Chalk Paint is a type of paint (actually, it’s a trademarked brand of paint by Annie Sloan, but other companies have similar paints also) that can be used on furniture and other items to create a chalky appearance. It’s used for creating an aged appearance, and can be distressed easily.
A decorative paint known for its matte, chalky appearance, chalk paint is a popular choice for giving furniture and home decor a rustic, vintage, or shabby-chic style. Because it can easily be given a distressed look, chalk paint is ideal for those who want to add character and vintage charm to their home.
Chalk paint is about as durable as latex paint . They are both water based, so they will both react roughly the same to water stains, spills, nicks, etc. However, the finish coat is what protects your furniture . The wax finish will be a little more expensive than the latex clear coat, but will usually last longer.
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.
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.
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.
Prep and clean your furniture piece Take a “before” photo of your piece of furniture . Remove any removable elements such as hardware, drawers and shelves. Remove any stickers, labels or residue that is stuck on top of the furniture . Run your hand across the furniture piece. Clean, clean, clean.
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 .
You can generally skip sanding and priming before applying chalk paint , even when working with varnished wood pieces, because the paint can adhere to most surfaces. Untreated wood should have a coat of clear shellac applied with a cloth pad before painting ; cure it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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.
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.
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. I’ve noticed my paint seems to be easily scratched off and isn’t fully adhering to the piece.
How Long Does Chalk Paint Last ? Chalk paint will last long -term if the right primer is used and a protective top-coat is applied. If the topcoat is wax, it will need to be rewaxed every 3 years or more depending on how much the piece is used.