Have you ever wondered why chalk paint can sometimes chip? Do you have a piece of furniture you’ve painted and it doesn’t turn out like you planned? I understand and sometimes it happens to me! I’ve discovered the most important factor in determining my end result is what I start with!
Let me explain! The first thing I do with my piece of furniture is to clean it with White Lightning. This is an another amazing Dixie Belle product. It’s inexpensive and goes a long way! Basically, all you need to do is spray it on and wipe off. When you're done cleaning the piece, wipe it with clean water so there's no residue left.
Making sure your piece is clean is going to be the number factor in determining how well your paint will adhere to your piece. If there's any residue left on your piece of furniture, the paint can possibly chip off.
A few tips to make your furniture cleaning a breeze. First, the White Lightning comes in a powder form. I measure out the amount I need for my spray bottle and mix it right in my bottle. I try to use lint free cloths. I use an old t-shirt cut up. It works perfectly. Don’t let the water form any puddles on the furniture. You’ll be amazed by what comes off that piece of furniture! Check out the picture below!
Once your piece is dry, you’re ready to grab your favorite color of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint and start painting! There’s no other prep needed!
If you need more help or want a personalized tutorial, check out my upcoming class! I can help you learn the correct way to paint your furniture and home decor! By the end of the Workshop, you’ll have the confidence to jump into the projects you’ve been wanting to start with more confidence and ease. You’ll be amazed at how simple it can be when you start to create stunning decor on a budget.
If you have any questions please comment and let me know! Happy Painting!
The Top Five Chalk Paint Brushes
Have you ever stared at all the brushes wondering which one you should buy? And why are these brushes so expensive anyways? I get it! I’ve done the same thing! Lucky for you I’ve tried them all and done the research! Read on for my tips and tricks for choosing the best brush for you!
Finding the best chalk paint brush will depend on the project you are using it for. ! I have tried out just about every kind of brush and system out there. I have some definite favorites. I will say with paint brushes, you get what you pay for. I tried an inexpensive set from amazon, they literally fell apart after one use.
One thing I learned early on in my DIY experience is that it’s an absolute must to use the right tool for the job. If you’re wondering how to get a smooth finish when painting, the absolute most important thing is to choose the right brush. Sometimes it’s tempting to take the easy or cheap way out, but it ends up costing you more in the long run. Specifically, I learned that if I use the cheapest, most basic paint brushes, then my paint job just wasn’t going to be as good. The coverage wasn’t as good, sometimes the job ended up requiring more coats with the cheap brushes (which translated to more time), the bristles would shed like crazy, and it truly did make a difference in my project quality. I am super picky about my paintbrushes now, and I appreciate good quality. Here are the brushes I’ve tried throughout my painting and my thoughts on each one.
There are two types of bristles. Synthetic Bristle Brush - help to produce a smooth, contemporary finish and Natural Bristle Brush - produce a textured, vintage finish.
2. Cling on Brushes - Cling on Brushes has zero shedding and is self-cleaning, Its brush stroke free finish has smooth bristles and hold plenty of paint which allows for a great application. Painting with the brushes slightly wet helps produce a flawless finish and prevents paint from drying on bristles while in use. It is durable and is available in multiple sizes. It provides good coverage.
3. Pixie Paint Brushes - Their Natural & Synthetic blend bristles are thin brushes that are great for blending and of good quality. It is dense and thick. Its round shape provides good coverage and is reasonably priced.
4. Zibra Brush - Its synthetic bristle brush has many shapes to help with special projects. It is more of a stiff bristle brush that is designed for specific applications.
5. Annie Sloan Brushes - The world known expert in paint and color who originally invented the chalk paint has her own line of brushes as well. Her natural and synthetic brushes are dense and thick. They are quite expensive but of good quality and moderately easy to take care of compared to other less expensive brushes that work as well.
6. Chip Brush - Chip Brushes are inexpensive and sometimes disposable. It sheds bristles and gives uneven coverage. I would not recommend this!
So, the results are in! You want a quality brush to give you the best results!
Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have any questions! Also, tell me your favorite brush to use!
All the Best,
Hey ReStyled Friends ,
Today, I’m going to tell you all about how to apply top coat using Dixie Belle Paint Polyurethane!
First of all, you can just leave your painted piece without poly but it will have a chalky feel to it, which is still nice and smooth. Remember, if you do not poly or wax your new piece is left unprotected & could be susceptible to stains, so it is always best to seal it with one or the other.
The awesome thing about Poly is it’s extra durability and protection that it gives and the nice sheen it adds to your piece. I have decided that I’m going to apply a Dixie Belle Polyurethane in satin finish to my table. This will give my piece a finished look. This product is a water based Polyurethane. It cleans easily and goes on nicely.
Here are the steps I would take to seal my piece.
Step # 1 - there’s really only one step!
I have a damp sponge, no water should be coming out from it, and the Dixie Belle Polyurethane. I am going to show to you how easy it is. I am only going to do one top coat and will let it dry and do another coat. The number of coats will depend on how frequently you will use it. I generally do 2-3 very thin coats of the poly.
I want to do nice thin coats in one direction. It’s not going to be super shiny, it will have a satin finish. I love the Polyurethane because is so quick to use, it’s not going to take me a long time. You might want to use a damp brush with synthetic bristles but the sponge is nice because you can wipe it on. It makes it nice and quick. After 7 days, it’s totally cured and your piece is good to go!
Chalk Paint Colors
I know! I know! Choosing a color to paint your piece of furniture can feel like you’re making the biggest decision of your life! Should I go with a pop of color? Should I go with a neutral? What if I don’t like it? What if I get tired of it? That’s the beauty of chalk paint! If you don’t like it, you can try again! And because there’s no prep with chalk paint, it’s a quick fix if you get tired of the color or change your mind.
A few quick tips for choosing the perfect chalk paint color!
*Get inspired! What moves you? Or makes you happy? Do you love walks on the beach and listening to the waves crash against the shore? Maybe blues and a soft brown would be a great choice for you. The neutrals are combined here with your pop of color.
*Start with your first neutral - white or a shade of white, cream, grey, beige...
*Next choose a pop of color - a color wheel can help with this or find inspiration in things you love!
*Lastly, choose a second color that will compliment your first color. Again, a color wheel is helpful! Looking at color palettes are also a great way to find complimentary colors!
There are so many combinations out there, I’m confident you’ll find your perfect color combo! Have a great weekend and let me know if you have any questions! Thanks! Deb
Do you have a piece of furniture you want to throw away?
WAIT! I can help! Let’s redo it!
Today I’m going to give you 5 easy steps to turn that piece of trash into a treasure!
Step 1: Clean your piece of furniture. You can use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water or just a clorox wipe will do! Or use Dixie Belle White Lightening.
Step 2: Make sure all of your holes and scratches are filled. If they are all filled then move onto step 3. If not then take a small amount of wood putty and smooth it onto the scratch or hole. You can even use your finger for this. Wait for it to dry and then sand it smooth. Wipe it down to get all the dust off from sanding.
Step 3: Paint! Apply a thin coat of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in the color of your choice. Let it dry. Depending on humidity and temperature 30 - 60 minutes. Then apply a second coat of paint.
Step 4: Distress your piece! Using a 220 grit sanding block, go along edges, corners and raised surfaces on your piece. This will take some of the paint off, distressing your piece. Go along lightly until you have the look you like.
Step 4: Topcoat! Choose your topcoat. You can choose a poly or wax for a topcoat. Wax is the traditional topcoat used with chalk paint. A polyurethane will be more durable!
Step 5: Enjoy! Your piece is complete! Great job!
Watch Below! Let me know how your piece turns out!
Hey friend! I'm so glad you're here! My name is Deb, I own the shop of my dreams, have a wonderful family, and teach 3rd grade. My favorite thing to do is create and paint! Follow along with me as I refurbish furniture and get crafty!