First experience with chalk paint

This will be my first time using chalk paint. I’ve seen so many ugly pieces of furniture transformed by these magical cans of color, so I decided to give it a shot! This little number I have here is a nice piece of furniture that’s been abused by all of my little pig wigs.(see lovely water and heat marks).  I’m sure they  could be  removed  by sanding and re-staining, but……….I’m really just sick and tired of it! I’ve had the piece for over ten years, and it’s time for a facelift!   Pronto!

That's Sophie- AKA Chubb Chubb. You'll be seeing a lot more of her and her sister Bella- AKA Boo Boo :)

That’s Sophie- AKA Chubb Chubb. You’ll be seeing a lot more of her and her sister Bella- AKA Boo Boo 🙂

          

 

 

 

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Here’s the paint I used

We shall see….

 

 

 

 

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First, a good scrub down with a Clorox cleaning cloth, just to remove any residue and dirt.

I used cheap paint brushes, and a tupperware bowl for the paint. This is what I had on hand.

I used cheap paint brushes, and a tupperware bowl for the paint. This is what I had on hand.

This paint is fantastic! It goes on effortlessly, and I only used about a fourth of a container for two coats. No sanding, or real big prep work= Easy!

This paint is fantastic! It goes on effortlessly, and I only used about a fourth of a container for two coats. No sanding, or real big prep work= Easy!

First coat of paint.

First coat of paint.

When you get to the top, use long light strokes. You don't want it to be choppy looking.

When you get to the top, use long light strokes. You don’t want it to be choppy looking.

Here's how it looks with the second coat. I love the buttery color! Now on to distressing!

Here’s how it looks with the second coat. I love the buttery color! Now on to distressing!

Since it's my first piece, I didn't want to go to heavy on the distressing.

Since it’s my first piece, I didn’t want to go too heavy on the distressing.

So what do you think so far? I'm excited! Can't wait to do the french decal/transfer, and the wax to age it!

What do you think so far? I’m excited! Can’t wait to do the french decal/transfer, and the wax to age it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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I’m sure by now everyone knows of , or has heard of” The Graphics Fairy” If not, then you should definitely check it out! Her site is amazing! This is where I got my transfer from. I downloaded the image from there, then went to block posters.com…you download image, decide on size you want, and they do all the work from there! Print it out, and Presto! From here, I taped image together ( be sure to print image in reverse).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I applied blue chalk to image, then taped it to the table after centering it.

 

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I then used a fine point pen to trace the image…very tedious! Ughh!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s faint, but If you squint, you can see the blue.

 

 

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I traced the writing with a Sharpie Paint Marker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After sanding a little on the top I realized that I didn’t like the top part of the transfer, and painted over it. A little more sanding, then on to the waxing!

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I used Johnson Paste Wax clear, mixed it with the darker wax to tone down a little. Moving forward, I’ll use Annie Sloan wax, and invest in a good wax brush. This is what I had on hand. I found the wax fumes to be quite strong .

This is a spot that I used clear wax to remove some of the darker wax. See how easy :)

Here’s an example of where I used clear wax to remove some of the darker wax. See how easy 🙂

 

After each section, I take a clean cloth and wipe off any excess.

After each section, use a clean cloth and wipe off any excess.

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Here’s the finished…well almost finished product. After this coat dries, I’ll buff, then apply two more coats of clear wax.

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