Two Tips For Making A Piece Of Furniture Look Great Using Chalk Paint

Chalk paint—not to be confused with chalkboard paint—is an excellent way to give furniture pieces an aged distressed look without a lot of effort. However, if you use chalk paint the wrong way, your pieces can quickly go from shabby chic to just plain shabby looking in a heartbeat. To avoid ending up with pieces that look like you just picked them up from the secondhand store, here are two tips for maximizing the results you get from chalk paint.

Prep the Furniture Piece

One of the main selling points of chalk paint is the fact that you can use immediately; you don't have to prep the furniture piece (e.g. sand the wood) before you can start painting it like you would have to with other types of paint. While this can save you a lot of time, it can also produce some unsightly results.

Although you may want to get to the fun part of painting as soon as possible, it's best to take time to clean and sand the furniture piece first. Sanding helps remove scratches, dings, caked on dirt, and even left-over cleaning products. It also reduces the appearance of wood grain. Not only would painting over these things produce color variations that may mar the final result, but you may need to use multiple coats of paint to achieve the look you want.

For best results, take time to prep the piece before using chalk paint on it. The paint will go on a lot smoother and cleaner and your piece will look a lot more professional.

Go for Subtle and Refined

As mentioned previously, chalk paint is best used for when you want the furniture piece to look aged and slightly distressed. As such, it's best to pick colors and designs with an eye towards subtlety and elegance. For instance, avoid using colors that contrast significantly with each other (e.g. fuchsia and yellow) or using more than two colors on the same piece. This type of palette is frequently used on children's furniture. Unless you're painting the piece for a child's room, you'll want to stick with colors that are toned down and match.

Additionally, any distressing you do to the piece should be subtle. Stick to distressing areas that would naturally show wear and tear after a period of time (e.g. corners and edges). If you go overboard on the distressing treatment, the piece may end up looking like you picked it up on the side of the road.

For more tips on getting the most out of chalk paint or help picking out the right colors for your project, contact a local paint dealer, like one from Renaissance Innovations, LLC.