There are several ways to antique your furniture but the most common way to with Websters Chalk Paint Powder™ is dark wax or a glaze. I love wax but when i am doing a piece for a customer that I think will get a lot of abuse, I have recently turned to a stain. I am the type of person that googles EVERYTHING so I thought I would share my steps for this.
Things you will need:
• Your choice of latex paint. (I use Behr in flat or eggshell)
• Simple Green or TSP
• Cloths or old t-shirts
• Sand paper or sander
• Your choice of stain. ( I use Minwax Early American mostly)
• Your choice of finish. (I use CeCe Caldwell’s Satin or Benjamin Moore Stays Clear)
• Brush to paint with, foam brush and chip brush.
First you will want to take any hardware off and make sure to label the hinges so you will know where they go when you put them back on. Trust me you will thank me for this. I have spent hours trying to put hinges and handles back and I still sometimes forget. This is my favorite screwdriver. It’s the Ryobi TEK4 and it is light and small enough to get in small spaces.
Now you want to make sure to clean the piece really good with either Simple Green or TSP. I personally like Simple Green bc I can mix up a spray bottle instead of mixing it up every time. Go ahead and clean the handles and hinges too. Mixing Websters Chalk Paint Powder is easy peasy. I almost always go ahead and mix a quart so I mix 8 TBSP of powder with 4 TBSP of water then add it to a quart of paint. Mix well so there are no clumps. I always shake it up real good after adding the mixture to the paint for good measure.
Now you are ready to paint:) I do sand a little on the top if it is real slick but the Websters has proven to me it will stick to just about anything. Paint a thin coat and let it dry then paint another coat. If I paint 2 coats in the same day I usually wait until the next day to distress it. If i did only the 2nd coat that day then i go ahead and distress that day. I use a Ryobi Corner Cat sander and sand paper when distressing. I use the sander when I can and use the sand paper for the really detailed areas that I can’t get with the sander. If it is distressing really good then I use sand paper with a high grit because I find some things don’t need the extra umph the sander provides.
When you are satisfied with your distressing, wipe the piece down. I brush it off with a big brush, vacuum the crevices and wipe down with a wet cloth. The next part has become my favorite part! I used to be scared to death of stain but once i got the used to it I love it. I was the same way with wax. Get your stain, foam brush, chip brush and cloths ready.
This is certainly not the only way to do this but i have just found it works for me. Start at the top so if you get drips it isn’t getting on parts that you already finished. Dip your foam brush in the stain and brush it on. They say work in small sections but I do 2 sections at a time. I do the top and the side first. When I am done putting it on the side, I’ll go and wipe the top off. Here is another place i break the rules. I always read to use wet cloths and just do one swipe everywhere. I use a dry cloth and wipe, then ill wipe the side part of the piece. At this point there is still a lot of stain on so i go back to the top and wipe it around and the las movement I do is side to side. If it looks streaky I go with my chip brush and blend it. Repeat with the side and work with those 2 sides until you are happy with it. Finish all the sides doing this but be sure to frequently make sure you don’t have drips. If it starts dripping or expanding just get your chip brush and blend. When doing it this way it seems to dry faster too. When it is good and dry, get your sealer and apply it. I personally like CeCe Caldwell’s Satin or Benjamin Moore Stays Clear in Matte. It depends on the piece and the traffic and abuse it will get for how many coats you should do. On a chest of drawers I usually do 1 unless it’s going in a kids room. Large dressers usually get 2 or 3 on the top, tables need about 6 and end tables get 3 on the top. Now stand back and look at the masterpiece you did!
I hope you enjoyed this and learned something along the way:)