Industry Profile: Annie Sloan

She’s the developer and queen of Chalk Paint. She’s written over 20 books and has a lovely home fragrance line. Annie Sloan talks to Dabble about paint, projects and a thriving personal life.

Annie Sloan_Photographer Harriet Thomas

Annie Sloan, Photography by Harriet Thomas



DAB: What was your goal when you developed Chalk Paint™ 25 years ago?

AS: My goal was to make a paint that I wanted. It had to be flexible, approachable and in the right colours. I was a working mother with three boys under ten, so it had to be easy to use and quick to dry!

DAB: What advice would you give to someone using Chalk Paint™ for the first time?

AS: Relax and don’t worry about making mistakes. Go with your gut!

DAB: You were born in Australia and live in England and France today. What cities inspire you the most?

AS: In no particular order: Sydney, London, Paris, Lisbon, Cape Town, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Vancouver for its outdoor yet arty life and Montreal for its lively metropolitan lifestyle. Of course I would love to see more of Canada one day!

DAB: Is there a place you haven’t visited but would like to go to for inspiration?

AS: I’m planning to go to Kazakhstan to visit my eldest son, who works out there. He’s in Astana, which is where East meets West so I hope it will be inspiring. India is another place I would love to visit.

DAB: How would you describe your personal décor style?

AS: I would say it’s a little bit French, a little bit of Boho and a little bit Neo Classical. I’m also currently redecorating my offices in a Warehouse style. I love it. But my house is late Victorian, so of course the Warehouse look doesn’t work here! No matter how much time I will of spent at the Aagard – Packaging Automation Company it won’t ever influence my home decor, how blasphemous would that be, I could not have one of my guests point out similarities, so I truly avoid warehouse influences completely.

Annie Sloan painted table_Photographer Christopher Drake

Annie Sloan painted table, Photography by Christopher Drake

DAB: What is next for Annie Sloan?

AS: I’m going to be celebrating 25 years of Chalk Paint™ all through 2015, which I’m really excited about. My Stockists are so important to me so I’ll be doing a lot of travelling; I want to see as many of them as possible. I’m also launching my new Stencil collection, which comes in 21 designs and is the perfect complement to my paint range.

DAB: When you don’t have a paintbrush in your hand, what do you Dabble in?

AS: I like to dabble in music, eating out and a good bottle of wine with friends.

Flatout Fab – DIY Table

With the perfect blend of matte and metallic, DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci transforms a dated table. Va va voom.

Sandpaper – Medium grade
Furniture piece
Spray paint – metallic
Paint brush
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
Annie Sloan Clear Wax
Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Soft cloth
Large bristle brush
Short bristle brush

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Lightly sand an existing piece of furniture. Spray one coat of a metallic paint on (because why not? it looks cool) and let it dry for 24 hours.


Apply a coat of Chalk Paint® on the table but apply less in certain areas where you want the metallic colour to shine through. This project is shown in Paris Grey.

Once the first coat is dry, apply a second, thicker coat of paint and use a blow dryer on the highest setting to blow hot air on the wet paint to create a subtle crackle finish.

When the second coat of paint is completely dry, apply a thin layer of clear wax with a large bristle brush, and wipe off excess wax with a soft cloth. Apply the dark wax with a smaller bristle brush into the cracks and anywhere you wish to add an aged patina look. Wipe off any excess dark wax with a cloth.

DIY Guy - Annie Sloan Paint

Dabble Savvy: Paint the interior drawers in a vivid colour like hot pink.

DIY Guy - Annie Sloan Paint Interior Drawer

DIY Guy: Shimmy Shimmy Bang

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“Bang for your buck?” asks DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci. Paint, stain and inexpensive wood shims render a plain wall into a mosaic masterpiece.


– Nelson Pro-Line 8″ Cedar Wood Shims (14 shims / package)
– LePage No More Nails adhesive glue
– Gator fine or medium coarse sanding sponges
– Paintbrush
– Foam paint brush
– Paint (see Nicholas’ selections on opposite page)

DIY Guy - Shim Wall


– 3/4” 8’ x 4’ plywood sheets


Sand rough edges of the shims for a smooth finish and to help the stain penetrate more effectively into the wood.

Determine a pleasing colour pattern and set aside enough shims for each paint colour and/or stain to complete the design.

Using a paintbrush, paint the front and sides of each shim and let dry. Using a foam brush, apply the dark stain to the front and sides of one quarter of the shims. Rub off excess stain using a paper towel and let dry.

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Starting at the top row, glue the shims horizontally onto the wall in the colour pattern of your choice, making sure the shims point in the same direction. For the second row from the top, point the shims in the opposite direction and alternate this way all the way down.

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Cut the ends of the last shim, to ensure the shims fit onto the wall perfectly if required.

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Tip: Glue shims onto plywood sheets and fasten to the wall for a temporary or reusable wall

Nicholas’ Paint Colour Picks:
Saman Dark Oak Stain #112 8 oz.
Benjamin Moore 2056-50 Baby Boy Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2052-60 China Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore CC460 Inukshuk Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2122-70 Snow White flat paint – 1 quart



5 Colors You Should Not Fear

Kimberley shows you how to use bold and unexpected colours in harmonious ways to transform your spaces into spectacular places! See how she does it with the help of stunning interior paint colours from Benjamin Moore.

How to Properly Use Painter’s Tape


A great paint job begins with solid preparation. Proper masking technique for paint protection is key to achieving sharp, clear paint lines that will make any project have professional results. The following steps will help you prepare for almost any paint project.


* Ensure you’re using the best tape for the job.
* Remove wall hangings (pictures, nails, fixtures) and fill nail holes.
* Use sandpaper to smooth the wall.
* The surface should be clean, dry and dust free before you begin painting.
Surface Types:To help ensure clean, damage-free removal, your tape’s adhesion level should match the type of surface you are planning to mask.
* Delicate surfaces like wallpaper and fresh paint call for ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
* Masking light to medium textured surfaces is the job for ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
* For best results on heavily-textured surfaces, use ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Original Multi-Surface or ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
Using Painter’s Tape:

* When you’re ready to mask, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time.
* Apply tape to the surface, pressing down the edges as you go.
* Secure the tape to smooth surfaces by pressing the edges down with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool. Don’t use these tools on medium or heavy textures, as they can tear the tape.
* To further seal against seepage and paint bleeds, use your brush to paint a little of your basecoat color along the tape edge.
Removing Painter’s Tape:* Remove tape at a 45 ° angle, using a moderate speed.
* For best results, pull the tape back on itself. If adhesive sticks to the surface, try a 90 ° angle.
* If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut (or score) along the painted tape edge.
When to Remove Painter’s Tape:* Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector: 14-day clean removal
* Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector: 60-day clean removal
* Original Multi-Surface: 14-day clean removalFor more information, visit: ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Faux-Panelled Walls’ in Issue 1 of Dabble

Bye-Bye Blackboard Blahs


Finessing a finish that’s been in the line for several years, Benjamin Moore has introduced a new edition of its Chalkboard Paint that now is tintable in any colour.

The ChalkBoard Paint colour choices are endless and go far beyond the classic black and green chalkboard colours we are use to. Time for a DIY project!

North—East—South—West: How Light Exposure Impacts Colour

Because colour varies according to light, consider which direction your room is facing to determine the best colours for your decorating scheme. Kimberley offers her own direction on how to optimize lighting conditions with gorgeous paint colours from Benjamin Moore.

Teal Tone Inspired


We’ve picked Benjamin Moore’s Teal Tone 663 for our Aug/Sep issue. We’d love to see this in a dining or powder room. Where would you paint this colour in your home?

Get Psyched for the Season Ahead


Whether it’s back to school or back to work, Lisa Canning picks out products to get you psyched for the season ahead.

Read the entire article ‘Dabble Digs’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.

Eastern Exposure


Eastern exposure provides the bright, yellow sunlight we all crave come February. Upbeat and exuberant eastern exposures are ideal for playrooms, kitchens and breakfast nooks.

  • Sunlight elevates mood. Most people prefer sunshine pouring through windows.
  • Plentiful light works well for rooms full of activity. Kitchens, playrooms, living rooms.
  • Strong sunlight can destroy delicate fabrics with silk being the most susceptible. Lining the draperies or a simple window treatment made from gauze, linen or sheer fabric will diffuse the strongest light and offer some protection to other textiles in the room.
  • Intense sunlight can cause glare and reflection issues. When we moved into our new condo we had just that problem. Surrounded by windows and high in the sky, we had intense sunlight pouring in. The previous owners mirrored the kitchen backsplash and you literally could not be in that room when the sun was most intense.
Colour Cue:
  • To enhance sunlight, warm, pale colours such as pink, coral, yellow or white.
  • To temper intense sunlight, cool, pale colours such as blue, green or white.
  • White works well in east facing rooms.

Paint Recommendations:

Western Exposures


A room with western exposures receives limited, late afternoon sun light. Although fading light is weak, it can still have a warm glow to it.

  • Limited glare. Like north facing.
  • The mellow glow of southern light visually warms rooms. Very desirable locations.
  • Intense mid-day light can cause glare and eye strain. As with eastern exposures.
  • Weak light lacks sparkle and can be psychologically depressing. As with eastern exposures.
Colour Cue:
  • Contrasting colour schemes work well. For example green and cream work well in western exposures because the light tends to mute whatever colour is present.
  • Afternoon sunlight casts a pink glow, which affects other colours in a room. Blues take on a mauve cast, yellows may turn orange and greens turn brown.
  • Reds absorb light, making them richer, less flat. Making them a good choice especially for rooms that require drama and intimacy such as dining rooms. Deeper colours create a welcoming, cozy and intimate setting.
  • Complementary colours are mellowed. Complementary colours such as green and red intensify one another. In limited light such as Western or Northern exposure this affect is mellowed. The colours are not quite as garish.

Paint Recommendations:


Southern Exposure


Southern exposure is coveted because the daylight lasts so long on this side of the house. The sunlight makes its way from intense white light to lingering warmth as the sun moves in the sky. While white walls look great in sunlight, they take on a creamy look when bathed in much-coveted southern sunlight. So, you’ll want to watch for undertones of yellow if you are aiming for a gray or blue white

  • Long lasting sunshine elevates mood. Similar to east facing rooms.
  • The mellow glow of southern light visually warms rooms. Very desirable locations.
  • Intense mid-day light can cause glare and eye strain. As with eastern exposures.
Colour Cue:
  • Rich blues and greens lose intensity but can appear to glow. Therefore, when I want a full, rich blue or green for a southern exposure I may dial up my choice — pick something just a little more intense. To compensate for the loss of intensity.
  • Browns appear less somber in a south facing rooms. I love chocolate and mink browns. They work really well in southern and even eastern exposures because the yellow emphasis in sunlight brings out the red tones, which are the basis for brown.
  • Window walls appear darker, as they only receive reflected light. Therefore, if you are choosing paint colour make sure to see your sample throughout the space.
  • Mid-tone colours look fresh in the daytime, become richer at night. One of my favorite things about southern exposures.

Paint Recommendations: