Okay, now we are headed into the more “artistic” area of the Chalk Paint look. It’s where you have the most freedom, but also the place where that freedom seems to intimidate people. There are no hard and fast rules, but I do have some guidelines to teach you.
Always keep this in mind – if you mess up then you just start over and try again. You can paint over every thing you just did including the paint and wax. This is your safety. Now, let’s experiment and try to create a distressed and storied piece!
In my opinion there is no point in using a product like Chalk Paint if you are not going to sand and wear the edges. This is the point in my opinion and the effect is awesome. Do not cheat yourself of a great look for your home by not trying this stage in the process.
What to use.
Buy a 3M sanding block. This is the name of the company & not the size! hahaha. If you’ve watched my tutorials you will understand this inside joke! FYI, here’s the link for reference. http://www.youtube.com/user/blueeggbrownnest
Then you want to use fine sand paper, 100 grade. Attach it to your sanding block.
There is a rhyme and reason to where and how I sand. You DO NOT want to do crazy on a flat surface! Instead, start at your edges and sand a bit here and there. Corners are also a great place to sand. If I have a dresser I will pull open each drawer and sand either a corner or flat edge and then do the opposite on the next drawer and so on and so on. Sometimes less is more so don’t go nuts here.
Light or Heavy.
I really try to take in the look & age & color of the piece when deciding how much or little to sand. The pieces below were more cottage in feel and I did them in Old White. I felt like they needed a good rub to look shabby enough for me. You will see that they are heavily distressed. I realize this look is not for everyone, but I think it gives a really unique look to your white pieces.
An important step not to be missed is taking a large DRY brush and wiping away all the dust. You do not want this sitting on top of your piece as it will ruin your piece once you wax.
Note: I sand my piece after I paint. It is more efficient and you don’t have to worry about the sand particles in the wax. Clear wax comes AFTER the sanding in the Blue Egg Brown Nest way!
Enjoying the refresher course? There will be a test at the end. Just kidding! If you are enjoying, pass along to your painting pals!