DIY and Chalk Paint Thoughts
So last summer when I first moved in to my house I told my mother I wanted a tray to put on the dining room table.
However because I am so picky I wanted a very specific style and color.
My mother found an adorable one for me to refinish at a thrift store and I set to work!
I had heard about chalk paint for the longest time and the brand I really wanted to use is only sold online and I am probably the only person the world who hates to be things online and therefore I refuse to buy things online. So I went on the hunt for any chalk paint and came across FolkArt Chalk Paint.
The instructions were simple - clean the item, dry it, go against the grain on coat 1, with the grain on coat 2, wax/seal.
I used wax on the tray and was not a big fan personally. The wax left a lot to the imagination for me.
It could have been me because I refused to buy the $20 brush recommended.
I also didn't use the correct type of cloth to apply it and smooth it out.
So what I was left with was an item that was waxed but had pieces of lint mixed in.
Unfortunately it was only after I had painted and waxed that I read you can't just poly over the wax. I would have to sand and redo the piece again with chalk paint and then use poly instead of wax. So because it is a decoration piece only without regular use I am not too worried about it.
So on to the project itself. Here is what it looked like when I started painting the tray.
It was a red finish and I was not a fan - I wanted a black finish.
It was not too beat up which was nice so I didn't have to worry too much about any dings or dents or "fixing" anything on it.
Like I said earlier I opted dot use folk art and I liked the paint a lot.
It went on pretty smoothly, but it did take me a few minutes to get used to the way it went on once I started painting.
It looks very streaky on the first coat and doesn't cover 100% which explains needing at least 2-3 coats.
This was the first coat of paint.
I opted to not really sand between paint layers because it didn't feel necessary to make this a perfect project as I am using it for decor only.
This was after I had painted the entire thing going against the grain first and then with the grain next.
The finished project.
I used it first for my fall themed tables cape (ignore the wrinkled tablecloth - I literally just took the pic to show off on IG hahah)
And even though you can not see the tray itself it was used for my Christmas tables cape as well.
I am happy with the overall project but I definitely did things differently on my next chalk paint project. Which is a desk for my craft room and I will be sharing that soon as well.
What do you guys think?
As always I love a good comment on any project so feel free.
Happy Monday, may it be a good week my friends.