I went on Saturday to Faux Studio Designs in Hoover and took the Annie Sloan chalk paint class. I almost cancelled because I had a terrible breakout of poison ivy but I'm so glad I went! There were 8 of us in the class and Stacey, the owner of Faux Studio Designs and our teacher, was great because we had so many questions! We got lots of hands-on experience with stenciling, learning how to do a crackle finish, layering colors, distressing, and using the clear and dark waxes! We all left with a lamp base, picture frame and moulding piece which she provided.
Once you start using this paint, it's really hard to go back to old paints. It is a little bit more expensive but it goes a long way and one of the girls in the class said that she actually dilutes hers with water which makes it go even further. The great thing about chalk paint is that you can put it on almost any surface and do not even have to sand or prime or anything which is a great timesaver! And I love using the waxes. They have a clear wax and a dark wax and if you use the dark wax, you have to apply the clear first but the dark wax gives you this great aged patina look with a little sheen.
Here are some pictures from the class. Her next class is July 30th. If you are interested in attending a class, Stacey's phone number is 982-4464 and her studio is at 2116B Old Montgomery Highway in Pelham!
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