I am constantly seeing "no prep required" when it comes to chalk paint. I'm here to tell you if you don't properly prep your piece the paint will not stick. So, in honor of my first blog post on the new website I am walking you through the process to properly prep your piece for chalk paint! And links on where to purchase!
Regardless of whether your piece is a barn find or straight from your family room it needs a thorough cleaning. The oils that reside on furniture must come off prior to painting (especially if the dreaded Pledge has been used- not a fan in case you couldn't tell) to get a lasting finish. Below is a an example of what happens when you don't remove all the dirt & oils that you don't see on your furniture. The fix at this point? The only way to fix it is to sand off this layer of paint and then clean properly.
Now let's get started... Remove all the hardware and set aside. Side note: If your piece is visibly dirty/dusty I will wipe down with a wet rag so I'm not swirling dirt/mud/cob webs all over the entire piece. Now you're ready... I use these white knit rags and Simple Green diluted to 1:30 ratio via spray bottle (detailed instructions are on the back of the bottle). I work in sections and spray the diluted cleaner directly on the furniture. If your piece has lots of details and crevices grab an old toothbrush and scrub those areas. After I have worked in sections and cleaned the entire piece I repeat the process one more time. This ensures that all the grime has really been removed. Take a few minutes and place a piece of masking tape on the back side of any hardware holes to prevent any paint from seeping through those holes.
Once you have completed the cleaning process with Simple Green it's time to evaluate your piece and determine whether or not your prep is complete or additional steps are needed. Since chalk paints are porous it's not uncommon to have bleed through when painting cherry, mahogany, etc a light color like white, gray, etc. The simple solution? Seal your entire piece with lacquer, shellac, or a stain blocker. Personally I prefer Rustoleum Lacquer- it's in an aerosol can and dries quickly. However, it's not always possible to spray especially if you're working inside your home. Both the shellac and the stain blocker are brush on products (the stain blocker is also available for purchase at Rosewood) and work just as well. IMPORTANT: If you use any type of sealer it is VERY important these products are completely dry before applying paint.
Now that your piece is clean & sealed (if needed) you are ready to chalk paint- NO sanding required!!
Thanks so much for reading and please let me know if you have any questions! Don't forget by purchasing via the links above you are paying the normal Amazon price but still helping this small business owner and it is very much appreciated. Happy painting!
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