Chalk paint! Have you heard of it? Or perhaps even better, painted with it?
Chalk paint is often confused with chalk board paint but the two are very different. Chalk paint or chalk ‘style’ paint is a very versatile paint that adhears to many surfaces with minimal preparation and is probably most well known for helping remove the headache from furniture painting. How so? Well the beauty of chalk paint is that surface prep is extreemly minimal, especially where sanding may have been required.
With chalk paint you can paint without sanding, yes you heard me correct NO SANDING. Of course in saying that, if the piece that is being painted has dents and marks that paint wont cover then of course sanding may be required for the finish that you desire, and before painting all surfaces should be free of dust etc. Imagine though how much time (and energy) you save not having to sand your item, especially if the item is large or intricate.
Apart from its great ability to bond effectively to many surfaces though, chalk paint also dries super fast which helps reduce time lost or wasted between coats, and when it dries it has a wonderful soft chalky finish. It distresses beautifully and with a little imagination and a sanding block you can apply a lovely aged distressed and rustic effect to the chalk paint. Chalk paint is most often ‘finished’ with a good quality finishing wax that adds not only depth to the paint but seals the surface, protects it and can add both an aged patina (if using dark wax) and a beautiful hand rubbed look.
I have to say that stumbling across furniture restored with this paint was probably the most profound moment in all my creative history. The restored pieces were stunning and the thought of not having to sand first had me leaping off my chair and running to my shed with my hands outstretched infront of me itching to get working. I had in my shed a small occasional lamp table that was very gloomy and in desperate need of restoration. The legs apart from being lovely were very intricate and the thought of having to sand them and the time it would take had made me lose interest and hide the table in the darkest corner of my shed. But now that I had possibly stumbled across the answer to my creative constipation and I was up and moving!
Where can you get chalk paint? Unfortunately I had let myself slip into a paint filled dream before I had done my research. Who actually sells chalk paint?!? This is where I came across Annie Sloan paints and products. Whilst googling chalk paints it wasnt long before I came across many DIY projects that your everyday person had done and with awesome results. They had of course used Annie Sloan chalk paints, so I wasted no time in looking Annie Sloan up and was delighted with the results. Her paints and products looked amasing and the reviews from people who had used them were glowing. She also (as far as I could find) was the only manufacturer of chalk paint. I was literally dying to try some and couldnt fill my e-cart quick enough. It was only at check out that I was plunged into a temporary but very severe depression. The paints were not available for shipment to Australia. Heartbroken doesn’t quite cover what I felt and I was nearly ready to march into my shed and attack my lamp table with a saw. But before I had the chance to ruin my only piece, I had a brainwave and decided to google DIY chalk paint. With a little research I was thrilled to find that there are recipes available for DIY chalk paint. I was pleasantly suprised, the recipes required very few ingredients (all found at your local hardware store) and were very affordable. This sent me once more racing off hands outstretched to the local Bunnings Warehouse.
Should I make chalk paint? If you are eager to give it a go and have the desire and patience to try it out then do try it. If you are fortunate enough to get your hands on Annie Sloan products you are very lucky, if not dont despair, the DIY recipes may be just the thing for you.
Take a look at my first DIY chalk paint project!
Before – The Gloomy Ocassional Lamp Table
Concentrating very hard here
A tad excited (and very daggy in my husbands oversized fluro)
Just a little bit fancy!
Those beautiful legs came up so well distressed