Hi Sarah, Thats a great post.. and the comments from others were also very helpful. I have seen that you can get Rustoleum Chalk paint tinted in any color at Menards stores also. The reason you get different results is because they are not the same type of paint. Thanks for the tips! I found this really valuable. I love it, and it’s cheaper than any store bought version I know of, and you can get it in ANY color you want (because you use latex paint as the base). Cheers. ), and secondly was afraid it would look ugly, but my same thought process was of yours I was going to upgrade if I had to anyway. The info is very helpful. Hi Sarah , very interesting post, I am a Rustoleum fan through and through. I currently use a DIY recipe for chalk paint (a calcium phosphate version). Varathane carries a beautiful matte Sot-Touch Poly that I love and use on most everything I paint now. Hi, thank you for your article. I just need to topcoat it tomorrow. Thank you so MUCH for doing this! There is fine chalk dust on every surface of my house, while I get very little dust from Fusion. I found the second coat of Annie Sloan paint a little harder to apply compared to the Rust-Oleum paint. I was thinking I should go back to Dixie Bell. I used the Annie Sloan paint in Old White and the Rust-Oleum paint in Linen White. Sorry, forgot that in my reply! I have seen some people say it’s hard paint to work with . I am now looking forward to trying Rustoleum! I’m new to your blog and will definitely subscribed. Love it. Thank you. Hurrah! But thanks so much for sharing the comparisons. I’m planning to paint my bed along bed-side tables with Rust-Oleum. 99 I would like to see a comparison between rustoleum and behr chalk paint , I work at home depot and we sell chalk paint for behr and we can mix any color we have a white base and a deep base that we mix any color basically in! Range of colors and glazes allow for customization to fit any room. Thank you . Here in Sweden any way.. When you go to a store sells Fusion they tell you it is the best. Can i do that myself using chalk paint? Thanks! Actually, Rustoleum offers quite a large color selection, u just have to purchase it from your local hardware store and grab a Dark/Light Based Tint and bring it to the paint mixing counter with your color selection. I will definitely be sticking with rustoleum for future projects. Product Title Rust-Oleum Sure Color Interior Paint + Primer, 2-Pack Average Rating: ( 4.7 ) out of 5 stars 15 ratings , based on 15 reviews Current Price $33.80 $ 33 . Thank you so much for putting this up! I am applying with a rag not a waxing brush. I’m wondering why you painted against the grain on the table top? As you say yourself it’s I thought and done or else it’s not done at all. Have you tried the annie sloan lacquer vs the Rust-o-leum top coat? The one other thing I have noticed when I compared painting with Annie Sloan or Rust-Oleum is that Rust-Oleum seems to leave slightly more distinct brush marks. Plz help. When it comes to homemade chalk paints, my best luck has been using Liquid Pixie Dust. Products shown as available are normally stocked but inventory levels cannot be guaranteed, For screen reader problems with this website, please call 1-800-430-3376 or text 38698 (standard carrier rates apply to texts), 30 oz. However, for those concerned about VOCs and toxicity: I bought Rustoleum Chalked this morning in Linen White. I have purchased and used many products from the UK and will continue to do so, but it doesn’t matter where a product is made, if a product works better AND saves money, I’ll purchase and use that product regardless of the place of origin. Do you have any reccomendations about what kind of brush is better to use? Like you I found the rustoleum easy to work with BUT long term it’s dreadful as it chips off so easily. Has anyone compared the Rustoleum chalk paint with the Dutch Boy chalk paint. Have you tried to do your own wax or Chalk paint? I’ve never tried that brand Pat, might need to give it a whirl! The Dutch Boy is very thin and I was not impressed with the coverage on my project. Oy! I have read however that there are 2 x tintable bases ??? I thank you and so does my aching back! I used the Rustoleum white chalk paint and found a swatch off the wall of the color that I wanted (a very slight off white – not yellowey or tan) and asked the guy at the paint counter if he could tint the chalk paint for me and he said absolutely! I have been researching chalk paint for a few days now. Wondered if there was a good substitute for AS paint-glad to hear Rustoleum is comparable. Dyanna. Need Help? I used the Rust-Oleum paint and the spray finish on a piece of furniture. Glad the post was helpful Suzanne. I sand the eax off, put another coat of white and it stayed white. Haha you made me laugh–gloppiness it TOTALLY a word! The local shop near us sells the paint, gives workshops and allows for local businesses to thrive instead of big box and huge online retailers to continue to grow. Local store prices may vary from those displayed. I love playing with colors. I’d been informed that a quart would cover several pieces. I agree, I think the Rust-Oleum is a good alternative for the money. It’s not supposed to do that! Just a point on the not many colours…you can get it tinted to any colour you want. It’s just so darn expensive, even if you’re thinning it down with water. Would we need to first clean and sand before applying the chalk paint? So my conclusion is no matter how much they tell you no prep, you always need to clean a surface, do a light sand, and you always need to seal it if it is something like a kitchen cabinet with a lot of wear and tear. This is ny first time, and your advice will be gladly appreciated. I’m going with white linen and charcoal from the rust-oleum line. This is ny first time, and your advice will be gladly appreciated. Why can’t you use ordinary furniture or floor wax, Thank you for your comparison and review of the chalk paint. Going to paint a pine dressing table and small table in my *den*.. wish me luck , BTW, my own chalk paint was actually pretty good ☺. I noticed right away that the Annie Sloan chalk paint has a much thicker consistency, while the Rust-Oleum paint reminded me of normal latex paint. I mean it… Mix the 2 part epoxy paint together, following instructions. I would like to save money if it's worth switching to the Chalked Rustoleum paint. #BCP09 Farmhouse White Interior Chalk Decorative Paint, 30 oz. I will be trying my 1st project ever on an antique rocking chair I actually haven’t tried it on upholstery yet, but I definitely need to! Unfortunately, when the waxed dried, the dresser was yellow. The latex-based low-odor formula can be used on drywall, wood, masonry, plaster, glass, paperboard, hardboard and more. I didn’t have the brush strokes others referred to. I too have used both as well as another couple on the market chalk paints. So much easier to use than poly and looks much nicer. I did use the sealer Rust-Oleum offers. I have always wanted to try using chalk paint and now I know which brand I will use. I experienced “bleed through” with the Rustoleum but not the Annie Sloan. My pieces don’t look much different with the wax. I’ve done my share of furniture painting and if you have tannins bleeding through you should have primered first anyway. I also sand a lot BTW coats. I tried Rustoleum’s chalked finishing spray AND finishing can….their spray OMG horrible, so wrong, ruined disaster(so blotchy, camo)….the second spray can improved a scream with me appearance of the kitchen accessories….I decided not to repeat the mistake with the kitchen cabinets. And you’re right about adding water–I’ve done with the AS in the past and it does help, but I haven’t tried it yet with the Rust-Oleum version! I am late to the chalk paint wagon, but will be trying my hand soon! I’m just getting together what I need to start my first project and I was VERY surprised to learn how much her paint costI mean I’m sure it’s worth it but it’s nice to know there’s a alternative for those of us on a budget ty again, Can anyone help I am away to use rust oleum for the first time tomorrow on a old IKEA unit. I haven’t tried either of these kinds, so this was really helpful. Thanks for sharing this experiment! You could potentially mix those in with the white to get almost any color you wanted. But my thoughts on wax: a lot of work! Thank you for the comparison. 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. See if your local or big box hardware store will do the same for you. I found the rust oleum chalk paint at Ace hard ware store. Have ever tried Renaissance Furniture Paint? Thanks much! I will say this though, the Rustoleum can also be tinted, so even though you only see a half dozen colours on the shelf there is a light tint base and dark tint base. I would appreciate any input. Ended up looking great but took 12 cans so super expensive and it ran! I’ve been researching chalk paint for days on end for my dining table and chairs project and I wish I’d seen this post first!!! We’re crazy Crafters of all kinds we have to be able to make sure that we’re not spending too much else we wouldn’t have the ability to play with our craft so easily. Designed to work with BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint. Turn standard furniture into one of a kind pieces. I ‘m thing on using the Rustoleum spray chalk paint . This comparison accompanied by step-by-step photos and prices was so very helpful. Okie dokie. Rustoleum is my favorite, for the same reasons you listed. More, you can dilute it with a bit of water. Thank you. Thanks again! Wall Mart sells a shockingly high quality chalk paint, Waverly, available in $2 $6 $10 size options from 2oz 8oz & 16 oz. Di. I was thinking of getting General Finishes Flat sealer. It was slightly elastic. Original Multi-Surface Painter's Tape, DecoArt Americana Decor 8 oz. Sooo much quicker and easier than wax (and you can just use a regular paintbrush). Promise you'll love it. I have the countertop paint in the same color but havnt had the nerve to do it.For 1 the fumes (i used rustoleum to paint my radiators this summer and P.U. Here’s the table I used for this project. hope you used Benjamin Moore Advance… The ONLY paint to use on furniture and kitchen cabinets.. goes on like silk and no brush or roller marks. Any ideas? When you go to chalk paint store (and there are LOTS of brands now apart from Rustoleum and AS) they tell you of course chalk is best. I’m getting ready to stipple a semi rough brick fireplace surround. I actually prefer Rust-Oleum. Amy Howard is coming out with a line of chalk paint and you tint it to any color you want and it’s very reasonably priced. haha! I am so happy I took a chance and picked up that paint in the hardware store. I have just purchased a round Antique dining table which I want to paint to give it the French weathered look. Thank you for this post! So cost aside, which is a better paint finish. If so, should I use a wax or polyurethane and what brands do you recommend? I ordered the Anders lamp in white: https://www.potterybarn.com/products/anders-table-lamp/?catalogId=84&sku=9812910&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Lighting%20%3E%20Table%20%26%20Desk%20Lamps&cm_ite=9812910&gclid=CjwKCAjwqqrmBRAAEiwAdpDXtJ3ONZYr1f1Jz2NukzzHbS3fTivsLFAScWV6YnkUOEeTz-6_wcwGtBoCvvUQAvD_BwE. Hope this helps. I’m going to stop here, but I hope you found my side-by-side comparison between the Annie Sloan chalk paint and the Rust-Oleum chalked paint helpful. Hiya friends! I still need to try that matte top coat though! My question is what should I use for a protective finish? Well even after curing for several weeks, when I went to wipe down some stuff off the cabinets the paint was coming off on the cloth. I paint a lot of furniture. You need some affiliate links for Rust-oleum! What are you favorite brushes? White. This simple two-step paint and wax process allows your personal style and vision to come to life, whether you're looking for an aged antique look or prefer more of a vintage modern flair. Easy peasy! -> Is it okay if I can apply polycrylic sealer (of any finish) in case I dont have wax. I also love homemade chalk paint because the color choices are endless, but you must buy a quality paint to start with, my preference is Glidden or Benjamin Moore. I bought the ArtMind chalk paint. so i did! As I am just starting out at this chalk painting lark it was extremely helpful . Or kitchen cabinets. AND THAT’S SO GOOD FOR ME AND THE PLANET TOO !! Thanks for sharing! Getting ready to not make a big deal out of the whole process. Lovely blog, was looking for a review of the Rustoleum chalk paint because I’ve used Annie Sloan. Thank you as I’m just now starting some paint projects and didn’t know of rustoleum brand chalky paint. It holds up much better than wax in my opinion!! I found that you can have it tinted into almost any color you choose when you purchase it through a paint store who carries it such as Benjamin Moore. I haven’t done that much work with any of this. Also, any issues with chipping? Oh that’s awesome Rhonda! To seal in the paint on a sofa (fabric), can I use a semi gloss rather a than wax? I want to cover a metal patio set that has rust. And i am really a big fan from annie sloan paint…..but i will try the rust- oleum now. Bonus: the Rustoleum can be tinted!! Thx. I am so glad to have read this as I also found Rustoleum doing a very good job and for the price difference, I think Annie Sloan is a bit too expensive. No nicks, scratches, or wearing. I'm a self-proclaimed home-body + lover of all things cozy. JUST SAW, Most people that use Rustoleum end up coming to me and going with AS. Seems to go on easier and costs so much less. Rust-Oleum 30 oz. And I love the chalked spray paint. I also found it to be very thick and ended up having to sand down a few spots and repaint because of the gloppiness (is that a word) and then came the wax – oh no . Now I have to sand off the finish and repaint. I’m so nervous as I have such high hopes it turns out good. Overall I think the Rust-Oleum paint is just as good and for a much more affordable price point. And I actually prefer it. Here goes the first coat of paint. BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint is an easy way BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint is an easy way to create a unique and trendy look for your next paint project. Tip 1 – The finish can be smooth if you don’t want a distressed look . Project will go ahead with Rustoleum and confidence. Thanks for a very helpful article. Any pointers? I’m so happy you chose Rust-Oleum!! you’re applying it wrong…it’s not the paint. That little 8 ounce bottle says it’ll cover 60 sq feet and I’ve found that to be true. I have been considering trying my first Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project for months, and even stopped by a boutique shop. I just bought the Restolium paint. Thanks for doing this comparison. Chalk paint can be used indoors or out on furniture, walls, ceilings, and floors and comes in a variety of colors from bright and bold to dark and demure. thanks. As for our local AS stockist….they went out of business and the next closest is 45 minutes away. I agree! Premium paint gives professional results for DIY projects. You did an excellent job of comparing the two products. I M definitely going to give it a try! Can you tell me what kind of paint brush I should use for this project? Really useful test. Price. About to do a kitchen table. I am going to paint it a gray color. I have also used both and I would choose Annie Sloan. I've read that it yellows the linen white. She also says her paint doesn’t need a finish wax (although she sells a big line of them). SORRY ABOUT ALL CAPS. How can I protect the paint? I’d like to paint my fireplace stone, which is white, but has orange cast to some of the stone. I also started my chalk paint furniture adventures with Annie Sloan and the wax to finish things up. Whats your diy for chalk paint I used one on my chairs it had all kinds of hard balls I sanded them but was awful had to remove off of furniture hope you can help Have you done anymore projects with the spray chalk that you blogged about a while ago? I was a doubter with the Rustoleum brand due to the low price, what a pleasant surprise though, I will definitely give it a try now! Thank you! Please be as specific as possible. I want to bet charcoal black matte finish that you see in the very most expensive Colonial furnishings and I think the Rust-Oleum will do the trick for durability and application. I have never used chalk paint before but I’ve seen may pieces done by others. Clean Tile: Clean the tile to remove any dirt, mildew, or soap scum using an abrasive bathroom cleaner. Thank you again , Have you tried the Black Dog Salvage Funiture Paint (from the Black Dog Salvage TV Show) It is also a one coat, no prep, low VOC paint. But it is thick and I felt somewhat hard to use. I most prefer to accommodate my usage by buying a 16 oz peacock teal 8oz maize yellow 2oz rhubarb 2oz black etc and then mix my own colors with rustoleum as a base fluid adding Waverly more like food coloring. I was debating about trying one of these two brands but after your post, I’ll definitely try Rust-Oleum first! Sarah Joy here. That’s awesome there are more colors available to you Stacey, good luck with your projects! I have been wanting to do a workshop on painting with chalk and other types of paint and it seems (where I live, Vancouver BC) you can only get an Annie Sloan workshop… ** I do not want to use wax for accents of finish as I have read a few people have issues repainting years later. I am A fan! I wanted to see how well these paints would cover the scuffs and markings. I just wanted to know if you have ever tried it. So, I may have to buy ASCP again just for that color but I enjoy DecoArt and Rustoleum chalky paints better. Thanks for taking the time to do that well displayed comparison. 80 - $39.94 $ 39 . Thanks for dropping by the blog Marsha! It is priced similarly to the Rustoleum Chalk paint and you have a large color selection to choose from as the can mix almost any color you could imagine. I used “Valspar Chalky Finish” on an old cabinet then held a mold in place with painter’s tape. Anyone else agree? Love reading your blog! I used Annie Sloan’s Old White and it looks great, but my right hand feels like it’s about to fall off…lol. Wow, that’s a great tip Dixie. I just purchased the gray and was hesitant to use it. Good luck with your projects! Even after thoroughly dissolved, the molecules of those 2 products are drawn together and form tiny white clumps you have to sand off and are left with tiny white dots you have to touch up. Hi, Thanks for the comparison, Sarah. Both had very similar coverage and went on fairly streaky for this first coat, as you can see. Thank you for comparison.It was a great help. No I actually haven’t tried that yet Kelley–maybe that will be my next review! Thank you LittleVintageNest, for your honest comparison of the two brands. New ques: After reading your blog I got enthused about painting my kitchen cabinets They are 35 years old and grimy What should I clean them with before painting them ? I painted my couch with AS and the result is very nice! This brand was used because it was the easiest to pick up locally. Sand Tile: Lightly sand the tile with fine (180-220 grit) synthetic grit sandpaper, such as silicon carbide or aluminum oxide, to take the gloss off the glazed surface. x 60 yds. I’m excited to start my projects! Agree completely, the use of water gives amazing results and coverage goes a very long way! Can you provide me with any pointers on a durable but time saving option for painting kitchen cupboards? Made my own chalk paint & it worked beautifully!! Thank you for sharing we learn so much by others. Specialized matte clear coat adds durable protection and seals surfaces without adding shine or changing their look. It is super matte finish latex paint. Original Concentrate Cleaner/Degreaser, Wooster 3 in. Will i need 2 codes? We just took the doors apart, and scraped them to be ready for a new coat of paint and I am trying to decide what kind of paint to use to paint them again. They have a color chart with Manny colors. I think you just saved me a ton load of $$. I disagree with your post. Never thought them would have such great items for refinishing but the price point is unbeatable and the way they work is amazing! Hi, I too love the chalk paint painting technique, but here goes, I did buy the Rust-Oleum but I am so afraid to make that first brush stroke!!!!! There are directions on how much to add. I found a wonderful queen size sleigh bed at Salvation Army. It is a great product as well. I am getting ready to “do” my first piece and a friend has recommended the Rustoleum paint. It feels between a nylon, rayon, polyester mix. I did not get the same results as you. As for being chemical safe, it has very little to no VOC’s (depends on color) but Chalk Paint is baby & food safe, by European standards-which are way tougher than ones here in the US. The price difference alone makes me lean towards Rustoleum so thankyou for confirming it isn’t a sub-par product. 80, 150, 220 Assorted Grits Advanced Sanding Sheets (6-Pack), 3M ScotchBlue 1.88 in. Thank you. I came across your review of Rustoleum vs Annie Sloan chalk paint while searching for AS paint which was recommended for painting upholstery fabric. 8 ounces will do several medium sized projects. I can’t wait to use it again on something bigger. I didn’t have hours to read through all the post. A thought on Rust-o-leums limited colors. It’s a gorgeous shade and I really prefer it over a more yellowed-white. Chiffon Cream Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint, Rust-Oleum 30 oz. An open mind to new products is always a good trait, especially this day n age every day a new something or another is released. I do like their colours better and I noticed the brush marks in the Rustoleum (but I would use a small roller not a brush). Good luck Erica! Half the price, easier to apply, smoother and does not need to sealed. I’m curious about the ingredients. So you really can get any colour you’d like! It is super helpful. Luckily, most people who try Rustoleum complain about it, and end up coming back to me for AS. I’ve never tried AS, but I have bought & used the Dutch Boy chalk paint. Or bathroom vanity. This is my first project so I am alittle scared. I love their varnish line too, especially the Soft-Touch and Satin. Hi have you ever used lazy French chic & how do you think it compares ? I saw your comparison of rust oleum linen white w AS old white . My next question is if I’m painting a rocking chair would you recommend the paint or spray paint? I haven’t painted a fireplace stone, but I did paint our brick fireplace. Tks for the post though, makes me feel much better that I can’t buy Annie Sloan!!! Just my 2 cents. I have used rustoleum and like it. I painted it all with the white Rustoleum version you used in your article. I’m considering doing a dining table with leaves that hide underneath and I’m scared they will. Bye bye Do And what about the RO Glazes? My son actually works at an Ace. When you open the drawers or doors on the secretary has it scratched? Home depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Canadian Tire. I used it on our dining table (over chalk paint) and it’s done an excellent job. The finished items looked professional. Thanks for doing this comparison! That’s awesome Lisa, glad to hear it worked well for you!! Tammy, you can TOTALLY do it! I am so confused- as I also tried Fusion paint. Annie Sloan is better than Rustoleum – like all “premium” chalk paints it goes on thicker and spreads further. It’s very forgiving and the finish flattens and smooths beautifully. My mom painted her kitchen table with it and it turned out great. I found that to go on easily, cover well and had a nice finish. Sorry!! I painted a project without adding the water and it was so challenging to work with due to it being so thick. I’ve used the furniture pain & it works great if you like something with a little semi gloss sheen. I did find that the Rustoleum usually requires more coats of paint then AS or even my own DIY Chalk paint. DecoArt Americana has a wonderful true black chalky paint called “Carbon”. I used both but I like Rustoleum better. Great blog! Now I know! Has durability of varnish and silky feel of wax. This blog is my happy place, where I enjoy sharing fun things like home decor tips, affordable fashion, + life as a mama of three. I love the Linen White by Rustoleum and the medium gray is a true gray – no blue undertones. You’re definitely right Ellen, the brush strokes were a bit more obvious with the Rust-Oleum. Which one do you think would be best on the rough masonry? Thank you! If you look closely you can see how it caked up in the top photo above. 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