Chalk Paint Makes DIY Projects Fun and Easy!
Whether you are a seasoned (pun intended) DIYer or someone looking to get started, Chalk Paint is sure to be your new best friend! As far as I’m concerned this stuff is Amazing. I can almost promise you that once you try it, you will find yourself fiending for your next Chalk Paint project!
What makes it so darn incredible you ask? How about the fact that you do not have to strip the furniture first. For me and my never ending to do lists, this is not only a total time saver but frankly, it’s a project saver. Just thinking about the time and energy it would take to strip, clean, sand, and re-stain even the smallest piece is enough to exhaust me and thereby push any project to the proverbial “back burner” which it my world translates to: It ain’t happenin’. With chalk paint the process is so simple and easy that you can let your creative juices flow on any random Wednesday evening and still cross several more things off your list before bed!
Simply follow these steps and get painting!
- Select your chalk paint color. Keep in mind that one of the beauties of chalk paint is that you need not be a perfect painter and cover every nook and cranny. Often times a bit of the older color peeks through your stokes and it ads to the effect. If you are looking for a weathered type of look, keep this in mind and choose a chalk paint color (or two) that will compliment the old color. If you want to completely cover the old color, you will generally need at least 2 coats. If this will be an indoor piece, you will also want to purchase a soft wax. Soft wax also comes in colors if you are looking for additional effect such as gold, copper, barnwood, etc.
- Turn your can of chalk paint upside down before you start prepping the piece. This will help to better blend your paint for optimum results.
- Simply clean the piece with soap and water and dry it well. You do not even need to scrub; you really just want to make sure the piece is free of cobwebs, stray particles, mildew, mold and dirt particles that might move and get into your paint. Splintered edges, chips, etc. are fine and need not be sanded unless they will interfere with the function of the piece (for example a splinter smack dab in the middle of a chair should be sanded down before painting.)
- Start Painting! You can use a brush, a foam/sponge tip brush, even a rag depending on the effect you are looking for. I have used all three. Have Fun!! You don’t even have to be good at painting. at all. Your strokes can go in different directions, you can even miss spots and I promise you it’s still going to look fabulous! If you are blending colors, allow the first coat to dry before applying a second coat or color.
- If you are looking for a more distressed look, you can also use a very fine grit sandpaper and lightly sand the piece. This gives a really great effect when you have used layered (multiple) colors. If you sand to hard it generally ads character but if you are not liking how it looks at any time, no worries, you can always go back and touch up. Be creative and have fun. Often times a piece kind of takes on a life of it’s own and while it may not come out exactly as you first pictured it gets better and better as you let yourself create. If you are not in a creative mood, stick to one color and 2 coats and you can’t go wrong!
- Use a soft rag to gently wipe off the sanding dust and any excessive chalkiness.
- If this is a piece that is going outside, you are all done! Chalk paint will wear more quickly outside but it definitely adds to the aged look. If the piece will be in severe elements, you might want to add an extra coat. Chalk paint is easily re-applied for touch ups any time as well! Soft waxes will not set properly on outdoor pieces.
- If the piece is staying inside, you will want to apply a soft wax. Believe it or not you also have a lot of choices when it comes to wax! Some of the metallic-like waxes (gold, copper, etc.) look beautiful on picture frames for example and Barnwood will enhance any rustic or distressed project. If you are unsure, a clear soft wax works best. For the wax I do prefer to use a brush. You will also want to have a rag handy to wipe any excess. Make sure the wax is well spread and not clump. Allow the wax to set before using the piece. For itmes that will be used daily (tables for example) the wax ideally needs about 2 weeks to set. If you just cannot wait (I usually can’t) no worries, water rings can be easily buffed out of touched up.
- Ahhhh. Sit back,enjoy your work of art and feel so good at life!
- Then share it with us on facebook or instragam! #SoGALIDI (So Good At Life I Did It!)