Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Meet Primer Red - An Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Color Review

Hello Everyone,

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

View more color reviews on my Review Page.

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. ;)

I am currently working on a post about my top 5 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors. Primer Red will absolutely be on that list. This is a warm and powerful color that is very reminiscent of the beautiful old barns here in the Midwest.

It is a bit more subtle than Emperor's Silk while still being a beautiful red. It fits beautifully into a farmhouse inspired house like mine. 

Here is my most recent project - Primer Red Dresser
Primer Red with Clear and Dark Wax

Here is my favorite Primer Red Project: The Farmhouse Cabinet

Primer Red and Cream with Clear and Dark Wax

Color: Primer Red

Coverage: Good to Excellent - Covers similarly to Old White or Coco. All of these pieces are using 1 to 1 1/2 coats to cover.

Great Pairings: This color looks great with Cream, Louis Blue, Old White and Country Grey

Would I use this again?: Yes, Yes, Yes! I just painted a very special piece for myself. I can't wait to share it.

  Clear or Dark: Dark. This color can look maroon/pink/purple with just clear wax. It becomes bold and beautiful when you put the dark wax over the clean. I have also used a dark wax glaze right on top of the paint. 

Final Thoughts: Love... just love. This is a color that I will always have on hand. It looks beautiful on every piece I put it on. If you are looking for a true red, this is not for you. If you want a muted and aged red, this is it.

Thanks for checking in. 


  1. First of all, love this color! And second of all, what a great series! Great commentary on the colors too.

  2. Oh I love that color, kind of an old colonial red that has a little bit or orange to it. My totally all time favorite. I adore that pice of furniture too. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoin.g


    Love, love, love it. Hugs, Marty

  3. Great dresser but I must say your vignette is perfect for this piece! So creative and eye-catching!

  4. I just used the Annie Sloan Primer Red and it turned out looking more brown than red. It doesn't look anything like your beautiful pieces. I had to use 2 coats because it didn't cover in one. I only used the clear wax, because I thought the dark wax would make it look even darker brown. Help!!!!!

  5. This is really beautiful. I just acquired a chest of drawers with the fluting on the sides...Love the red with that sort of detail!