Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint
Hiya friends! And happppppppy Monday to you. 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.
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!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint- Covering the Basics
Now before I get into the comparison, I want to start with sharing a few basics about both paints in case you’re not familiar with chalk paint.
- Both the Annie Sloan chalk paint and the Rust-Oleum version allow for minimal prep work. No sanding is required, no primer needed. You just grab your piece of furniture and start painting.
- Can be applied to a variety of surfaces, such as wood, glass, metal, ceramic, and even plastic.
- Can be easily distressed for a vintage look.
- Both are low-odor and easy to clean up.
- Both are supposed to dry in a matte finish.
- The Annie Sloan chalk paint retails for $34.95 for 32 oz and can generally only be purchased at a painting boutique or shop.
- The Rust-Oleum chalk paint retails for $17.83 for 30 oz and can be purchased on Amazon, as well as many home improvement stores.
Comparing the 2 Brands
Okie dokie. Let’s do this comparison! Here’s the table I used for this project. I chose this one because of its dark finish and the fact that there’s some damage on the top. First of all, I wanted to see how well these paints would cover the scuffs and markings. I used the Annie Sloan paint in Old White and the Rust-Oleum paint in Linen White. I applied both with a regular paint brush.
Here goes the first coat of paint. I did no sanding or prep work on this table before I started painting. I put Annie Sloan on the right side of the table and the Rust-Oleum on the left side of the table.
Thoughts After First Coat of Paint
- Both had very similar coverage and went on fairly streaky for this first coat, as you can see. The Rust-Oleum paint claims that a “1-coat coverage allows projects to be completed easily”, but that’s obviously not the case. Both offered decent coverage on the first coat, but both sides definitely needs a second coat as you can see.
- 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.
- Between the two, I felt like the Rust-Oleum paint was easier to work with and easier to apply due to the fact that it isn’t as thick.
- The Annie Sloan paint dries in a a very rough, dry finish while the Rust-Oleum is more of a semi-matte, smooth finish.
Now let’s move on to the second coat of paint:
Thoughts After Two Coats of Paint
- Both sides dried completely in about 20 minutes and were ready for the second coat.
- I found the second coat of Annie Sloan paint a little harder to apply compared to the Rust-Oleum paint. I think the difference was largely due to the fact that I was painting on such a dry, matte surface from that first coat. The second coat seemed to cake up for me a bit, which I have experienced in the past with Annie Sloan paint. If you look closely you can see how it caked up in the top photo above.
- Since the Rust-Oleum paint dried in a more semi-matte, smooth finish I found it a lot easier to apply the second coat.
- The Annie Sloan paint seemed to offer a bit more coverage on the second coat.
- Both covered the damage/scuffs on the table really well.
- I was able to easily distress each with sandpaper for a vintage look.
Here’s the finished look of my little table:
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.
My Final Thoughts
All right, that was a LONG one folks. 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. Let me know if you have any questions at all about my review or about these two paints. You know I’m always happy to help!
You might also enjoy these other posts:
Review of the Rust-Oleum Chalky Spray Paint
Review of Chalk Painted Bathroom Vanities
I just painted a secretary with the Rustoleum. I loved it also. But I have never used AS. Thank you for the comparison. I will keep buying the Rustoleum.
Sarah> Debra Thompson
I agree Debra, I think you’re good to stick with the Rust-Oleum.
I love the Rustoleum!
I wanted to try AS…but when went to the paint store the gentleman suggested the Rustoleum…he said it was just as good if not better and more cost effective. He told and showed me his projects..I was SOLD and have been using it ever since. Thanks for your post.
Thank you for this article, im new at chalk painting and appreciate your honesty on in this article. Being new its easy to spend unnecessarily when you don’t know much about about the process. Thanks again
How do you feel the rustoleum chalk paint would work to update a stone fireplace? Have you tried their chalk paint on stone or brick?
Barbara Hartmann> Janet
I just did my kitchen table with rustoleum…love it but how do I keep it clean. do I use the protective top coat or will it be easier to clean up with it
Jennifer Ventura> Barbara Hartmann
I’m so pleased I found your comparison Sarah! I intend to paint a wooden trundle bed and side table and really needed an opinion on both paints.
Jennifer> Barbara Hartmann
I am going to paint my dining table and will try the rustoleum. How can I protect the paint? Do
I use a clear coat on top? Thank you
Teresa Veltri> Janet
I’ve used both and like them both for different surfaces and/or projects. I also love fusion mineral paint and Find paints of Europe
I like Annie sloan paint, I use it in my workshop on a variety of projects. It covers well, is very durable, dosnt smell either. Its a great product with a high chalk content.Yes you can water it down if needed, it can be mixed with another colour too. Rustoleum isnt so good. It needs more coats to get decent coverage. I know, My customers have tried it , and not liked it compared with A. S Paint.
What’s more, its made here in the United Kingdom, and yes, I am an Annie Sloan stockist !
The thing that is been forgot is the technique used to paint with chalk paint especially with Annie Sloan. You don’t stretch the paint. You apply a generous layer and don’t keep going over it. One coat will be enough if the application is correct. It’s important also to have a good brush. More, you can dilute it with a bit of water. And the wax does protect the paint but you need to apply a good layer, but not excessive, let it dry and then use elbow grease to polish. I had training in using Annie Sloan and also use Rust Oleum.
I actually did apply a generous first coat of the AS paint. And while I have diluted it with water for other projects, I did not want to do that for this comparison since I was not also diluting the Rust-Oleum paint. I used AS paint for years, however I do stand by my review. Overall I think the Rust-Oleum paint is just as good and for a much more affordable price point. AS is about twice as expensive and I just don’t feel like it’s worth the price in my opinion.
Simon, no one said you have to use the Rustoleum chalk paint if you don’t like it! Sarah was only sharing her opinion on how she felt about the 2 different paints, good & bad…She also never said we “couldn’t” use the AS paint if we wanted and she never said we “had” to use the Rustoleum! I for one appreciate the comparisons that she shares with us on different products! If you have a preferance, then don’t change but don’t give her grief for sharing her findings!
Debbie l Patchey> Sherri
Well written Sherri.
I agree! I experienced “bleed through” with the Rustoleum but not the Annie Sloan.
Has anyone used the Rustoleum spray chalk paint? Could you antique it with AS dark wax?
PATRICIA MILLS> Simon
I have used A.S. chalk paint as well as other brands. I just used Rustoleum for the first time and I have to agree that the Rustoleum is the best so far. I was surprised at how smoothly it went on and how easy it was to use. 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. I’m so glad I gave Rustoleum a try!
Patrick R> Simon
Agree…I used Rustoleum…it’s a lot thinner than AS!
If you found AS caking(?) you’re applying it wrong…it’s not the paint. AND IF you’re not doing a light sand between coats you’re really NOT going To get a smooth finish.
I can’t believe the statement that wax does nothing..really? Set a coffee cup on waxed and untaxed!
Denise Parker> Sarah
I have just tried the Rustoleum product and so far so good. I was pretty sold on AS and have used it for some time. However,today I went to buy some for a project and the “Stockist” who is at least a 20 minute drive was not open although her advertised hours said they would be. I went to an ACE hardware store where they will mix any Benjamin Moore color with the Rustoleum base. I actually got the exact color I wanted with out having to mix AS colors to achieve the desired result.
Irene> Denise Parker
This is really good to know. Great option for color choice.
Anne Ward> Denise Parker
I will try this. My son actually works at an Ace. As for our local AS stockist….they went out of business and the next closest is 45 minutes away. I’ve used the AS on just about everything in my house and am big on mixing colors as well as color washing. However the convenience and $ savings is worth my while to try the rustoleum!
Brenda> Denise Parker
If I use Rustoleum Chalk Paint can I still put a top coat of sealer on it?
I will be trying my 1st project ever on an antique rocking chair
I ‘m thing on using the Rustoleum spray chalk paint . Any suggestion’s ? Spray chalk or brush on chalk paint ?
Nancy> Debra Thompson
I too had a hard time with Anne Sloane and kept having to add water. Still didn’t get the look I wanted so can’t wait to try this a much better price too! Thanks
Dawn Cales> Nancy
The fact that you need to add water is part of the joy of AS. It stretches the paint so that it is more economical than given credit for. And adding water doesn’t change the coverage unless you are intentionally diluting it for a wash effect. I spilled something on my waxed AS just a couple of hours after finishing a piece, and aready the liquid pooled on the top. After the suggested 21 days for the wax and paint to cure, AS won’t peal or chip ever. Its been sold in Europe more than 20 years.
m> Dawn Cales
Well, instead of focusing on Sales-y descriptions and assurances that AS brand is wonderful, I think that LittleVintageNest did a perfectly fair, unbiased comparison of the two brands. Thank you LittleVintageNest, for your honest comparison of the two brands.
Samantha Palmer> m
Agreed! Totally unbiased opinions were offered, I give this post extra kudo points for the fact she has been ride or die for 6 years with Annie Sloan paint (which is a beautiful paint line) but was willing to give another (beautiful) paint line a try, despite her connection with AS and went with truthful & factual pros and cons to the two. 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. anyways thts all! Great post!! I actually just used the chalked paint and was impressed and very satisfied with the turn out and stumbled here when looking for other successors of the Rustolem paint!
A fair comparison can only be achieved if you follow instructions and correct techniques for the application. That hasn’t been done.
Enjoying learning about the two paints thank you
Patricia Bogdan> Dawn Cales
Agree completely, the use of water gives amazing results and coverage goes a very long way! ASCP colors allow for custom color creation which I greatly appreciate. Annie’s expertise in the development of her products and how they are sold is a cut above.
I have no doubt Rustoleum and other chalk paints provide a good solution.
Good comparison information – thanks!
MAMAD> Dawn Cales
You can’t scrub it. Period. Not good for a house with kids. Or kitchen cabinets. Or bathroom vanity. I’ve done my share of furniture painting and if you have tannins bleeding through you should have primered first anyway. And it’s probably pretty likely there was linseed oil or something on the furniture at some point in time. This was very educational. Unbiased. Thank you 😊
Linda> Debra Thompson
When you open the drawers or doors on the secretary has it scratched? I’m considering doing a dining table with leaves that hide underneath and I’m scared they will.
Thank you in advance!
Sherlene> Debra Thompson
Will this cover a office desk. Do I need to sand.
Lea du plessis> Debra Thompson
I have never painted with Annie Sloan I could not find a supplier in Springs so I used Rust oleum a lot and I love their antique glaze I can recommend Rust oleum…
Yvonne> Debra Thompson
Tks for the detailed comparison which has been very helpful.
TARA IRVING> Debra Thompson
Yanni Sloan paint goes a long way has I generally watered down quite a bit. Now I can’t wait to try the rest oleum
Great post, Sarah, thank you! I have always wanted to try using chalk paint and now I know which brand I will use. I live the little table, are you going to keep it the two toned color?????
Sarah> Heather Hoben
haha! Isn’t this table cute with it’s two tone color scheme? Oy! I think this one will go in the garage for now.
I wondered about the “whites” though. If I want a warm white like “Cloud White” Benjamin Moore, would the rustoleum be close enough. It looks a lot “whiter” then the AS. Just prefer warmer white and from the picture I cannot tell. Thanks!!
Jan Christianson> Marsha
Menards mixed a color from another paint to get the color I wanted to Rustoleum chalk paint.
Debbie> Jan Christianson
That is good to know and Menards is SO good at mixing colors. You can take in a paint chip and they can match it! I have found with any wax finish the longer it is “cured” the more durable it becomes.
Cynthia Holmes> Marsha
You can take any paint colour to Home Hardware, that sells Rustoleum, & they can make it in Chalk paint, Or pick a colour off their paint palate, we make hundreds of colours.No other company that sells chalk paint has that ability.
Judy Jensen> Marsha
Linen White by Rustoleum is a very light gray or a grayish white.
Is Rust-Oleum safe for pregnant women to use like AS is? And what about the RO Glazes?
Karen> Heather Hoben
Thank you! This was very helpful. I’ve been thinking about trying a chalk paint project and I appreciate the comparison. Do you have tips on what brushes you use?
Love this post! I started with Rust-oleum when I first tried chalk paint and really liked it (especially the low cost!) 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. I often will end up adding a little bit of water to the paint (especially on a second coat) to alleviate brush strokes or caking. I also really like the Rust-oleum matte finish product made for their chalked paint because you can just brush it on! Sooo much quicker and easier than wax (and you can just use a regular paintbrush).
You’re definitely right Ellen, the brush strokes were a bit more obvious with the Rust-Oleum. 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 agree with everything you said in this post. I recently started using the Rustoleum brand and was also surprised at how much I liked it. My mom painted her kitchen table with it and it turned out great. She has received many compliments on the table. Thanks for the great post!
I was really surprised too Nikki, but it was cool to see how they perform side-by-side at the same time. I think it’s a great option!
Does any one know if chalk paint can be used on cabinets that are painted with lacquer?
Sarah, thank you for the Rustoleum and AS Chalk Paints comparison.
Great info -thanks, About 4 years ago I painted a thrift store dresser with Annie Sloan . I chose it based on the “no prep” method……. what a job! 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 . 4 years later and it still feels sticky. I obviously did that part wrong and if I ever use wax again on a piece I will experiment on a very small piece first (I also have another wax horror story that involves a kitchen island that ended up in the garage). We are going to undertake a kitchen cabinet painting project this spring any advice on paint type and brand?
Sarah> Marilyn Soto
Haha you made me laugh–gloppiness it TOTALLY a word! And if I was you, I’d consider using either an oil based paint or a regular latex paint for your kitchen cabinets. I think that might hold up better in the long run!
Marilyn Soto> Sarah
Thanks -I can always count on you to respond. I’ll keep you posted on the cabinet project.
Juli> Marilyn Soto
I know I’m a couple of months behind responding, but I painted my kitchen cabinets with chalk-type paint (I made it myself with plaster of Paris, water, and latex paint) and sealed it with two coats of Minwax polycrylic. The polycrylic doesn’t yellow and it was a great choice. It’s been two years now, and my cabinets still look as good as they did the day I painted them. No nicks, scratches, or wearing. And since it was chalk-type paint I didn’t have to do any prep except to clean them off! Win-win! 🙂
Julie can you give me more details on the proportions on how to make your own chalk paint, including the brands you used? My husband and I hired a painter to paint our cabinets white that were originally stained. Within a month most of the cabinets have chipped, peeling, and basically look awful! Now due to cost we are going to redo them ourselves. Would we need to first clean and sand before applying the chalk paint? Thank you
Mb> Marilyn Soto
You can use polyacrylic as a sealer over chalkpaint. Instead of wax. It dries to a clear hard surface.
Lowes has a furniture paint & a cabinet paint. I’ve used the furniture pain & it works great if you like something with a little semi gloss sheen. 1 thing you have to do is let it dry for an extended period so it not tacky but otherwise easy to appt, no prep, no brush strokes
Oh good to know Lou, thanks for the tip!
Sarah love your projects and your house decoration, simple but elegant. I love playing with colors. I use vegetable dye to get the color I want or the’re color tubes to add to the paint. If you want the same color hue add white.
Debi Garrison> Sarah
Great information here!! Thanks so much!
Barbara> Marilyn Soto
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. Very durable.. but yes you have to do some prep.wash sand and prime. Primer should be zinzzer the red can.. then paint.. works fantastic..
Valspar makes a spray chalk paint. I just used it on a brass-type lamp base and it worked well.
Loving this new two tone trend you’ve got going on Sarah! I completely agree with your findings and also I found Annie Sloan Old White to be quite yellow for me. I’ve used the Rustoleum Linen White on an old blanket box with so many marks and scuffs before it was painted and after many months it’s still going strong with no stains peeping through x
haha glad you like my two tone table Helen! And I have to agree about the Old White–it definitely has a yellow look to it. Good to hear that you’re blanket box is holding up well!
Hi Sarah! great post! Have you tried any chalk spray paint? I am curious about using the brush paint on kitchen cabinets in our camper, but using the spray on the cabinet doors outside so it looks more even. I’m not a fan of the distressed look tho. Also, do you think I would need a wax or top coat of some kind? Thanks!!
I have used the Rust-Oleum chalky spray paint Jessica. You can read my post about it here https://sarahjoyblog.com/full-review-chalky-spray-paint/
And I do think you’d want to use some kind of top coat, poly, or the Rust-Oleum matte top coat to finish it off. Your cabinets will get a lot of use, so I’d definitely want to put something over top just to help that paint last longer. Good luck Jessica!
I loved your post. I have a old small cabinet that I saved and saved to purchase, its got leaded glass, claw feet and is a oak color. I’m now wanting to modernize it and put white chalk paint on it but do not want to ruin it. I will try the Rust-Oleum paint and hope it turns out good.
I just wanted to mention the wax. I have a cherry bedroom set and love it, but wanted to make it a little darker, so I used black shoe polish as I was told from Ace Hardware it worked just as good as the expensive ones. it looks beautiful, shows so much more corrector and it buffs out just like it did on your shoes.
Wow, that’s a great tip Dixie. I never knew you could use shoe polish like that!
I have used shoe polish for lots of touch up’s really came in handy I couldn’t find brown paint !
Thank you Sarah, great to know.
I have a question for you.
I have a breakfront that is maple, I want to chalk paint it black.
Do you have any suggestions regarding black?
What about using the wax on black?
I’ve been using the Rustoleum chalked paint in the color charcoal on several projects – it dries to a very dark grey -not a pure black. But if you use dark wax over the top it gives it an even darker, richer tone!
I’ve never done a black chalk paint–but like Maria said in the comment below I’m sure the dark wax would just deepen the color that much more!
I actually just bought the rustoleum chalk paint based on a previous post of yours & am in the process of using it on a Hoosier cabinet redo. So far so good! Love your blog!
Oh that’s awesome Rhonda! Good luck on your Hoosier cabinet, I’m sure that will be a beauty when you’re done.
Completely agree with your review! Chalk paint is so forgiving and fun to experience the with. The only thing I have to add is that if you purchase the Rustoleum Chalk Paint at your local hardware store they can tint it to any color. I did this to match a prior used latex paint and it was perfect! Gotta love painting projects! The tables turned out great!
WHAT??!! I had no idea they would do that. Thanks for the tip Mallory!
I have seen that you can get Rustoleum Chalk paint tinted in any color at Menards stores also.
I was going to say the same thing. 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! Done! And it turned out perfect!
And I had this done at Menards. Sorry, forgot that in my reply!
Does rustoleum chalk paint have a strong oder.thank you
No, I don’t think it has a strong odor!
Rebecca Wolfe> Tanya
I have tried every chalk style copies of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Nothing compares to its coverage. The first coat usually covers most of the project. I do thin ASCP down for the second coat. Caking has never been a problem for me. If there is thicker areas they are very easily sanded. I always go back to AS. I admit there are some good paints out there but as of yet, I’ve found none including Rustoleum Chalky Paint to be the quality of the original chalk paint.
And… if the wax top coat is applied correctly, it is easy to apply and just as easy to remove and polish. If there is too much work to remove the wax, too much was applied. It’s better to under wax and repeat it necessary.
I have painted and waxed my kitchen cabinets with ASCP and wax. (Maybe 5 years ago.) I have cleaned them many times and the cabinets still look great. I did use two full coats because mine were natural oak, one coat of wax though.
When we were looking for paint for our dining table, I saw Annie Sloan used everywhere. Like you, on a trip to Home Depot we came across the Rustoleum chalk paint. We liked the price so we decided to give it a try and we were happy with the results. We even got the rustoleum chalk matte top coat as well. I will definitely be sticking with rustoleum for future projects.
I agree, I think it’s really a great option and you can’t beat the price. I still need to try that matte top coat though!
Anna Pate> Sarah
I have high gloss kitchen cabinets in a dark color (Cheery wood) and want to paint them in light gray,any warning signs i need to know about?? Will i need 2 codes?
Sarah> Anna Pate
You’ll definitely need two coats for your cabinets. And my biggest recommendation would be to seal them with a clear polycrylic, don’t use wax. It won’t hold up!
This comparison is extremely helpful. Have always used AS. The cost difference is huge if you paint a lot. Thanks much!
Exactly right Esther! That cost really adds up fast if you’re using it a lot.
Thanks for this information, very helpful! Not sure if you would know or not but I have seen where a few gals have used the Rustoleum primer/paint spray paint on light fixtures. (Yeah…sort of off topic). Do you know if that is dangerous since it isn’t high heat paint? I’ve seen this done on bathroom light fixtures for example.
Hope you are feeling well and you look beautiful btw! Thanks again!
Hi Deanna! I think you’d be fine to use that spray paint on light fixtures. I don’t think there’s a concern with it being next to a light bulb–it’s not like the high heat that comes off a fireplace or grill. But I haven’t used it yet for something like that, so I can’t say 100%!
Thanks for sharing! Great to know… I was wondering if you have tried the furniture paint from Lowe’s? My cousin loves it and you can get it made in any color. I just wanted to know if you have ever tried it.
Sarah> Kelley DeFranco
No I actually haven’t tried that yet Kelley–maybe that will be my next review! 🙂
Oh this post couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you for the wonderfully detailed post!! 🙂
Oh perfect, glad it came at a good time Jenn!
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!!!!! I want to paint/distress a curio cabinet I have. I know in my heart it will look fantastic but ughhh to make that first stroke with the brush!!! I can do it, I know I can, I think. LOLOLOL I will keep you posted after this coming weekend when I plan to just go ahead and do it!!!
Sarah> Tammy Ganci
Tammy, you can TOTALLY do it! Turn some music on, make yourself a cup of coffee, and enjoy it. Painting is so therapeutic, just have fun with it!
Thank you so much for this post! It is super helpful. I have used Valspar chalk paint several times, love the wide availability of colors they can mix it to at Lowes. But it is thick and I felt somewhat hard to use. I was considering using Annie Sloan for my next project, but it sounds very similar to the Valspar. 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!
I haven’t tried the Valspar version yet, I might need to grab that sometime and give it a try too. But as far as the Rust-Oleum goes, I really do like it. I think it’s definitely worth a shot Ronnie.
Thank you thank you thank you! I have some beautiful antique furniture w/not so beautiful upholstery! I’ve been wanting to try painting it for years just couldn’t get up the nerve! I have painted quite a few items over the years w/ great success! I’m one of those people who has to read EVERY tutorial before attempting a project…because even though they’re mostly the same some will have a tip or use a product that no one else does so it definitely pays off when doing a big project like painting my 125 yr old wood floors white last year! I found your blog by searching on google “best chalk paints for upholstery”…I was basically getting ready to purchase AS or some other more expensive paint…just assuming they were better than Rustoleum because they had been around longer etc…I am sooooo thrilled I found your advice!! Now I’m really excited to get started!
Rustoleum chalked paint has been my go to from day one – I have painted my bathroom cabinets and vanity, dining room chairs and table base, a rocking chair, several small projects like repurposed jewelry boxes, candlesticks, trays and most recently a set of vintage doors that we turned into barn style sliders. Locally, our Menards and Farm and Fleet both carry the light and dark tint bases as well as pre-mixed colors so the color selection in store is much more plentiful. And then of course you can mix the colors together to obtain new versions… And their matte sealer is fantastic! It slightly deepens the finish without making it shiny and adds great durability. I’ve also used clear and dark paste wax as finish with the Rustoleum chalked paint with great success.
Wow you have painted a lot of great stuff Maria! Glad to hear it’s done so well for you. I can’t wait to use it again on something bigger. And thanks for the tip about the matte sealer, I need to give that a try too.
I do like the AS color palette, but let’s face it, it’s $$$$$. I’ve been using the RustOleum product for over a year and find it so much easier to work with than AS.
Right?! It’s just so darn expensive, even if you’re thinning it down with water. I’m sold on this Rust-Oleum version.
Thanks for the comparison, Sarah. That was great that you used a side-by-side view. 🙂 I currently use a DIY recipe for chalk paint (a calcium phosphate version). 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). 🙂 Have you tried making your own?
Sarah> Julie Briones
OMG I haven’t tried making my own, but I totally want to! I need to add that to my list of projects. Thanks Julie!
Thanks for doing this comparison! I have painted many pieces of furniture but have always used the Americana Decor chalk paint from Home Depot and really like it! Love reading your blog!
I’ve never tried that brand Pat, might need to give it a whirl!
I’m so glad to see the comparison! I was at Home Depot a few days ago and had seen the Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint and wondered if it worked very well. I am painting my dining room hutch as I speak after already painting the table and chairs that go with it (I have had this set since the mid 80’s), and I’m almost done now. I used Annie Sloan’s Old White and it looks great, but my right hand feels like it’s about to fall off…lol. Well, back to work and next time I’m going to try the Rust-Oleum.
Oh wow Brenda, you’ve been busy. That’s a big project, but I’m sure it will be totally worth it in the end! Good luck finishing it up–send me pics!
I am curious how your dining room cabinet, table and chairs turned out. I have a dining room table, cabinet and chairs I would like to paint.
Thanks for sharing Sarah!
I just ginished painting a crib with Annie Sloan chalk paint and when it came time to wax, the thought of all thise slats made me cringe. A little research later I found a Rustoleum “wax”finish that you paint on that is safe for baby furniture etc. It was so easy and so much easiier than the Annie Sloan wax… I AM MOW A FAN!!
I’ve heard that from a few people now Kathy! I need to try this “wax” you can brush on–sounds amazing and so much easier to use than the AS wax. Thanks for the tip!
I always used AS chalk paint and about a year ago I discovered the Rustoleum chalk paint and now I wont go back, I love it and it goes a long way too , I find that after a few weeks it even cures to a stronger finish like the paint is more durable .. I’ll never change back. Going to try the Rustoleum wax as soon as my AS wax runs out 🙂
Great comparison, I have not used AS as I can’t even buy it in my area (so to me thats a problem, I’m not ordering paint supplies online) and the Rustoleum I can buy anywhere. Home depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Canadian Tire. And although it’s a bit more expensive in Canada ($28 for a can) it is cheaper than milk paint or fusion mineral paint. I’m actually just using the rustolem for the first time right now (mid project) and so far so good. And your right not sure why they say one coat coverage? As I’ve already primed my piece, have one coat on and plan on 2 more. And I sand and prep everything… I do this way to much to have bitten to many times by not prepping. You really don’t know if someone used murphy’s oil or pledge on a piece for decades… That sort of stuff sinks in deep. 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. So you really can get any colour you’d like!
Tks for the post though, makes me feel much better that I can’t buy Annie Sloan!!!
julie SOFONEA> Nadine
I am also using Rust oleum, get an amazing finish, but when use the wax it seems to take paint of (although better when applied with cloth) very annoying on the occasion when I want a smooth finish, and not distressed any advice?
Great post. Like the side-by-side comparison. Annie Sloan chalk paint is expensive. I have used Rustoleum on several projects and really like it. Seems to go on easier and costs so much less. We have ACE Hardware stores here in Washington state. That is where I get my paint. Also, can you provide some tips on applying wax? Maybe I’m using too much, but my table tops sometimes look streaky. I am applying with a rag not a waxing brush. Thank you.
julie SOFONEA> Dawn McDaniels
I am also using Rust oleum, get an amazing finish, but when use the wax it seems to take paint of (although better when applied with cloth) very annoying on the occasion when I want a smooth finish, did you get any advice?
Okay, I was on a big box store’s website today and saw the Rustoleum advertised and I wondered… This was a very helpful post! Thank you!
Sarah> Krissy Buck
Glad it was helpful Krissy!
Good morning! This comparison came at the perfect time! I am about to start painting a huge armoire.
My question is, do I need to sand the entire piece between coats and before waxing for a smoother finish? Or only sand the areas of distressing?
Hi Adriane! I’d suggest only sanding the areas you want to distress–but not until you’re done painting. No need to sand between coats!
Chelsea @ Making Manzanita
Thanks for this comparison! Have you done anymore projects with the spray chalk that you blogged about a while ago? I haven’t tried either of these kinds, so this was really helpful. I have some General Finishes Chalk Paint right now and I’m getting ready to paint some bar stools with it, so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂
Sarah> Chelsea @ Making Manzanita
I haven’t done anything else with that spray paint yet actually. I need to get with it and use that up! I’ve never tried the General Finishes chalk paint–might be one to try! Good luck with your bar stools. 🙂
A thought on Rust-o-leums limited colors. I haven’t tried it myself but I used to make soap. There are natural pigments you can buy for VERY cheap through lots of different places. You could potentially mix those in with the white to get almost any color you wanted. Again I’m not guaranteeing it would work but it was a thought and could be worth a shot.
I just used the Rustoleum spray chalk paint today. It is a great product as well. Distresses so nicely!
That’s awesome Lisa, glad to hear it worked well for you!!
I have read some people use a regular matte or clear finish product on AS instead of the wax. What is your opinion on that? I haven’t yet but i don’t like using wax- and I don’t seem to get that nice finish the AS videos show. My pieces don’t look much different with the wax. You’ve sold me on the Rustoleum product though.
I have used a clear polycrylic over the top of AS paint and it worked PERFECTLY. I actually did it on this dining table, which you can see here: https://sarahjoyblog.com/chalk-paint-dining-table-makeover/ It definitely seals better than the wax and I agree, I don’t really like using the wax anymore either.
I just spent almost $70.00 buying Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax. I walked through Lowes looking to see if there was an alternative white chalk paint but didn’t see it. I know now what to do.
I just got an old desk and chair and want to paint it. I have been reading about AS paint versus rustoleum chalk paint. This is my first project so I am alittle scared. I am going to paint it a gray color. What are your suggestions? I like the price of the rustoleum but want to desk to turn out. Do I need to use a wax on the finished project? Thanks for your help.
I just finished my first item with chalk paint. I used Annie Sloan on a China cabinet. The shop I buy from is really great on advice and she told me to thin the paint with water and it glides on perfectly. Drys with no brush strokes on second coat. She sells a Polyvine was finish varnish for final finish. It comes in satin or matte. Has durability of varnish and silky feel of wax. Love it.
How much water thinning the paint?
If you are looking for colors and have a Menards by you, Rust-Oleum has 2 tint-bases with 25 colors in addition to their 6 pre-mix colors.
Thanks for the comparison… I’m yet to do my first piece and have been researching extensively. I was leaning towards Rust-oleum for the price and after reading this blog even more so now. I have read however that there are 2 x tintable bases ????in Rust-oleum (in Bunnings, Australia) Yay! So color choice isn’t as limited as first thought. I’m excited to start my projects!
That’s awesome there are more colors available to you Stacey, good luck with your projects!
Sarah | She Holds Dearly
This was such a great post, Sarah, thank you for your expertise! xoxo
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I’m pretty sure Rustoleum makes a tintable Chalked now! And I love the chalked spray paint. I’ve used both brands and though I think Annie Sloan gives better coverage it’s way too expensive. I think the Rustoleum is a great product. ????
I agree, I think the Rust-Oleum is a good alternative for the money. You just can’t beat the price and I found them to be very similar!
Thank you so much for this. It has really helped to answer my questions as I’m a novice at this. What do you think about the Rust-Oleum silk finish? Also, do you always use the wax on top of the chalk paint? Thanks again. Di
Thank you so much for this post! Now I’m totally confident and excited to try it! I’m doing a shabby chic bedroom/nursery and was wondering if you thought the white linen from rustoleum was too white for that look? My next question is if I’m painting a rocking chair would you recommend the paint or spray paint? I do plan to distress it afterwards. Thank you again!
I’d definitely go with paint for the rocking chair–I think it’s more durable and will give you a great finish. And I think you will love the White Linen for your nursery project. It’s a gorgeous shade and I really prefer it over a more yellowed-white. Good luck Erica!
Hi, I was researching chalk paint for my kichen cupboards but I have lots of cupboards. I liked the “no prep”. In a previous reply, you mentioned it would be better to use regular latex or oil based paint. I did that last time (latex) and found it rubs off with waer (around hardware). Can you provide me with any pointers on a durable but time saving option for painting kitchen cupboards? Thank you!
Sarah> Tanya Wolstenholme
I haven’t painted kitchen cabinets yet, so I can’t really say for sure Tanya. But I’m curious, what did you cover your cabinets with when you used latex paint? Sounds like it didn’t hold up? My first thought would be to put two coats of clear polycrylic over top of the cabinets after you’re done painting. In my experience that stuff seals like the dickens and I would think it would protect the cabinets. I used it on our dining table (over chalk paint) and it’s done an excellent job.
Great comparison…thanks so much! I might finally break over and try the chalk paint after seeing all the input from you and other’s comments. This was very helpful!
I’m soooo happy you did this comparison. I live in a small town and we do have a Michael’s. I bought the ArtMind chalk paint. Oh god!! It’s brutal. I’ve been reading about Annie Sloan forever and really wanted to try it. I’m so happy you chose Rust-Oleum!! They have it here in our Home Depot 🙂 Your blog is my new fav!! 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. I’m looking for a true black paint and none of the chalk paint colors that I have seen come close to a true black. Wondered if you or anyone else had any experience with this brand
Angel Haller> Lisa B.
Rethunk Junk has a color “Midnight” that is a pretty nice black.
Christie> Lisa B.
DecoArt Americana has a wonderful true black chalky paint called “Carbon”. It’s around 8-$ online at Joann’s and is often on sale for $4.99 for 8 ounces. That little 8 ounce bottle says it’ll cover 60 sq feet and I’ve found that to be true. I did a large MCM 8 drawer dresser with less than 8 ounces. It has great coverage and is durable -I often use it inside and outside sides of drawers & inside cabinets without topcoating and it’s never scratched off. I love their varnish line too, especially the Soft-Touch and Satin. Varathane carries a beautiful matte Sot-Touch Poly that I love and use on most everything I paint now. I used it on my bathroom vanity and it’s held up great. The can says light use in 3 days and cures in 7 but I’ve found that it reaches maximum hardness in 30 days.
When it comes to homemade chalk paints, my best luck has been using Liquid Pixie Dust. There’s no tiny white clumps on your paint surface like with plaster of paris and calcium carbonate. 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.
I love the Linen White by Rustoleum and the medium gray is a true gray – no blue undertones. I did have a bad experience with Rustoleum CP once -I’m guessing it was a bad can- because it clumped, had poor coverage and anything that touched the surface before topcoating stained it-even water, and I’d have to repaint that entire surface to make it match. So, if you come across this, return the can and get a new one. It’s not supposed to do that! The Linen White is a pure white without yellow undertones. It looks super bright when you first paint it on but calms down once topcoated to the most beautiful white (and I don’t care for white!).quart to paint my armoir! I’d been informed that a quart would cover several pieces. That would definitely limit my desire to buy more. I love the color I chose and have tried several color matches but they never seem to et it quite right, sadly. So, I may have to buy ASCP again just for that color but I enjoy DecoArt and Rustoleum chalky paints better. For homemade the Pixie Dust makes a beautiful, very durable chalky paint that has great coverage and goes a loooong ways. 8 ounces will do several medium sized projects.
I love to have my choices!!! LOL Sory this was so long but knowledge is power!
I’ve used ASCP and loved the color but wasn’t overly impressed with the coverage and it took an entire
Just wanted to tell you that I use the Rust-oleum, and I love it, but at our local Menard’s store I just show them the color of Annie Sloane paint I want and they make it for me.
Thanks for doing this comparison. I purchased Rustoleum for a dresser to tv stand redo. Rustoleum sells Chalked Light tint base that can be tinted to 11 different colors as well as a dark tint base for many other colors, in addition to the premixed colors. Loves this paint and was curious about the Annie Sloan stuff. The clear wax on top of the Rustoleum was nice to protect this piece.
I just recently bought an entertainment center that I’m planning on painting with chalk paint! I already have the Annie Sloan paint in the color Provence and the wax. I have read tons of articles on Pinterest of people who have refinished furniture with that combination and it worked out great. Reading this article has me questioning whether I should try a different paint, though! I’ve never painted anything with chalk paint before, and as this is my first big project for our home, I’m really counting on it to turn out good! (So is my husband!) Would you recommend I go ahead with the Annie Sloan or try something different?
Love the rust-oleum paint just recently finished painting a bed and a dresser was very happy with the results . Just wandering whether you have used the rust-oleum clear coat instead of the wax? I have waxed the dresser but was wondering whether to try the clear coat on my bed . What are your thoughts ??
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
I’m curious about the ingredients. Is rustoleum really chalk paint or does the finish just look like chalk paint? My sister and i are very sensitive to chemicals and I’m wondering if the Annie Sloan is better that way. I saw some of the rustoleum chalked at Ace but the cautions seemed to be like other latex paint. So, how do the ingredients stack up against each other as far as odor, and toxicity? My sister has used Annie Sloan but I have only used Miss Mustard milk paint.
Rustoleum isn’t actual Chalk Paint, It’s essentially a flat latex paint. It doesn’t have the same base or binders as actual Chalk Paint does. 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 only complication with odor is the Annie Sloan wax before it has cured. Once it has cured it also is baby and food safe.
I am late to the chalk paint wagon, but will be trying my hand soon! A couple of years ago I purchased a set of Aromatique hutches made from white ash wood that were white washed. They were previously used for candle sales and definitely need to be refinished so I can display my collectibles. So, I had been researching AS vs. homemade… Your post was sooooooo helpful! I am sold on trying Rustoleum, and how awesome that we can have it tinted at our local hardware store!
Wish me luck!
i started with rustoleum but their colors are very “hardware store $1. a gallon bargain paint”. i decided the amazing colors of AS were worth more than twice the money. BUT! i am on my second quart of rustoleum linen white for use as a base coat or a primer of sorts. i know it is not supposed to be necessary but it ensures best coverage and a smooth surface for the final color, especially on a dark piece that may have old shellac. here’s a revolutionary thought…can the rustoleum linen white be tinted any color you want?! probably!!!
i also tried waxing with AS white wax over her old violet. i had seen a piece online in those colors, fallen in love with it and tried to duplicate it. it was awful. enter the rustoleum clear matte finish! i am going to use it on that very piece that i primed again with linen white and am now painting with AS french linen. it is gorgeous so far.
one good thing about AS is as long as the wax on a piece is completely cured, if you do not like the outcome, you can paint over it without any special prep. so i did!
your comparison was interesting, thank you! next up: tinting a quart of rustoleum linen white to some gorgeous color!
Sarah> Marsha Greer
I actually think they do make a Rust-Oleum chalk paint that can be tinted any color! I haven’t tried it yet, but I might give it a shot soon. Thanks for dropping by the blog Marsha!
Not to give you even MORE projects to try – but have your tried Amy Howard? I’ve only played with it on small pieces. Still love AS Old White for a creamy vintage white. But you can have the Amy Howard paint tinted (locally it’s an Ace? Or True Value?) which seems handy. She also says her paint doesn’t need a finish wax (although she sells a big line of them).
If you’ve already posted on this, my apologies. Stumbled upon your site and now I need to go back through your other posts!
Has anyone compared the Rustoleum chalk paint with the Dutch Boy chalk paint. I’ve never tried AS, but I have bought & used the Dutch Boy chalk paint. The Dutch Boy is very thin and I was not impressed with the coverage on my project. I am interested to find out how Rustoleum compares with the Dutch Boy chalk paint. Any opinions would be appreciated. Thank you…….
I have used a chalk paint called Rethunk Junk and also used the Rustoleum Chalk paint. I really liked both brands but the rustoleum is cheaper by half. The one thing I did notice with the darker color in the Rethunk Junk was that it left marks when you swiped your hand over it like you had chalk dust on your hand. I didn’t try the topcoat to see if it made a difference though. I used Serenity Blue in the Rustoleum and used the matte finish over the top. It really made the blue much richer in color. I just sold the blue end table, which broke my heart because it turned out so pretty!
What a helpful excellent overview! Thank you as I’m just now starting some paint projects and didn’t know of rustoleum brand chalky paint. But I must say it did look wonderful
Thanks Kim! Good luck with your projects!
I don’t think rustoleum has a dark wax option like as right? I love that look. Can you use as clear and dark wax on rustoleum chalk paint?
Sarah> Jessica Wilson
I don’t think they have a dark wax option yet, but you could use either the clear or dark Annie Sloan wax over the Rust-Oleum chalk paint.
Hi Sarah! Found your blog while looking for tips on best paint brushes for using chalk paint and was pleased to find your review on Rustoleum! I M definitely going to give it a try! I’m new at this and painted my first piece today and had a huge issue with shedding paint brush hairs/bristles. What are you favorite brushes? Thanks so much!!!
Thanks so much for the tip to add a little water to the chalk paint. It went on so much smoother and was easier to work with. I painted a project without adding the water and it was so challenging to work with due to it being so thick. I am glad I happened to find your website.
Redid my old family heirloom French Provincial desk with mirror and tall chest this week with the light gray color Rustoleum Chalked paint. I love this paint. It’s very forgiving and the finish flattens and smooths beautifully. I did one coat only and there are no streaks. Use a good brush that is fine-bristled, blotted on a generous amount of paint and then smoothed it with the very tip of the bristles and there were no streaks. A little of that paint goes a long way. I am so happy I took a chance and picked up that paint in the hardware store. Be sure if you step away from the project to replace the lid on the paint can so it will stay nice and thin. Remember that the paint dries quickly and so will the paint in the can (and wrap your brush in a baggie too if you need to stop for even 10 minutes). The furniture looks absolutely gorgeous and I can’t recommend the Rustoleum highly enough.
That you for this comparison! I have been considering trying my first Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project for months, and even stopped by a boutique shop. I’ve been hesitant to start my project. I came across you comparison and really appreciate the information you provide. I would feel better trying my first project with the Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint for half the cost and your observation that it’s a bit easier and just as good really helped me make this decision. Thank you!
So glad you found it helpful Carolyn!
Ace Hardware has more colors available. Chalk paint color chart.
This I’m my first visit to your blog. Thanks for sharing this experiment! I have limited my use of AS chalk paint for the reason you cited. While can stays open the paint gets dry so it needs a bit of water mixed in for each coat. I also sand a lot BTW coats.
I have used rustoleum and like it. Mostly now though I just use latex satin paints, usually Valspar from Lowe’s, but others work too, and mix in purchased chalk powder. There are directions on how much to add. I find the chalk powder offers as smooth of a finish as rustoleum, zillions of colors and much less hassle than AS paint.
I ended up with my first chalked paint experience with Rustoleum’s Country Grey….I decided to try on the icky kitchen accessories and gave it a go with the kitchen cabinets. I’m not a fan of the brushed stroke look(regardless of quality of brush used)…some who claimed to try all chalked paints said they got a smoother finish at a lower price point. 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. Their chalked can finishing had a milky look but dried fine on the kitchen cabinets….the bad part was I decided to do “touchups” after I was COMPLETELY DONE….after my touchups dried I put the can of milky finishing on and it looks like all the cabinets that I loved but had a few “missed that late night” need re-done again…I totally wanted to cry since I was ready to wallpaper after I did a low budget so looks like marble but isn’t cover paper on the countertop.
Help! I want to paint upholstery and want to know whether I should splurge on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or use Rustoleum brand. One of the posters said that Rustoleum is really “flat latex paint”. Is this true or is it mineral based…whatever that means.
Sarah> Meg E.
I think Rust-Oleum is very comparable to AS chalk paint. I actually prefer Rust-Oleum. But I don’t have any experience painting upholstery. Honestly I don’t think it would look that great with chalk paint, because it’s going to dry to a matte and be pretty “rough” to the touch. You might be better off trying it with regular latex paint? Sorry I can’t be more helpful!
Isabelle> Meg E.
I painted my couch with AS and the result is very nice! My peach skin upholstery sofa looks now like a colorfull leather one! I didnt use the wax and the finish it it becomes lustrous by sitting on it.
I’d like to paint my fireplace stone, which is white, but has orange cast to some of the stone. I’ve been reading about whitewashing with chalked paint. Sarah, any experience with this before I jump in?! Thanks for a great blog!
Hi Lisa! I haven’t painted a fireplace stone, but I did paint our brick fireplace. I have painted a brick fireplace and I shared the tutorial here: https://sarahjoyblog.com/paint-brick-fireplace/
I’d say you’d probably want to start with a good primer. Possibly the KILZ Latex Interior/Exterior Primer. That’s what I used on our fireplace and it worked really well. Good luck!
I really like the Rustoleum also. I bought the clear matte sealer this past week and I love it! So much easier to use than poly and looks much nicer.
Hi Julie, I’ve been reading through all the comments and stumbled into yours. I will be doing my first chalk painting project on my armoire. Can you tell me what clear matte sealer you used? I was thinking of getting General Finishes Flat sealer.
Hi thank you for this post! I wanted to to use Rust-Oleum chalk paint on a velvet headboard but so nervous in case I mess it up😩 what do you think n thank you
I just found out that one of our local hardware stores that carries Rustoleum Chalk paint can actually mix several different colors. There were 2 cans of base tints, each having a color chart on the side. Any of those colors can be mixed! Looked like about 20 different colors! I am so excited to learn this!!
Annie Sloan is better than Rustoleum – like all “premium” chalk paints it goes on thicker and spreads further. I fear Rustoleum turns people off of using any chalk paint product. I like the pictures in this post – they do a good job of showing the differences in color, texture and coverage.
I have used both and for the most part, Rustoleum holds its own, despite it being about half the price. Where I did find a difference was when I tried transferring an image using mod podgy. The AS held up much better with little or no paint removal when I removed the paper backing, while I was not so lucky with the Rustoleum.
Hi Sarah! Thanks for this post. I too am a fan of Annie Sloan but the price tag is tough for my never-ending projects. Thanks for the tips.
Thank you so much for your post it was very helpful. I am researching painting our 20 year old knotty pine cabinets. They have quite a bit of water/sun damage over the years. I will have to sand some areas to get them smooth and remove the chipping existing varathane sealer used.
I want to do a distressed look and have been watching a TON of videos on different paints and techniques. This is what I have come up with and would love opinions of what might work or not work. 1) clean all cabinets and sand rough areas 2) apply 2-3 coats Rustoleum chalk paint in off white color. 3) distress by sanding edges. 4)seal with polycrylic sealer. 5) glaze with dark brown glaze to enhance edges. 6) Apply 1-2 coats sealer for finish coat. ** I do not want to use wax for accents of finish as I have read a few people have issues repainting years later.
I found a wonderful queen size sleigh bed at Salvation Army. It has some leaf effects begging for gilding. Do you have any experience gilding the Rust-Oleum? I’m wondering if I should do sizing with the leafs or use the tubes of gilding wax that Annie Sloan sells. I appreciate your careful comparison! Thanks for sharing!
Sarah> Kathy Scruggs
Hi Kathy! I’ve never done gilding actually, so I can’t be any help there. Sorry!!
Ques: I have 3 chests of drawers that I painted red about 15 years ago with whatever paint I had. Now I want to repaint them a different color using chalked paint Because of the previously used RED paint, will the old paint color bleed thru to the new color? If so, what do I do?
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 ?(really with no other prep???)
Ready to get started, Sue
Sarah> Sue Edwards
Hi Sue! I’d say you will probably need an extra coat of paint on your chest of drawers, but other than that I think you’d be ok. What color are you thinking about using? And for the kitchen cabinets, I’d definitely wipe them down well with hot soapy water. I’ve never painted cabinets like that before, so I can’t say for sure if you should clean/prep them with anything else. Good luck with your projects!
I have used rust-oleum for about 4 years our local hardware sells it for $13🤗 It can be mixed in several different colors at a hardware store. They have color charts there and not limiting like with Amazon. I am A fan!
Hi Sarah, Thats a great post.. and the comments from others were also very helpful. I know its is a bit too late to ask a doubt, but hearing to the saying — never too late for anything applies here.
-> My doubt is, when is it best to use wax and when is it best to use polycrylic sealer on furniture.
-> Is it okay if I can apply polycrylic sealer (of any finish) in case I dont have wax.
Yes you can definitely use poly if you don’t have wax! And I actually prefer it. It seals much better than wax, in my experience anyway. And if your furniture will have any contact with water, I’d definitely recommend poly over wax 100%. Wax just isn’t that durable in my honest opinion.
Thank you Sarah for ur time and effort to reply to my comment.
I didn’t have hours to read through all the post. But thanks so much for sharing the comparisons. I love rustoleum chalk paint. 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. Choose a color from the many color options and they tint it for you.
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For my first project, I bought Rustoleum Linen White Chalked Paint because the salesman told me it was like an antique white (I need to get my whites straight). Rustoleum Linene isn’t a warm white at all, which is what I wanted. I should have had him open it in the store.
Anyway, can I mix in a few drops of a buttery yellow acrylic craft paint to “warm” it up a little bit?
That’s a great idea Cynthia and I think that would totally work! Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.
I am also using Rust oleum, get an amazing matt finish, (especially love the cocoa, which is a light tape colour! but when use the wax it seems to take paint of after even 2/3 coats (although better when applied with cloth) very annoying on the occasion when I want a smooth finish, and not distressed any advice? I live in France, so products are not the same, not sure what others sealer that could use the Minwax is crazy a crazy price, over $40 and matt $80 for a quart. Thanks
Honestly, I have been looking at Chalk paint for a while- many brands- but haven’t been ready to “dive in” to my project yet, therefore I’ve been just looking, not buying. I’ve heard stories from friends about “bleeding through” if the wood is not sealed, (sanded down to raw.) That doesn’t excite me! Any who…my sister tells me about the Chalk paint at Home Depot that she purchased, used and loved the results! I had to check it out…they had a color I liked (which made my decision very easy) and the price can’t be beat-seriously!! Tried it and loved it! It goes on so smoothly- no brush marks- no streaks- I did 2 coats on a drawer – did not prime, sand, nor cleaned it (that’s because I was just testing the color 😉 But I am not going to try another brand- sticking with Rust-oleum! Nothing to complain about! My only question is, what shall I use to seal it? It’s for bedroom furniture and a bathroom vanity. I like to do things once with zero maintenance…please help if you know the best way to seal this chalk paint permanently- like many years! thanks
Hi, I’m in the research mode of the various chalk paints and was just looking at the Rust-o-leum line up at Home Depot Canada. I am so happy that I came across your comparison blog. For the project I have in mind, based on your experience and observations, I’m going with Rust-o-leum in the shade of Anthracite (aka Charcoal). Thank you so much!
Awesome! Glad the post was helpful Suzanne. Good luck on your project!
Hi. Have ever tried Renaissance Furniture Paint? What can you say about it?
I haven’t tried that one yet!
The Rustoleum Chalked has turntable bases…you can customize your colors 🙂
Thanks so much for this post! You need some affiliate links for Rust-oleum! 🙂 I’m going to paid a heinous oak crib and a chipped up Jenny Lind bed and I just can’t afford the AS. Looks like it’s the RO with their matte top coat for me!
I read you comparison between Annie Sloan and Rustoleum. I am so confused- as I also tried Fusion paint. When you go to a store sells Fusion they tell you it is the best. 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. But no where can you seem to find a store sells both.
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 painted some kitchen cabinets with Fusion which I was told did NOT need prep or a top coating. 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. It also did not stick very well to some of the cabinets. I also painted some big bookcases with Fusion and they turned out quite well.
I also painted a wood dresser with Rustoleum spray chalk paint. Ended up looking great but took 12 cans so super expensive and it ran! It also came off on the cloth. The paint retailer actually came to my house and brought a sealer (not wax) somehing like varethane.
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.
But the question still remains, is it worth paying the extra for Annie Sloan and going to one of their workshops?
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)
Thanks so much for doing the comparison and I am still wondering the best product, Fusion, or just any brand of chalk paint for furniture and cabinets!
I am considering using Rust-Oleum chalk paint as I suffer from migraine and cannot use paint due to the smell – I have read that Rust-Oleum is water based and low odour – my sense of smell is incredible (not always an advantage) and I wondered how much it actually smells.
I want to paint a varnished fireplace without sanding and the marble hearth – in your opinion is this likely to work?
Nice Post.! I’m planning to paint my bed along bed-side tables with Rust-Oleum. How much paint do you think I’ll will to them.? I have seen them in Bunnings and one tin is around 887ml.
Hi Sarah, I’m glad you went thru the hassle of starting this with us. I have begun using rustoleum ALMOST religiously, I keep a linen white and charcoal in my garage at all times.
Wall Mart sells a shockingly high quality chalk paint, Waverly, available in $2 $6 $10 size options from 2oz 8oz & 16 oz.
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.
(It can be very surprisingly think) be sure you stir w a drill or egg beater before useing.
The limited color pallet you’ve observed can be canned at true value but pricey, its also often displayed in Spray on chalk paint options in those basic 6 colors.
If you go to Lowe’s near the spray paint rustoleum chalkpaint 30 oz buckets next to linen white and charlcol & aged gray they will Also most likely offer a “dark tint base” & “light tint base” which u can take to the paint counter to choose a color from the broaderspe from pallets.
The guy behind the paint counter at lowes is my new bff,
Hope u may enjoy as well, perhaps rustoleum spray on chalk paint vs canned chalk paint like Charcol mite be an i teresting experiment also.
Wow wondeful to see the AS vs R… I have not read all comments. I have painted with both and personally prefer Rust-Oleum. I used a paint brush by AS and a friend suggested using a sponge. It works much better for me and leaves no lines that you need to sand for a smooth finish afterwards. Love painting furniture, even though I often wonder when I’m gone if my kids will sand them down again to its oiriginal finish. Thank you for sharing we learn so much by others.
Thank you for your review! I am doing my first project & have heard that Annie Sloan is the only way to go. There are no stores that carry it near me and am so glad to see that you found the Rust-Oleum just as good as I was look to purchase it! Thank you!!
Thank you for this post! I have been researching chalk paint for a few days now. I will be trying it for the first time to update some of our furniture for a coastal look. This was so helpful! 🙂
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Hi Sarah! Enjoyed the Annie Sloan and Rust-Oleum comparison. I am about to embark on my first project–a hutch. Does the Rust-Oleum require a wax coating like the Annie Sloan?
Sarah> Charlene Derrington
Yes it does need to be waxed, but you can also do a clear poly topcoat. That works really well too!
Thanks for doing this comparison! I’ve been using Annie Sloan also and started using the Rust-oleum or B.B.Frosch because the price point is much better. I just bought the linen white and was hoping it was more like Pure White and it looks like it is! Plus it mixed well with my Annie Sloan so that’s a nice bonus!
Oh that’s awesome! I agree, the Pure White and Linen White are very similar.
Thank you so much for this post!! I’ve never used chalk paint and have been itching to do so for awhile now. I was debating about trying one of these two brands but after your post, I’ll definitely try Rust-Oleum first! I’m new to your blog and will definitely subscribed. Thanks again for this awesome post!
Thank you Sarah for your comparison, I’m just new to painting with chalk paint, and you have made my decision so much easier to make. As I just went to two stores yesterday, one AS and one our local hardware. I know where I will be going to get my paint. Thank you for your time to show everyone your experience.
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Thank you very much for this comparison! I have a dining room table that needs repainting in white after my 3 year old daughter took a rubber ink stamp to the legs and one chair. :/. I was thinking of using chalk paint and saw some you tube videos of Annie Sloan paint but I couldn’t find it anywhere except Amazon and you are right it is very expensive. At Walmart they have the Rust-Oleum but I was hesitant to get it as the can says to prepare your surface for painting and I thought with chalk paint you didn’t need to. But after I read this I’m definitely going to buy the Rust-Oleum. I also have a Goodwill large wood bamboo brown frame 36×48 I’m excited to try it on ($12!). Thank you very much and I can’t believe chalk paint has been around like 6 years when I’m just trying it now! I have all white furniture anyway but I have never chalk painted.
I’m needing to paint an unfinished pine nightstand from Ikea. Do you think the Rustoleum Chalked would work for that? Would I need to prep it and then seal it in any way? I’m a furniture painting newbie so I’m looking for the easiest way to do it!
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I’ve only used AS Chalk Paint, and never had any of the issues you did. I’m wondering why you painted against the grain on the table top? It seems that on the legs of the table, the paint went on well. Just my 2 cents.
I have used both and for me there is no comparison……..Rustloleum is STREETS ahead of AS. Half the price, easier to apply, smoother and does not need to sealed. Painted all the furniture plus wooden rails plus fridge and did not use any sealant at all.
Thanks so much for the great post. I wanted to paint my kitchen table and have been looking at Annie Sloan for awhile. After reading this I bought Rustoleum and did my table today. It looks fantastic! I just need to topcoat it tomorrow. Thank you for helping me find a more economical way to get it done! I love it.
I really appreciated your comparison.Fixing to paint my first piece with rustoleom…Great article…
Thanks so much for the great post. I have all white furniture and all are used with chalk paint.
Our paint department at our local hardware store tints the Rustoleum brand to most colours on the chip rack, so there are thousands of colours to choose from!
i painted my 1960s laminated dressing table with Rustoleum chalk paint. It turned out fabulous. Just a point on the not many colours…you can get it tinted to any colour you want. I got a tin tinted a non rustoleum colour. I did 2 coats paint & 2 coats of their topcoat clear. I l love it so much, I’m going to paint a few other pieces I have
Hello Sarah. I need to show you a photo of a 4 panel room divider that I bought from wayfair.
It is supposed to be all black but it arrived with thin red lines encircling and outlining the panel. I want to paint over them so that the panels are all black. Can i do that myself using chalk paint? Any advice?
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I came across your review of Rustoleum vs Annie Sloan chalk paint while searching for AS paint which was recommended for painting upholstery fabric. Do you know if the Rustoleum works as well on fabric as the AS? Thanks for your help and great blog.
I actually haven’t tried it on upholstery yet, but I definitely need to!
Made my own chalk paint & it worked beautifully!! Not sure why anyone would use Annie Sloan at the ridiculous price that it is!!
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.
They do offer your basic “chic” colors premade but a large variety of custom colors are easy to mix. I have purchased dark blue previously and because of the price difference I haven’t been able to afford a can of Anne Sloan paint yet but I have no complaints with Rustoleum.
I will usually purchase 2 cans of white and a can of charcoal Rustoleum and then use my 2oz acrylic paint sets to adjust my own coloring. Some colors just can’t be replicated, but it sure opens up a lot of possibilities!
Hope this helps. Thanks for the tips!
Glad I found this and read the comments. Have bought some chalk paint ( rustoleum) as AS is expensive.. And a clear sealant.
I do have a question, what about yellowing? I once painted a chair (home made chalk paint ) used a sealer/varnish ( got tin somewhere will check what it was ) after a while it’s now all yellow ( chair in the attic now).
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 ☺
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I used Rust-Oleum to paint my old French provential bed frame. This brand was used because it was the easiest to pick up locally. I went thru the paces of getting AS and MH, but no one had it.
After lots of worry, I jumped in. Thank you for all of your tips and reviews. They were my reference and back up.
I used 2 coats. I didn’t have the brush strokes others referred to. I did use the sealer Rust-Oleum offers. Loved the completed project. Problem came when the new mattress didn’t fit!
Sarah> Janet Boucher
Oh wow, that sounds awesome Janet! So glad you went for it. Rust-Oleum is a great option.
About to do my first chalk paint project and this blog is exactly what I needed – thank you so much!
Rustoleum Chalked is NOT, repeat NOT, chalk paint! It is super matte finish latex paint. Annie Sloan IS chalk paint.
The reason you get different results is because they are not the same type of paint. In a sense your “comparison” is a little like comparing oil based paint to latex.
I’ve used both, as well as DIY chalk paint using Plaster of Paris + latex paint. Depending on the article to be painted, I may prefer one over the other.
I did find that the Rustoleum usually requires more coats of paint then AS or even my own DIY Chalk paint.
Just saying……… 😉
Thanks for this post. About to do a kitchen table. 3 kids so it’s used a LOT. I was wondering how it will hold up from the scratches & chips. Should I use a poly or wax finish? Also for the top of table I was going to stain it dark, same finish? Thank you in advance.
Def use poly. It holds up much better than wax in my opinion!!
I also started my chalk paint furniture adventures with Annie Sloan and the wax to finish things up. Then while at a friend’s house (the one who started me on chalk paint) I noticed her finished projects look so much nicer than mine. She had stopped using the wax and instead added a coat of water based (acrylic) varathane – with a satin finish to many of her pieces. It looked fabulous and held up so much better than wax. My “greatest generation” mom stopped using wax for a reason – it has to be re-applied every so often and doesn’t really protect as much as it should.
I also tried Valspar chalky paint at the suggestion of a complete stranger who came to my home to buy the draw pulls I was selling from some vintage Ethan Allen tables I had bought second hand. She suggested it – so I went to Lowes and found their chalky paint. It’s not as inexpensive as Rustoleum (which I’ll now have to try) as it comes in at about $25, but they have 40 color options (you have to ask for the leaflet at the paint desk). So, I found that the Valspar works really well too. I do like the Annie Sloan colors – they are deep, with a rich tone. But if I’m going to be using a light color I wouldn’t drive the 20 minutes from my home to the nearest Annie Sloan retailer and spend 50% more.
Thank you so much! As a newbie who is about to embark into the world of chalk painting furniture, this was a huge help & great place to start!
I have also used both and I would choose Annie Sloan. If you slightly dilute (keep your brush wet) during your second coat, it is much easier to apply and a quart of Annie Sloan (which is now 33.8 ounces) goes about 50% further and will cover in one to 2 less coats making your project complete much faster. Furthermore, the wax by Annie Sloan is far more durable, more maintain-able and more easily and evenly applied. 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. Support local small business and get personalized attention with your project!
This post was very helpful and I agree I like the rust oleum brand. My question is what should I use for a protective finish? I want to paint my end tables but want them protected bc I have small children. What can I used to seal/protect the paint job? Thanks
Thanks for ‘genuine’ comparison. I too prefer Rustoleum. But my thoughts on wax: a lot of work! And it must be reapplied down the road. I use water base matte polyurethane. Easy peasy!
this was very helpful, thanks you soo much!!!
Have been looking into
Annie Sloan chalk paint in
Canada and you made it very easy. I would also like to do some crackling on the table. Any ideas?
How to crackle Annie’spaint- apply 1 normal coat, let dry. Apply a 2nd thicker coat(you can actually make patterns with the paint, paily’s etc), wiat 2 minutes, apply a hot hair dryer about 2″ above the painted surface and it will crackle in the brush stoke pattern in under a minute. Practice on a board 1st.
You can buy the rustoleum at ace. They have a color chart with Manny colors.
Hello! Just to let you know, you made the comment that Rustoleum doesn’t have many colors, and though I don’t think you can get it from amazon, if you were to get in in store (menards I know for sure. I work there, but maybe Home Depot or any other store that sells it and has a paint department) they have a light and dark tint base which allows you to tint it to I think about 20 different colors.
Thank you for sharing.
I bought Rustoleum Chalked this morning in Linen White. I was able to have the paint service rep customize my color just like any other paint. They probably aren’t supposed to do that, but I was able to get the exact color I want!
So not a fan of Anne Sloan chalk paint. It’s too thick and doesn’t spread well enough. I much prefer Fat Paint (also a chalk paint). Anyone else agree?
Working AS paint too much will result in the flashing or ‘caking’ you experienced. Most paints will do this but latex paint like the Rustoleum is less susceptible to flashing from the latex base. If a latex paint finish is good enough for you, the rustoleum is a decent paint with less coverage than Annie’s. Latex is a liquid synthetic polymer that doesn’t adhere as deeply into the surface.
And the wax give a great sealing of the paint but will absorb water so just needs wiping off fairly soon after. What still blows my mind is that you can paint over the cured AS wax finish in a few weeks after applying it if you want to change the color.
You need to use water on Annie Sloane paint to make the second coat move and you can water it down. It will go a lot further. Theres a luxury to AS paint paint and yes it’s a lot more expensive, the colours are more period or vintage, ii used Rustoleum and it’s fine, hard wearing, ordinary colours. If you need to make as much money as possible then that fine, if your wanting to make it special, textured or in a period style the Annie Sloan is lovely. There are a lot of “chalk” paint “chalk mineral” paint out there, the ones I’ve tried all “work” its just a matter of personal taste. I think dealing is very important for longevity of a piece, I personally love wax and theres lots of them out there or top coats if you prefer for a high water, high traffic area.
Annie Sloan recommends that you water down the paint a little to allow for smoother coverage! Once I’d don’t this it was much easier to work with! Those selling the paint should give this advice to customers as it’s pretty essential.
Hi Sarah , very interesting post, I am a Rustoleum fan through and through. I have signed on to become a tester, cant wait. I have never tried Annie Sloan. Hopefully Rustoleum will produce more color choices. Thanks for sharing!
Have you tried Frenchic paints?
I have a hall table to chalk paint and I’m not sure what to use!
Thanks for your comparison, Sarah.
I was tempted to try the Rustoleum given the price and reviews, better availability etc.
However, for those concerned about VOCs and toxicity:
The Data sheet for the Rustoleum lists VOCs at <750g/l. For Annie Sloane it's <0.02g/l.
Annie Sloane website describes their paints as non-toxic.
Rustoleum website (in Australia, at least, where I am) states "16% of the mixture consists of ingredient(s) of unknown acute toxicity".
I’m very new to chalk painting so I really appreciate any tips from experts😊. I found the rust oleum chalk paint at Ace hard ware store
I disagree with your post. I bought the Rust oleum based on your post and I’m extremely disappointed in myself that I listened to you. I did not get the same results as you. I’m sooo disappointed with the way my hope chest is coming out.
Excellent review! Exactly the information I needed 👍 I wonder what a coat of rustoleom would look like on two sanded down coats of Annie Sloan? I’ve run out and am thinking of the cheaper option to finish it off
Do you think the Rustoleum chalky paint would work on those ’90 curio cabinets? The ones with glass doors? I love and need them!
I’ve used the RustOleum before and thought the same about the color choices. However, our local Aboffs that mixes Ben Moore mixes any color we want into the RustOleum base. Make sure to save the code if you may need more than a can.
Just about to doing up furniture as a hobby. Any tips plz.
Thanks for the insight. I’m just getting started and thought your tips were very useful. Rustoleum it is!
Great article! I was just sitting here trying to decide between Annie Sloan and Amy Howard chalk paint. I didn’t even think of the Rustoleum! I am excited to try it.
Thank you for comparison.It was a great help.
I have painted several pieces of furniture over the years. However, I have never used chalk paint. I am getting ready to “do” my first piece and a friend has recommended the Rustoleum paint. Can you tell me what kind of paint brush I should use for this project? Please be as specific as possible. The info is very helpful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
Wondered if there was a good substitute for AS paint-glad to hear Rustoleum is comparable. Thanks!
Thanks for the thorough review and great photos. I am going to try to refinish some furniture with Rustoleum Chalked paint.
I have completed about 5-projects using the Behr Chalk paint from Home Depot. 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. It goes on very easy and their wax is also very easy to use. Most importantly there is no odor from the Behr paint. I used the Martha Stuart paint and the odor was terrible! Hope this helps.
That was a really great article! I want to directly comment on the lack of colors in the Rustoleum product offering. As a color consultant I step right outside those boundaries and can color that Rustoleum product into hundreds of different hues. There ARE chemical limitations in the color spectrum, but if you find a good consultant, he or she should be able to color that product to suit you!
It IS a fantastic product, especially for the money!
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! I’m a pretty big behr fan but dont really have the ability to do my own comparison test!! Great post by the way, loved the idea to see both paints together!
Why can’t you use ordinary furniture or floor wax
Thank you for your comparison and review of the chalk paint. As I am just starting out at this chalk painting lark it was extremely helpful 👍🏻👍🏻
Thank you for this post. It’s very helpful. I live in Canada don’t have access to AS points and I’ve had very good success with the Rustoleum.
I’ve even made my own chalk paint and wow, it was amazing . Please do this in your next comparison.
I live in Australia, and I use Rustoleum paint.
I love it.
Hi, I just ran into your blog, and need an expert opinion. I ordered a lamp currently featured on Pottery Barn (yes super expensive – but we had been looking forever after my husband broke one of the living room lamps – the other finally broke…so yeah…). 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
whats featured in the main picture would be a good white…What I got was a dark coffee and cream which in some light looks like a bit of grey cement added in – distressed lamp – the style and material are perfect – the color is a mess. I needed something closer to what is in the picture but apparently they are all painted individually – no 2 alike so when you look at thumbnails and other pictures you could get anything from white to terra- cotta brown to the cement grey/coffee thing I now have. Enter the idea of chalk paint? I was thinking of Annie Sloan Old White and use a sea sponge? to tone this brown hue down? problem is I think they used a poly sealer or something on the coat on the lamp – its not super shiny just a matte look but I can tell at the top base it seems coated. What/how do I do this? Any ideas? I’m looking for a soft ivory and the rustoleum seems too white.. any advice appreciated – love the lamp not the color and it took us 2 years to settle on this…I’m picky.
I’m thinking about painting dressers with the Rustoleum. Any tips? Also, any issues with chipping? How does Rustoleum hold up to wear and tear?
Love the article on comparison of paints and pictures to actually show the difference! I have been using Rustoleum chalk paint and love it!
I found this very useful I am about to start on all my well worn pine furniture, (lots of it ) and was not sure which one to go for , after reading this will start on smallest piece first with the rust oleum which I can buy in UK thanks for help x
That was a brilliant article and so useful. I don’t need to buy the expensive Annie Sloan paint now, unless I really need a particular colour.
I’ve been using Fusion mineral paint for years, but based on this review I decided to try the Rustoleum on a desk I was taking from a mahogany wood to white. Never again. There’s a reason the Rustoleum is cheaper. The coverage was terrible – 3 coats vs 1 in Fusion, sanding between coats was much messier. There is fine chalk dust on every surface of my house, while I get very little dust from Fusion. Fusion also is much better with the self leveling, and when I waxed over the Rustoleum, the paint actually came off, even after curing for days. After a week of frustration I went and painted Fusion over top of my 4 coats of Rustoleum. Lesson learned!
I seen above you mentioning the wax not protecting the bathroom vanities. I am getting ready to redo mine. What do you recommend instead of the wax for protection?
I have to disagree. I’ve done several projects with rust oleum because it was cheaper, however I felt I used twice the amount of paint as Annie Sloan. Although I hate to spend more money, I just feel I got more projects out of Annie Sloan.
I agree, I’m also an Annie Sloane fan, and have used many different chalk paints, being spoiled for choice in SA. I did some revamping on a visit to New Zealand recently and could only find Rust-oleum and absolutely loved it. It went on easily and requires very little effort when sanding. The finished items looked professional. My new favourite.
I will be trying my 1st project ever on an antique rocking chair
I ‘m thing on using the Rustoleum spray chalk paint . Any suggestion’s ? Spray chalk or brush on chalk paint ?
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this test. I have wondered. Very helpful!
I paint a lot of furniture. I’ve tried AS, Folk Art Chalk Paint, my own homemade using sodium bicarbonate in flat latex paint and Rustoleum. Rustoleum is my favorite, for the same reasons you listed. My 2nd choice would be Folk Art paint, it’s very reasonably priced, $7.99/16oz and very thick so it can be watered down and still give you great 2 coat coverage. 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. As far as bleed through from wood tannins, that will happen with any paint, if proper preparation is not done. If I have a real dark piece or old piece I always spray shellac on it before I paint it. This simple prep works every time. Really, I don’t understand why people pay so much money for AS…I’d rather save my money and invest in quality paint brushes. Thank you for a very informative and I think fair comparison.
Behr chalked style paint can be purchased at Home Depot and is less than Rustoleum. The best thing about the Behr paint, is that the paint department will mix the paint in Any color you want
Hello! New to chalk paint; my question has nothing to do with your table but you seem to be very experienced in chalk paint! You also seem very open to sharing which is what I need! I am trying to “spray” Ball glass jars and need “antique white” chalk paint; I can only find it in Shabby Chic Chalk Based Furniture Paint shipping from the UK. Can I put furniture paint in a small air sprayer? Shabby directions say brush or roll… Or, any idea where I can find a spray in that color? I’d be so grateful for any help you could give!
Sarah> Diana Landry
Hi Diana, I would say Chalky Finish Krylon spray paint in the color Colonial Ivory might be a good option for you! It’s on Amazon too: https://rstyle.me/+NQjpvnpdTcv7hnr8xLjHHg
Hi, thank you for your great blog on the Annie Sloan/Rust-O-Leum chalk paint comparison. Very helpful. As an AS fan for years, I’ve used ROL and was also very pleased. Our ACE Hardware can make any color from the ROL white chalk paint from their many regular paint color choices which means ROL has MORE color choice than AS! See if your local or big box hardware store will do the same for you. Love the little table, btw. Great conversation piece to show your friends and family who may be interested in this great hobby of chalk paint.🌷
I’ve only used the restoleum once. It stunk. I’ll stink with the non-toxic chalk paints. My favorite is DIY. But milk paint is my favorite paint to work with.
I completely agree! I prefer the Rustoleum. The pieces I’ve painted with Annie Sloan had to cure a week between coats or it would pull up the other color. The Rustoleum doesn’t. Bonus: the Rustoleum can be tinted!!
I find the rustolium easy to apply too. Plus if you go to a home hardware store you can get more color selections. They have a dark and a light tint base that can be turned into several colors, you can see the choices on a paint sheet in the store and chose your color from there.
This was Very helpful. Thanks for sharing – I will check out your blog for more tips! Again thank you!
What a coincidence I came across this now. I am new to chalk painting. My first attempt was with Dixie Bell paint. I found that to go on easily, cover well and had a nice finish. On my second piece, I chose the Rustoleum in the Linen White. I was disappointed in it because it didn’t seem to go on as well as the Dixie Bell. I am on my 2nd coat and definitely need a third. The paint I bought is very thick and I’ve actually had to water it down to get it to spread before it dried. I was thinking I should go back to Dixie Bell. I wish you’d do a similar comparison with that. Thank you for the comparison. I think I’ll stay away from Annie Sloan.
To expand the color variety of the Rust o, try mixing the colors. Colors & shades of each are should give everyone something they love & it is truly custom.
Thank you so much for that information. Extremely helpful go me.
I just make my own chalk paint! LOL But I thank you Sarah for making this comparison between these 2 paints. I would like to see more comparisons done between various paints, varnishes, waxes and other items in these posts. It is very helpful when trying to make a decision and some of this stuff is quite pricey.
Hello..Thank You So VERY MUCH for YOUR REVIEW…You have no idea the turmoil I’ve been in Anne Sloane or Rust-Oleum I shall forge through my mammoth project of 2 side Cabinets and a Dining Suite for 8 the Table has 2 huge supporting ORNATE Leggs …I shall be UPDATING TO SUIT MY NEW HOME which is light and bright JUST LOOKING at my poor tired Antique Furniture was So Depressing…Just Too Dark it Just Needed A Face Lift as We All Do when Age Creeps Up ….It HOLDS So Many Family Memories and JUST Too Good to THROW AWAY…..
SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE KNOWLEDGE OF A GOOD PRODUCT AS MY JOB IS HUGE AND I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR SOME ANSWERS FOR OVER A WEEK AND SO MANY HOURS THAT WERE FUTILE UNTIL I READ YOUR ARTICLES AND LOVED HOW YOU SHOWED THE COMPARISON OF PRODUCTS THAT WON ME OVER ….NOW I CAN ACTUALLY SPRING SOME LIFE INTO MY FURNITURE AND MAKE IT …A WOW FACTOR!!!!!!…. AND THAT’S SO GOOD FOR ME AND THE PLANET TOO !!!…RECYCLING AT IT’S BEST !!!!
I agree with you completely…Rust-oleum is much easier to use and covers nicely. I do not personally like Anne Sloan paint in comparison. It is too thick. I have used Rust-oleum for lots of projects and also use the chalk paints available at Hobby Lobby & Michaels. Love those too…Art Minds, Martha Stewart, Waverly.
What is your favorite brush when painting with Rustoleum Chalk Paint?
Mary Rose van Kesteren> Sharon
Can the Rustoleum be used for outdoor applications, furniture, pots, etc?
Thanks for the comparison. I’ve never used Annie Sloan. I’ve always used rust-oleum. It was a cost thing for me. I recently discovered Kilz brand about the same price as rust-oleum and on Amazon too with a wider selection of colors. The one thing I have learned is to use a misting water bottle while painting fir a smother application. If you haven’t tried Kilz you may want to on your next project.
Wow what a great tip!! Thank you for sharing, Debbie!
I haven’t been happy lately with Annie Sloan paint. It doesn’t go in smoothly. Thanks for this. I will try other brands and Rust-Oleum first!!
I was in Home Depot the other day and the associate told me you can get any Behr color made into chalk paint. I was wondering if anyone had used this product?
Nancy M Lind
Can you paint fabric?
I am redoing a dining table and due to people pulling the chairs in and out, banging against the rest of the table, do you think I should apply wax or topcoat over the paint? I painted it all with the white Rustoleum version you used in your article. I loved it. I’m nervous to utilize the topcoat from Rustoleum… I’m not sure what to do! Thanks for your great article!
HEY! I AM GOING TO PAINT MY COFFEE TABLE/TRUNK FOR THE FIRST TIME. WHICH PAINT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST IN MARKET, SOMEONE RECENTLY RECOMMENDED FRENCHIC PAINT. ANY CLUE ABOUT THAT? SORRY ABOUT ALL CAPS. JUST SAW
Most people that use Rustoleum end up coming to me and going with AS. Luckily, most people who try Rustoleum complain about it, and end up coming back to me for AS. In the public painters groups, admitting to using Rustoleum is like a chef admitting to using Chef boy r d
Cinda> Paint Guy
Totally disagree with this statement; 😔
i work in a paint store and you can purchase both a light base and dark base Rustoleum chalk paint that can be tinted to almost any color.
Like you I found the rustoleum easy to work with BUT long term it’s dreadful as it chips off so easily.
Mary Kay Naughton
Hi, thank you for your article. I am trying to decide which brand to use on my first project. Can I use wax on the Rust-Oleum?
I used “Valspar Chalky Finish” on an old cabinet then held a mold in place with painter’s tape. The paint came off with the tape! Do not like the Valspar Chalk Finish!
Question: Do you think that I need to sand down again before starting over with another chalk paint?
I’ve even used chalk paint from ACMoore & Michaels craft store and waxed it with Annie Sloan wax. They came out awesome. 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. They sell it at Ace Hardware stores. Just a heads up. Any color you choose!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are getting ready to do our kitchen cabinets and this helped us decide.
What a very precise comparison!! You did an excellent job of comparing the two products. I was just considering the Rustoleum paint. Thank you for your time! The review was so well penned that I can easily make an informed decision.
I used the Rust-Oleum paint and the spray finish on a piece of furniture. IT was a disaster as the Rust- Oleum spray finish turned my white paint pink ! I called them and was told the spray product was not to be used on a water base product, BUT it states it on the can that is what I Was to use
Now I have to sand off the finish and repaint. DON’T USE THESE together.
I too have used both as well as another couple on the market chalk paints. Thanks for taking the time to do that well displayed comparison.
If only Rust Oleum had the choice of colours that AS has. I always use RO lacquer over AS. It’s a fantastic product.
I saw your comparison of rust oleum linen white w AS old white . It looks like the linen is much whiter. Is there any shade of white that is more comparable to the old white?
Thanks! This is very helpful! I had been wondering for a while on the difference in paints! I even made my own many times because I didn’t want to spend the money on AnnieSloan paints! So, thanks so much!
do you think l could use the rustoleum chalk paint on a stained white rayon/velvet couch& what sealer would l use
Thank you for the comparison. It was a big help. I’ve also have used both , but never sure which was better.
Have you tried to do your own wax or Chalk paint?
I haven’t done that much work with any of this. It’s rather expensive I think. Here in Sweden any way..
Thanks for sharing this post.
Hi Marie, I have done a DIY chalk paint actually. You can see how to do it in this post: https://sarahjoyblog.com/diy-chalk-paint-review/
Would you paint walls with chalk paint?
Amalia Cristina Caldarelli
Mi experiencia es con Rust Oleum y no pude obtener que la suprficie quede tersa. Pobre con una capa de barniz al agua y se amarillo, tuve que darle una tercera capa.
Can I use chalk paint over polyurethane
I was SO excited to find this post because it is exactly what I needed to know. I was even looking to compare these exact colors! My go-to is Anne Sloan but I’m running low on Old White and due to the quarantine I was looking online for more easily accessible products when I found the Rust-oleum. I am confidently purchasing it on Amazon now and am super grateful for your comparison!
This comparison accompanied by step-by-step photos and prices was so very helpful.
I’m new to chalk painting and found your blog with a google search. Great blog! Thanks for the Rust-Oleum and AS review.
Thank you, I had picked up some rustoleum and was apprehensive about it.
I’m getting ready to stipple a semi rough brick fireplace surround. Which one do you think would be best on the rough masonry?
This was so helpful, especially with white paint. I am beginning two projects in the morning. Thank you!
I have a wood look dining table outside. It appears to be a composite material of some sort mimicking stamped concrete. I would like to use chalk paint then seal with an outdoor water sealant. I hear this is possible. Thoughts?
Thanks so much for this post! 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!!! Particularly happy that you used a difficult darkish table. I have 4 very “Rustic”, tattered, dark finished dining chairs that I rescued from a pile of rubbish – much like your table. I HATE stripping furniture and seeing your results makes me think I have a shot at just using chalk paint! I thank you and so does my aching back!
Donna R Lutz
I used the rustoleum linen white for my first project whish was a dresser. Also bought the wax. Unfortunately, when the waxed dried, the dresser was yellow. I sand the eax off, put another coat of white and it stayed white
San Clemente Painters
I used both but I like Rustoleum better. Thanks for the tips.
What sanding tool do you use for the distressed look?
Sarah> Julissa Miranda
most of the time I just use a low grit sandpaper!
Really useful test. I recently found Rust-Oleum paints in my local store and was pleased to change old 70’s pine furniture in a spare bedroom to make it more up to date. I did however prime the lacquered wood first without sanding to give a better guarantee of wear and tear. I saw Annie Sloan emails after I finished and wondered if I’d lost out in any way but you have set my mind to rest. Mind you I am seriously pondering using her newest pearlescent glaze to redo my feminine bedroom furniture so any further demos with this new paint would be much appreciated.
Would love to see a comparison of these 2 products on fabric furniture. I wonder if the same feedback applies.
Hi have you ever used lazy French chic & how do you think it compares ?
Rust-oleum May only have 20 or so colors, you can get it made into any color just like any paint.
Have you tried the annie sloan lacquer vs the Rust-o-leum top coat? I watched annie sloan video and she recommends the lacquer for kitchen table as it withstands heat and spills better. Thx
Hi. Thank you so much for this video. I am new to chalk painting. I was in a local store and almost bought Annie Sloan chalk paint. I love my Bombay poster bed but not the cherry color. I’m going to attempt to paint it. I was going to use the old white color in Annie Sloan but after your comparison I may use the Rustoleum in linen white. Any pointers? The bed is currently in pieces so should make it easy to paint. I would appreciate any input. Thank you!
Thank you so much for your insightful and detailed blog comparing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Rustoleum Chalk Paint. I want to paint a dark wood look armoire that I have re-jigged into a fireplace and dont want it to be dark with my new decorating scheme. I now feel much more confident that I can make a success of my intended project. Thank you so very much!
Hi. My question is… can either of these chalk paints stand up to outdoor weather…hot afternoon sun or rain? I have painted an outdoor screen made with old doors and painted with homemade chalk paint. They have faded and peeled over 5 years. Perhaps that would happen with whatever paint we would use, but I am curious to know if chalk paint is good for exterior painting. 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.
Thanks for your help.
Do you think the paint you recommend would work well on outdoor plastic chairs? I read that theAnne Slain works so wondering about the Rust-o-leum?
I also love Rust-Oleum products. I use the chalk paint all the time and also their semi gloss sealer. Never thought them would have such great items for refinishing but the price point is unbeatable and the way they work is amazing! Thanks for showing Annie Shoan, I have never tried and now I don’t have to knowing I have been working with the better product.
I found this really valuable. In France I cannot get Annie Sloan while Rustoleum – albeit in a limited colour range, is readily available. I wanted to do a project but with confinement and quarantine here in France I cannot go ‘shopping’ in the UK right now. Project will go ahead with Rustoleum and confidence. Hurrah!
I loved your comparison artfully Do you think the Rusr-oleum chalked paint will work as well on an antique metal glider? If so, should I seal it with anything? It “lives” on a screened porch. Thank you for any help/information.
I really like the Rust-Oleum brand, it’s very easy to work with. On our girls’ bathroom vanity I actually used BB Frosch powder and their wax. It has been great! Totally wipeable finish, very satiny smooth, and has held up well for a few years now. And the kiddos aren’t always so gentle. I’ve been very pleased.
I am using the rustoleum clear matte finish for the third time in about a week. The consistency is nie like cottage cheese. Us that right??
Loved your input! Thank you! Getting ready to paint my 41 year old bedroom furniture with chalk paint. White. Wish me luck!
Thank you for this post! I have a couple of projects and wanted to know if I should drive across town to get Annie Sloan paint or if another brand world work just as well for what I’m doing. Now I know! Thanks SO much!!
Thanks Sarah, which white did you prefer? Linen or old white? Cheers
I prefer linen white!
Thank you for explaining both products. I’m new at this so This was a great help.
I had used Annie sloans paint etc for years but I now use rust-oleum it is smooth and creamy to use and I have found there colour range is as big as AS
Sarah Beth Redin
So great! Thank you about to use Annie Sloan & might need an alternative paint since All the little stores are closed!
Ty so much for this post!!
I read so many bad reviews about chalk paint before so I was always a bit worried about trying it. But after your post I will go for it. Do you have any reccomendations about what kind of brush is better to use? I found this guide on painting https://furniturecap.com/guides/how-to-paint-furniture/ but it doesn’t say anything about brushes. Sorry if it’s a silly question, I’m just very new to all of it.
Thank you for this. I did wonder if i really needed to buy expensive chalk paint to make it work….think that you have given me t he answer x
Thank you for showing the difference between two similar products,and also how to use when distressing furniture.I personally have only used rust oleum I painted cream bedroom furniture white looks really nice .Thank you for you tips.
Adore Annie Sloan paint- but want to try a lower priced (but still good quality) product- great comparison! I am now looking forward to trying Rustoleum! (I never trust wax- I always finish projects w/a water based polyurethane)!!
Is this a fact with fabric as well? I want to paint a sofa, but is waxing and sanding still necessary? Does it matter the brand of wax. I think that I need a gallon to paint both the french provincial sofa and chair. This is ny first time, and your advice will be gladly appreciated.
Is this a fact with fabric as well? I want to paint a sofa, but is waxing and sanding still necessary? Does it matter the brand of wax. I think that I need a gallon to paint both the french provincial sofa and chair. This is ny first time, and your advice will be gladly appreciated.
To seal in the paint on a sofa (fabric), can I use a semi gloss rather a than wax? Also, im not sure of the type of fabric. Will either be all purpose? It feels between a nylon, rayon, polyester mix. It isn’t vinyl. It isn’t such because of the flowery embroider.
Thank you for the comparison. I just want to share to tip that I learned on how to get rid of brush marks easily- use a brush (or aa roller) to apply the paint and then use a small DRY roller and lightly go over the painted area before it it dry. It levels out the paint and looks like it has been spray painted. I used that with chalk paint and normal latex paint
thank you for this. I just ordered the Rustoleum from Amazon and I plan to paint a few old pieces of furniture. I have never used chalk paint before but I’ve seen may pieces done by others.
Thank you so much. I just bought the Restolium paint. I had read reviews about chalk paint n they were good. I am doing a dining room set for the first time so needs a good amount of paint. I usually go to Michaels or Walmart for my paint but I am constantly looking at Annie Sloan’s ambassadors for tips. I do plan on painting the top of table with easy Peezy gel stain from Annie Sloan do you have any recommendations on that 😀
Thanks for the comparison! I have recently gotten more into painting furniture and just like many others I’m sure, wondered how these two brands stacked up against eachother. The price difference alone makes me lean towards Rustoleum so thankyou for confirming it isn’t a sub-par product.
Lois Nelson Ploschansky
Thank you for the comparison between Annie Sloan and Rust-Oleum paints. I think you just saved me a ton load of $$. I will definitely try Rust-Oleum on my next project .
Absolutely the best information. Wanting to paint parents old mahogany Highboy and dresser we should already been expertly and taped by my grandfather who was a master Craftsman with paint I’m building. 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. 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. And idea appears and the job can be done because gravity is impulse in that doesn’t like long engagements. As you say yourself it’s I thought and done or else it’s not done at all. Getting ready to not make a big deal out of the whole process. Just have to move the furniture for one room to the other and I can finish the job right here in the living area. I’m always just too and I don’t think verbiage has been wasted. It’s just all the necessary data needed come to a conclusion. Made me so happy. Dreams do come true!!
Thank you so much for this!
Thanks for a very helpful article. I’m choosing a paint brand for kitchen units so this is going to be be my guide. I like the Annie Sloan colours but I’m not keen on the finish now I can compare to the Rust-Oleum side of your little table.
Thank you for telling me about the difference between AS and Rust-Oleum.
I have just purchased a round Antique dining table which I want to paint to give it the French weathered look. The top I want to strip back to it’s natural wood which is oak and just wax it but the heavy center base I want to use the paint in a soft pale olive green with the antique effect showing a little rubbing. Do I need to strip the heavy cream paint off the center base or can I just sand it lightly and then apply the Rust-Oleum ? I’m a first timer so would gladly love to hear from you. Thank you Sue
How do you distress using sandpaper, after using the rustoleum chalk paint?
Sarah> Jodie Rothwell
Just lightly rub the edges with sandpaper and the paint will come off! Easy peasy.
I have used both paints and they are similar but the Annie Sloan colors are just gorgeous. The research into those colors is spot on and they do not disappoint
Rust ilium paint is true to color, Annie Sloans turned yellow.
I’ve used both and I couldn’t make up my mind. Thank you. The Rust-oleum does cost less though and with very similar results.
I disagree , valspar had wonderful chalked, Now only Rust-Oleum is available I used AS years ago I reallY hate the finish I’m getting with Rust-Oleum. I would use AS AGAIN IF I Can FIND IT LOCALLY.
Lovely blog, was looking for a review of the Rustoleum chalk paint because I’ve used Annie Sloan. Not sure if anyone else noted this, but you can and I always have watered down the first coat of Annie Sloan. It makes the can last a lot longer and it helps it go on as well. The Annie Sloan is more of an “artist’s paint,” there’s so many versatile things you can do with it, if you search around. I used to work at a boutique where the owner taught classes about using AS paint. Thanks!
Can u say that chalk paint on dining room chairs and not seal them
How do u wipe off if they get dirty
Donna M Pulver
I want to cover a metal patio set that has rust. Do I have to sand it and will the rust eventually come through?
Please read the first line on the back of the Rustoleum Can:: “Smooth matte finish • Fast drying • Low VOC *****LATEX***** Paint”. Uhm. Wut? Just because it’s called “Chalked” on the front doesn’t mean it’s a purely water-based paint. This doesn’t detract from the fact that I’ve found it decent as well. But I am a bit peeved at the misleading branding..
Is there another clear finish wax, similar to A. Sloan you suggest to use on canvas? Thank you.
Thank you for your post. 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. BTW, you did a good job on that table.
Have you tried using a good flat paint like Benjamin Moore and waxing over it?Would that be easier or harder? The color selection would be exciting!
thanks for the test with the paint.
I agreed all so that rust -oleum paint is great! And cheaper of course.
And i am really a big fan from annie sloan paint…..but i will try the rust- oleum now.
Hi, it cost wasn’t a factor which one would you recommend ? I am currently in India, and here the Rustoleum chalk paint costs a little more than the Annie Sloan (due to some import duties etc).
So cost aside, which is a better paint finish. I think from your post, it appears the Rustoleum dries to a smoother, more even finish – which is great !
Thank you. Your comparison of the two products was very helpful!
Hi there I have got rustoleum white but it’s toooo white, what do u suggest to add to it so it’s more like old white thanks if you can help
Thank you. What would you suggest I use to protect rust-oleum paint on furniture?
How interesting! I’ve never tried either, but will be trying the Rust-Oleum soon! Thank You for this!
Just spray painted a corner dresser with Rustoleum. Convinced the supplier to mix us a non standard Dulux dark aqua and after thinning by about 10% with water application was quick and easy with a fabulous smooth, matte finish.
Highly recommend this product and process.
This was very helpful as a first timer as I read some reviews on the deluxe chalk paint and they weren’t good but the rust-oleum sounds the better alternative. Thank you for this it was very informative.
Thanks for the info. I have never used AS, but am loving the Rustoleum products.
I prefer the old white colour of anniesloan, can rustoleum be coloured to match?
Thank you for your report. I just painted old TV cabinet with Rust-Oleum. This is my first experience with chalk paint.
My friend recommended me for AS but I have to drive 45 min to get that. So I just give it try with Rust-Oleum and I like it. Now I’ll stick with Rust-Oleum without doubt.
I’ve used Annie Sloan chalk paint on my kitchen, kitchen chairs, piano stool and waxed it too and loved the finish and ease of use. I just bought some Rust-Oleum ‘chalky – finish’ paint (I think the name is the clue) as I’d run out of Annie Sloan. I’m afraid once dry, I noticed a bit that hadn’t taken, so I took the end and pulled and the whole lot peeled off perfectly in one piece. It was slightly elastic.
I’ve never had that happen with Annie Sloan paint. I will be going back to Annie Sloan.
So is Rust-Oleum just a normal paint with a chalky finish, made to mimic the effect? it didn’t work as well for me. It’s a much lower price, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again.
Very useful article. I have used Annie Sloan and now bought some Rustoleum to apply. It was good to see a comparison of the two paints.
Thanks that really helped me. I just purchased the gray and was hesitant to use it. Now I mat get started tomorrow.
I’m about to chalk paint my kitchen cupboards… I have watched EVERY video and searched for any and all info out there. I’m going with white linen and charcoal from the rust-oleum line. Thank you for your info on here.
Thank you so MUCH for doing this!
I’m just getting together what I need to start my first project and I was VERY surprised to learn how much her paint cost😲I 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 have lightly sanded due to holes being filled etc. Should I use roller or brush? And do I need to prep! I’m so nervous as I have such high hopes it turns out good. I have seen some people say it’s hard paint to work with 🙁
I like the rust oleum. Used it on a sofa table. Light gray. Love the Matt finish, but want to spray a Matt finish to protect it. Do not like wax. Can I do this without ruining my table. Any suggestions would be much appreciated
Lowe’s can mix any color chalk paint you want!
Kristina Sanders> Linda
Is it as good as Annie Sloan?
Love both chalk paints, but I’m battling to find a supplier in the Western Cape South Africa! I came across another paint of Rustoleum called Milk paint, the colour is Venision Yellow! Absolutely stunning, so wished Annie Sloan or Rustoleum had this colour in chalk paint!
Rustoleum chalk paint in antique white . It is more pliable than Annie sloane . Hers dries practically immediately once applied . Where as rustoleum does give you more application time
I painted a daybed with Annie Sloan. I didn’t wax at first, until I discovered the paint rubbed off into the pillowcases. This would not wash out, despite bleach. So I then waxed the bed, which gave it a bit of a sheen and soft feel. No more paint rubbing off on any of the bedding. That’s my experience at any rate. Happy.
My very first thought, I noticed that you didn’t apply either paint following the grain of the wood on the table. Perhaps if you did, you’d have a smoother application and finish…
Love Annie Sloan for indoor use and Rustoleum for outdoor projects.
Thanks for your demo.
God’s blessings to you!
you are suppose to thin down the Anne Sloan paint with a little water..pour some of the paint in a container and then add a bit of water to make it more spreadable.
I want to thank you for this comparison because I have a litter box cabinet for my two cats and I want to paint the dark espresso color in a white chalk paint. My question to you is since I’m a beginner, can you tell me what is the best brush that you use to apply the chalk paint? Do you use the Annie Sloan brush or is there some other brush? I really need to know ASAP because I want to begin my project. How does one select a white if you want to have a distressed French look? Based on the price differential, I think I will give the Rust-oleum product a go. Thank you!
Loved this. I did my first piece this weekend. It was my bathroom vanity with Rust Olean. I used Angel Grey.. and I found with my “pressed wood” vanity..I painted over white but I sanded it lightly.. then painted it one coat which probably should of been two coats. But I let it dry over night. Then I forgot to do the main door. So did it the next morning.. painted it..let it dry about 3hrs.. waxed it.. then used block sandpaper to make the distressed marks. The door did not turn out as will as the rest.. may even have to repaint it..as it seems like it comes off easier. I think because of not sanding. it did not adhere like the rest did.. I think it depends on what type of wood or material As to prepping.But I used Rust Olean and Wax by ((Home Depot) brand Bears. I look forward to doing more.. I did see a lot of U Tubes that helped me as I had no clue. But learned not to be afraid to redo a piece. One lady recommended at least 12hrs to overnight to let it dry Another said 2hrs.. so based on that info.. thats what i did.. but for me doing it on shiny things I personally think a little sanding would help…just my opinion. But yours is lovely..
My question is that I have a cherry wood bed room suite that is about 21 yrs. Old from smoking in the house(which is no longer done) it has nicotine on it would any kind of chalk paint cover it or do I need to sand and primer it.
Next would it be to much to paint 10 pcs. a light or same color. Please help don’t want to have to scrap and I cannot afford to replace
Would love to see a comparison with Behr chalk paint. same price as Rustoliem and comes in a to. Of
Aimee Robson> Aimee
Comes in a ton of colors
I feel as though water needs to be sprayed on the brush as I paint or it won’t glide smooth. Thank you for the review.
I painted a desk eight years ago with Annie Sloan white. They have changed the color. Do you have a suggestion of an alternative that is closer to mine?
Thanks for doing that research I was trying to decide which brand to use and you did that for me. Keep painting I love the chalky look and it is hard to know when to stop painting things.
Your post give me exactly information which i was looking for. Thank you very much for easy and clear explanation of both products. 🤗
I have always used rustloleum im getting ready to paint an upholstered chair. Any suggestions?
Beautiful, can the chalk paint be used outside, on the devk foe example?
Thanks for this blog. I have acouple of furniture peices I wanted to freshen up with paint. However, I wasn’t sure which chalk paint to go with, now I know. Thanks again.
Thank you so much for this!!!
Where can I purchase your chalk paint. I live in So California.
Thanks so much for the Annie Sloan vs Rustoleum comparison – very helpful. I am thinking about painting my old old pine wood floors with Chalk paint to skip the sanding , priming step. Not doing a major area – bedroom and office. I like Annie Sloan but no Stockist within 70 miles from me so good to know about Amazon
Do you know if Rust Olium has a color similar to Annie Sloan’s “Old Ochre”?
I’m a first time chalk painter and trying to decide what to use. My table legs will be the team color, my top is like to stain a dark pretty color. Advice on stain you’ve used please, as well.
Thanks so much!
Oops I meant “cream” color not team
Thank you so very much for this. I’m planning on painting a dining table but I’ve never used chalk paint before. This gave me everything I needed to know to decide which product to use. I’ll be studying your other posts on techniques before I begin. One question- my table is varnished but has deep scratches which need to be filled. I’ll fill and sand those but do I need to sand the varnish or prime where I’ve filled? Thanks.
I am new to chalk paint. I bought the rust oleum and I’m finding it hard to keep brush marks out of it. But I see when you did the side-by-side comparison of AS and rustoleum you also had brush marks. When I see peoples finished products online they look so smooth and flawless. How do I get that look?
Have you tried the newer chalk paint that is called Repurpose Chalk Paint by a two woman company. Sounds like something I would like but not sure how well it works
I’m wanting to do 2 side tables and wasn’t sure about what paint to use. Because of your comparison I’m going to use the Rustoleum. Thanks.
Hi! I have tile around my fireplace and want to change the color. Would using chalk paint work in the tile? Thoughts? It’s a gas fireplace.
David Walker> Jane
For Tile there are primers with more aggressive bonding than chalk paint, but Sloan’s paint could work. INSL-X makes a latex, waterbourne primer called STIX. It will stick to your tile! Oil will but not sure of its flammability after drying. Stix is on the level of the best oil primers, perhaps better. Some Ben Moore stores carry Insl-x products. STIX is a superior water-based primer, very versatile and can handle some tinting. It brushes more like a trim paint which is a feat, because primers just aren’t formulated to allow great brushing.
I love the rustoleum as well. They also have the tint base. Ace Hardware carries this as well and they will make any color I want. Not just the colors on the side panel of the paint can.
I professionally painted high end furniture for perhaps 17 years now, mostly for Florida estate homes on a commission basis. Not always chalk paint, many diverse finishes. However the first chalk paint ever I used was Annie Sloan and it’s great and there is no doubt it’s the benchmark others are judged by. Until I used Rustoleum no chalk paint was very comparable at all to Annie’s (She was/is a decorative painter in England, has authored decorative paint books etc). She probably had access to some ancient european recipe, centuries tested because it is a marvel for many advanced techniques. Every other chalk paint I tried that touted, no prep, no priming, dries hard etc. was a disappointment. Sources in Florida selling Annie’s paint for $45+ tax so I was always looking to avoid these dealer markups.
This review by Sarah is spot on. Rustoleum at much less cost is essentially the closest to the Sloan paint. I will say that the Sloan paint has an edge on Rustoleum in that it is thicker as Sarah says, but it is so for specific reason. Sloan is an artist and it is an artists paint. It is an artists material. Other chalk paints, we are assured were not formulated by artists for artists, they are made for the DIY painters who would be overwhelmed with a very specifically designed product. When Sloan chalk paint was first introduced, it was formulated to achieve vintage paint effects. To do that, paint viscosity must be thick to replicate old layer build ups. This Rustoleum is easier to apply because it is thinner and thus won’t cover quite as well either. Manufacturers formulate to accommodate more users than just artists, so it’s less thick for mass marketing and broader use. Annie Sloan’s chalk paint was her paint and for her techniques, so thats why it is thicker and has more versatility but to exploit that requires more skills. Most DIY painters are not adept or understand advanced techniques needed to replicate authentic antique paint finishes that can literally fool the eye it’s not 200 years old, so it’s likely a moot benefit for most all users that basically only do Shabby-chic. I give a total thumbs up to the Rustoleum paint, particularly because of the cost and it better than all chalk paints on the market except Sloan’s. I can thicken it too if need be. Short paint can also easily be made by letting OIL PRIMER air dry with the lid off. It doesn’t top surface skim dry like latex, the entire volume just gets thicker and thicker for staccato texture or tooth effects. Then it can be tinted over with another coat tinted with colorants, glazed over or painted over with chalk paint.
I was told to never use an oil based chalk paint because it will yellow. Yesterday I sprayed an end table with the Rustoleum Linen white which is oil based. Should I be concerned about it yellowing and go over it with the can of water based chalk paint?
Hi. I found your article very interesting
I painted my cabinets with the Anne Sloan. After I applied the wax some of the doors like spotty. What can I do to get them to look smooth? Thanks
Hi Sarah, I am so glad I found your page on google search. I have seen so many people using chalk paint and really liked the way the furniture came out. So I just ordered 8 cans of Rust-Oleum chalk paint (Linen White & Country Gray) and looking forward to giving my vintage furniture a new look. I am new to chalk paint and I appreciate you doing this comparison. Plus your DIY spaces are very nice. Thanks so much!
I totally agree with you Sarah. I’ve also used both and discovered the same results as you. I also prefer the Rust Oleum but both products are great. For me it came down to cost.
Thank you for this write up. I needed it.
Excellent detail and pics. Very helpful and not too long!! Thank you
Getting ready to paint a wee side table with drawers, great review of both products. And my kitchen cabinets need painting as well, off to read your vanity fiasco to yet again talk myself out of tackling that on my own again.🤣
Bonjour Sarah! Merci beaucoup for a much needed comparison! I have been wondering if the extra $$ were worth paying for the SLOAN paint! Now I know! Do/can you ever DEMONSTRATE the STRATEGY of where to sand to get the Distressed look?
Hi, I appreciate your comparison of these two paints. On my iPad the Rust-oleum paint looks like it has a slight blue tint. Is that true, or is it just the way it looks on my screen ?
I have to agree with everything in this post. Really it was a wonderful article! Thanks for useful sharing information.
Why couldn’t you have the store color your rustoleon chalk paint? Whatever color you want?
Hi I want to paint my Daughters bed room set . It has a shine to it and it’s White
So can I use chalk pain on Shiny furniture or do I have to sand first
Morning Sarah. I have recently started dabbling in the whole chalk paint thing, and so far have had good results with the rust-oleum paint. Ive just given a first coat to some old dark oak painted chairs in linen white. Annie Sloan says to wait 24 hours between coats, but you say much less time needed. Do you think 24 hours is really necesasry between coats in certain circumstances or does it depend on the make of chalk paint you use?
Hi, to make any colour paint I like, I just add a little acrylic paint in a similar colour to the chalk paint and tweak it until I get my desired colour, I’ve made the graphite chalk paint a little darker this way and lighter with white acrylic. If I wanted a different shade of green etc. I would put in some yellows or blues until I get my colour. I’ve used it on garden furniture and it’s not even outside acrylic paint. You can just experiment this way.
Hi that was a great comparison. I use Annie Sloan and I have always loved it but my last can has been very thick and hard to paint with. I know they say you can thin it with water which is what I had to do. Annie Sloan works better outside than rust-oleum. I like the fact that she created a finish, I haven’t used it yet. I love your posts and all the tips you give. Thanks Pat
Love the chalk paint.. Would love to know how one can seal the paint to be able to avoid any stains..
Hi. I have tried to pinch my pennies as I changed my entire house chalk painting all my furniture from Black Country style to French country cottage style. It took a year and got so many compliments and what a game changer! I needed to watch my costs so I decided to go from Dixie Bell chalk paint at about 40.00 for 32 ounces to the Rust-Oleum for less than twenty bucks. I really wanted it to work. The thing that I definitely noticed was the Rust-Oleum fades over time to a yellow tone. As the Dixie bell chalk paint doesn’t. I have several items I had to re-paint because of this. I sealed each with the proper wax. Anyway if you’re wanting to switch to Rust-Oleum I get it! I didn’t stick with it because it didn’t stay a cream color.
This is SO helpful. Thank you!
I have just used Rustoleum to paint a wheel back chair. The chair had previously been stripped of varnish so the first coat was absorbed into the wood a bit which is to be expected. I applied the second coat and left each coat to dry for 24 hours. I applied Rustoleum wax but it has given a rather blotchy appearance- a sheen in some places but not in others and just hasn’t given the finish I expected . 😟 Can you offer any advice please? Thanks in anticipation.
My experience with Annie Sloan chalk paint and Rustoleum chalked paint on the same project was just the opposite. 3 coats of Rustoleum left my dining room chair streaky and uneven. After that epic fail, I went back to Annie Sloan and the project turned beautifully, including the painted chair that I had to re-do. I learned my lesson. You get what you pay for.
How can you pain a kitchen table without having the brush strokes showing? Would using a roller be better?
If the paint cakes up you’re supposed to use water. I used Annie Sloan paint with a water spray bottle in hand and it went on really easily and smoothly.
Thanks. This demo was what I needed before I head out to get the Rustoleum chalk paint!!
I am wondering if you checked the ingredients of both paints?
I am pretty sure that RustOLeum is not as pure. Not as environmentally friendly.
i would like to paint my wooded kitchen set white without sanding what do you suggest what paint should i use the chalk paint i mean
Thank you in advance
Wow this was incredibly helpful! I just painted my lingerie chest with Annie Sloan French linen and about killed my arm waxing it…and it’s too dark. I dreaded paying another $50 to get white (I should have used white the 1st time) and am so relieved to try the cheaper option. Thanks again!
Rustoleum has a tintable based chalk paint so you can customize colors
Jessena R Slaughter
Thank you for the comparison I am going to try Chalk paint for the first time an this suggestion really helps.
I totally agree
I personally prefer Rustoleum
It is much easier to apply and it is half price
Thank you. I am art and crafty but have never used chalk paint. I was very interested to see the comparison . I have some furniture that I would like yo paint to match the rest of my house.
Tried the rust-oleum chalk paint after reading this blog. The others who commented about this paint rubbing off as you try to wax/antique it are absolutely correct! It does not adhere to surfaces or have the durability of other chalk paint brands I’ve used on past projects. In order to seal the surface to protect it from wear and spills you have to wax, lacquer or poly unless you want to constantly repaint. Waxing the rust-oleum is out of the question. I’m so disappointed! Now I’m going to sand off as much of it as possible and go back to other brand that’s tried and true. Total waist of money and time!
I went to a boutique and I went there for white paint end up with tan paint and I came home to paint my dresser and my vanity it was very thick the cover color is awful. I wouldn’t waste my money I called the boutique and they said to water it down. I would it down and I added white regular latex paint to it and it still looked awful so now I wasted $65 on a canna paint and a paint brush. I also switched to a small roller which was so much better. So now I’m gonna go get the rust oleum tent paint And paint it white like I started in the beginning . What a waste .
I am not a handy person but I am tempted to try the rust-oleum chalk paint. What kind of brush do I use? I think I saw that Annie Sloan requires a special round brush.
Thank you helpful!
Anne Sloans was $45.00
In a small store so I was thinking of making my own with plaster Paris.