Ready to Learn How to Use Chalk Paint?
If so, then jump in. If you love chalk paint, painting furniture, distressing furniture or want to learn how to chalk paint furniture you have come to the right place.
Chalk paint is one of the most amazing inventions in the world of furniture paint. Chalk paint is so simple in reality, but the benefits of learning how to use chalk paint to create gorgeous distressed, painted furniture pieces are endless.
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The Heart of Your Home It is said that home is where your heart is. I believe that is true, and by the same token the living room in the heart of your house. Not the true heart of the home of course. The living room is simply made up of wood, plaster, fabric and brick. The real heart of your home is the people who share in the making of the home each and every day. But within the house there is no room more alive, comfortable, and where we connect more with friends and family than the living room or family room. This is the room where guests are typically invited to sit and relax. It is the usually the first room anyone will see. It is where the children play in the floor and where the family comes together to communicate and relax together for a movie, a book or just some good old fashioned conversation. If you want to invigorate your home, and make it really speak to what is important to you, and the things you love then turn your attention to thinking over the current situation, and the limitless possibilities of the living room. Does your current furniture, or even the way it is situated tell everyone who comes into your home about what you think and feel about your home and your family? It should, because every person who walks into your home can infer many things about you based on what your living room decor and furnishings tell them. There are a couple of things you can do that will help you remake your living room into the heart of the house as it should be. First, take a look at your current set up. Does it tell a story of what is important to you and your family? Is it comfortable? Is it visually pleasing? Ask yourself these questions as you step back and look at your current living room. If the answers are no, then it’s time to get to work. Here are a few tips that you can utilize to help you revitalize your living room. 1) Move The Furniture Around – Has it been a while since your moved the furniture around? If so, just reposition some things. This will inject new life into the room immediately. 2) Set up the Room for Comfort – Do you feel comfortable relaxing in the living room? If not, take steps to ensure that your guests and family are comfortable relaxing with you in the living room. Add more pillows, an ottoman. Just make it a comfortable place. A living room can and should be both comfortable and beautiful 3) Buy New Furniture – If you have the budget you can always redecorate your living room with new furniture. This is a guaranteed (but more expensive) way to inject new life into the living room. If you need a good place to shop, Cozy and Worn specializes in living room furniture only. They sell gorgeous distressed, shabby chic and french provincial living room furniture. You can also try other sellers of shabby chic furniture such as Layla Grace and The Bella Cottage. 4) Create Your Own – You are likely at this site because you are crafty and want to...read more
A lot of people are curious about chalk paint, and many wonder exactly how to use chalk paint. While this is not exactly a tutorial on how to use chalk paint we are going to talk about some of the more important things you will need to keep in mind to help you on your next painting project. Chalk paint can literally be used on just about any surface without preparation such as sanding and stripping. We have painted wood, metal, plastic and a few other odd things (see this post for some crazy chalk paint ideas) If a surface is particularly beat up or chipping you may, in that case, want to go ahead and do some sanding to get the surface smoother. However, in most cases it will not be necessary. A Clean Piece You will want to make sure your piece is free of dust and lint before you start chalk painting. You can use a damp cloth or cheesecloth to achieve this. Not much is needed here, just get most of the surface clean and dry. Tools Needed All you will need to get started using chalk paint is the paint itself, the piece you are painting, a good paintbrush and your finish. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.. If you are going to distress the piece later you will need some sandpaper, steel wool pads or similar items to distress the finish. For great tutorials on distressing furniture check out this site. How To Apply Painting with chalk paint is a breeze. The calcium carbonate ( or plaster of paris if you make your own chalk paint) helps the paint coat the piece with a very thick and rich covering. Just dip your brush and paint the furniture as you would any normal piece. It really dries very fast but the longer you leave it the better the patina will settle in and enrich the finish. If distressing I like to wait up to 12-24 hours before doing any sanding. This waiting period gives the paint a real chance to cure and makes your job and the outcome much nicer. Finishing After your piece has thoroughly dried you are ready to seal it. You can use any standard sealant. The best are Minwax furniture paste, Annie Sloan clear wax, a dark wax (if you want to age the finish) or a polyurethane. It’s best to save the polyurethane for pieces that need a high gloss finish or will receive lots of traffic and abuse, such as dining room tables, desks, and coffee tables. That’s really it. We will get into more detail in future tutorials about exactly how to use chalk paint but this is more than enough to get you started. I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks! ...read more
I was recently doing some thinking about some new ideas for painting, DIY projects, home decor and of course – Chalk Paint ideas. You know I really am amazed every time I try chalk paint on a new surface or item, and discover that it will practically stick to anything! Sometimes though, we need a little inspiration so I thought I would do a little bit o’ brainstorming and come up with an awesome list of chalk paint ideas. I have certainly worked on some projects using many of these chalk paint ideas, but others are a little outside of the box but perfectly within the realm of the capabilities of chalk paint. So I have put together this REALLY crazy list of 28 awesome chalk paint ideas. I know many of you will scoff at some of these ideas and that is fine. Not everyone would want to put chalk paint on some of these items, but that’s not the point. The point is I am trying to inspire you to think a little outside of the box. By doing so you may just find a new purpose for that old something-or-other out in your barn. Enjoy, get thinking, start painting and also add your own crazy ideas to this post by leaving a comment below. 28 Awesome Chalk Paint Ideas Furniture (you already know this but pretty much any piece of furniture will work) Tea Kettles Mirrors (frame or on the glass) Pots Walls Refrigerators (try putting on about 3 coats and use it as a chalk board!) Candle Holders Window Frames Window Panes Wagon Wheels Doors Lamps Wood Paneling Homemade Signs (click here to see this) Vases Dog Houses Flower Pots Cabinets Decorative Ladders Wood Pallets Whiskey Barrels Milk Crates and Jugs Pumpkins For Halloween/Fall Barn Clock Hat & Coat Racks Mantles Section off an area of wall in your child’s room, add 3 coats of chalk paint and let them use it as a chalkboard! I hope you enjoyed this little post, and that it got your mind turning with all kinds of cool chalk paint ideas. Make sure you share your ideas and leave a...read more
What Is Chalk Paint? It seems you can’t go anywhere around the DIY blogosphere without hearing about Chalk Paint. So if you’re not familiar with it and you have been wondering what is chalk paint? – then stick around. First of all, let’s not get this mixed up with “chalkboard” paint. They are very similar but chalkboard paint is simply for that…turning a painted surface into a chalkboard. Chalk paint is different and can be used for a variety of painting projects. Best of all it is easy to use, but let’s see what else it is. History Chalk Paint was developed by Annie Sloan as a way to apply many different styles and painting techniques using the same paint. Chalk Paint can be used as a lime wash, to add a textured surface, an aged patina, a distressed finish and just about anything you can want to dream up. Benefits Goes on easy and smooth on almost any surface Covers quickly Can use it thinned as a wash or thick as a textured look Can be made to crackle for an old world effect No need for sanding, priming or other prep work Dries fast Can be used on walls and floors Easy to distress Leaves a beautiful chalky patina Easy to add waxes and stains for an aged, antique patina Drawbacks Fairly Expensive Not available everywhere That’s about it Chalk Paint is an amazing substance. If you are into painting furniture there is simply no better paint that you can get. If you are into distressing furniture and adding faux, aged looks to your furniture projects then you are in heaven. If you have never used Chalk Paint then give it a try. If you are a DIY person at heart then you are going to love it! We are going to be talking a lot more about Chalk Paint, how to use it, where to get it and more, so please follow our blog and come back often. If you are ready to get started today and don’t want to wait here’s a little secret just between us…..CLICK HERE! ...read more
If you have been hearing about this amazing, easy-to-use substance called chalk paint, and have been wondering what all the talk is about then you’ve come to the right place! Chalk Paint is a wonderful substance for painting furniture, although it can be used for many other projects as well. It goes on easy, dries incredibly fast and is really easy to distress. The patina it gives breathes years of life and character into the piece you are working on. If you really want to try it out but don’t want to spend a fortune for a small amount of paint DO NOT FEAR! It is actually very simple and cheap to make your own chalk paint, and be painting your next masterpiece in a matter of minutes. You won’t believe how simple this little homemade chalk paint recipe is. That’s right! 2 Cups Latex Paint 5 Tablespoons Plaster of Paris 3 Tablespoons of Water Can you believe it? Well, you better because it works and it works great! Here’s what you do. Step 1: Mix plaster of paris and water in a small bowl or container. Mix it well and get all of the lumps of plaster thoroughly mixed. The consistency should be smooth like batter. Not runny and not clumpy. *I recommend using the container that you want to store the paint in after it is mixed and you are through painting. It’s just easier to get the paint into the plaster than get all of the plaster into the paint, but however you want to do it is fine. Step 2: Pour the paint into the mixed plaster and stir well. Make sure you spend a little time mixing to be sure all of the plaster is mixed in. You don’t want unmixed clumps of plaster getting on your paintbrush. And that is that! Easy, huh? Now you are armed with a killer paint product and you are ready to start slapping it on. Remember, most surfaces will require no sanding or prep work. Try it out and see. You are gonna love it! Be sure to leave comments, share on your social sites and come back often. We are gonna have a lot more great information on how to paint with chalk paint – coming soon! Also here’s a little infographic to save and share online or to keep for quick reference if you need to reference it when you start to make your own chalk paint at home. Good luck! Infographic courtesy of howtodistressfurniture.net/how-to-make-chalk-paint ...read more