Chalked paint will transform your life, as it makes every piece of furniture you own beautiful.
- Rustoleum Chalked Paint
- Rustoleum Clear Matte Finish
- Sandpaper sheets or sponge
- Paint brush
- Paint Stirrer
I was ecstatic when I heard that Waters was working with one of the most trusted names in paint – Rustoleum – to bring you chalk paint in our stores. And at half the cost of other brands! Incredible quality, colors and coverage = dream come true.
Chalk paint is everywhere these days. It’s a hot trend, and there’s a reason why – it works! And it’s perfect for busy people who hate a lot of prep work (me!) and want to get a project done in 2 seconds. It’s also the remedy for dated, semi-ugly to downright hideous furniture, which can be picked up on the cheap at thrift stores or garage sales.
Chalked paint is really simple to use. It’s virtually goof proof. Unlike all of the painting effect products on the market that crackle and glaze – Chalked paint is just a brush on product that you can sand a bit for a worn look (if that’s what you’re going for). And it’s adhesion properties? Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Super Easy Steps:
Make sure your surface is clean. With Chalked paint you don’t have to sand or prime, but you do have to make sure your surface is clean.
Apply an even thin coat of paint.
– One thing I learned while working with Chalked paint was that it can not be shaken at the paint counter, and you’re going to need to stir it thoroughly with a paint stick (the good color settles quite a bit). But don’t worry – this will be the most work you’ll ever have to do with chalk paint.
-Chalked paint dries to a really smooth finish that gives it that professional look. But it dries fast, so don’t over brush or you’ll get a goopy look.
– Depending on what finished look you want, consider layering colors. For example, if you will be sanding your finish, you might want to put a dark layer under a lighter layer.
– You may only need one coat, but I recommend two. It goes on so easily, you may as well give it one more layer of protection.
-Make sure you give it 30 minutes in between coats to dry thoroughly.
You can leave it as is, or sand it to give it a worn look.
– The trick to sanding is to use a fine grit sandpaper. I also like to use a sanding sponge. I feel like I get better control that way.
– You want to sand the areas where the furniture would see usual wear and tear, so edges and corners.
– I would also recommend varying the degree of sanding from point to point so it’s not uniform.
One last step that you can do, or leave off your list, it’s totally up to you, is to apply a protective finish. Rustoleum makes a matte clear topcoat. It takes 1-2 coats and gives your newly painted furniture protection, but doesn’t take away from the chalked finish. This only needs to be applied once, unlike furniture waxes, and will enhance the color of your project.
As you can see, Chalked paint is super easy to use and the end result is amazing – worthy of a magazine spread amazing. So scour attics and basements, curbs before trash day and your local thrift shops for furniture that is ready for a new lease on life. If you have questions about Chalked paint, be sure to stop in and talk to one of Waters’ paint experts!