The right way to use chalk paint

Chalk Paint is specifically designed for furniture and it can be used on walls, doors and shutters and more.

It has a chalky finish and is often used to achieve a shabby chic or aged look because it is easily distressed.

Chalk painting on furniture doesn’t have any set guidelines. If you are doing this for the first time, start small. Maybe, with a stool or a nightstand. Don’t choose something with a lot of detail or challenging aspects. Stick with one colour to begin.

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Here’s what you need to begin:

  1. Chalk paint
  2. Finishing wax (optional)
  3. Paint brushes, one for painting and one for applying wax
  4. Drop cloth
  5. Moist cloth for dusting/accidental drips
  6. Sand paper, for smoothing

The pros

You can paint indoors because there are no harsh odours.

Most pieces don’t need prep.  Just dust off and begin to paint.

It dries super fast.  You can paint 2-3 coats in a day.

The prep

Use a moist cloth and remove all dust and dirt. Dry it well. Make sure there is no oil from treatment products like furniture oil.

If your piece has loose paint you should do a little sanding. If you will be distressing your piece then these other layers of paint will add fun character to your piece.

The process

Shake your chalk paint well.  Because of the thicker consistency you will need to stir every 15 minutes or so.

Use back and forth quick strokes. Paint in all directions.  Work in a small space and move quickly as it dries very fast. Don’t go over an area you just painted.  Don’t worry if you see paint strokes or if you can see through on your first coat.  The second coat will cover up.

Let your first coat dry for 2 hours before moving to the next.  Follow the same for your second coat if you need a third. Usually, two coats should do.

After you are done painting, take a small piece of sandpaper and pass over your piece lightly, as if you were dusting. This is for smoothing only and makes a big difference in the look of your final product.

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Waxing is not essential, but without it your piece will look slightly more rustic with an unfinished look. Waxing will ensure protection from wear and tear and give it a slightly more finished look.

Apply wax with a regular brush. Then wipe it with a lint-free cloth. Let your piece dry overnight before use.

Happy Painting!

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DIY: How to restore your deck

An ageing deck will have all the tell tale signs. It will appear patchy, weathered, mouldy or mildewed. That’s when you know it is time for restoration.

If you have a few days of fair weather – no rain and not too hot – it is the right time to embark on your DIY restoration project. If there’s a chance of rain or high temperatures, wait for a break in the weather.

You need at least 24 hours without rain to get the best results. So, check the forecast and also keep in mind that direct, strong sunlight can be as damaging as rain.

Start with the prep work. The first thing to do when staining your deck is to clean it thoroughly. Before applying deck stain, all surface tannins, water stains, extractives and dirt must be removed. This allows the timber grain to open, so the stain can penetrate and adhere to the decking.

Use any wood cleaner with a stiff brush. Allow to stand for ten minutes before using a pressure cleaner to rinse the product off your deck.

Once your deck is clean and dry, it is time to sand it (if required) and then apply deck stain in a colour of your choice.

In terms of the amount of product required, each timber variety has different characteristics, and coating specifications change for each. A basic formula to determine how much you need is to calculate your deck’s area before purchasing.

When applying the stain, be sure to apply as per product specifications so you get the colour and sheen as expected. Apply it generously along the length of the boards, working two to three boards at a time, using a good quality brush and applicator. If you’re trying a new colour it might be a bright idea to test the product on a concealed area to see how the end result will look.

Remember, periodically cleaning your deck with a mild detergent can rejuvenate the deck’s surface and extend its life by removing dirt and stains.