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How to Transform Furniture with Chalk Paint

By: Mel Lockcuff
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How to Transform Furniture with Chalk Paint

By: Mel Lockcuff
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This winter, we’ve made our way through our living area making just a few changes. We created a gallery wall, we made the entryway a bit more welcoming, and we put together a plate wall in our dining room. One other project I decided to undertake was giving our entertainment stand a new look using chalk paint.

In Which I Tout the Amazingness That Is Chalk Paint

If you’ve never used chalk paint, you are definitely missing out on something amazing. I was leery of it before I tried it. It seemed trendy, and I tend to buck trends. But then I found Shabby Paints at my local antique store, where they had several pieces of furniture painted with all the different colors. I was intrigued.

Finally, I decided to give it a try with my first project, a desk… Then I painted a buffet and a farmhouse bench… Finally, I decided to paint the entertainment stand. I was sold from that very first paint project, though. Not only was I able to make a very small can stretch a very long way; the paint had no strong fumes. The color was vibrant, and distressing the furniture was quite easy with the use of reVAX.

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How to Use Chalk Paint to Transform a Piece of Furniture

Chalk paint is so simple and easy to use. I like to move our furniture out onto our back deck to paint. I’ll lay down a big piece of brown paper or a drop cloth to protect the deck.

The first step is to remove all hardware, things like knobs and hinges. Clean your furniture well with a water/vinegar mixture. Once you’ve removed all dust, dirt, oils, and grime, and your furniture is dry, you’re ready to paint.

If you have sawhorses, you can place any doors you may have on the sawhorses. This will make painting easier.

Use a brush to apply 2-3 coats of paint to the furniture. Usually, 2 coats will do; but if you’re painting a lighter color onto a darker color, it may take 3. Let the paint dry between coats. I’ve found that the paint generally dries very quickly, and I’m usually able to continue with the second coat not too long after the first coat has been applied. You can add a little bit of water to your paint to make it stretch even further, though I haven’t really had to do this.

Once the paint has dried completely, I recommend adding a coat or two of Satin Varnish to at least the top surface of your project. This serves to give a protective coat and also helps the reVAX go on a bit more smoothly, should you decide to distress with reVAX.

Once your Satin Varnish has dried (follow directions on the bottle), you can distress with reVAX. There are multiple colors, but one of my favorites is the Hazelnut. It adds a brown tint to the project, making it look old and giving it an antique feel. You’ll want a bowl of water and a sponge to apply the reVAX. And this is where you really want to take your time and not get in a rush; otherwise, you’ll end up with brown streaks instead of an overall antique look to your piece. (I may have another project I need to re-reVAX because I got in too much of a hurry).

Before you place anything on your furniture, you’ll want to let everything sit for at least 3 days to make sure it’s good and dry.

Funny story: I ended up not really loving the blue color I’d painted our stand; it clashed with everything in our living room. It was terrible. So, that very night I ran back to the antique store and picked up another emergency jar of paint and painted the piece a creamy white color, then gave it a nice coat of hazelnut reVAX.

It’s so different from the black that it was before. It’s really lightened up our living room, and I love it!

Chalk Paint

Once you’ve used chalk paint, you’ll find it’s hard to stop using chalk paint. Now I’m thinking of all the things I can still paint, like perhaps our kitchen cabinets… We shall see. Happy painting!

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