Annie Sloan, Benjamin Moore & Valspar

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I pre-taped my show segment for Tuesday early due to our Spring Break plans. (Here is the link

I came home and worried about missing some important paint tips, so I thought I would summarize. I really enjoy “saving” a piece of furniture and it truly is a great way to update a room or add  an accent piece to give color/style to a room.

Here are three chairs with three different paints. Just a quick note, I always remove the cushions first and then wash my project with hot soapy water and let it dry before painting anything.

This hot pink chair was up-cycled using Benjamin Moore Paint  ADVANCE® Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint. ADVANCE offers the application and performance of traditional oil paint in a waterborne formula that is supposed to clean up with soap and water.


Here is the link to how it was designed.

I chose the Benjamin Moore paint because I love the luxurious feel  that a rich oil based paint produces and Benjamin Moore offers a wide variety of colors. The benefits of using an oil–based paint is the durability, a smooth glossy finish, and good “leveling” (brush strokes fill themselves in to create a smooth finish). This paint is great to use for furniture that is going to be used often and for cabinets.

Some of the drawbacks of using an oil based paint are, an extended dry time, strong odor,  and you have to cleanup with mineral spirits. The ADVANCE® paint did not have a strong odor, but they do claim that this formula is easy to clean up with soap and water. I have to disagree. In my opinion, it was a like a regular oil based paint and a lot of work to clean up. Many of my friends that use oil paint just throw the brushes out. I am too cheap to do that…but it’s tempting!





I made-over my great grandmother’s dining room suite with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.




Here is a link to the blog.

Generally the advantages of water-based paints are:
low *VOC’s easy cleanup with water
• quick drying
• an elastic, flexible finish resistant to cracking
• stable color over time, without yellowing

Chalk Paint® is an incredible product specifically designed for furniture, and can be used on practically any imaginable surface. It is a water soluble paint and the “greenest” paint, that  I know of, on the market. I chose this paint because I was painting a family heirloom and I wanted to use something that was fool proof, durable and gave beautiful results. . This paint is very easy to use and with the wax coat, it is very durable. You do not need to strip, sand or prime before painting. I still lightly sand just to make sure there are no uneven spots. This paint is highly pigmented made with little or no black, which makes it an excellent choice when mixing colors. The end result will be true to hue and not muddy. Annie created it to produce an old-world, European look- but Chalk Paint® has so much more versatility! It is very popular for distressing furniture, but I love it for that bold, unique finish.

The only drawback to using the ASCP is you are limited in color choices. Yes, you can mix and create a wide variety of colors, but like other commercial paints, bringing in a swatch of color to create an exact match is not an option.


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My final project was with Valspar® Signature Paint.  I love how this soft little chair turned out.


I have used this paint for a few little accents pieces and it has some perks.  They sell the little sample jars for $2 and some change at Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. The sample jars are such a great price and you can create any color you want.


When you paint with latex paint – you must strip, sand and often prime too. The Valspar® Signature Paint has both the paint and primer in one can. If you already have a sound painted surface, you will only need to sand the edges smooth before you repaint it. For uneven and/or peeling surfaces use a putty knife to remove any loose paint chips, then lightly sand them with fine-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining paint. If it is peeling or chipping, you do need to completely strip and sand the piece you are working on. When I have my furniture prepped to paint, I always wipe my it down with warm soapy water. If your furniture has a musty smell, a mild bleach will help get rid of the odor.

Once you have selected a paint and color, take a polyester nylon brush, for latex paint and apply it in long strokes. Cover your furniture with two coats of paint and wait 24 hours.




There are some drawbacks to using the latex paint.  I personally do not feel the latex paints on as “richly” as the Benjamin Moore or the ASCP. Also, you really have to have your piece in ideal condition before painting to ensure durability. The other two paints seem to be a little more flexible. Especially the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Finally, when changing the fabric on any piece of furniture, make sure you are using a material that is appropriate for upholstery. Also, the colors, patterns, and textures make a world of difference! Look through magazines and find some styles you like. I purchased all of my fabric and supplies from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I used designs from Waverly and Richbloom. I have used both of these designers for the majority of my projects. They both offer a lot of rich colors, unique designs and versatility.

These are just my preferences. I would love to hear from other DIY’ers as to what your favorite paint brands are and how you choose your fabric designs. This is one of the simplest ways to update your home or add some fun accent pieces.

*VOCs stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. These photo-chemical compounds react in the air we breathe creating ground level ozone (smog). VOCs may continue to react in the air we breathe for days, months and even years. These harmful gases are emitted by conventional paints, stains, solvents, and many more toxic substances. VOC related air pollution causes eye, nose, throat and skin irritations, leading to respiratory problems, headaches and/or nausea. Prolonged contact with VOCs can lead to liver and kidney cancers, as well as damage to the central nervous system (brain).

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American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Marlene westrick

    March 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Where do I get Ann slogan paint

  2. Janet

    July 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Your pieces of furniture are beautiful! I am in the process of refinishing the top of my very large dining room table. It had a dark stain finish on it and had heat marks on it so I stripped it. As I began to research chalk paint, I realized I didn’t need to strip it! Will that make a difference using the paint now? The legs and chairs are a dark stain and I was thinking of doing the table top a lighter color to give the two tone look. The rest of the set has a sheen to it, will the chalk paint look too flat? I am on a tight budget so I was also wondering if it makes a big difference in using the AS products? This table is the center of our home and is used often, what will hold up the best for heavy use? I don’t want a very heavy distressed look, a little is fine. Thanks for your help!

    • Alexa

      October 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      I’m also looking at painting a hand-me-down dining table and chairs. I’ve started sanding and prepping the chairs but have since stopped to do some more research on what paint I will use before I continue. I’ve been debating between a few different paint brands and types, which did you find to be the best for a dining table and chairs in the long run?

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