This post is chock full of tips using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) and a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer.
I have to admit, I was a little nervous to put ASCP in my Finish Max. I didn’t want to clog up my beloved sprayer.
I thinned my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint before putting it in my sprayer. I’ve had several cans of ASCP, and honestly, none of them seem to be the exact consistency, so it can be difficult to say exactly what ratio you should use. I used 4 tsp of water to 1 cup of paint.
This table was purchased at a yard sale for $10. The pedestals were wobbly. I’ll do another post to tell you how I fixed them.
I set the table up on some saw horses in my makeshift paint booth. You really don’t need much protection because there is so little over spray with this fine finish sprayer. I have a piece of plastic that hangs on the wall, and flows onto the ground.
This is right after I finished, you can see some of it is still wet. The Finish Max did not let me down. I got the exact same flawless finish as I do with regular latex.
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I didn’t take any pictures of the pedestals until after I started waxing.
After lightly distressing, waxing and buffing.
Here you can see some brush marks on the table. This is because the finish was so flawless that it didn’t look like chalk paint. It just seemed like it need a quick top coat with a brush. Hindsight 20/20 I wish I hadn’t done this.
After a light distressing, waxing and buffing. (please ignore the shadows of the trees)
As I said… light distressing. I love looking at heavily distressed pieces that my blog friends do, but I don’t feel confident in doing it. I feel that I can’t pull off a “natural” look.
Tips and suggestions:
- Dilute and strain your ASCP (I use 1 Gallon Strainer Bags 6 Pieces-affiliate link)
- Because the Finish Max gets warm as it’s used, you may get a little build up on the nozzle with the ASCP, just use your fingernail (or a rag) to wipe it off
- If your paint runs, it’s too thin
- If you are not getting any paint to flow, it’s too thick
- ASCP dries very fast, so you probably can do a second coat right away
- Thoroughly clean your Finish Max as soon as you are finished painting
- To clean—rinse the cup, then run a full cup of water through your sprayer. Clean the nozzle, tube and cup. You can watch a video of me cleaning the CommandMax in my post Video Turtorial CommandMax.
- Step back and bask in the beauty of your newly painted piece
Will I always break out my HomeRight Finish Max for every ASCP application? No, but I’m not a fan of painting turned legs/spindles by hand.
Another thing I do not like to paint by hand? Slats!
I gathered all my supplies, the handiest of which is that old soup ladle. I prefer to ladle my paint rather than pour it. This ladle happens to hold about 1/2 cup of paint. I have found that if I dip it in water before dipping it in the paint, less paint sticks to it.
This is the ratio that worked with this ASCP paint—1 cup of paint with 4 tsp water.
I got a great finish in record time. You’ll see some drips and runs, but those are from a previous paint job without a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer.
I used almost the entire 1 cup of paint. Look at the small amount of paint that was left in the paint cup. I love that I can use it all the way down to almost the last drop without any spitting or spattering. I used the remainder of the paint to do the bottom of the shutter by hand where I had it sitting in the paint booth…the bottom didn’t get done.
I felt it needed a little somethin’ so I found these birds in my stash of previously cut vinyl. When I have small pieces of vinyl to transfer, I use painter’s tape.
I waxed, then lightly distressed, and buffed. These magazine racks work great hanging on or leaning against the wall.
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