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. But 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. A Side by Side Comparison and Revew

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.
  • Both can be applied to a variety of surfaces, such as wood, glass, metal, ceramic, and even plastic.
  • Both 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.

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. 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.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Revew

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.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Review

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Review

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Review

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:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Review

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and

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:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Review

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Review

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.

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

Dining Table Makeover with Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint. A Side by Side Comparison and Review

Leave a Comment!


  1. 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.

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I agree Debra, I think you’re good to stick with the Rust-Oleum.

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
      • Janet wrote:

        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.

        Posted 9.7.17 Reply
        • Norma wrote:

          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

          Posted 9.19.19 Reply
        • Barbara Hartmann wrote:

          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

          Posted 1.5.20 Reply
          • Jennifer Ventura wrote:

            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.

            Posted 5.19.20
          • Jennifer wrote:

            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

            Posted 5.25.20
      • Simon wrote:

        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 !

        Posted 4.5.18 Reply
        • Maria wrote:

          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.

          Posted 4.7.18 Reply
          • Sarah wrote:

            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.

            Posted 4.7.18
        • Sherri wrote:

          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!

          Posted 4.14.18 Reply
          • Debbie l Patchey wrote:

            Well written Sherri.

            Posted 5.16.20
        • Pamela wrote:

          I agree! I experienced “bleed through” with the Rustoleum but not the Annie Sloan.

          Posted 4.19.18 Reply
        • 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!

          Posted 8.20.18 Reply
        • Patrick R wrote:

          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!

          Posted 6.19.19 Reply
      • Denise Parker wrote:

        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.

        Posted 7.6.18 Reply
        • Irene wrote:

          This is really good to know. Great option for color choice.

          Posted 9.8.18 Reply
        • Anne Ward wrote:

          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!

          Posted 10.31.18 Reply
      • Michele wrote:

        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 ?

        Posted 6.9.19 Reply
    • Nancy wrote:

      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

      Posted 8.30.17 Reply
      • Dawn Cales wrote:

        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.

        Posted 12.23.17 Reply
        • m wrote:

          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.

          Posted 12.29.17 Reply
          • Samantha Palmer wrote:

            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!

            Posted 2.22.18
          • Maria wrote:

            A fair comparison can only be achieved if you follow instructions and correct techniques for the application. That hasn’t been done.

            Posted 4.7.18
        • Patricia Bogdan wrote:

          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!

          Posted 3.31.18 Reply
        • MAMAD wrote:

          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 😊

          Posted 5.13.18 Reply
    • Linda wrote:

      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!

      Posted 12.26.17 Reply
    • Sherlene wrote:

      Will this cover a office desk. Do I need to sand.

      Posted 6.21.19 Reply
  2. Heather Hoben wrote:

    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?????

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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.

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
      • Marsha wrote:

        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!!

        Posted 1.29.18 Reply
        • Jan Christianson wrote:

          Menards mixed a color from another paint to get the color I wanted to Rustoleum chalk paint.

          Posted 3.5.18 Reply
          • Debbie wrote:

            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.

            Posted 4.6.18
        • Cynthia Holmes wrote:

          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.

          Posted 4.4.18 Reply
        • Judy Jensen wrote:

          Linen White by Rustoleum is a very light gray or a grayish white.

          Posted 10.2.18 Reply
      • Kristi wrote:

        Is Rust-Oleum safe for pregnant women to use like AS is? And what about the RO Glazes?

        Posted 12.30.19 Reply
  3. Ellen wrote:

    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).

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  4. Nikki wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  5. Marilyn Soto wrote:

    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?

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
      • Marilyn Soto wrote:

        Thanks -I can always count on you to respond. I’ll keep you posted on the cabinet project.

        Posted 4.26.17 Reply
        • Juli wrote:

          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! 🙂

          Posted 7.15.17 Reply
          • Debra wrote:

            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

            Posted 8.2.17
        • Mb wrote:

          You can use polyacrylic as a sealer over chalkpaint. Instead of wax. It dries to a clear hard surface.

          Posted 7.28.18 Reply
      • Lou wrote:

        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

        Posted 7.30.17 Reply
        • Sarah wrote:

          Oh good to know Lou, thanks for the tip!

          Posted 7.30.17 Reply
          • Maria wrote:

            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.

            Posted 8.26.18
    • Barbara wrote:

      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..

      Posted 7.9.18 Reply
  6. Ann wrote:

    Valspar makes a spray chalk paint. I just used it on a brass-type lamp base and it worked well.

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  7. Helen wrote:

    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

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  8. Jessica wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I have used the Rust-Oleum chalky spray paint Jessica. You can read my post about it here

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Dixie wrote:

      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.

      Posted 5.7.17 Reply
      • Sarah wrote:

        Wow, that’s a great tip Dixie. I never knew you could use shoe polish like that!

        Posted 5.7.17 Reply
        • Kathleen wrote:

          I have used shoe polish for lots of touch up’s really came in handy I couldn’t find brown paint !

          Posted 3.26.18 Reply
  9. Noreen wrote:

    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?

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Maria wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  10. Rhonda wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that’s awesome Rhonda! Good luck on your Hoosier cabinet, I’m sure that will be a beauty when you’re done.

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  11. Mallory wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      WHAT??!! I had no idea they would do that. Thanks for the tip Mallory!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
      • Judy wrote:

        I have seen that you can get Rustoleum Chalk paint tinted in any color at Menards stores also.

        Posted 5.31.17 Reply
      • Tanya wrote:

        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!

        Posted 11.21.17 Reply
        • Tanya wrote:

          And I had this done at Menards. Sorry, forgot that in my reply!

          Posted 11.21.17 Reply
        • Brenda wrote:

          Does rustoleum chalk paint have a strong oder.thank you

          Posted 2.11.20 Reply
          • Sarah wrote:

            No, I don’t think it has a strong odor!

            Posted 2.11.20
  12. Anela wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
      • Anna Pate wrote:

        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?

        Thank you!

        Posted 10.22.17 Reply
        • Sarah wrote:

          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!

          Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  13. Esther wrote:

    This comparison is extremely helpful. Have always used AS. The cost difference is huge if you paint a lot. Thanks much!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Exactly right Esther! That cost really adds up fast if you’re using it a lot.

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  14. Deanna wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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%!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  15. 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.

    Thanks much

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      No I actually haven’t tried that yet Kelley–maybe that will be my next review! 🙂

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  16. Jenn wrote:

    Oh this post couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you for the wonderfully detailed post!! 🙂

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh perfect, glad it came at a good time Jenn!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  17. Tammy Ganci wrote:

    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!!!

    Talk soon,

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  18. Ronnie wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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.

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  19. Maria wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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.

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  20. nancy wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Right?! It’s just so darn expensive, even if you’re thinning it down with water. I’m sold on this Rust-Oleum version.

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  21. Julie Briones wrote:

    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?

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  22. Pat wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I’ve never tried that brand Pat, might need to give it a whirl!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  23. Brenda wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Linda wrote:

      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.

      Posted 8.13.18 Reply
  24. Sherri wrote:

    Thanks for sharing Sarah!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  25. Kathy wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  26. Teresa O'Connor wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  27. Nadine wrote:

    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!!!

    Posted 4.25.17 Reply
    • julie SOFONEA wrote:

      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?

      Posted 2.9.18 Reply
  28. Dawn McDaniels wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.25.17 Reply
    • julie SOFONEA wrote:

      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?

      Posted 2.9.18 Reply
  29. 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!

    Posted 4.25.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Glad it was helpful Krissy!

      Posted 4.26.17 Reply
  30. Adriane wrote:

    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?

    Posted 4.26.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.26.17 Reply
  31. 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. 🙂

    Posted 4.27.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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. 🙂

      Posted 4.28.17 Reply
  32. Amber wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.7.17 Reply
  33. Lisa wrote:

    I just used the Rustoleum spray chalk paint today. It is a great product as well. Distresses so nicely!

    Posted 5.10.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s awesome Lisa, glad to hear it worked well for you!!

      Posted 5.11.17 Reply
  34. Patty wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.11.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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: It definitely seals better than the wax and I agree, I don’t really like using the wax anymore either.

      Posted 5.11.17 Reply
  35. Louise Adkins wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.11.17 Reply
  36. Jody wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.12.17 Reply
  37. Nancy wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
    • Vicky wrote:

      How much water thinning the paint?

      Posted 10.29.18 Reply
  38. Adeline Krieger wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.15.17 Reply
  39. STACEY wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s awesome there are more colors available to you Stacey, good luck with your projects!

      Posted 5.18.17 Reply
  40. This was such a great post, Sarah, thank you for your expertise! xoxo

    Posted 5.23.17 Reply
  41. Tracy wrote:

    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. ????

    Posted 6.13.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 6.13.17 Reply
  42. Di wrote:

    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

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
  43. Erica wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.18.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 6.18.17 Reply
  44. Tanya Wolstenholme wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.26.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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.

      Posted 6.26.17 Reply
  45. Deb wrote:

    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!

    Posted 7.3.17 Reply
  46. Laura wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 7.8.17 Reply
  47. Lisa B. wrote:

    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

    Posted 7.23.17 Reply
    • Angel Haller wrote:

      Rethunk Junk has a color “Midnight” that is a pretty nice black.

      Posted 8.25.17 Reply
    • Christie wrote:

      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

      Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  48. Vicki wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  49. Chvonne wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.31.17 Reply
  50. Morgan wrote:

    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?

    Posted 8.3.17 Reply
  51. Anny wrote:

    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 ??

    Posted 8.4.17 Reply
  52. Dyanna Walker wrote:

    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

    Posted 8.10.17 Reply
  53. Patty wrote:

    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.

    Posted 8.10.17 Reply
    • Shane wrote:

      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.

      Posted 10.4.17 Reply
  54. Theresa wrote:

    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!

    Posted 8.11.17 Reply
  55. Marsha Greer wrote:

    hi sarah,
    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!

    Posted 8.13.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 8.13.17 Reply
  56. 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!

    Happy Painting.

    Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  57. Libby wrote:

    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…….

    Posted 8.20.17 Reply
  58. Angel Haller wrote:

    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!

    Posted 8.25.17 Reply
  59. Kim wrote:

    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

    Posted 9.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Kim! Good luck with your projects!

      Posted 9.1.17 Reply
  60. Jessica Wilson wrote:

    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?

    Posted 9.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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.

      Posted 9.16.17 Reply
  61. Michelle wrote:

    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!!!

    Posted 10.1.17 Reply
  62. Marie wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  63. Lorelei wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.2.17 Reply
  64. Carolyn wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.8.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      So glad you found it helpful Carolyn!

      Posted 10.8.17 Reply
  65. Sue wrote:

    Ace Hardware has more colors available. Chalk paint color chart.

    Posted 10.11.17 Reply
  66. Lee wrote:

    Hi Sarah,
    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.

    Posted 11.1.17 Reply
  67. Laura wrote:

    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.

    Posted 11.10.17 Reply
  68. Meg E. wrote:

    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.

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 11.18.17 Reply
    • Isabelle wrote:

      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.

      Posted 11.26.17 Reply
  69. Lisa wrote:

    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!

    Posted 11.20.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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:

      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!

      Posted 11.20.17 Reply
  70. Julie wrote:

    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.

    Posted 11.21.17 Reply
  71. Aj wrote:

    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

    Posted 12.5.17 Reply
  72. Terri Peterson wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 12.11.17 Reply
  73. DIY Guy wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.16.17 Reply
  74. Laura wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.22.17 Reply
  75. Mandi wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.4.18 Reply
  76. Julie wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.5.18 Reply
  77. Kathy Scruggs wrote:

    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!

    Posted 1.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Hi Kathy! I’ve never done gilding actually, so I can’t be any help there. Sorry!!

      Posted 1.7.18 Reply
  78. Sue Edwards wrote:

    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

    Posted 1.7.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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!

      Posted 1.7.18 Reply
  79. Peggy wrote:

    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!

    Posted 1.12.18 Reply
  80. gowri wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      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.

      Posted 1.16.18 Reply
  81. gowri wrote:

    Thank you Sarah for ur time and effort to reply to my comment.

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  82. RIta Carson wrote:

    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.
    Paint on……

    Posted 1.20.18 Reply
  83. Cynthia wrote:

    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?

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s a great idea Cynthia and I think that would totally work! Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.

      Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  84. julie SOFONEA wrote:

    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

    Posted 2.9.18 Reply
  85. Rona wrote:

    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

    Posted 2.19.18 Reply
  86. Suzanne wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Awesome! Glad the post was helpful Suzanne. Good luck on your project!

      Posted 2.20.18 Reply
  87. Ste13 wrote:

    Hi. Have ever tried Renaissance Furniture Paint? What can you say about it?

    Posted 3.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I haven’t tried that one yet!

      Posted 3.4.18 Reply
  88. Sue wrote:

    The Rustoleum Chalked has turntable bases…you can customize your colors 🙂

    Posted 3.7.18 Reply
  89. Abby wrote:

    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!

    Posted 3.14.18 Reply
  90. Penny wrote:

    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!

    Posted 3.22.18 Reply
  91. Kate Hll wrote:

    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?

    Many thanks,


    Posted 3.23.18 Reply
  92. fiona fernandes wrote:

    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.

    Posted 3.25.18 Reply
  93. Ashton wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.3.18 Reply
  94. Nicky wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.7.18 Reply
  95. Jenna wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 4.9.18 Reply
  96. Chrissy wrote:

    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! 🙂

    Posted 4.21.18 Reply
  97. Charlene Derrington wrote:

    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?


    Posted 6.16.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes it does need to be waxed, but you can also do a clear poly topcoat. That works really well too!

      Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  98. Nolan wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.17.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that’s awesome! I agree, the Pure White and Linen White are very similar.

      Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  99. May wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.19.18 Reply
  100. Jenny wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.21.18 Reply
  101. Erin wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  102. Amy Zaruca wrote:

    Hi Sarah,
    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!

    Posted 6.30.18 Reply
  103. RNC wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.8.18 Reply
  104. Shelley wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.10.18 Reply
  105. Beth wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  106. brenda wrote:

    I really appreciated your comparison.Fixing to paint my first piece with rustoleom…Great article…

    Posted 7.30.18 Reply
  107. koneko wrote:

    Thanks so much for the great post. I have all white furniture and all are used with chalk paint.

    Posted 8.5.18 Reply
  108. Kendra wrote:

    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!

    Posted 8.7.18 Reply
  109. Yolli wrote:

    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

    Posted 8.8.18 Reply
  110. Dina Ramadan wrote:

    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?

    Posted 8.11.18 Reply
  111. Jenny wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I actually haven’t tried it on upholstery yet, but I definitely need to!

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  112. Monique wrote:

    Made my own chalk paint & it worked beautifully!! Not sure why anyone would use Annie Sloan at the ridiculous price that it is!!

    Posted 9.26.18 Reply
  113. Ashes wrote:

    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!

    Posted 9.29.18 Reply
  114. Jilly wrote:

    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 ☺

    Posted 9.29.18 Reply
  115. Janet Boucher wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.22.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh wow, that sounds awesome Janet! So glad you went for it. Rust-Oleum is a great option.

      Posted 10.23.18 Reply
  116. Jackie wrote:

    About to do my first chalk paint project and this blog is exactly what I needed – thank you so much!

    Posted 11.2.18 Reply
  117. Kelly wrote:

    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……… 😉

    Posted 11.3.18 Reply
  118. Jennifer wrote:

    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.

    Posted 11.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Def use poly. It holds up much better than wax in my opinion!!

      Posted 11.6.18 Reply
  119. Susan Thomson wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.4.18 Reply
  120. Traci wrote:

    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!

    Posted 12.7.18 Reply
  121. BRAIDON FERRIER wrote:

    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!

    Posted 12.9.18 Reply
  122. Kara wrote:

    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

    Posted 12.10.18 Reply
  123. Cheryl wrote:

    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!

    Posted 12.19.18 Reply
  124. eileen martino wrote:

    this was very helpful, thanks you soo much!!!

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  125. Anne wrote:

    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?

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
    • Jeff wrote:

      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.

      Posted 2.4.19 Reply
  126. Pam Bowman wrote:

    You can buy the rustoleum at ace. They have a color chart with Manny colors.

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
  127. Cassie Jones wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
  128. Catherine wrote:

    Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 1.28.19 Reply
  129. Dixie Mumm wrote:

    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!

    Posted 1.29.19 Reply
  130. Caroline wrote:

    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?

    Posted 1.29.19 Reply
  131. Jeff wrote:

    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.

    Posted 2.4.19 Reply
  132. Ellie wrote:

    Top tip:
    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.

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  133. Lisa wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  134. Maxine wrote:

    Have you tried Frenchic paints?
    Another comparison.
    I have a hall table to chalk paint and I’m not sure what to use!

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  135. James wrote:

    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".

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
  136. Cathy wrote:

    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

    Posted 2.17.19 Reply
  137. Valerie wrote:

    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.

    Posted 2.19.19 Reply
  138. Audles wrote:

    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

    Posted 2.21.19 Reply
  139. Melanie wrote:

    Do you think the Rustoleum chalky paint would work on those ’90 curio cabinets? The ones with glass doors? I love and need them!

    Posted 2.21.19 Reply
  140. Chanda z wrote:

    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.

    Posted 3.5.19 Reply
  141. Theresa nunan wrote:

    Just about to doing up furniture as a hobby. Any tips plz.

    Posted 3.8.19 Reply
  142. Dana wrote:

    Thanks for the insight. I’m just getting started and thought your tips were very useful. Rustoleum it is!

    Posted 3.9.19 Reply
  143. Michele wrote:

    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.

    Posted 3.16.19 Reply
  144. Ron genco wrote:

    Thank you for comparison.It was a great help.

    Posted 3.16.19 Reply
  145. Suzan wrote:

    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!

    Posted 3.19.19 Reply
  146. Patty wrote:

    Wondered if there was a good substitute for AS paint-glad to hear Rustoleum is comparable. Thanks!

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
  147. Lea wrote:

    Thanks for the thorough review and great photos. I am going to try to refinish some furniture with Rustoleum Chalked paint.

    Posted 3.27.19 Reply
  148. Joe Quartuccio wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.8.19 Reply
  149. 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!

    Posted 4.13.19 Reply
  150. Ash wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.14.19 Reply
  151. Laura wrote:

    Why can’t you use ordinary furniture or floor wax

    Posted 4.16.19 Reply
  152. Linda wrote:

    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 👍🏻👍🏻

    Posted 4.28.19 Reply
  153. Michelle wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.28.19 Reply
  154. Jackie wrote:

    I live in Australia, and I use Rustoleum paint.
    I love it.

    Posted 4.30.19 Reply
  155. Deborah Mendel wrote:

    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:

    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.

    Posted 5.2.19 Reply
  156. Sarah wrote:

    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?

    Posted 5.5.19 Reply
  157. Denise wrote:

    Love the article on comparison of paints and pictures to actually show the difference! I have been using Rustoleum chalk paint and love it!

    Posted 5.9.19 Reply
  158. Ann wrote:

    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

    Posted 5.9.19 Reply
  159. Sue wrote:

    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.
    Thank you.

    Posted 5.16.19 Reply
  160. AJ wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.18.19 Reply
  161. Tonnie wrote:

    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?

    Posted 5.27.19 Reply
  162. Beth wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.3.19 Reply
  163. Sandra wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.8.19 Reply
  164. Michele wrote:

    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 ?

    Posted 6.9.19 Reply
  165. Dianne wrote:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this test. I have wondered. Very helpful!

    Posted 6.20.19 Reply
  166. Kimba wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.20.19 Reply
  167. Leisa McLeod wrote:

    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

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  168. Diana Landry wrote:

    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!
    Blessings, Diana

    Posted 6.30.19 Reply
  169. Ashley Sovig wrote:

    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.🌷

    Posted 7.3.19 Reply
  170. Laura wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.6.19 Reply
  171. Linda wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 7.12.19 Reply
  172. Bonnie martel wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.16.19 Reply
  173. KathyMongno wrote:

    This was Very helpful. Thanks for sharing – I will check out your blog for more tips! Again thank you!

    Posted 7.17.19 Reply
  174. Karen wrote:

    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.

    Posted 8.10.19 Reply
  175. corey walker wrote:

    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.

    Posted 8.10.19 Reply
  176. Patty wrote:

    Thank you so much for that information. Extremely helpful go me.

    Posted 8.14.19 Reply
  177. Linda wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.14.19 Reply
  178. Irene Sochacki wrote:

    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…..

    Posted 9.15.19 Reply
  179. Diane M wrote:

    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.

    Posted 9.18.19 Reply
  180. Sharon wrote:

    What is your favorite brush when painting with Rustoleum Chalk Paint?

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
    • Mary Rose van Kesteren wrote:

      Can the Rustoleum be used for outdoor applications, furniture, pots, etc?

      Posted 1.27.20 Reply
  181. Debbie wrote:

    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.

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Wow what a great tip!! Thank you for sharing, Debbie!

      Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  182. Pauli wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 10.6.19 Reply
  183. Jennifer wrote:

    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?

    Posted 10.18.19 Reply
  184. Can you paint fabric?

    Posted 10.29.19 Reply
  185. Lindsay Berg wrote:

    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!

    Posted 11.14.19 Reply
  186. Rida Shoaib wrote:


    Posted 11.17.19 Reply
  187. Paint Guy wrote:

    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

    Posted 12.7.19 Reply
    • Cinda wrote:

      Totally disagree with this statement; 😔

      Posted 4.9.20 Reply
  188. lesley finch wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.28.19 Reply
  189. Like you I found the rustoleum easy to work with BUT long term it’s dreadful as it chips off so easily.

    Posted 1.27.20 Reply
  190. Mary Kay Naughton wrote:

    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?

    Posted 2.9.20 Reply
  191. Liz wrote:

    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?

    Posted 2.10.20 Reply
  192. Micki wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.17.20 Reply
  193. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are getting ready to do our kitchen cabinets and this helped us decide.

    Posted 3.12.20 Reply
  194. Cks007 wrote:

    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.

    Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  195. 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.

    Posted 3.18.20 Reply
  196. Cass wrote:

    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.
    Cheers, Cass

    Posted 3.27.20 Reply
  197. Caren wrote:

    If only Rust Oleum had the choice of colours that AS has. I always use RO lacquer over AS. It’s a fantastic product.

    Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  198. Nancy Ferrara wrote:

    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?

    Posted 4.3.20 Reply
  199. Cinda wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.9.20 Reply
  200. Charlotte Begley wrote:

    do you think l could use the rustoleum chalk paint on a stained white rayon/velvet couch& what sealer would l use

    Posted 4.9.20 Reply
  201. Joan wrote:

    Thank you for the comparison. It was a big help. I’ve also have used both , but never sure which was better.

    Posted 4.9.20 Reply
  202. Marie wrote:

    Hi Sara
    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.

    Posted 4.12.20 Reply
  203. Nicole wrote:

    Would you paint walls with chalk paint?

    Posted 4.14.20 Reply
  204. Amalia Cristina Caldarelli wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.15.20 Reply
  205. Peggy wrote:

    Can I use chalk paint over polyurethane

    Posted 4.16.20 Reply
  206. Shayla wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.19.20 Reply
  207. Cate wrote:

    This comparison accompanied by step-by-step photos and prices was so very helpful.

    Posted 4.20.20 Reply
  208. Lynn Parks wrote:

    I’m new to chalk painting and found your blog with a google search. Great blog! Thanks for the Rust-Oleum and AS review.

    Posted 4.21.20 Reply
  209. Lisa wrote:

    Thank you, I had picked up some rustoleum and was apprehensive about it.

    Posted 4.24.20 Reply
  210. Sandra Robertson wrote:

    I’m getting ready to stipple a semi rough brick fireplace surround. Which one do you think would be best on the rough masonry?

    Posted 4.24.20 Reply
  211. Carrie wrote:

    This was so helpful, especially with white paint. I am beginning two projects in the morning. Thank you!

    Posted 4.26.20 Reply
  212. Diana McNellis wrote:

    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?

    Posted 4.28.20 Reply
  213. Lee wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.30.20 Reply
  214. Donna R Lutz wrote:

    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

    Posted 5.4.20 Reply
  215. I used both but I like Rustoleum better. Thanks for the tips.

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
  216. Julissa Miranda wrote:

    What sanding tool do you use for the distressed look?

    Posted 5.6.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      most of the time I just use a low grit sandpaper!

      Posted 5.11.20 Reply
  217. Tricia McNally wrote:

    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.
    Bye bye

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
  218. Nikki K wrote:

    Would love to see a comparison of these 2 products on fabric furniture. I wonder if the same feedback applies.

    Posted 5.17.20 Reply
  219. Hazel wrote:

    Hi have you ever used lazy French chic & how do you think it compares ?

    Posted 5.18.20 Reply
  220. Martha wrote:

    Rust-oleum May only have 20 or so colors, you can get it made into any color just like any paint.

    Posted 5.20.20 Reply
  221. Dana wrote:

    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

    Posted 5.25.20 Reply
  222. Gloria wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.1.20 Reply
  223. Gillian Clarke wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.6.20 Reply
  224. Patti McLaughlin wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  225. Ginger wrote:

    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?

    Posted 6.8.20 Reply
  226. Jacquie Mertins wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
  227. Liz Frazer wrote:

    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!

    Posted 6.20.20 Reply
  228. Susan wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.21.20 Reply
  229. Rebecca Zentz wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.27.20 Reply
  230. Cathy wrote:

    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??

    Posted 6.28.20 Reply
  231. Sheryl wrote:

    Loved your input! Thank you! Getting ready to paint my 41 year old bedroom furniture with chalk paint. White. Wish me luck!

    Posted 7.1.20 Reply
  232. Christy wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 7.2.20 Reply
  233. Lee wrote:

    Thanks Sarah, which white did you prefer? Linen or old white? Cheers

    Posted 7.2.20 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I prefer linen white!

      Posted 7.7.20 Reply

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