In this furniture painting tutorial, we will show you how to paint furniture with chalky finish paint in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process.
Always start with a clean surface. For most projects, a simple soap and water scrub down will work. For more difficult surfaces, a TSP cleaner works great. For this chalky finish paint project, we chose Tropical Bliss as our Furniture Paint color.
Dip the tip of your paint brush into the jar. You don't need a lot of chalky finish paint on the first coat. In fact, you will want to make sure the first coat is thin to help with better adhesion and long-lasting quality. We recommend plush synthetic bristle brush for a smooth finish with minimal brush stroke lines.
Spread the chalky finish paint, using a back and forth motion, with the grain. Don't worry about perfection on your first coat. Because you will be spreading it thin, you may see more brush strokes and the original wood finish may be visible underneath the paint. This is about how thin your first coat should be.
Once the first coat has dried to the touch (anywhere for 25-45 minutes), you are ready to apply the second coat of paint. This coat is more about coverage. On your second coat of chalky finish paint, make sure you brush is always wet with furniture paint and apply it in the same back and forth motion, with the grain. Be sure to watch out for any paint pooling or drips! Catch these before the paint dries for a more professional looking finish.
Here, you can see the difference in coverage from the first coat of chalky finish paint to the second coat of paint. Most project will take two coats of paint. Some projects or chalky finish colors may need a third 'touch up' coat. If your project needs a touch up coat, only apply the furniture paint where needed, not to the entire surface.
Once the last coat of chalky finish paint is dry to the touch (about 30-45 minutes), use a sanding block to distress the edges, corners, and anywhere else it would naturally wear. Simply lightly rub the sanding block where you want the paint to come off. If you prefer to have a more modern look, skip the distressing step.
Wipe off any dust from the distressing process. A lint free cloth will do the trick.
The last step is to protect the finish. For low traffic areas, our all-natural Furniture Finishing Wax works great. For high traffic areas, such as dining room tables and kitchen cabinets, skip the wax and use our Protective Finish. For this project, we chose our clear scented Furniture Finishing Wax.Using our round Furniture Finishing wax brush to apply the wax, simply rub the furniture finishing wax onto the surface in a circular motion. Wait a few minutes, then buff the wax with a lint free cloth.
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