5 EASY STEPS TO CHALK PAINTING FURNITURE
I am just a tad bit absorbed with chalk painting furniture these days. I just love the old rustic charm you can add to a piece you already have. When I first started chalk painting furniture I wanted to know everything so like anything else I am interested in, I researched it to death. I broke down all the information I researched so that you can have 5 easy steps to chalk painting furniture. If this is your first time chalk painting furniture, I hope you find .this little project of mine helpful as you follow through with this tutorial.
This end table actually came furnished in a home I lived in when the kiddos were small so it has to be at least 26 yrs old when my first born was in my belly. I am really regretting that I gave away or sold the dresser. We probably needed more space in the current house when some of the kids went to college and said ” let’s give it to someone who needs it and can actually use it”.
I unscrewed the wooden knob to the drawer. Just by doing that my mind raced to all kinds of vintage drawer knobs I could go shopping for this weekend at Hobby Lobby or World Market, two of my favorite places to shop for doorknobs amongst other things. Isn’t this a beautiful piece of furniture? It is the perfect piece for chalk painting.
This piece is going into the “Zen” room of our house. The “Zen” room is currently a light to medium gray with deep wine accents but the dresser and night table are a mixture of furniture I had pieced together from multiple children’s bedrooms over the years. The “Zen” room was still calm and relaxing but needed a little pick me up.
I often visit a vintage Antique market where they sell Annie Sloan Chalk paint, wax and paint brushes. My last visit I decided to splurge on the not so inexpensive products. (One can was $37.00 but keep in mind that it takes very little chalk paint for your projects). You know where you can cut back within the family budget when you have a passion you need to save for.
Supplies I used for this project:
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan paintbrush
(or you can buy a much less expensive synthetic paintbrush at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Ask someone who works there for the best paintbrush that doesn’t shed bristles)
Annie Sloan Clear wax.
Annie Sloan Dark Wax (optional and you only need to buy the smaller can for now).
Clean cloth for waxing.
Sandpaper Block (optional) .
Annie Sloan wax brush (optional).
UPDATE: Since writing this post a couple years ago, many other suppliers have come out with their version of chalk style paints, waxes and paint brushes and many are much less expensive and very good quality. I have linked to these alternative supplies for your convenience.
Chalk Style Paints:
Paint and Wax Brushes: (I recommend you get 2. One for waxing and one for painting)
Step 1: With a clean dry cloth, dust off furniture. ( be sure to put large pieces of cardboard or drop cloth under your furniture before painting)
Step 2: Stir chalk paint thoroughly and begin painting your piece. This is when your adrenal kicks in a little!
Step 3: Chalk paint dries super fast compared to regular latex paint but you can tell if the paint is completely dry in all areas by noticing if all the paint is the same color. Darker patches mean the paint is not completely dry. It is up to you if you think it needs a second coat of paint. This night stand only needed one coat. I have used two coats on darker wood before. ***At this point, if you wanted to make the furniture look a little weathered, you can use your sandpaper block to sand around the edges of the furniture and around the drawer knob. You can use the Annie Sloan dark wax (pictured above) and dab a little on a clean cloth and rub over the not yet dry clear wax. This will help blend better. Wipe off any excess dark wax.
Step 4: When paint is completely dry, take a clean dry rag ( old white t shirt cut up) and dip into clear wax. You can also buy a wax brush in different sizes from your Annie Sloan supplier. Move rag in circular motion to cover all areas of painted furniture. This is what seals the paint.
Step 5: Let curate for 12 hours then buff the furniture with a clean rag. This will give the piece a nice finished sheen.
Screw on your new vintage knobs you purchased. ( keep an eye out for sales. Hobby Lobby had a 50% off sale on their knobs the day I went.
Here we are with the finished night stand. What do you think? I fell in love with it. See the matching dresser I painted here.