Today's post is one I've been thinking about doing for quite a while now and it's a comparison between the Annie Sloan chalk paint vs the Rust_Oleum chalked paint. Now you guys know I've been a big fan of the Annie Sloan chalk paint for a looooong time. I've been using it for about six years now and I even wrote a post about my top ten chalk painting tips, which you can check out here if you're interested. It's actually what led me to fall in love with painting furniture in the first place. But recently I've been growing more curious about some of the alternatives that are popping up on the market, like the Rust_Oleum chalked paint. I picked it up at Home Depot about a month ago and I've used it on a few small things here and there. Well this weekend I was in the mood for a little painting fun so I decided to do a side_by_side comparison between these two products. I grabbed an old table that worked perfectly for this little experiment and I got to work. I was actually pretty surprised at some of my observations and I'm excited to share the results with you fine folks today!
Overall Thoughts on the Annie Sloan vs. Rust_Oleum Chalk Paint Overall I’d say these two paints are extremely similar. However, if I had to pick just one I’d go with the Rust_Oleum Chalked Paint. I’m honestly a little surprised by that, just because I’ve loved Annie Sloan paint for so many years now, but I really do think this version from Rust_Oleum is just as good after going through this comparison. And you can’t beat the price–it’s almost half the cost, which is a HUGE savings. It’s easy to apply, it adheres well, the finish is smooth, and it’s overall a really great option. Both brands also offer a protective top coat or wax, which is supposed to seal the paint and help protect against damage. I think you could get away with not using it with the Rust_Oleum paint. It dries to a very smooth finish that is actually really nice. I’m just not sure how helpful that would be. And to be really honest with you guys, I don’t think the Annie Sloan wax makes much of a difference either. You might remember that I chalk painted our bathroom vanities and after that experience, I can say the wax doesn’t do much “protecting” in my personal opinion. Not only is it crazy expensive, but I don’t think it does much at all other than smooth down the rough, dry finish. You can read about that fiasco with our bathroom vanities here. The only real limitation I see with the Rust_Oleum paint is that you don’t have a large color selection. It looks like Amazon currently offers seven different colors, whereas Annie Sloan has three to four times that many.
by Mark M. Rhodes on Aug 10, 2018 Chalk Paint