Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Floors

I was surfing around the Internet and Pinterest this weekend looking for more options for dark gray paint colors (I can’t seem to make a decision about which color to paint my home office among the dark gray colors I’ve already found so it makes no total sense to be looking for even more paint options, right?) and I came across this beautiful gray floor on Shades of Amber:

Amber had gotten sick of the old carpet in her store so she ripped it out and painted the underlying concrete floor with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Ever since I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint my kitchen table, I’ve been in love with this “no priming, no sanding needed” paint so I thought it was fabulous to see a new use for it. Amber used the Graphite color, stenciled a pattern in Old White, and then covered it with Annie Sloan’s Lacquer, a water-based varnish for painted floors. Love it! 

Totally enamored with the idea of using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on floors, I did a little more searching and found a slew of beautiful floors that had been created with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, including Holly’s stunning foyer over at Storywood Designs:

Holly created a soft checkerboard pattern by painting her hardwoods with a combination of Paris Grey and Louis Blue alternating with Pure White and then sealed the floors with Annie Sloan Lacquer. It completely transformed the look and feel of her space.

Jeri shows us the gorgeous floor that she painted in her coastal boutique, Shabby Coast Cottage:

She achieved this beautiful design by stenciling her floor with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. Instead of using a polyurethane or lacquer to seal the paint, she lightly sanded her floors and then waxed them with floor wax, which will allow the floors to age naturally and become distressed over time. 

Karla at Lady Butterbug also used stenciling with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint this soft design over the hardwoods in her master bedroom. Wouldn’t this also be beautiful in a little girl’s nursery?!

And how about these painted floors at Faux Works Studio, complete with vintage postmark and inspirational quotes! 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can also be used to create a more subtle pattern than on those floors that use stenciling. One of my favorite floors is this one painted by Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect as part of the makeover of her daughter’s room.  She was starting from scratch installing new unfinished white pine floor boards so she painted her boards first (smart girl!) and then had then installed so that a subtle stripe pattern was created.  So beautiful! 

Finally, I also love the treatment that Rachel of VanHook & Co. did in her kids’ room.  She tore out the old carpet, covered the hardwoods with a wash of chalk paint, distressed the floors, and then coated them with polyurethane. Not only is the result unique and beautiful, but it’s a lot less expensive than refinishing your hardwoods.

If you have a few minutes, jump over to these blogs to see the full posts on their painted floors because not only do they give some great tips for painting floors but the before and after shots are pretty unbelievable.  I’d love to paint the floors in my daughters’ rooms some day but they’re not willing to give up their carpet quite yet. Is this something that you’d consider trying in your home? If you’d love to do it but don’t know where to start, I encourage you to contact a local studio that sells Chalk Paint – they can give you great advice and many of them have classes where you can practice working with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Click over to the Directory of Annie Sloan Stockists to find a studio near you. Hope you’re all having a good start to your week!


  1. says

    They are all beautiful. The temptation is strong but I think I’ll start with a table that is sorely in need of help. Not sure of where Annie Sloan is offered in my area but I will look for it today. The thought of no priming is very appealing. Thanks for doing the leg work and sharing.
    Missy M

  2. says

    Kris, I’m not sure how I missed the fact that you are from Cincinnati, my home town. So fun how blogging makes it such a small world. any who..painting floors makes me so nervous, but with such great results out there it must be worth it! Thanks for sharing such great inspiration, liz

  3. says

    I am so impressed at your really great piece on floors, all of them using my paint. Thank you so very much.
    I came up with my paint in 1990 and I am so thrilled that it has been such a huge success in the USA finally! It has been largely to do with blogs like you. xx
    Your blog is new to me – I love the title!


    • says

      What a thrill to see your comment! Yes, the ladies who painted these floors did an amazing job, didn’t they?! I’ve really enjoyed working with your paint (it’s fabulous!) and am so glad that it found its way to the US. I’m looking forward to using it for several projects in 2013!

  4. says

    Kris, we are so honored to have you feature us! Thank you!! We loved the look so much, that we have now stripped and redone 3 more rooms!! I will need to share those photos too, it makes such a huge different and easy way to make an impact in a room.

    Thanks again, have a beautiful day!

  5. Jennifer Ingram says

    I have a large combination living room and dining room and about a month ago we decided to paint the floors. First we rolled on Chateau Grey and then used a faux rag roller to apply a mix of 2 to 1 Old White and Arles. The floor is gorgeous and very durable. Everyone wondered if I’d lost my mind when I told them what we planned but now they all want the same floor in their home.

    • says

      I have the exact same thing Jennifer – a combination living/dining room and I was sooo close to painting the floors when I redid the room but our floors where in very good shape so I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Almost wish that I had though, especially reading your comment! Glad yours turned out so well!

  6. says

    If you are planning to switch your old flooring with a new one, you should consider painting them, this way you won’t have to spend money to buy new flooring, a lot of people do this and it looks great.

  7. Aoife says

    I’m just about to embark on a new project of painting the floorboards in my sitting room a white colour. It’s an old Georgian house with 200 yr old pitch pine floors. Im hoping to achieve a distressed look as opposed to a pure white finish. The sander is coming to sand them but he’s putting me off painting them white as he says the yellow/brown will seep through from the wood over time. Does this happen with chalk paint? He has never used it before.

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