Thanks for the comparison… I’m yet to do my first piece and have been researching extensively. It’s very forgiving and the finish flattens and smooths beautifully. I like to do things once with zero maintenance…please help if you know the best way to seal this chalk paint permanently- like many years! Apply directly to plastic mailboxes, lawn chairs, storage lockers and more. What can I used to seal/protect the paint job? I also primarily use latex. Convinced the supplier to mix us a non standard Dulux dark aqua and after thinning by about 10% with water application was quick and easy with a fabulous smooth, matte finish. The one other thing I have noticed when I compared painting with Annie Sloan or Rust-Oleum is that Rust-Oleum seems to leave slightly more distinct brush marks. It’s not supposed to do that! Def use poly. You really don’t know if someone used murphy’s oil or pledge on a piece for decades… That sort of stuff sinks in deep. This is really good to know. About cleaning: If you have followed all the steps up to this point, cleaning your project should be very easy. I’m new at this so This was a great help. Love those too…Art Minds, Martha Stewart, Waverly. Thanks so much for the great post. Fusion also is much better with the self leveling, and when I waxed over the Rustoleum, the paint actually came off, even after curing for days. Those selling the paint should give this advice to customers as it’s pretty essential. Clean before painting: It’s very important that any wooden surface you attempt to chalk paint is perfectly clean. Thank you for helping me find a more economical way to get it done! Excellent review! Your cabinets will get a lot of use, so I’d definitely want to put something over top just to help that paint last longer. Any pointers? I AM GOING TO PAINT MY COFFEE TABLE/TRUNK FOR THE FIRST TIME. Will this cover a office desk. I want to paint over them so that the panels are all black. Oh wow, that sounds awesome Janet! Also bought the wax. Lowes has a furniture paint & a cabinet paint. 4)seal with polycrylic sealer. Thank you for your report. I agree with everything you said in this post. 3) distress by sanding edges. And if I was you, I’d consider using either an oil based paint or a regular latex paint for your kitchen cabinets. Get free shipping on qualified Rust-Oleum Spray Paint or Buy Online Pick Up in Store today in the Paint department. Provides rust protection. But you can have the Amy Howard paint tinted (locally it’s an Ace? I started with Rust-oleum when I first tried chalk paint and really liked it (especially the low cost!) How can I protect the paint? Wondered if there was a good substitute for AS paint-glad to hear Rustoleum is comparable. Thanks for the tip Mallory! Now you guys know I’ve been a big fan of the Annie Sloan chalk paint for a looooong time. to tone this brown hue down? Agree…I used Rustoleum…it’s a lot thinner than AS! I did not get the same results as you. I live in Australia, and I use Rustoleum paint. this was very helpful, thanks you soo much!!! I was thinking of using chalk paint and saw some you tube videos of Annie Sloan paint but I couldn’t find it anywhere except Amazon and you are right it is very expensive. It was good to see a comparison of the two paints. Thanks much! I bought the clear matte sealer this past week and I love it! White. As I am just starting out at this chalk painting lark it was extremely helpful . I saw your comparison of rust oleum linen white w AS old white . And I had this done at Menards. Menards mixed a color from another paint to get the color I wanted to Rustoleum chalk paint. No need to sand between coats! Will i need 2 codes? Thank you Sarah for your comparison, I’m just new to painting with chalk paint, and you have made my decision so much easier to make. They have it here in our Home Depot Your blog is my new fav!! The Rust-Oleum paint claims that a “1-coat coverage allows projects to be completed easily”, but that’s obviously not the case. Any ideas? Made my own chalk paint & it worked beautifully!! Can I use wax on the Rust-Oleum? I’ve used the AS on just about everything in my house and am big on mixing colors as well as color washing. Now I mat get started tomorrow. Love it. i am on my second quart of rustoleum linen white for use as a base coat or a primer of sorts. I fear Rustoleum turns people off of using any chalk paint product. I’m excited to start my projects! This was such a great post, Sarah, thank you for your expertise! I have painted many pieces of furniture but have always used the Americana Decor chalk paint from Home Depot and really like it! I also have a Goodwill large wood bamboo brown frame 36×48 I’m excited to try it on ($12!). I used the Rustoleum white chalk paint and found a swatch off the wall of the color that I wanted (a very slight off white – not yellowey or tan) and asked the guy at the paint counter if he could tint the chalk paint for me and he said absolutely! Furthermore, the wax by Annie Sloan is far more durable, more maintain-able and more easily and evenly applied. I used Annie Sloan’s Old White and it looks great, but my right hand feels like it’s about to fall off…lol. I recently found Rust-Oleum paints in my local store and was pleased to change old 70’s pine furniture in a spare bedroom to make it more up to date. I want to directly comment on the lack of colors in the Rustoleum product offering. Does not contain VOCs or any other toxic substances. I think you’d be fine to use that spray paint on light fixtures. I once painted a chair (home made chalk paint ) used a sealer/varnish ( got tin somewhere will check what it was ) after a while it’s now all yellow ( chair in the attic now). I painted a project without adding the water and it was so challenging to work with due to it being so thick. I have used Rust-oleum for lots of projects and also use the chalk paints available at Hobby Lobby & Michaels. Very useful article. I was just sitting here trying to decide between Annie Sloan and Amy Howard chalk paint. I’m needing to paint an unfinished pine nightstand from Ikea. I would like to see a comparison between rustoleum and behr chalk paint , I work at home depot and we sell chalk paint for behr and we can mix any color we have a white base and a deep base that we mix any color basically in! Glad the post was helpful Suzanne. Hi Kathy! I found a wonderful queen size sleigh bed at Salvation Army. hi sarah, Rustoleum 2x spray paint color chart rust oleum stops 12 oz protective rust oleum professional 15 oz high rust oleum high gloss silver spray Rust Oleum Professional High Performance EnamelProfessional High Performance Enamel Spray PageRust Oleum Stops SprayRustoleum 2x Spray Paint Color Chart ThelifeisdreamProfessional High Performance Protective Enamel PageProfessional … Reading this article has me questioning whether I should try a different paint, though! Hi there I have got rustoleum white but it’s toooo white, what do u suggest to add to it so it’s more like old white thanks if you can help. I have used A.S. chalk paint as well as other brands. I’ve never done a black chalk paint–but like Maria said in the comment below I’m sure the dark wax would just deepen the color that much more! A little research later I found a Rustoleum “wax”finish that you paint on that is safe for baby furniture etc. I am about to embark on my first project–a hutch. I applied both with a regular paint brush. There are no stores that carry it near me and am so glad to see that you found the Rust-Oleum just as good as I was look to purchase it! I have limited my use of AS chalk paint for the reason you cited. Hi Lisa! If you haven’t tried Kilz you may want to on your next project. Thank you!! I’ve only played with it on small pieces. I’m going to paid a heinous oak crib and a chipped up Jenny Lind bed and I just can’t afford the AS. Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint – Spray Chalk Paint Option, 3. I’m not a fan of the brushed stroke look(regardless of quality of brush used)…some who claimed to try all chalked paints said they got a smoother finish at a lower price point. Would I need to prep it and then seal it in any way? When you go to chalk paint store (and there are LOTS of brands now apart from Rustoleum and AS) they tell you of course chalk is best. I read so many bad reviews about chalk paint before so I was always a bit worried about trying it. I too prefer Rustoleum. SORRY ABOUT ALL CAPS. Have you tried the annie sloan lacquer vs the Rust-o-leum top coat? I have recently gotten more into painting furniture and just like many others I’m sure, wondered how these two brands stacked up against eachother. Our ACE Hardware can make any color from the ROL white chalk paint from their many regular paint color choices which means ROL has MORE color choice than AS! Is rustoleum really chalk paint or does the finish just look like chalk paint? I usually go to Michaels or Walmart for my paint but I am constantly looking at Annie Sloan’s ambassadors for tips. Join my very cool and exclusive newsletter fam! It comes in satin or matte. I will try this. Love painting furniture, even though I often wonder when I’m gone if my kids will sand them down again to its oiriginal finish. Another comparison. It covers well, is very durable, dosnt smell either. Thanks for taking the time to do that well displayed comparison. I also painted a wood dresser with Rustoleum spray chalk paint. Can you use as clear and dark wax on rustoleum chalk paint? I don’t think they have a dark wax option yet, but you could use either the clear or dark Annie Sloan wax over the Rust-Oleum chalk paint. I’m about to chalk paint my kitchen cupboards… I have watched EVERY video and searched for any and all info out there. it didn’t work as well for me. It’s very helpful. No nicks, scratches, or wearing. This post was very helpful and I agree I like the rust oleum brand. Good luck! If you want the same color hue add white. Although I hate to spend more money, I just feel I got more projects out of Annie Sloan. My go-to is Anne Sloan but I’m running low on Old White and due to the quarantine I was looking online for more easily accessible products when I found the Rust-oleum. I’m new to chalk painting and found your blog with a google search. I don’t think there’s a concern with it being next to a light bulb–it’s not like the high heat that comes off a fireplace or grill. Useful! I’ve used Annie Sloan chalk paint on my kitchen, kitchen chairs, piano stool and waxed it too and loved the finish and ease of use. I LOVE the Rustoleum matte finish and the polycrylic matte finish (both are water-based). Is this a fact with fabric as well? Thank you so much for this post! Pobre con una capa de barniz al agua y se amarillo, tuve que darle una tercera capa. It is too thick. Rustoleum it is! Good luck on your project! anyways thts all! Do you have any reccomendations about what kind of brush is better to use? My son actually works at an Ace. I came across you comparison and really appreciate the information you provide. The Annie Sloan is more of an “artist’s paint,” there’s so many versatile things you can do with it, if you search around. Plus if you go to a home hardware store you can get more color selections. Thanks for this post. You can see how to do it in this post: https://sarahjoyblog.com/diy-chalk-paint-review/. I just ginished painting a crib with Annie Sloan chalk paint and when it came time to wax, the thought of all thise slats made me cringe. Thank you so much for this post! Thanks for this comparison! Sand or prime with care: In some cases, sanding and priming a wooden surface before painting it can dramatically improve the results. Good to hear that you’re blanket box is holding up well! How to crackle Annie’spaint- apply 1 normal coat, let dry. I’ve been very pleased. Do you have tips on what brushes you use? , Oh this post couldn’t have come at a better time! I agreed all so that rust -oleum paint is great! The bed is currently in pieces so should make it easy to paint. I think that I need a gallon to paint both the french provincial sofa and chair. Great post by the way, loved the idea to see both paints together! It has great coverage and is durable -I often use it inside and outside sides of drawers & inside cabinets without topcoating and it’s never scratched off. The research into those colors is spot on and they do not disappoint. Our paint department at our local hardware store tints the Rustoleum brand to most colours on the chip rack, so there are thousands of colours to choose from! probably!!! Honestly I don’t think it would look that great with chalk paint, because it’s going to dry to a matte and be pretty “rough” to the touch. I used Rust-Oleum to paint my old French provential bed frame. I wanted to to use Rust-Oleum chalk paint on a velvet headboard but so nervous in case I mess it up what do you think n thank you. I think that I need a gallon to paint both the french provincial sofa and chair. In my experience that stuff seals like the dickens and I would think it would protect the cabinets. How do u wipe off if they get dirty I think the difference was largely due to the fact that I was painting on such a dry, matte surface from that first coat. I’m new to your blog and will definitely subscribed. Loves this paint and was curious about the Annie Sloan stuff. I want to bet charcoal black matte finish that you see in the very most expensive Colonial furnishings and I think the Rust-Oleum will do the trick for durability and application. I was SO excited to find this post because it is exactly what I needed to know. I am new to chalk painting. The Rustoleum Chalked has turntable bases…you can customize your colors . My first thought would be to put two coats of clear polycrylic over top of the cabinets after you’re done painting. The top I want to strip back to it’s natural wood which is oak and just wax it but the heavy center base I want to use the paint in a soft pale olive green with the antique effect showing a little rubbing. I’d been informed that a quart would cover several pieces. Do you think the paint you recommend would work well on outdoor plastic chairs? But I have never used AS. Rust-Oleum 7778830 High Heat Heat Resistant BBQ Finish Spray Paint, Black Rust-Oleum Specialty High Heat Spray retains color and finish up to 1200Âº F. Apply to grills, wood-burning stoves, radiators, engines or other metal items. Chalk paint is so forgiving and fun to experience the with. Should I use a poly or wax finish? your comparison was interesting, thank you! Simon, no one said you have to use the Rustoleum chalk paint if you don’t like it! They do offer your basic “chic” colors premade but a large variety of custom colors are easy to mix. If so, what do I do? What a helpful excellent overview! ?in Rust-oleum (in Bunnings, Australia) Yay! Have bought some chalk paint ( rustoleum) as AS is expensive.. And a clear sealant. So I just give it try with Rust-Oleum and I like it. I was wondering how it will hold up from the scratches & chips. Wish me luck! About Universal® Metallic Spray Paint It’s never been easier to bring an upscale, modern look to your all your projects. So not a fan of Anne Sloan chalk paint. great post! I was a doubter with the Rustoleum brand due to the low price, what a pleasant surprise though, I will definitely give it a try now! Thank you so much for your post it was very helpful. Both are supposed to dry in a matte finish. ❤️❤️ THIS is the reason w, https://sarahjoyblog.com/full-review-chalky-spray-paint/, https://sarahjoyblog.com/chalk-paint-dining-table-makeover/, https://sarahjoyblog.com/paint-brick-fireplace/, https://www.potterybarn.com/products/anders-table-lamp/?catalogId=84&sku=9812910&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Lighting%20%3E%20Table%20%26%20Desk%20Lamps&cm_ite=9812910&gclid=CjwKCAjwqqrmBRAAEiwAdpDXtJ3ONZYr1f1Jz2NukzzHbS3fTivsLFAScWV6YnkUOEeTz-6_wcwGtBoCvvUQAvD_BwE, https://rstyle.me/+NQjpvnpdTcv7hnr8xLjHHg, https://sarahjoyblog.com/diy-chalk-paint-review/, https://furniturecap.com/guides/how-to-paint-furniture/. I painted my couch with AS and the result is very nice! Thanks for sharing – I will check out your blog for more tips! My question is… can either of these chalk paints stand up to outdoor weather…hot afternoon sun or rain? My first attempt was with Dixie Bell paint. Now let’s move on to the second coat of paint: Here’s the finished look of my little table: Overall Thoughts on the Annie Sloan vs. Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint. I can’t wait to use it again on something bigger. Hi Julie, I’ve been reading through all the comments and stumbled into yours. Now I’ll stick with Rust-Oleum without doubt. Metallic Black Spray Paint and Primer provides a warm, charming touch to your indoor and outdoor project surfaces. I will definitely try Rust-Oleum on my next project . I have never tried Annie Sloan. I’ve seen this done on bathroom light fixtures for example. I have also used both and I would choose Annie Sloan. This comparison is extremely helpful. I’m going with white linen and charcoal from the rust-oleum line. I actually did apply a generous first coat of the AS paint. Wow you have painted a lot of great stuff Maria! Can I put furniture paint in a small air sprayer? The Rust-oleum does cost less though and with very similar results. I love their varnish line too, especially the Soft-Touch and Satin. It’s a fantastic product. Can be easily applied over existing paints and finishes. Particularly happy that you used a difficult darkish table. Really useful test. And although it’s a bit more expensive in Canada ($28 for a can) it is cheaper than milk paint or fusion mineral paint. But if you use dark wax over the top it gives it an even darker, richer tone! Thanks for the thorough review and great photos. It looks like the linen is much whiter. I found the rust oleum chalk paint at Ace hard ware store. And you’re right about adding water–I’ve done with the AS in the past and it does help, but I haven’t tried it yet with the Rust-Oleum version! Thanks. Do you have any suggestions regarding black? Good luck Erica! My new favourite. I would like to see more comparisons done between various paints, varnishes, waxes and other items in these posts. I am also using Rust oleum, get an amazing matt finish, (especially love the cocoa, which is a light tape colour! I recently discovered Kilz brand about the same price as rust-oleum and on Amazon too with a wider selection of colors. Mi experiencia es con Rust Oleum y no pude obtener que la suprficie quede tersa. I used AS paint for years, however I do stand by my review. I am so excited to learn this!! Thanks for the comparison! Drys with no brush strokes on second coat. :/. If I want a warm white like “Cloud White” Benjamin Moore, would the rustoleum be close enough. 1 thing you have to do is let it dry for an extended period so it not tacky but otherwise easy to appt, no prep, no brush strokes. My next question is if I’m painting a rocking chair would you recommend the paint or spray paint? I’ve run out and am thinking of the cheaper option to finish it off. Still love AS Old White for a creamy vintage white. But I don’t have any experience painting upholstery. More than just a spray paint company, we provide products and coatings that can transform and protect virtually any surface inside or out. The pieces I’ve painted with Annie Sloan had to cure a week between coats or it would pull up the other color. Will either be all purpose? Sorry, forgot that in my reply! I know in my heart it will look fantastic but ughhh to make that first stroke with the brush!!! Thank you for the comparison. Thank you, I had picked up some rustoleum and was apprehensive about it. I did one coat only and there are no streaks. It went on easily and requires very little effort when sanding. I find the chalk powder offers as smooth of a finish as rustoleum, zillions of colors and much less hassle than AS paint. What do you think about the Rust-Oleum silk finish? New to chalk paint; my question has nothing to do with your table but you seem to be very experienced in chalk paint! I am interested to find out how Rustoleum compares with the Dutch Boy chalk paint. I am so happy that I came across your comparison blog. Hi Sarah, Thats a great post.. and the comments from others were also very helpful. Store Finder; Truck & Tool Rental; For the Pro; Gift Cards; Credit Services; Track Order ... Quick Color (3) Rust-Oleum Industrial Choice (3) Trek7 (3) Seal-Krete (2) Rust-Oleum NeverWet (1) Sheen. I used that with chalk paint and normal latex paint. Thank you for your time! It IS a fantastic product, especially for the money! Thanks for the tip! Hi Rust oleum professional 15 oz high performance enamel gloss. (So is my husband!) In France I cannot get Annie Sloan while Rustoleum – albeit in a limited colour range, is readily available. They have a dark and a light tint base that can be turned into several colors, you can see the choices on a paint sheet in the store and chose your color from there. I appreciate your careful comparison! Hope you are feeling well and you look beautiful btw! I just purchased the gray and was hesitant to use it. Thank you so much for this post!! At its core the name means truth or purity and that is how Veritas approaches tool making. My friend recommended me for AS but I have to drive 45 min to get that. The second coat seemed to cake up for me a bit, which I have experienced in the past with Annie Sloan paint. My husband and I hired a painter to paint our cabinets white that were originally stained. Rethunk Junk has a color “Midnight” that is a pretty nice black. I actually just used the chalked paint and was impressed and very satisfied with the turn out and stumbled here when looking for other successors of the Rustolem paint! Mostly now though I just use latex satin paints, usually Valspar from Lowe’s, but others work too, and mix in purchased chalk powder. DecoArt Americana has a wonderful true black chalky paint called “Carbon”. I still need to try that matte top coat though! Chalk paint color chart. It goes on so smoothly- no brush marks- no streaks- I did 2 coats on a drawer – did not prime, sand, nor cleaned it (that’s because I was just testing the color But I am not going to try another brand- sticking with Rust-oleum! It was a cost thing for me. I love it. Thank you for this it was very informative. Annnnd I love i, Snow tubing day! The one thing I have learned is to use a misting water bottle while painting fir a smother application. Hot Spray: May be used with many Rust-Oleum … I have been using Rustoleum chalk paint and love it! It levels out the paint and looks like it has been spray painted. I even made my own many times because I didn’t want to spend the money on AnnieSloan paints! As a newbie who is about to embark into the world of chalk painting furniture, this was a huge help & great place to start! I’m looking for a true black paint and none of the chalk paint colors that I have seen come close to a true black. My question is what should I use for a protective finish? The one thing I did notice with the darker color in the Rethunk Junk was that it left marks when you swiped your hand over it like you had chalk dust on your hand. Rustoleum Chalked is NOT, repeat NOT, chalk paint! I have a dining room table that needs repainting in white after my 3 year old daughter took a rubber ink stamp to the legs and one chair.
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