How to paint with Chalk Paint® in Lem Lem

How to paint with Chalk Paint® in Lem Lem


Hello I’m Annie Sloan and I’m supporting
Oxfam. I’ve made a new colour called Lem Lem inspired by my trip to Ethiopia. Every tin
of Lem Lem sold will raise vital funds for Oxfam helping to fight
poverty worldwide. It’s called Chalk Paint® and you can paint
onto anything, you don’t have to sand it, you don’t have to prime it, you can just
get stuck in. So what I’ve chosen to show you today is something that a lot of you
will have at your houses. It’s a varnished bit of pine, it could be
waxed, but you can go straight on it, I don’t have to do anything as I said. So
I’m going to use this brush, which is a nice bristly brush and that’s it. I’m
just going to start painting. This pine is a particularly hard colour to
cover so I’ll probably find that I’m needing two coats of it. You’ll see that
I paint every which way. I don’t paint like this I could but I think it suits
the paint better if you go every which way. This paint allows you to do many
techniques. So I could do it with texture which what I’m going to do it with this
one. If I wanted to do it without texture, I would take this brush and maybe add a
little bit of water and then I would paint it more in a conventional way. Painting it every which way and then finishing off by sort of feathering it,
getting it equal all over, and then feathering it. That means painting it
like that. This paint requires no sanding, no
priming. So it’s all dry now and we’re ready for
the second coat. So the second coat goes on very easily and covers extremely well. Quite often one coat will do but not every time. And again I tend to do this
every which way so it covers well and it has a little tiny bit of texture. Not
completely smooth which I like a lot. Everything’s dry and I’m now ready to
wax it. So I’m going to put Clear Wax on, I’m going to use this brush; it’s a special
brush you don’t absolutely have to use it this brush, you use any brush you like
or just a cloth if you like. So I’ll scrub it around a bit and then again big marks,
big space, big shapes, nothing like this. You don’t want to put the loads and
loads so everything you get you spread out as far as you can. And you cover
everything, so you don’t sort of leave it like that with white bits or you need to
get your glasses on and look to see. So I’ve missed a little bit in there
there’s a little bit because of the texture in there. I’m going to make
certain it goes everywhere. And then all you need to do is take a bit of cloth
and I’ll just wipe over to get the excess off. The reason that I’m waxing is
to seal the paint. Without the wax it will absorb dirt and you’re not not able
to wash it off terribly well. Also the most beautiful thing about wax is it’s
got a lovely finish to it. It’s got a lovely mellow feel to it. So the last drawer is
going in. And there we are; finished. I’m really pleased with it. I think it looks
a beautiful, beautiful colour and if you want to find out more about how I got
the colour and where I got the inspiration have a look at the Oxfam videos of my
visit to Ethiopia and you’ll see where it all came from.

33 thoughts on “How to paint with Chalk Paint® in Lem Lem

  1. "This paint requires no sanding or priming" ???…..No?….so rather than prepare a 'key' for the bonding of the paint to the surface..you'll simply leave it to sit on the surface, thereby preventing it from peeling a few months along. This is wrong advice to give people. If You're going to enjoy the attention You're getting from people, then please give full advice to help the finish to last longer. Even bare wooden should be sanded before knotting or priming. When using items with a hard coat of varnish of many years of age..you should ALWAYS prepare the surface with a soapy wipe down, and fine sanding to key, then a final brush and wipe down to remove dust. Maybe even a little vacuum. BUT NEVER STRAIGHT FROM THE POT TO THE UNPREPARED SURFACE.

  2. So beautiful and thanks on the tips about the type of wood. I have a pine vanish chest and now I can paint it..

  3. I love this color, the story behind it’s creation and of course, the cause buying it will support! I have got to find something to paint with it now! 😆

  4. Once again you have created a color that will inspire so many to create and re-create. Thank you Annie Sloan! I feel honored to have you showing me your very own techniques. 😀

  5. I have a very large Chester drawer set … there is edging only top and bottom of the piece. I did not use a color underneath my very pale slate blue , my question is can I lightly go over the blue with a black chalk paint and even a little white also? Then was thinking of distressing it after I had the three colors on. I have no handles …. was going to do a stencil maybe . This is my first piece and the largest furniture in my apt. Maybe should have started smaller piece…lol

    Thank you if you have any suggestions.

  6. Could I apply an oil-based clear varnish on your chalk paint? I'm painting a large kitchen table and want to avoid stains, marks, scratches. Thank you.

  7. I have a friend that did all there cupboards with your paint but did not use the clear wax, they used one of your dark waxes. I have not seen a video with anyone using the dark wax. Do you have one you can tell me about. I am going to do my cupboards and I am trying to learn as much as I can.

  8. Annie-I like the idea to make such colours for furnitures.In this days many young people throw the old furnitures away,but this is a beautiful way to make them looking much better than before and this old furnitures are made of wood and from good quality.I painted my kitchen in a white colour,the furnitures on the corridor in Louis-Blue and the living-room in Cream.It looks so good-and I tell other people that they can do that with their old furnitures too.Thank you for showing it to us…The best idea to save good old furnitures.

  9. i am SO thankful for your clarity on how to chalk paint! You gave me answers on brushes, waxing, etc that I had to wade through so much other information in other videos. I am embarking on my first piece, an old church pew my church gave away when we switched to chairs. I have a big dining room and plan to chalk paint the pew, have a new seating pad made for it, then decorate it with an array of pillow and place it in front of my three dining room windows. After watching your videos, I feel confidant to begin!! Thanks!

  10. I want to paint my brown living room tables gray and white. Should I use the gray chalk paint first and dry brush with the white or painted white first and dry brush with the gray? Please help!!!

  11. Beautiful! You've inspired this California girl! Thank you so much for the demonstration. So easy to learn from you, and so appreciated!

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