What's the Big Deal with Chalk Paint?
Painting is an inexpensive way of renewing home décor. Painting a wall or painting a piece of furniture can make a room look different and refreshing. With all the different types of paint out there, one doesn't require any sanding before application. This is chalk paint. Let's take a look at its properties and uses.
Chalk paint is highly porous, which gives it glue-like properties that allow it to stick to all kinds of surfaces. It can be applied to anything or everything - use it to paint walls, furniture, leather, ceramics, and metals. This paint is made of chalk and hence can easily stick to rough and smooth surfaces without any prep work.
It is a different kind of paint than most people typically use, and users have very diversified reviews. While some people loved it, on the other hand, some people didn't. The property that makes it stick to surfaces makes it less durable than other types of paint.
The most prominent use of chalk paint is on furniture. The best part of using chalk paint is that, unlike in other types of paint, you don't need to prepare the furniture before proceeding with the painting. This paint allows one to experiment and identify what effect or colors work best.
Chalk paint is excellent for creating textures. The thicker the layers of paint, the better the texture. You can distress the paint using water within 12- 24 hours of painting. If you wish to create textures after 24 hours, don't worry. By using sandpaper, you can create your favorite style at any time.
It's not necessary to use chalk paint only for creating textures. You can use it as a substitute for the standard paint. If the painted surface will be exposed to moisture, such as condensation from a drinking glass, it is recommended to use a sealing agent like wax for the final coat. The result is a smooth, beautiful, and durable painted surface.
Many people raise queries regarding the number of layers of paint that must be applied. Mostly one coat is sufficient if you do it properly. If you see brush strokes, it may be due to the thicker consistency of the paint. Just apply another layer for finishing. Also, if painting a lighter coat on a darker color, two coats may be necessary.
Chalk paint may thicken because of the open lid, hence, close the top as soon as you are done using it. Just add water to thin the paint. Always shake the paint before use. There is only one restriction; it is not recommended to use chalk paint outdoors.
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