Saturday, February 14, 2015

'FolkArt Home Decor Chalk' Paint Review

I know you've heard me rave about how great Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) is on my blog.  I still think it's one of the best furniture paints I've tried.  But, guess what?  I recently discovered FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint during a trip to JoAnn's.

The bottles were sitting at 2 different end caps on opposite ends of the store.  After passing the first end cap, I was intrigued, but after seeing the bottles again on the second end cap? I had to grab one.  Kudos to the zoning team at JoAnn's!

For starters, FolkArt describes this paint as an ultra matte acrylic paint.  The finish is truly matte and chalky, which is similar to the finish of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The formulas for the FolkArt paints are slightly more runny compared to ASCP and the formulations for their waxes are totally different. Like ASCP, FolkArt offers a clear wax and a dark wax.  But the similarities stop there.  ASCP wax is a soft wax that is solid for the most part and softens as it's rubbed into your piece of furniture.  FolkArt wax, on the other hand, is very runny and gooey (similar to watered down Elmer's glue).  If you ask me, I like applying the FolkArt wax more than I do Annie Sloan's.  With the FolkArt wax consistency, I am able to apply the wax with a foam brush like paint because it is that liquid-y.  I just have to make sure that I'm spreading the wax as thinly and evenly as possible across my entire piece of furniture.  Once the wax dries, it can be buffed with a soft cloth to produce a shinier finish (like Annie Sloan's wax).

See how thin the FolkArt Home Decor Wax is?  
The major benefits I see for the FolkArt paint are availability and pricing.  FolkArt is available at JoAnn Stores at $7.99 for an 8 oz. bottle!  The price point is actually comparable relative to the size of ASCP, except ASCP is available in 32 oz. cans and they have smaller sample-sized jars.  I like FolkArt's 8 oz. bottle option better only because there are times when I work on small projects and I need more than a sample-sized jar of ASCP, but definitely less than 32 oz..

An antique sign I made using FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint!

Overall, I really like FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint.  If you have a hard time finding ASCP or the 32 oz. can just seems to be out of your budget for a small project, then I definitely recommend trying the FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint.  Don't get me wrong, ASCP is still awesome and I will continue using it when I paint furniture, but the availability of the FolkArt paint can't be beat. The variety of colors makes it a true competitor for ASCP.  Also, how easily the wax can be applied makes it the #bombdotcom!  Stick around and I'll show you how I made the antique sign!
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  1. Hi! Can I use chalk paint on a stained pine table that is a dark color? I'd like to make it a beachy distressed cream color. Thank you!

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  3. Hello I was wondering what your opinion is of the FA wax

  4. what else do you suggest besides wax?

  5. Have to test the wax out and see if its as good as the Annie Sloan stuff.

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