To generate extra income, to pay off our debt, Paul and I have been redoing furniture.
We usually buy the furniture at garage sakes, thrift stores and Craigslist for a low price. We have even found some for free on the Free section of Craigslist.
Why Use Chalk Paint:
We decided to use chalk paint because you do not have to prep the furniture by priming it or sanding. This cuts the the time in half to complete the project!
Prep the furniture for how you will be painting it. For one desk we decided not to paint parts of the top of the piece. So, we needed to put painter’s tape on the areas we wanted to avoid.
For another desk we sanded the top of it and stained instead of painting. To prepare for this we had to section off the area we would not be painting as well. The picture’s below show Paul sanding. We do not have a sander so he does it all by hand.
Make the chalk paint.
To make the chalk paint we mix it with Calcium Carbonate. I take 2 tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate and mix it with 1 tablespoons of warm water until that is smooth. Next I add the mixture to 1 cup of any variety of paint. The gives the paint a more durable feel that will stick to almost anything!
If you are looking to buy some Calcium Carbonate you can find it HERE on amazon.
When using chalk paint your stroke technique is not all that important, especially on the first coat. The second coat strokes are what will show.
After painting you’ll notice that the paint has a chalky feel–why do you think it’s called chalk paint? To get the rid of the rough feel quickly sand your piece with 180 grit sandpaper.
After all the paint is done you are ready to wax the furniture. The wax seals in the furniture from scratching and wearing and gives it a beautiful shine that chalk paint won’t give you. We use regular paste finishing wax.
You can use many things to get the wax on the furniture. We just use a white t-shirt cut into rags. . Many people also like to use a round wax brush. It really helps to get in the all the corners like the inlay of drawers. But with it being around $25 dollars we do not see the need of using that when a T-shirt works as well with a little extra work.
To apply the wax put a generous portion of wax on whatever you would like to use and apply it to the furniture in a small, circular motion. then wipe it in a straight lines.
Typically with chalk paint many people like the vintage or distressed look. Paul and I like that look as well with the furniture that we are doing. What we usually do is put one layer of wax on the furniture and then use pieces of sand paper to lightly swipe across the furniture. One thing we try to do it distress areas that would naturally look distressed though years of wear and tear.
Once the wax has been completed the furniture is done and ready to be used or sold!
Before and After:
Here are some before and after pictures of pieces Paul and I have worked on.
Have you ever used chalk paint before? How did your project turn out?