Today’s DIY post is not brought to you by my b.f.f. spray paint. I know, I know…..wait for it
I am actually using chalk paint with an actual paint brush.
Again, I know, wow! An actual brush. I have to say it did actually feel a little weird at first, almost as if I was cheating. Weird but doable.
I am thinking that I do like chalk paint. It’s really easy to work with. There is no prep-work (my favorite) other than to clean the piece you’re going to paint. Paint will not stick well to a dirty piece of furniture. I may have tried a time or two.
Supplies you will need:
Ugly furniture or something needing refinishing.
Chalk paint and Brush
Sandpaper (your choice of electric or hand sanding). I think this project only needs a little hand sanding but the SilverFox uses power tools whenever he can. But this is not his project! So there! Sorry I was 5 years old for a minute and sticking my tongue out of my mouth at him. Good thing you can’t see me!
Stencil (optional)-If you want to stencil on to your project you can. You of course don’t have to.
I cut my own stencil using my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo. I love that thing! I will do some tutorials in the future on all of the cool stuff you can do with it.
Spray Adhesive (optional)-spray it on the back of your stencil-It keeps it from moving around when you paint.
Stencil Sponge (optional)-Just discovered these sponges for stencil painting. They are awesome! They are actually make-up sponges. I borrowed my daughters the first time I tried it. They work great. I highly recommend them. You of course buy them in the make-up isle.
Black Chalk Paint for Stencil Lettering
Now that you have your supplies handy, are you ready to go?
Step One: Clean Your Piece
Seriously, you should have seen the spiders underneath this one! Yuck! Waiting too long in the barn to be painted I think.
Step Two: Tape Off any area you don’t want your new paint color to get on. I taped off the black legs of the step stool because I wanted them to remain black.
Step Three: Paint your piece of furniture, let dry, chalk paint dries really fast. Does it need a second coat? Mine did not.
Step Four: Sanding/Rough-up Step.
Now is where the really fun part comes in. You get to beat it up if you want to. You can see in the picture that I sanded it pretty rough. I am really hard on furniture so I might as well start it out in an “antiqued”/ vintage style anyway so that way no one can tell what a brute I really am.
I just let you in on my little secret.
Shhhhh….Don’t tell anyone.
Step Five: Stenciling. Optional
It looks scary at this point. But wait until you take that stencil off!
Step Six: Sanding/Rough-up lightly step to slightly age the look of the stenciled letters if you desire (I did)
How cool is stenciling?
*The key to stenciling is to use the littlest amount of paint possible. Put the paint on the sponge and then dab most of it off. That will keep it from bleeding underneath the stencil. Let that dry and then put another coat on. It is better to put two coats of light paint on that one coat of heavy paint. Pretty much like all painting!
There you go. I love a good trash to treasure moment! It just took a couple of hours too. The longest part was waiting for drying time. The chalk paint is pretty fast and so is the stenciling. I didn’t put a finish on this piece but you certainly could and probably should. I will probably be putting clear wax on it. You could also put clear water-based polyurethane on it. But for petes-sake please put a matte finish or satin. Don’t put a gloss finish on it……Just don’t!
Happy Painting my friends!