I’ve long wanted to give chalk paint a go for ages but it’s just been so hectic around here that I’ve not quite managed it, but with the house move and me mixing up the bits we have in all the rooms, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to turn to chalk paint. It also seemed like a great chance to try it before I do something silly and paint the builtin wardrobes!
I’m not going to do a step by step because masking taping the edges and painting a mirror is not rocket science but here are some pictures of the mirror in it’s stages of painting and a few observations.
The boy in the shop told me to water the paint down in a jam jar, shake well, and do a few coats rather than one thick one. I took his advice because, well, they sell the paint and have a shop of furniture covered in the stuff so I figured they would no best.
The paint brush I used was not an Annie Sloan branded one. For my sins it wasn’t even a good one, just a smallish one I found in a pot of paint brushes my dad gave us. In the future I’ll be using something better to paint with as the bristles were really coarse and it splattered everywhere! If I decide to paint the wardrobes I’ll buy an actual Annie Sloan brush I think as the shop told me they hold the paint better.
After one coat of paint outside, it started to cloud over so I moved to operation to my craft room (yes, this new house has one. I can’t wait until it’s a bit more finished and I can show it you) I used the bubblewrap it was wrapped in for the move as a floor/table protector. I also stopped for a bacon sarnie! Thanks Jim.
The second coat went on slightly easier than the first, and I paid special attention to make sure that I got in all the areas that were showing the gold slightly. Again, it pooled in the areas of detail and worried me by being loads darker and looking slightly ‘oily’ but much to my relief it dried out pretty quickly.
And the verdict. I love the matt, chalky, slightly crumbly looking finish of the un-waxed finish, and I am pretty happy with the colour too (although I did think half way through that I had made a mistake as it looked really dark) And I’ve even moved it from the craft room to the dining room, but I haven’t yet hung it as I can’t decide which wall to pop it on, so it’s just resting on the fireplace at the moment.
What do you think? And are you chalk paint user? If so, do you have any tips for tackling big pieces like the built in wardrobes and dressing table?