Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in French linen sparks a flash of genius
The concrete floors were in rough shape and originally, I was going to paint them solid in Annie Sloan French Linen. However, I discovered that straight-up French Linen was going to be a bit dark for the room. The floors called for being lighten up. Instead of trying to mask the floors condition I decided to enhance their rough nature with a classic diamond pattern. The idea to add the harlequin design entered my head and I ran with it. Because, I knew that it would add personality to the floors.
Make magic with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
I turned the stencil punch out from a bathroom stencil project into a diamond floor template for the home office floor. And just like that, I put my plan into action.
I added water to Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint to thin it, creating a wash. This technique provided the light, depth and contrast to the floor to the diamond floor that I was needing.
I must share that I am a huge fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and my friends at Wood Creations Furniture have great advice and tips to make my painting projects a breeze. There is no need for primer or sanding. I prepped the floor by washing it with Dawn dish detergent. Once the floor dried, I painted two coats of French Linen. After the floors dried, I applied the Old White wash to the diamond pattern. I let the floors dry overnight and then the next day applied Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Lacquer, and VOILA! It’s magic in a can.