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Chalk Paint Techniques

To get your creative juices started, here are a few of our favourite techniques

AntiquedFinish
When layering different paint colours for an antiqued finish, apply a darker and heavier base coat than the top coat using a hog bristle brush.
For the second Layer, dip a brush into the second colour and dab most of the paint onto a paper towel until the brush is almost dry. Lightly dry brush (lightly brushing backwards and forwards) colour to highlight the raised areas. After the paint dries, lightly rub the top coat with sandpaper, a sanding sponge, steel wool or a dish scrubber to enhance the look. Finish your piece with a soft wax.

Distressed Finish
Apply one coat using a hog bristle brush. Before adding the second coat of Chalk Paint, rub a Beeswax stick over the areas you want to distress (edges where there normally would be “wear & tear”). Apply the second coat of Chalk Paint, moving your brush in every direction. Once your paint is dry, remove a little paint from your chosen areas with sandpaper. If you accidentlally remove too much, retouch with chalk paint.
Apply a neutral soft Wax or use a dark/neutral wax to achieve an aged finish.
Wait 2 – 4 hours to allow your wax to set, then buff with a lint free cloth.

Two Colour Distressed Finish
Choose two complimentary colours. Apply one coat thickly using a hog bristle brush, before adding the second coat of Chalk Paint. Rub a Beeswax stick over the areas you want to show through the bottom colour. Apply the second coat of Chalk Paint, moving your brush in every direction. Once dry, remove a little paint using fine or medium sand paper until your first coat appears through your second coat (more if you wish to expose the wood underneath in areas). If you accidentlally remove too much, retouch with chalk paint.
Apply a neutral soft Wax or use the dark & light wax for a more antique/aged look.
Wait 2 – 4 hours to allow your wax to set, then buff with a lint free cloth.

Rustic Country Finish
Paint using a hog bristle brush two or three thick coats of Chalk Paint (using different colours if you like) allowing each coat to completely dry. Using a hair dryer can create a crackling in the paint.
When the paint is dry, use sand paper to remove some of the paint, or to reveal under colours (or use the chip, knock theory – very lightly with a small headed hammer)
Apply a neutral soft Wax or use the two waxes to achieve a more “aged” finish.
Wait 2 – 4 hours to allow your wax to set, then buff with a lint free cloth.

Smooth, Modern Finish
Paint using a synthetic brush applying one or two coats of your Chalk Paint smoothly and evenly in the direction of the grain.
Use fine sandpaper and gently buff the surface to achieve a smooth, silky finish between coats as well as after the final coat.
Apply a neutral soft Wax, or use both waxes to achieve an aged look.
Wait 2 – 4 hours to allow your wax to set, then buff with a lint free cloth.

Aged or Vintage Industrial Finish
Place your paint in the refigerator (not freezer) a few hours before use. Apply a really thick coat of paint to your item using a hog bristle brush, texturing, dabbing, pushing & pulling your paint in all directions until your item is covered to the max with buckets of texture happening.
When completely dry, apply the dark and neutral wax.
Wait 2 – 4 hours to allow your wax to set, then buff with a lint free cloth.

All we can say is have fun, be adventurous and bold.
And if it doesn’t turn out as you want, you can easily start over.