There is so much that has been said about chalk paints and there is a contention about which one is better between the Annie Sloan brand and the Amy Howard brand. It is for this reason that we are doing this comparison to see what we have here.
There is so much that will be covered before we can finish up and say what we have to say about which one is better.
I will tell you this though, I am not going to endorse any of the two paints. I am just going to tell you what I know about each of them and you will decide for yourselves which ones you want to use and that is how you will get to have the advantages that you think are better.
One other thing that you need to know is that the name Chalk paint is copyrighted to be used by the Annie Sloan products only and that is why you will see that the other chalky paints have names like chalk.
That is not to say that they are not real. It is just that they have no right to the name. They may even make better chalk paints than Annie Sloan. It is why we have this comparison in the first place.
In the chalk painting circles today, the most asked question would have to be ‘which one is better, Annie Sloan or Amy Howard?’ We will get the answer to that question in a short while. This is a question that has arisen from the fact that they are almost equally matched.
They also surpass each other in ways that you will find to be interesting. They are also the source of the contention.
So, the best way to find out for me was to take both and test them to see what would happen. There was also the fact that there are people who have used these paints. Talking to them was easy because of all the forums about this kind of thing.
From what I gathered, there is more to paints that we have known. Now, we all know that the Annie Sloan brand is a little bit pricey and that is something that deters most people or leads them to try and make their own brands of chalk paint.
Look, I will not say to you that this paint is the best or that one is the best. There is a lot of merit to each kind. I have painted with both of them and now, it is time for me to give you my honest opinion of what it is like to use each of them.
So, I picked up the paints from home depot and use the same piece of furniture for the comparison. What I found out is that you will have some advantages with one and the other has something going on for it too.
Here are some of the things that you will find to be interesting before you get started:
- With both paints, you will find that you enjoy the usual advantages. There is very minimal prep work. You will not need to sand or use a primer with the paints. Just clean the surfaces and start painting. It is that easy.
- You can apply both of them on any surface that you wish. That will include wood, glass, metal, ceramic and matte plastic. This is something that is applied to both of these paints and so far they are equally matched.
- You have heard of distressing to make the pieces that you are working on to look vintage. Well, you can do that when you have both paints. I found it to be easy.
- With both of them, you will not have to deal with fumes. They have very mild odors and they can be cleaned easily (the brushes that you will use).
- With the Annie Sloan paint, you will shell out some $ for a 32 oz. can. They are found nearly everywhere and availability is no problem.
- The Amy Howard paint can be found on Amazon and some retail stores and it will sell for around $.
Now, we have seen the first difference here and it comes in when you are talking about the prices that you deal with when you want to buy any of them. That is something that a lot of Amy Howard fans will cite in addition to the many merits that the paint has.
However, let us not buy into it just yet.
We will start with Annie Sloan’s brand of Chalk Paint. This one has been the first in the market and it has had the head-start and a chance to build some brand loyalty and the others are playing catch-up. This is not an excuse though because some of them like the Amy Howard have risen fast and furious to compete with the matriarch.
We will look at some of the things that you will need to know about this particular paint:
§ Streaking and Dragging
There is nothing to say except that when you are painting with the Annie Sloan paint, you will notice that there are some things that will happen that may not be seen with Amy Howard. That will include the fact that the wax will streak and the brush drags.
When people are painting, they want it to be easy so that they can glide over the pieces with ease. That is the reason why the dragging is one of the short-comings that this one has. The wax streaking will mean that you will polish for longer to get the finish right.
§ It Mixes Well
There is something that has been said about the Amy Howard. They include the fact that the paint separated into water and other components in the can. This makes it hard to mix them well. With the Annie Sloan paint, you will find that there is none of that.
They have made it so well that it mixes properly and that is how you will get a paint you can use with ease. You will not have to worry about using too much for too little space.
§ It is Quite Thick
This paint has been accused and praised for being thick. I have seen people use the thickness to market this one and others using it to say it is not the best paint. I don’t know how you will see it but I think that the thickness is a plus.
I mean, I want to paint something and see it stay that way for a long time without getting too dinged up. That is not something that you will find easy to do when you have paint that is a little bit thin like Amy Howard. But then again, you will experience dragging and wax streaking.
Now, you will hear so many things about the Annie Sloan paint. One of the more famous ones is that this paint has the quality of being able to cover something in one coat. That is true in some cases but there is always the fact that one coat will not do it completely.
That is the reason why you will find that more often than not, you will need to do a second coat to get the desired result. That is something that will also depend on how you will be applying it. It is not hard to apply but if you do it wrong, it will not work as well for you as you imagined.
The paint is a magnificent work of mixing and I love it. But, I know that if you use the wrong brush, you may end up having some problems with the way that you will be doing this. That is the reason why you will need to make sure that you get the right brush.
There is nothing wrong with getting the right brush for this job but there are so many people who will say that it is s demerit. I understand how that would be the case. You want to be able to use whatever brush you see fit. But then again, it is all a matter of preference.
This brings us to…
We will now look at the young and fresh maiden in the market. Amy Howard has been praised as one of the best paints to use and that is because of many reasons that we will get to in a moment. I have seen the pieces that have been painted with this one and they are great.
We will look at some of the characteristics that this one has. In that way, we will be able to make an informed decision about this.
Now, if you have done your reading, you will know what chalk paint is and what milk paint is. There is a difference between the two and to tell the difference, you will need to see how they work. One of the things that milk paint does is flake a little to give that rustic look.
With Amy Howard’s chalk paint, you will find that the flaking happens too even though it is chalk paint. Some people love this and others seem to think that chalk paint ought not to be doing things like that. Take it however you will. I see this as the best of both worlds.
Is this a good thing or a bad one? Well, the answer will depend on who you ask. There are a lot of people who will say that thinner means you will have an easy time with the application. Then, there are those who say that with thinner paints you will need more of it to finish a piece.
However you look at it, this can be good or bad and that will depend on your outlook of all of it. There is a lot to say about the thinness but it all rests with you who will be using the paint. What do you want? That is the question.
More than a Coat
Annie Sloan built a name for himself because he had big selling points and one of the biggest was that she made a paint that you would need one coat only. So, this became the selling point that everyone toted around.
That is why you will find it inconvenient or odd that Amy Howard is different. With this one, you will need to have to coats. Remember when I said it is thinner? Well, that thinness is the one reason why you will need two coats to cover well
Well, painting with Annie Sloan means that when you are done, waxing is optional unless you want some extra sheen. With Amy Howard, you can tell that waxing is almost a necessity that you will need to have.
Unless you want to have something that is a little too light, you will need to wax. That will darken it a little bit and with that, you will have done what you needed to do to make it work.
We have seen all we need to see and now…
We have come to the end of this comparison and what we can tell is that there is every reason for you to get either of these. You will have to choose what works best for you and that is how you will end up with zero complaints. I have faith that this will not be like Sophie’s choice for you.
Just look at what you will want to work with and then pick the one that appeals to you. This will depend on many things ranging from thickness and waxing to price and appearance. Whatever it is that you will pick, I am sure that you will be happy with it.