CHALK PAINT TIPS & TRICKS FOR BEGINNERS



Chalk Paint Tips & Tricks for Beginners
I've been teaching paint classes for a few months now and pass out a FAQ sheet that includes tips & tricks that everyone seems to love so that they can reference once they are home and working on their own. It can be hard to remember some of the little things if you are a beginner! I thought I'd share them here on the blog as well.

Painting with chalk, mineral and clay based paints is extremely different than latex, acrylic and other paints - if you've taken my class or tried on your own, you know!

My tips tend to come to me as I'm working or as questions get asked in my classes, so I'll add to this list as they arise!

Order of steps:
Paint
Sand
Wax

  • Remember that you are not loading up a brush and putting on a thick layer of paint as most do with latex. Start with smaller amounts and push your paint into the piece, spreading until there is no more left to spread. I think of it like the natural ingredients of the paint are actually becoming a part of the piece. Start with less and then go back and touch up where you need. Thick layers are not needed!

  • Use only Natural Bristle Brushes – Chip Brushes (cheap ones as used in class), Chalk Paint Pro or other branded specialty brushes & Artist brushes

  • Chalk Paint will be dry within 2 hours for you to sand & wax. It will be completely cured within 24 hours. Buffing 24 hours after waxing will give you more of a shine. The more you buff, the more shine.

  • Most brush strokes and mistakes will disappear once you sand. Brush strokes will give you more texture, especially if glazing or using dark wax, to give the time worn or aged look.

  • While you don’t need to sand or prime before you paint, you should clean and then allow to dry. Wipe an item down with low odor mineral spirits if very dirty.

  • Always pour your paint into a small bowl or other item to paint. NEVER dip directly into your original container as you transfer any dirt and bacteria from your piece that will then grow once you close your lid and spoil your paint.

  • Use SHELLAC (spray) before painting a piece that is mahogany or red wood to avoid color bleed. You can also use to seal out any stains that may come back up after painting. This is especially true if painting with the lighter colors.

  • Shellac is also a great way to get rid of the mildew or old smell in furniture. Spray thoroughly and then wait 24 hours before you paint.

  • Using Dark Wax is scary to most, but remember that it is easily wiped off with clear wax. Dark wax produces the aged patina and texture but you must ALWAYS clear wax before you apply the dark wax with exception only to darker colors. Otherwise, the dark wax will just change the color of your paint.
  • Wax can be completely removed from a piece by wiping off with TSP or Mineral Spirits. Or you can just paint over it! (With Chalk Paint only, of course!)

  • You can use Polyurethane OVER wax, but you CANNOT use wax over poly, as it has nothing to adhere to.

  • If painting a piece that will be outside exposed to weather elements, you can leave as is if you want to allow more natural distressing or seal it with poly. Wax melts in the heat of the sun and is not recommended.

  • If your finished piece (after waxing) looks "tacky" you have most likely used too much wax. Remember that a little goes a long way. One coat, allow 24 hours and then buff to desired shine(or not).

    Most of all just paint and have fun! You will develop your own style the more you paint!



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  • HOW TO SEAL CHALK PAINTED FURNITURE - STAPLES CLEAR WAX



    One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how to seal chalk painted furniture and about how well furniture painted with chalk paint, or any variation of the new chalk, clay and mineral based paints will withstand wear & tear.

    The simple answer. Furniture wax. My answer.... Staples Clear Wax. Finishing waxes come in many variations of ingredients and in my 20 years of painting furniture, it took me quite a while to find the best one to keep the matte, shabby chic appearance I wanted and still protect and preserve to furniture for years to come.

    Even those that have been painting with chalk paint for years can still be baffled about the correct way to wax.

    Several years ago after trying most every wax on the market, I discovered the perfect combination of ingredients and ease of application and I have not looked back!

    Crystal Clear Paste Wax by Staples became my new best friend the very first time I used it. It is the perfect consistency to go on smoothly and there is no guesswork - you can easily see where you have applied. Give it 24 hours and if you don't want the matte finish, you can buff it to a shine that looks as glassy as polyurethane!

    It only takes one coat. Even experienced furniture painters struggle with whether or not they should apply a second or third coat on the tops of pieces. It goes on like butter.

    Here's what amazed me to learn about Staples Wax. This company has been making furniture wax since 1897 - one of the oldest and most respected names for protecting floors, furniture, and woodwork. . It is made with premium grades of carnauba wax derived from Brazilian palm leaves. Staples Wax has earned its reputation for their quality blends and the industry's highest content of expensive carnauba, the hardest natural wax known to man. To give you an idea....what also amazed me, this is the wax used by BOWLING ALLEYS! Now think about the wear received on the bowling lanes and the beautiful look that stays maintained on them!

    Having tried all sealants, topcoats and other products, I can tell you that chalk painted pieces do best when they are sealed with wax. And Staples has proven itself to me over and over.

    It comes in 1 pound cans and even as often as I paint pieces (daily) it takes me quite awhile to use up a can! To apply, I use the cheap round discs that come in packs of 2 from Dollar General - their intended purpose is car tires or waxing cars, but they are perfect for waxing furniture and decor pieces. Such a lifesaver!

    Just like specialized furniture paints, Chalk, clay and mineral based paints, you won't find it at Lowe's or your local hardware stores with all the other mass produced products. It's a specialty item with specific application purposes.

    So, if you're local to me, you can grab it at The Albemarle Marketplace, in the paint booth behind the register, along with Dixie Belle Chalk & Mineral based paint.
    If you're not local and are looking for a more economical wax for your Chalk Painted pieces, you can purchase it below via paypal.




    Happy Painting and hopefully making your waxing a little easier!



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