Lately I have a new hobby. On top of creating art, going to art shows, teaching classes, and everything else – I am obsessed with upcycling furniture pieces using chalk paint.
Like seriously obsessed. It is a problem that might require some intervention at some point.
For now, however, my art booth and my home are benefiting from this addiction.
This is a very basic project – one that I would recommend to any first timers. I wanted to share this one so that you could learn the basics of how to use chalk paint to create something “new” for your home.
I am going to share another project this week that is a bit more advanced – still easy, just a bit more time consuming – that’s all.
For this project, you need:
- Chalk Paint (I use DecoArt’s – Americana Decor Chalky Finish) and Creme Wax
- Paper towels
- Sanding blocks
- Your furniture piece
Now, here are the steps – I am breaking it down to the most basic form for the beginners who might need help for their first project.
- Clean your furniture piece.
- Take a course sanding block and sand down any areas that are high shine and/or covered in lacquer. The paint will stick better and last longer if you sand it down.
- Wipe off all of the dust with a damp paper towel.
- Paint your first color onto the area that you have chosen.
- This is where I panicked the first time – the first coat… it looks streaky and uneven and you are worried you made a mistake. You didn’t. Just keep going – you’ll be happy you did!
- Add a second coat once the first coat is dry.
- Go in now and add your second color to the remaining areas.
- Allow that coat to dry and add a second coat.
- Once the entire piece is dry, take a fine grit sanding block and distress the edges where you want it to look worn. A little or a lot – it is your choice.
- Apply dark brown creme wax (or any of the other colors of your choice – I like the brown) with a brush. Let it sit for a second or two and then wipe it off. Let it sit for a day or two before really putting it through it’s paces, but otherwise you’re good to go!
I am so happy with how this cart turned out! It will be a great rolling bar, candy cart, and so much more!!!
And, it was only $10.00 at the local thrift store. A little paint I already had, and it is brand new and ready to roll! How great is that?!?!?!
I hope you have as much fun with your project as I had with mine. And, more projects to come!