Painting Furniture with Chalk Paints

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Often I am asked for advice on painting furniture, so for all of you out there that are struggling with where to start, here are my basic tips.  Have a go, there is no mystery, just a great sense of adventure and once you have mastered the basics there will be no stopping you! Painting Furniture the Easy Way…….

Very simple! No need to sand or prime, but do wash down first to remove any grease. 

Here we go, Painting furniture with Chalk Paints:-

One colour Paint over the surface roughly, allow to dry (20 mins), paint all over with Annie Sloane clear wax. Sand with fine sand paper in the areas you want to distress then wax the same. Allow to dry then buff gently.

One colour with dark wax Paint over the surface roughly, allow to dry (20 mins), paint all over with AS clear wax. Paint on dark wax while clear wax still damp, remove excess with cloth and rub the rest into the grain – if there is too much on use clear wax to remove, but this only works when the wax is damp so work quickly and don’t panic. Sand with fine sand paper in the areas you want to distress then wax the same. Allow to dry then buff gently.

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Two colours Paint over the surface roughly, allow to dry (20 mins). Paint over with a contrasting colour, allow to dry (20 mins). Paint all over with AS clear wax. Sand with fine sand paper in the areas you want to distress & reveal the underneath colour. Wax again, allow to dry then buff gently. 

Two colours with dark wax Paint over the surface roughly, allow to dry (20 mins). Paint over with a contrasting colour, allow to dry (20 mins). Paint all over with AS clear wax. Sand with fine sand paper in the areas you want to distress and reveal the underneath colour. Paint on dark wax, remove excess with cloth and rub the rest into the grain – if there is too much on use clear wax to remove, but this only works when the wax is damp so work quickly and don’t panic. Sand further if required, wax, allow to dry then buff gently.

You need to decide if you want a smooth or textured finish.

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Smooth Use the paint straight from the tin, just normal painting but slap it on rather than stress about how it looks. Do two coats, either of the same or contrasting colours, as above.

Textured Taking the lid off the paint a couple of hours before you use it makes the mixture thicker and if you use a thick stubby brush with plenty of paint on with a criss cross action of painting, allowing the paint to land thickly, the effect will be more rustic, especially if you then use the dark wax which will creep into all the cracks, making them more pronounced and aged. If you don’t like the effect you have created, just keep adding more paint until you get it right! Always allow the top surface to harden for a couple of days before you put anything on it.

There you have it, Painting Furniture with chalk paints, the easy way for a quick fix up!

The photos illustrate the different techniques and I would advise watching the videos at the link:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEaaCZVYv8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjxKGQrO1UE

Before you start, it’s worth taking a look at the Annie Sloan website, which has all the further information you will need regarding paint usage, stockists and colours. I also recommend reading her blog, particularly the sections on colours http://anniesloanpaintandcolour.blogspot.co.uk

*all photo credits go to Annie Sloan.