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How to use chalk paint at home

Rusty Hinges staffer Samantha Sabean shares her tips to achieve the perfect finish

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Here are three finish styles to try now:


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  • Apply a thick coat of paint every which way. When you sand back you don’t want to expose the wood
    underneath. Make it “unevenly even” with brush marks in every direction.
  • Allow 20 minutes to dry. Apply a second coat of a different colour.
  • Once dry, rub 220-grit sandpaper along the areas you want to distress. The first thick layer of paint protects wood underneath. Alternatively use only one colour and sand back to let the original wood show through.
  • Apply soft wax and use a lint-free cloth to remove excess.

    1. Dilute paint with 10 per cent water.
    2. Apply three coats of paint using a flat brush with a feathered side. This will show fewer start and stop marks.
    3. Apply wax, and rub off excess.
    4. Sand back with wet sandpaper to smooth the finish, if you wish to remove brush strokes. Wield the
      sandpaper like you’re rubbing lotion on a baby. Start small, you can go back and sand more if desired.


    1. Use a thick paint, and even let it sit open overnight to thicken.
    2. Apply a textured coat using a dry brush. Stipple the paint with the brush to create ridges and bumps.
    3. Use a hair dryer to create crevices and cracks in the paint.
    4. Once dry, apply a layer of clear wax followed by a layer of dark wax and buff. Excess wax remaining in the cracks and ridges will add to the weathered look.
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