Sunday, January 12, 2014

An Annie Sloan Makeover - Painting Tile Around Fireplace and Bathroom Tubs

For those of you who are familiar Annie Sloan Chalk Paint , you know that this paint is AMAZING!

Did you know that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has many applications beyond wood.  Among all the amazing pieces of wood that I have had the privilege to paint for either myself or a customer, I have also used Annie Sloan Paint on canvas, metal, fabric, walls and now tiling.

The paint is an easy to use paint however a little care must be taken when applying on other surfaces beyond woodscapes.  I will demonstrate some techniques and additional products that I used to refinish the tiling around our lakehome fireplace.

Here is the original fireplace tile.  The tiles on the bench are ceramic, red and brown 4"x 4" squares.  The grout seems to be a gray color.

First Step towards transforming tile color with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is

1. Tape your edges with Blue Painters Tape.

2.  Begin Painting your first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Pictured Old Ochre) I went with the grain (Horizontal).  In addition, take one section at a time. I highly recommend not going over the same spot more than twice. The paint is drying while you are painting and it will gunk up (Sorry ... only word that I use when this happens).  I usually took one tile at a time and made sure that I worked the paint into the grout lines.  Use a Annie Sloan paint brush.  Especially when working the paint into the grout.

3.  After the paint dries (touch and look to see if the paint is still wet).  Sand in between coats.

4.  There are many different techniques you can do to give the tile a distressed worn look.  I wanted to pull out some of the deeper colors and black undertones of the wood by dry brushing (Annie Sloan Graphite) over the top of the sanded 2nd Coat of Old Ochre.  

(Note:  Apply very sparingly if you want a very subtle undertone.  I dip very little paint on the tip of the brush and blot on a paper plate before applying the paint.  Flatten the brush and do very long strokes to give a dry brushed effect.  Less is more if subtlety is what you are going for.)

5.  After to dry.  Then apply a thin top coat of Old Ochre Paint.

Make sure all paint is perfectly blended in the grout lines as well on the tile.  
Any excess needs to be sanded back.  

6.  Sand very lightly on edges and across tile to pull out black undertones.  In addition add some distress around cross sections and edges.

When you distress to your satisfaction.  Begin the process of applying the Clear Topcoat.  I like the Artisan Enhancement Product line.  Please use it very sparingly otherwise it will take a few hours to dry.  Any tackiness is an indication that it is still drying.  Applying sparingly will give you the same effect as slopping it on.  

In addition, the clear topcoat will have a milky look when applying it.  However, it will dry clear.

I used a very small amount on the top of the can.  In addition, I also used a topcoat brush to apply the paint.  I tend to not mix applications with the same brush.  It is meant to do one job and that is what I use it for. 

7.  Once the topcoat has dried.  You can either apply a thin clear wax coat.  I, however, was satisfied with a very thin coat of wax and finished the project by buffing the wax into the tile.

I love Annie's buffing brush.  It is amazing and very easy to take care of.  As long as you make sure wax or topcoat does not get stuck on the brush... it should last a very long time.

Once buffed to your satisfaction.  

Your tile should be transformed and complete.  

Here are the before and after pics!  I am so thrilled with the turn out and how easy it was to do.  My tile was transformed in a matter of hours.  


  1. Is it necessary to pre-sand wooden surfaces,, covered with a very thin coat of satin, clear coat, before applying chalk paint? Also, would this technique of painting tile work for kitchen and bathroom counter tops, if not, do you have a recommendation?

  2. Can you use this in a bathroom ? I want to find a low order paint since I have 4 parrots and can't have any chemical smells.I have an ugly pink bathroom. all the tiles are in good shape for a house built in 1961.

  3. We’ve been stumbling around the internet and found your blog along the way.

    We love your work! What a great corner of the internet :)


  4. just curious....could you please let us know how well this project has held up since it was done? would you do it differently? thanks!

  5. hiya! I live in a rented house.... will I be able to remove the paint from the tiles?

    1. I want to know the same. White spirit?

  6. Hi everyone, I see that there hasn’t been a response to any of you Q’s! So I’ll answer y’all! Annie’s chalk paint is designed for easy use! NO NEED TO SAND OR STRIP ANY SURFACE!!! Clean surface well!! You don’t need to sand between coats! Sand if you’d like a smoother finish or to make it look worn! NO THE PAINT WILL NOT COME OFF! 3 Year’s ago I used Annie’s chalk paint on my kitchen cabinets and accidentally over sprayed on my kitchen window where the plastic didn’t stick to the tape! The paint dried on my window and won’t come off! I used a straight razor blade until I realized the blade was scratched the window! Needless to say the cabinets have worn like nails!!!! I thined the paint enough to put it theough my paint sprayer!!!!!


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