Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {Emperor’s Silk}

Have you ever used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?

I have been painting with it for over a year now and I love it.

Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperors Silk #athomewiththebarkers

It does have a higher price tag than latex paint but it really is worth all the hype. I do not paint with it exclusively but I use it when a piece of furniture needs it. How do I decide which furniture is in need of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®? If it will require sanding or primer then I use Chalk Paint®. The waxing takes a bit getting use too and requires a little arm work but it seals the paint so well.

Here is a dresser I have had for a while.  It was in excellent condition and made really well.  It was stained and sealed so the Chalk Paint® was the perfect choice.  I decided to make it bold and use it in my dining room for storage. So painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperors Silk was the best option.  You should know, straight out of the can, it is bright red.  So bright that I covered it with dark wax first so it would tone it down.  If I had waxed it clear it would have been way too red for my space.


Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperors Silk #athomewiththebarkers


Here is the dresser all finished.


Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperors Silk #athomewiththebarkers

Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperors Silk #athomewiththebarkers


Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperors Silk #athomewiththebarkers


This is just a showcase of a before and after using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.  I have plans of painting some items soon and I will include more of the process of painting to show you the steps involved.  Until then, I’d love to hear about your experiences with Chalk Paint®.  Do you love it?


To see the Dresser in it’s current home go here!

Client Painted Furniture in Emperor’s Silk


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Atta Girl Says


  1. Thank you so much, you are super sweet! You should really get your hands on some and try it! They have sample sizes that will help with the cost so you can try it out. ~Sonya

  2. I’ve never seen this color of AS paint. Your end result is fabulous! I got a sample of French Linen at Haven and look forward to using it on a small project.

  3. Confession–I have NEVER used chalk paint! I’m definitely going to try in the near future, though. I saw some Annie Sloan colors at Haven that are to die-for! Speaking of, I love-love-love your dresser! To me, your paint/wax job added so much value. The dresser was fine before, but now it’s magnificent! And I love the color. Great job!

  4. Wow, Sonya!! Looks AWESOME! I haven’t tried the real annie sloan paint yet – need to get my hands on some soon. It isn’t available locally for me. I love the dark wax effect too! I am going to share this gorgeous transformation on my facebook page….and pin:)

  5. I love the Emperor’s Silk color but you are right…it is very red. The dark wax tones it down perfectly. I’ve only used it to mix with other colors (because it is so bright) but that dresser turned out fabulous. Will have to try it with dark wax. 🙂

  6. You are so sweet, Thank you! The price tag is a bit steep for the chalk paint but if you would just like to try it you can buy one of their small samples for under $12. It’s enough paint for a frame, mirror or small project. ~Sonya

  7. I do love that chest and the red on it, such a rich color. I can see how it could be quite bright so using the darker wax was very smart of you. I’ve yet to be able to use Annie Sloan or any of the commercial chalk paints. I’d love to but it’s just not in my budget, (SS recipient). Someday I’d hope to be able to experience how it works compared to my home made chalk paint. I’ve seen how great the pieces turn out from bloggers that use Annie Sloan. Your red chest is so awesome, love love the style of it with the red, yummy.
    Happy days

  8. I went straight for the dark! I wanted that very deep red look. Plus, the red was so bright I liked it better with dark. If you haven’t used dark wax before be sure to test it on your paint color because it basically stains the paint. I used the clear over top of the dark in places I wanted to lift off some of the dark. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Sonya

  9. I have painted bathroom cabinets for a client with Annie Sloan. It was a downstairs bathroom with out a shower so it was fine. I used Cashmere by Sherwin Williams in my kitchen, I would also recommend it for bathrooms as well! Good Luck!

  10. Love this look! Did you put clear wax first, or just the darK?

  11. Ive just started using Annie Sloan and I love it. It is so easy and pretty quick to the finished product. What is so great about this product is there is no prep work just clean whatever you are painting. I just finished a bathroom cabinet and it turned out great. My next project is doing some fabric chairs. Yes you can paint fabric with this paint. Then Im thinking Ill tackle my kitchen cabinets. Its a big job but much cheaper than having someone else do them. Just try it yourself and you will see how easy it is. I would check out the Annie Sloan website it has great info on how to use this paint and wax.

  12. Love the look and the color. Redoing my MasterCard and need to paint white wood cabinets. What type if paint do you recommend for a bathroom, knowing it would come in contact with water somewhat. Thanks!

  13. Thanks Kristin! I also won an Annie Sloan gift pack at Haven! I picked French Linen, what did you get? I look forward to seeing your desk. ~Sonya

  14. Thank you for sharing about chalk paint. Your dresser is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see where you place it. You say you use it so you don’t have to prime or sand. Is there anything about the finished product that is different than if you primed and/or sanded and used latex? Does it cover nicks or holes better? Is the look or feel of the paint finish different than latex? Do you always use wax after? Just doing some research to know when or where I might want to use it. Is this a Home Depot or Lowe’s product?

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