There are recipes all over the internet for a paint you can mix up yourself that is supposed to be just like the Annie Sloan paint so I looked up recipes....I also looked for reviews and basically all I could find were people who would start their posts with I have never used AS paint but I love the knock off I can make myself. Having decided on a recipe I carefully measured 1 Tablespoon of unsanded grout into a cup of latex paint. (I purchased a cup with markers on it specifically for the purpose of mixing my on AS paint and started mixing and stirring.) As I assumed would happen, the paint thickened slightly with the addition of the unsanded grout. I added a couple drops of water to thin it out more to the consistency of the AS paint making it easily go onto the bench I was painting. After applying the paint I lightly sanded everything and put on another coat....and then another coat and continue to sand between coats like I would do with the AS paint. Finally, I distessed the piece with more sanding and came up with some conclusions.
- The paint continues to thicken if you don't use it all. I had to add more water to the paint between coats
- I did not get as smooth a finish as I do with the AS paint.
- It didn't distress as well as the AS paint but I didn't mind the difference there
- I needed 3 coats of the valspar and unsanded grout mixture to cover what I am pretty sure AS would have done in 2 coats
- It did not adhere to the surface as well as the AS paint does. I initially bought the AS paint because I wouln't have to prime!
ps.....I do not work for, nor have any affiliation with AS paint company, I'm just a big fan of her paint and wanted to share the results of my experiment!
The photo is the bench I painted this weekend by using Valspar's Queen Anne's Lace and one Tablespoon of unsanded grout per cup of paint.