Happpppppy Monday guys! Today’s post is a fun one because I am doing a full review of the Magnolia Home chalk style paint and wax from Joanna Gaines. Eeeeek! You guys know how much I love all things Joanna Gaines AND chalk paint, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting my chance to try this stuff out. Well last week I was lucky enough to receive a sample of it from the wonderful folks at KILZ and I didn’t waste any time trying it out. I’m so excited to share my full review of both the paint as well as the dark and clear wax. Plus I’m giving my thoughts on how this compares to Annie Sloan and Rust-Oleum chalk paint. We have a lot to get to, so let’s jump into it!
I received the color shiplap (perfect for me, right?!) along with the clear and dark wax. It was perfect timing because I just found this really unique vintage chair that I was planning to freshen up.
The beautiful thing about chalk paint is you don’t have to do much at all to prepare the surface of your furniture for the paint. I didn’t do any sanding or prep work before painting. All I did was wipe down the chair with a damp rag to remove any dust and dirt. Then it was ready for paint! Here’s how the chair looked after the first coat of paint:
Thoughts after the first coat of paint:
- The first thing I noticed is the paint went on very smooth. It wasn’t thick or heavy at all, which is common with chalk paints.
- A little paint goes a long way. I didn’t need much on my brush to cover large sections of the chair.
- There was definitely no need to water it down, like I typically do when I use Annie Sloan chalk paint.
- I felt like the paint was very pigmented, especially for a white paint.
- The first coat gave decent coverage. You can still see some of the imperfections on the seat of the chair, so a second coat was definitely needed.
Now ready for the second coat:
Thoughts after the second coat of paint:
- The stuff dries super quick. I’d say it was about 10 minutes before I was ready to paint the second coat.
- It dries to a matte finish, but it’s not rough or scratchy to the touch at all.
- I was impressed with the added coverage on the second coat. It covered up all the imperfections in the chair and went on really fast.
- As you can see in the close-up shot, the paint is not streaky at all. After the second coat I had a very smooth, full coverage finish.
- I noticed the paint didn’t “ball up” and get too thick on the second coat, which can often happen with chalk paint.
Now on to testing the dark wax:
Dark wax is used to give old pieces like this a vintage, aged look. Typically it’s perfect for furniture that has lots of details and curves, because you want to use the dark wax to accentuate those areas and give them more character.
I started by putting a small amount of the wax in a plastic cup and stirring it around a bit with a spoon to soften it up. This wax is drier than others I’ve worked with, but it was easy to apply. I just put a small amount on a clean rag and then started buffing it into the curves and crevices of the chair.
I worked in small sections along the top of the chair, buffing in the wax as I went to give the curves and details more of a vintage look. The goal here is definitely not perfection, so I applied the wax heavier in some spots and lighter in others to give it more of a natural look. I thought the wax was really smooth and very forgiving. If I put too much in an area, I was able to easily buff it off so it wasn’t too dark, which was awesome.
Next up I tried out the clear wax, which is meant to be used over the top of the paint, as well as any dark wax to seal and protect the furniture.
I was seriously so impressed with this clear wax. I applied it to the whole chair and it went on in minutes. I just buffed it in and wiped away the excess with a clean rag. It did not change the appearance of the paint, or yellow it, like a lot of clear waxes tend to do. I thought it was easy to work with and it went on like butter. And the best part was the velvety finish. The chair is so soft to the touch, it actually feels like I used poly to seal the chair. I am really LOVING this stuff. Here’s the finish look:
I only used the dark wax on the top of the chair, then I brought it down on the spindles slightly and blended it in as I went further down. I didn’t want dark wax on the whole chair, as it does darken it up quite a bit (obviously!) but I think I was able to blend it out well enough to make it work. Then I did a bit of light distressing with a sanding block.
Overall thoughts on the Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint and Wax:
Overall I am really impressed with this chalk paint and wax. I love that the paint is not super thick, which makes it really easy to use and the application was super smooth. I was able to cover up the imperfections on the chair with just two coats, which gave a soft yet full coverage look. And since the paint is highly pigmented, a little really goes a long way. I think one quart would last through several projects. I also liked how thin the paint was, so there was no need to water it down.
How does this paint compare to Rust-Oleum and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?
Compared to the other two chalk paints I have used regularly in the past, I’d say this is definitely my favorite. And here’s a few reasons why:
- This paint is a thinner consistency than the Annie Sloan chalk paint, which is very thick and heavy. I found this paint MUCH easier to apply and there was no need to water it down, which is what I always do with Annie Sloan.
- I love that the finish is matte, but it’s not dry or chalky at all compared to Annie Sloan paint.
- It’s more pigmented than the Rust-Oleum chalk paint, which goes on a bit streaky even after two coats. The Magnolia Home paint definitely offers more coverage with each coat.
- There are 44 colors to choose from with the Magnolia Home chalk style paint line, which is a massive collection. That easily beats out the skimpy color selection from Rust-Oleum and that’s even more options than Annie Sloan chalk paint, which offers 37 choices.
- This paint is sold for $32 for a 1-quart can, which is comparable to the price of Annie Sloan chalk paint. Rust-Oleum is obviously the cheapest option of the three by far, at about half the cost.
- The only drawback I see to the Magnolia Home chalk paint is that it’s not as easy to purchase as the other two paints. I believe it’s only sold in a few select stores right now and of course online from the Magnolia website.
That’s it for my review of the Magnolia Home chalk style paint and wax! I love how my little antique chair turned out and I’m so excited to use this paint more. I’ve done a lot of chalk painting over the years and I think it’s safe to say this has definitely become my new favorite. JoJo did awesome with this paint!
Well I really hope you found this review helpful. Thanks so much for dropping by the blog today. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions. You guys know I always love to chat.
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