I just love chalk paint, and have written about it before. Have you tried it yet? The first chalk paint I tried was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Since then, there have been other chalk-based paints and "natural paints" available locally and I've purchased some to give them a try. Today I thought I'd give you an update so you know where to purchase them here in Michigan and Naples, Florida, and show you a couple completed projects with the paints. If you can't make it to Florida or Michigan, I'm sure you can find a chalk paint "stockist" somewhere near you, or purchase it online.
What's so great about chalk paint? It sticks to anything, including glass and metal, and saves time because you don't have to strip glossy furniture or sand pieces in preparation for painting. It also responds well to sanding after it's been applied and dried, so you can bring out the details in a piece if you wish.
I used two colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and some dark wax on the Victorian-era shelf (below). There were lots of knobs and curves where I was able to sand and highlight details. I was pleased with the outcome: