Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Outdoors

As we move towards Summer, it's a good time to start talking about how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint outdoors. Here are our top tips....

  1. Your piece should be COMPLETELY dry before you begin.
  2. If you can leave it to dry in the sun after painting, this will help the paint to bond with the surface.
  3. Chalk Paint is particularly good on brick, concrete, stone & terracotta - and there's no need to wax.
  4. On garden furniture a coat of water-based exterior varnish will protect against stains and keep the finish looking fresh longer
  5. Use a varnish with UV protection for the best results
  6. Chalk Paint® will fade in the sun and age gracefully with the elements
  7. Chalk Paint® is not recommended for teak or other oily woods, always test, if in doubt
  8. If you are painting an outdoor piece in situ, wait for a spell of good weather and certainly not when rain is imminent (easier said than done with the British weather admittedly!)

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In our experience, the majority of issues that arise are when people paint wooden garden furniture - you may be unaware that it is teak or another oily wood, or it may have been treated with something to make it more weather resistant. These things can affect the adhesion of the paint, and we do advise a test patch if you're not sure.

Want to know more? We run workshops at La Di Da Interiors in Andover to book pop over to our workshops page here

Happy painting!

Steph x 

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