Okee Dokee Artichokies…..
Here we go.
K-I-S-S (keep it simple sweeties) tutorial!
AKA….I don’t got much smarts to share, so I have to keep it simple.
Don’t let this picture scare you.
I was a little intimidated by this chair at first but I could tell by checking it out that it was coming apart at connection places….(I know…I don’t know the techy, woodsy words!) but….where it was coming apart wasn’t in the middle of the piece.
Sort of get what I’m saying?
So, I figured, I could try guerrilla gluing it.
Throw some salt over my shoulder.
Rub my lucky rabbits foot bookmark in my Bible and say a quick prayer.
I’m a confused, non-denominational Baptist.
And guerrilla glue I did.
And borrowed my dads clamp thingy.
Left it overnight…..
Then used an exacto kind of knife to scrape off the extra stuff that squirted out and sanded down the finer messy squirts.
That was complicated.
Still with me?
Then grab your goodies.
This is what I used.
I used about 1/4 to 1/2 of a quart of paint.
I watered it down to a “pancake batter” consistency.
Note to readers: Do NOT make pancakes with AS chalk paint.
I didn’t show you any spray paint in my goodies…but I lightly spray paint the springs and support straps.
They are usually old, they may be rusty.
You might need to use a “rust” type of spray paint.
Why do I paint it?
I just like a white spring when I am painting the furniture white.
Plus, it will protect your fabric.
I will also put a piece of fabric over the springs, just as a barrier against the upholstery.
It had a NASTY piece of carpet as a barrier.
Like, I never wanted to see it again after I peeled it off of the chair.
But anyways…spray paint your spring and supports.
I don’t want to waste chalk paint….and it would be alot more tedious than you think to paint the straps and springs.
So, use spray paint.
If you want.
I’m not the boss of you.
Now paint your chair.
Note about chalk paint: You don’t have to have it thick….especially if you are going to distress it.
When distressing you will sand off any extra layers…..so….. save your paint.
One coat looked like this.
If you have “see through” spots like this on your chair…..
Go easy on those parts when you distress….because it will get to the wood quickly. Nice place to show the wood but you don’t want a big bare spot….so just go easy.
Distressing chalk paint is seriously dusty.
I paint outside of my garage….and when I sand chalk paint…..I aim a fan “out” of my garage…
Towards me in the driveway…..so that the “chalk dust” doesn’t go in the garage.
It is like sheetrock dust. It gets on everything.
Just a warning.
After distressing, I use a dry paintbrush and dust off the piece.
Then I rub my paste in like you would rub lotion in on your dry skin.
That is what I imagine.
Putting moisture into the piece.
The paste enhances what you distressed and does change the color a tad….but I love the change….
I rub it right on and off…..really more like rubbing it in than “off”.
On arms of chairs…tops of tables…..I do a thicker layer and let it sit for a bit and dry….then buff it off.
I am not trying to make it sound super easy.
But it is time consuming.
Legs…..backs…..they take time to cover….
But skill wise.
On a scale of 1 to 10.
With ten being the hardest.
Tutorials easy enough?
Chalk paint vs latex paint post this week.
I am glad I waited to post my thoughts on chalk paint,Â because I learned a little more this week.
Another one for the team.
You are welcome.
Let me know if you have any specific questions!
ps. If you are joining us from one of the great linky parties sign up for email or follow me on Facebook. We have all kinds of fun things going on. You can start catching up by reading some of the most popular and current posts on the right of the page. I can’t wait to meet you!!! Love, Me