Ever wondered about chalk paint??
If your answer is no, so don’t worry we will help you to know what is chalk painting and on what we can use that paint? How to use? Pros and cons of chalk paint? So, you can make an informed choice for your next makeover in Interior Design!
Chalk paint is a versatile colour treatment used by designers to paint almost anything like walls, kitchen cabinets, metal, wood, and even fabric but the most common use is to give your interior that vintage, shabby chic look and a new life to old furniture or to make newer pieces look old.
Now let’s drive in:
Quick tips for using chalk paint:
- NO PREP OR PRIMING REQUIRED:
Perhaps the single most beneficial aspect of chalk painting furniture is that it requires almost no prep work and no priming.
DISTRESSING A PIECE THE EASY WAY:
Let’s talk about distressing. While this step is certainly not necessary and may not work with your décor, it is a very popular partner to chalk paint.
SHOULD YOU WAX OR NOT?
The most difficult part of this process is, by far, waxing. There is no “easy” way to do it and it is a step you don’t want to skip.
DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT:
In chalk painting you don’t have to be a perfect painter to do this. In fact, you are SUPPOSED to do criss-cross brush strokes and not straight lines.
PRICE OF CHALK PAINT:
While chalk paint can be unbelievably expensive there are less costly brands to choose from more recently. Plus virtually anything can be covered with just two coats. Since you don’t have to prime.
OTHER USES FOR CHALK PAINT:
Yes, you can even paint a chandelier, kitchen cabinets and also any type of metal and as well as fabric with chalk paint! But avoid on a piece of furniture that lives outside, it simply is not formulated to withstand all that abuse and exposure.
How do I apply it?
After you’ve applied two coats of chalk paint (or one for a more distressed look), let the paint dry, then finish off with wax, using a wax brush, let dry, and buff with a cotton cloth. Or, for a more high-gloss look, you can top off your chalk paint with lacquer.
What should I put it on?
- One of the best things about chalk paint is that it will take to a wide range of surfaces.
- You can paint it on furniture, dye fabric for cushions and curtains out of drop cloth. If you have a faux brass chandelier, you can paint that.
- You can paint glass, plastic, not really cheap plastic, but better quality plastic.”
Can I mix colours?
“Most colours are made with black in them, so when you add white, you get more grey coming out because black is a very strong colour.”
Pros of Chalk Paint:
- No prep needed, most of the time.
- No primer needed, most of the time.
- No sanding needed, most of the time.
- Dries quickly.
- Typically goes further.
- Can be thinned and used in a sprayer.
- Blends easier, and nicer, for artistic painting techniques and applications.
- Distresses easily.
- Easy clean-up.
Cons of Chalk Paint:
- Isn’t always “no-prep” and “no primer”.
- Can leave brush marks.
- Stains will bleed through this paint more than latex and other types of paint.
- Needs to be sealed.
- Can be pricey.
- Can be hard to find/purchase.
- If using wax to seal, it can be labour intensive.
Waxing needs to be repeated at a later date to continue to protect the piece.
We hope you enjoyed this post today.
If you have considered using any of the chalk style paints, we hope this has helped you with your decision. Understanding what they are is the most important step to deciding which one will be your choice.
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