There are many choices for furniture paint out there right now. There is only one Chalk Paint, however, which is Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. She has trademarked that name. So when you see me referring to Chalk Paint this is what I mean and what I use.
So, you’ve picked your color based on the personality of your piece and its locale in your home. Now it’s time to crack open the can. Hopefully you have left it sitting upside down so the sediments are not sitting on the bottom, shaken it for a few minutes and stirred upon opening. You may notice a bit of a water base once opening so be sure you take the time to stir.
You will then take your good quality brush and start with a thin coat all over the piece. When I am doing my first coat I do not worry about getting full coverage. I just try to cover most of the wood almost as a guideline. This coat will give you a bit of courage. You’ve painted the wood and there’s no turning back. Only going forward!
I always do a second coat and work on coverage. I make sure I cover all the wood, if that is the look I’m going for. Typically clients want full coverage with the paint and distressing on the edges. Here is an image of the second coat.
Crevices & Details.
I must note that one of the best features of Chalk Paint is that you can go back to do touch ups without seeing a discrepancy like in latex wall paint. It is amazing and a quality that I sometimes take for granted. Painting would be a grueling process if every coat had to be perfect.
I know some of you like to water down your paint coats, but typically I do not. The only time I find myself doing this is if a) I’ve come to the end of my can and there is a thick puddle at the bottom that I can salvage OR b) I need a third coat, but do not need to go crazy with anything thick OR c) I’m doing a white wash over a bright color that I like.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about sanding! If you find this refresher series helpful pass along to your painting pals! xoxo