Chalk paint adheres to furniture beautifully without the use of primer and (usually) no sanding . A quick cleaning is typically all you need .
Usually, no. You can use chalk paint to paint right over bare wood or existing finishes. There are some instances, however, when I use primer and/or sand before painting , so you really have to look at each piece individually. The existing paint is chipping.
Chalk paint is very durable when cured and when you add a wax or water-based polyurethane protective finish. One is not better than the other. You become a furniture designer since you can alter and mix colors, use clear or colored waxes to create many different decorative finishes, and create modern or aged pieces.
You can just dive right in: 1Pick your paintable piece and gather supplies. 2Clean the furniture . 3Use the chip brush to paint your furniture . 4Lightly sand to create the perfect distressed look. 5Wipe off the sanding dust. 6Apply the wax. 7(Optional) Apply dark wax. 8Let dry and enjoy your new, old furniture .
What happens if you don’t wax chalk paint ? Chalk – painted furniture may not need sealing at all if it’s a piece that is rarely used, such as a sideboard in the corner of the room that holds champagne flutes and other items that you don’t necessarily use every day.
To use chalk paint with a roller : Pour the chalk paint into a paint pan, then load it onto a high-density foam roller (depending on the size of the furniture, a four-inch mini roller may be the best option).
Bare or No Topcoat Leaving your chalk – painted surface bare, or with no topcoat, is the simplest treatment with the least alteration to the finish. However, adding no protection means your piece is vulnerable to the elements, wear and tear, and natural distressing.
However, General Finish’s High-Performance Top Coat in Flat (click here for the current price) was picked as the best chalk paint topcoat because it preserves the look, feel and color while increasing the durability of milk paint and chalk paint even with one coat .
TRISH: Peeling can happen based on a few things: You did not clean the surface well and there is something on it repelling the paint or preventing the paint from adhering correctly. Temperature. If you are painting in an area where it may be too cold, like under a constant 60 degrees.
It is more expensive than latex by the quart, however chalk paint requires less paint , due to its opaqueness. To save money on chalk paint read this article: DIY Furniture Paint Recipe. There are entire swatch books full of colors latex paint comes in, chalk paint on the other hand comes in about a dozen options.
How many coats do I need? If you are painting something white or off white over a dark piece, you will probably need three coats for solid coverage. But because the paint dries really quickly, you don’t have a long wait in between coats . If you want your piece more distressed, you may be happy after only two coats .
But overall, yes, in most cases, chalk paint is pretty user-friendly in that it really does require little prep. It will stick really well to your stuff. 😉 But use some common sense along with it. Time for a pretty furniture makeover break.
When it comes to chalk paint , a brush that is made up of natural – rather than the typically cheaper artificial – bristles will help you to achieve the best results. Special chalk paint brushes can be found, but a regular all-purpose paint brush will usually work just as well.