I have done a lot of research on chalk paint - and I am far, far from an expert - but, I am having fun learning about it! I am trying a few different techniques - and in typical Megan fashion, I have messed up a few items too! - Live and learn! So, here is a basic tutorial on 'how to' with chalk paint!
- I use regular latex paint - flat. I haven't tried to use anything else (satin , semi gloss - I assume it has to do with the sanding - flat works best to do that).
- I mix 2 Cups of paint with 2 table spoons of sandless grout (make sure it is sandless - I learned this the hard way).
- I have used both a roller and a paint brush. It depends on the look you are trying to achieve.
- If you want it to look more distressed, use a paint brush to see the strokes and do 1 coat.
- If you want it to have more coverage - use the roller and do several coats.
- I use just a regular manual hand sander.
- I do a light sanding over the entire piece.
- I do hard sanding on the edges.
- I do some hard sanding on a few spots on the front to make it look more beat up. This is harder to do the more layers you have on it.
- Something else to try - you can do it two toned - paint 1 layer with a paint brush with 1 color and do another layer with another color using the paint brush. That looks cool too.
- After it is dry and you are happy with the look, wipe it down to get all dust off.
- Then you can use a wax or a stain on it. This is a little bit trickier. Depending on what you are doing.
- If you want dark wood to show, use a q-tip with a dark stain and go over the edges - let it dry. it will stain the paint so be careful. If you just want it to have a shine to it, you can use a polyurethane / polycrylic - they may need to be sanded lightly and reapplied - you can follow the instructions on the can.
- I often use a light stain - depending on the paint color on the furniture. I use a honey color stain / natural wood - and it actually gives it a slight yellow tint... makes it look old. But, you have to be careful depending on the color. If you want something to be a light color - light pink or white - use a polyurethane - or something clear.
- Take pictures as you go!
- Have fun! - I love it. I turn my music up loud and I zone out. It feels like therapy.
- Don't stress - I have messed up on a few pieces - but, it is paint. One piece that I was really loving, I applied a dark stain - to white paint... well, it was a nightmare. So, I sanded and stared over. No big deal.
- Try your first attempt on something that you don't love. Take an item that you aren't in love with. It will make for a great trial run and you may just end up loving that piece of furniture again!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or let me know if you have a piece you would like done!
Upcoming projects, painting fabric and making milk paint! ;)