It seems like everywhere you look there is painted accent furniture. The days of all wood, stained furniture are gone, the painted look is definitely in. Chalk paint has been around for a little while and is very easy to use, especially for anyone that wants to try out this look on a small accent piece of furniture. See below for reasons you should use chalk paint and how to use it.
Why Use Chalk Paint?
- No Priming Or Prepping. Chalk paint doesn't require any prepping like staining does. You don't have to sand down the piece of furniture, cover it with primer or anything. You simply clean your furniture piece with a mild detergent, then rinse and dry thoroughly, just to get rid of any dust and dirt.
- Easy To Use. Chalk paint is very easy to use. If you can paint, you can apply chalk paint. You can add extra coats until you get the desired color you want.
- Updates Decor. Using chalk paint is an easy way to update old or dated furniture. You can bring an old end table or dresser new life with chalk paint. Distress it to give it a modern, rustic look.
How To Use Chalk Paint
- Begin by cleaning your piece of furniture that you want to paint, then dry it thoroughly. Take out any drawers and take off knobs or handles if your furniture has any of these items. Set the drawers aside to paint them separately.
- Apply a small amount of chalk paint (in your color of choice) to your paint brush (a small amount goes a long way) and begin painting your furniture along the grain. It may look streaky at first, but that's OK.
- Allow the first coat to dry, which doesn't take long. Then apply a second coat.
- If you want your piece of furniture a little darker, you can apply a third coat of chalk paint.
- Once your paint is completely dry, you'll need to apply the wax. For this step, you'll need a wax brush, which is a round brush. Use a knife and take out a small amount of wax. Place the wax onto a paper plate, then dip your brush in the wax, moving it around so all of the bristles are covered.
- Apply the wax to your furniture, working with the grain and in small sections.
- Dip your brush into the wax again, applying it evenly across your furniture piece. Be sure to cover the entire piece with the wax, then buff it using a clean rag or cheesecloth. The wax helps to protect your furniture piece and will harden once it dries.
Enjoy your newly painted piece of accent furniture. Click here for more information on Annie Sloan painted furniture.