Paints, Primers, Stains oh my

Not the latest, but a craze that's been hanging on for quite some time now.  Shabby Chic, what to look, for when you're looking for that perfect refinished masterpiece !

You will find No Chalk Paint here
So many of you have asked "Do you use chalk paint?"
Chalk paint was meant for the person that wishes to paint a piece of furniture in their living room, with a tarp over the carpet  Perhaps a smaller piece atop of their dining table.  For the person who doesn't have the skills, or the tools to prep a piece properly,  before painting.   It promises easy paint on finish, with no prep work.  Sounds like a dream come true to me.  No prep work..... Whaaaat?  Any professional will tell you, prep work is everything !  Chalk paint is painter friendly, and is marketed that way, but is it end user friendly?  Since I've never owned, or produced a piece using chalk paint, I couldn't honestly say.  Years of customers, who have had chalk painted pieces, I can answer, no its not end user friendly.
I've held off writing this for many years  I've bit my tongue on some occasions, which I must say isn't an easy thing for me to do.  It's time to speak up.  So many of you have asked " Do you use chalk paint?"  To that I've always answered NO !  Now I shall tell you why.

Things that sound too good to be true, usually are.  It's a dream come true for the person painting, and the especially through the distressing (shabby chic) process.  The paint comes off almost as easy as it goes on.  Now that you've read that, I bet you're thinking, gee I wonder if that's going to hold up?
Shouldn't the product be more geared to the end user? After all you are the one paying for the piece, right?
  After many years of new customers asking me that starter question, "do you use chalk paint", Ive always answered the same, "no"  The replies most of the time were "good", and then it would follow with a description of a piece they had purchased form someone, or even painted themselves, that just didn't hold up.  A few that had never had an experience with chalk paint, and thought they wanted something done in chalk paint,  would then be told why I don't use it.   IT DOES NOT HOLD UP!  Chalk paint also needs a coating of wax, and needs to be recoated every 3-6 months according to my sources.  The wax is also expensive, as is the chalk paint itself.  Don't even get me started on all the dining room chemists, mixing their own chalk paints, putting it in ball jars, adding baking soda, among other things,  and selling it, UGH!
Chalk paint is essentially a flat paint, there is nothing special about it.
Try any flat paint you'd like, paint it on just like they say, with no prep work, you'll have the same
results.  There is a reason why pro supply stores don't sell chalk paint. 


 I use quality, professional products, that come with product support, from a team of well educated staff!
I never use chalk paint, and never will.