Chalk paint has quickly become a major product for revitalizing old items and making dated, 'ugly duckling' furniture pieces gorgeous. Requiring little to no prep, no priming, and a very forgiving finish, it's a DIYers dream come true.
How is Chalk Paint Different?
The biggest benefit of using chalk paint over latex is it's pretty difficult to mess up. If you're painting with latex and don't sand a particular area well enough, or don't get deep into grooves, you could see flaws in the finished piece. Another biggie is brush strokes. When you paint with latex, you have to sand down the brush strokes between coats. This isn't as big of a problem if you're using oil-based paints, but there are a number of other drawbacks with that type of paint.
Is Chalk Paint Durable?
I cannot speak for every brand or homemade paints, but Annie Sloan is certainly durable. I've seen it used outdoors many times! So it's safe to say it's durable enough to last on furniture.
Parents often wonder if chalk paint is durable enough to stand up to the abuse of their children. The answer is yes and no. It is very unlikely that the paint will chip, but you may need to rub in a bit more of the protective wax coating from time to time. You can clean your chalk painted surface with a soft cloth and mild soap. If you find yourself needing to do some heavy scrubbing, you may need to re-wax.
Does it HAVE to be Distressed?
The shabby, gently distressed look is definitely common in chalk painted furniture, but no, you don't absolutely have to distress your piece. Families find a bit of distressing useful because it helps the normal wear and tear of life blend right in. Pieces that haven't been distressed are still stunning.
Who Can I Hire?
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