Today I bring to you an easy chalk paint DIY.
I am a huge fan of shabby chic. I am also a huge fan of WHITE, if you haven’t noticed.
Since we moved into our house from a 1 bedroom apartment last fall, we figured out we really don’t have much in the way of furniture to fill the house and walls.
So, we have been trying to chip away at it, buying a little bit at a time.
I always swoon over old country/shabby chic/rustic furniture. I’ve looked at a million Anthropology, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn catalogues, but MAN those things cost a pretty penny.
So I’ve started thrifting. First we got a new dinning room table. Then we went on a hunt for chairs which I found on Craigslist along with a gorgeous hutch.
But NOTHING was white.
So there was 2 options, buy already painted white furniture OR paint it yourself.
I’ve scoured Craigslist for hours and I’ve found a piece here and there BUT AGAIN everything started to add up.
So one day while popping into a local boutique, I got talking to one of the owners who quickly cheered me on to try their chalk paint. So I bought a can of paint, I came home. And a few days later pretty much everything in our house transformed to WHITE.
Chalk paint is SO easy to work with. It sticks to virtually anything, no sanding required. And it dries SO quick. You just have to seal it with a top coat and WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAAM.
Here is my first project:
It takes me about 4 coats + top coat to get the cover I want but it also depends on the colour of furniture and type of wood you are painting.
Here are a few tips if you decide to get your hands dirty:
- Have BOTH small roller and a brush, I always end up using both.
- I found having an angle brush made things a lot easier.
- Make your first coat really light.
- Make sure to brush off all excess paint on the last coat.
- If you have railings or really curvy design features, save yourself the trouble, get a can of KILZ primer and spray on the first coat and then just apply one layer of paint to finish. (I figured that one out way too late)
- If your paint runs a little or there is goop, don’t worry you can sand it off once it dries
- Taking off all the doors and handles will REALLY make things easier
FYI chalk paint is going to cost you a pretty penny BUT it sure is cheeper than buying already painted or new furniture.
If you are really on a budget you can make your own chalk paint too, but I have not tried that yet so I can’t attest to that.
I got my chalk paint at the CUTEST vintage store here in Maple Ridge called Town and Country Vintage Home (if you are in the area make sure you check them out). So I’m sure a vintage store in your area will have it.
Please don’t hesitate to ask questions I would love to hear from you.