Sunday, January 8, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Question

Hello everyone!  My daughter-in-law has been wanting a china cabinet for quite sometime now.  So, I have been on the lookout for a reasonably priced one in good condition.  Well Charlie and I found one on Friday at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  


This is where I need your help or advice.  She wants it painted red but not a bright red.   Here are two shades of Annie Sloan red paints:

Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk - Qt

Emperor’s Red

Annie Sloan Primer Red

Primer Red

Which red would you choose and would you first paint it with Annie Sloan graphite paint? 

Annie Sloan Graphite - Qt


I would hate to have to buy both shades of red because I don’t think I would be using those reds all that much. 

As always, thanks for any help or feedback you can give.  They will be greatly appreciated as I make my final decision. 



  1. What a great find Gail! I would use the Emperor's Red and the clear and dark waxes. The dark wax would tone it down if it's to bright.

  2. Great piece, Gail! I think I'd go with the Emperor Red; the other looks more brown on my screen. You can always play around with the color by mixing in a gray or white, too. Plus, if you do the dark wax, that will keep it from being really red as well. I might do the under color if you plan on sanding it and having some of that color show through. I think that it will turn out wonderfully whichever way you decide to go.

  3. Personally I would use the Emperor Red. If you plan on distressing it, then I would do the under color. That way when you sand in spots you'll get that dark color showing through.

    I've never worked with chalk paint (too poor to try it, LOL). But it looks like it produces wonderful results. Good luck! :)

  4. I have never used chalk paint either but I like the first red the best.

  5. I'm not much help either, Gail. I don't know anything about chalk paints, but would love to learn, as this will be my next furniture purchase and this idea intrigues me. So, I'd love to see how you do what you do to make this piece over!


  6. Hi Gail,
    Looks like a nice sturdy china cabinet! I'm sure it will be beautiful when it's painted.
    I looked back on your last post. Loved the list but was wondering what backing did you use for your blackboard paint? I love, love, the way it's framed.

  7. I think I'd use the black then the emperors red! The other looks like it would be a primitive color to me. The china cabinet is beautiful, I can't wait to see it done!

  8. Hi Gail! I'd go with the Emporer's red. If you think it's too bright you can always go over it with her dark wax. Good luck and have fun!

  9. Red is my favorite color so I vote for the reddest one. The second one looks very brown to me. Of course, I'm not sure she wants a bright red cabinet so maybe some type of glaze applied could tone it down. It's a great piece...wish I could find something like that. Be sure to post pics of the finished project:)

  10. Hi Gail,
    I think Emperors Red might be best, too. Looks like it's pretty unanimous.
    It will be so pretty when it's done, that is a great cabinet. Be sure to post photos when you're done.
    Hugs, cindy

  11. graphite followed by Emperor's red & dark wax. pretty, pretty!

  12. Hi Gail, Like everyone else I also love the Emperors Silk. Before you decide please take a look at The Shabbiest Chick's post on the french bench. She used the Primer red first, then the Graphite & did a wet distressing. I love the look! Here is the link.
    I'm sure it will be beautiful whichever way you paint it. Good Luck! Dee


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