ASCP Versailles. Used plain paint only it's quite turquise in color, but paired with with dark wax it turned quite blue/greenish, sort of a copper turned green as it ages...

    Because of these changes I like to paint a "small" first just to experiment with the paint color to see what it will do before I paint a big piece of furniture.

    Small House / Big Sky Donna