I always imagined my daughter (almost 4 now) would have a feminine, cheerful and shabby chic style bedroom after her nursery. I wanted a light and bright palette that included pink, white and blue. One problem…her nursery furniture was black and very linear. We were gifted a beautiful set of nightstands, a dresser and a mirror from my husbands late Nonna. When we had the opportunity to keep the furniture in the family I was thrilled, not only did the pieces have so much potential, but also more importantly they would stay with her great granddaughter. I knew for sure that I wanted to paint the furniture and that this would be a great time to try chalk/clay based paint for the first time. I found a brand called Cottage Paint at my local paint store so I picked it up immediately. The owner of the store was very familiar with the brand and he had used it on many pieces so I got some pointers and advice from him, which was very helpful. I contemplated switching out the original pulls in exchange for something new but after looking closely I actually loved the intricate details so thought about spraying them instead. This project was my first experience with chalk paint and painting furniture in general – and now I am totally addicted!! I’ve updated a bunch of other pieces with paint that I’ll post about in the future. You will find some tips and tricks at the end of the post that I wanted to point out just from my own experience.
*Be sure to read and follow the instructions accordingly for each product/type of furniture you choose to use.
Furniture/Pulls (new or old)
Cottage Paint (8 oz. Pot – Narvik Blue or Colour Of Your Choice)
Cottage Paint Acrylic Wax – Satin (8 oz. or Finish Of Your Choice)
Cottage Paint Flat 2” Brush
Card Board Box (Optional)
Step 1: Surface Preparation Prep the surface by thoroughly cleaning all surfaces inside and out with warm soapy water and a cloth. Including pulls.
Step 2: Sanding This product clearly states that there is no sanding needed but just as an extra step to ensure a smooth application I lightly sanded anyway.
Step 3: Paint Application Pour the desired amount of paint into a mini paint tray and close lid on remaining paint pot tightly. Next, use your brush to apply the paint evenly on your selected piece. Go in the same direction and work fairly quickly, and apply end to end in one continuous motion. Allow to dry for 1-2 hours. Apply second coat if desired.
Step 4: Wax Application Gather your paper plate, plastic spoon, wax, glove and damp sponge. Put the wax on the paper plate by using the back of the spoon. With you glove on, gather some wax (not to thick) on the sponge and apply end to end in one continuous motion. Continue until all painted surfaces are covered. Allow to dry for at least one hour and apply a second coat. Depending on the wear the furniture may see, apply the necessary number of coats in order to protect the surface. I applied three coats of wax because it was going into my daughter’s room.
Step 5: Painting/Protecting Original Pulls In a well ventilated area press all clean pulls into a small cardboard box, wear your face mask and spray pulls with desired colour a few times or until the colour you want has been achieved. Allow to dry according to the spray paint instructions; I let them sit for a whole day. Spray with a finishing product and let dry.
Step 6: Assembly Attach pulls once spray paint, chalk paint and finishing wax are all completely dry. Place in desired room and enjoy!
*Tips and Tricks*
- An 8 oz. pot of the Cottage Paint goes a long way. 8 oz. pot covered two nightstands.
- An 8 oz. pot of Cottage Paint Wax really really goes a long way. 8 oz. pot covered two nightstands and a dresser!!
- Apply the paint fairly quickly and in continuous strokes as it dries quickly and you may want to avoid start/stop marks.
- Don’t forget to paint and wax on all surfaces that will be seen whether or not the drawers are open or closed (interior of drawer envelope and top/sides of drawer).
- Apply the wax in thin layers otherwise you may see a build up and possible discoloration.
- Wear a glove while applying the wax to avoid the wax seeping through the sponge and building up on your nails.
- Poke pulls into cardboard before spraying so they stay upright while spraying and drying.
- Distressing is very easy with this paint and can be done with a wet cloth or light-sanding block before wax.
- Don’t skimp on the paint brush. I highly recommend spending the money on the Cottage Paint brush, it has lasted through so many of my projects and with a good cleaning each time it is still as good as new!
For more info about this brand you can go to http://cottagepaint.com. There are a lot of great resources on the site. This is not a sponsored post, I just simply love this product and have used it multiple times. Whats your favorite paint to use on furniture updates? Care to share??