If you’ve been looking for a new way to add some color and life to your home, then look no further than chalk paint. It’s an easy way to get started with a painting that will give you that “just painted” feel without the hassle of sanding and priming! In this blog post, we’ll go over how to choose the right type of paint, and what tools and supplies you’ll need.
What is chalk paint?
In a way chalk paint is just like any other type of paint, but instead of being made from pigment it’s actually made out of calcium carbonate powder. The result will be a much more matte finish than you’d get with traditional latex or alkyd paints and it can even have a slight chalky texture to the touch which only adds to its charm!
How do I Choose Which Type?
Specialty Paints come in a variety of colours from brands like Annie Sloan. They’re great for projects like painted furniture where durability matters most such as kids’ toys or kitchen cabinets because these paints tend not to chip or flake off easily .
What Tools and Supplies Do I Need?
As with most projects, there are a handful of tools that will help you out along the way:
Chalk Paint Brushes – In general look for either synthetic bristles , or natural hair brushes which can hold up to more paint without getting saturated – both work great at applying chalk paint! If this is your first project we recommend going with a larger brush around 18″ wide for better coverage . Thinner brushes may be best if you’re looking to do some detailed painting on furniture like cabinets where accurate strokes matter most.
Chalk Paint Roller – For large surfaces it’s easiest just to use rollers as they’ll give you even coats every ! Just remember not all rollers are created equal, so pick a paint roller with synthetic bristles that have been securely attached to the wooden frame – these will help avoid any snagging as you move across your surface.
Chalk Paint Tray – You’ll need something straight and flat in order to hold your chalk paint without spilling over the side! A lot of people choose disposable plastic trays but we recommend going for something more durable like aluminum or steel which can be used time after time . Also try looking for a tray that has raised walls above where you’re painting – this will prevent splattering from happening everywhere.
Mini Detail Brush – These tiny guys work great for getting around nooks and crannies without leaving too much of a mess .
Water Brush – After you’re finished painting with chalk paint, it’s important to clean off any excess residue left on your brush so that next time you can use it for normal acrylic or watercolors!
Painters Tape – This is always good to have nearby when working with either milk paint or specialty paints in case there are any areas where you don’t want the color getting onto. It also helps if pieces need to be repainted later on down the line.
How Do I Clean My Brushes & Rollers?
Cleaning off the excess residue from brushes and rollers is super easy and only requires a few simple steps. First, fill up your bucket with warm water – make sure it’s large enough to fit both tools! Then remove excess paint from bristles using the back of your brush before dipping them into the water where you’ll need to leave everything soaking for about 20 minutes or so.
After this time has passed all that needs doing is washing out the bristles and rinsing off any residue left behind – we recommend checking over things one last time just to make sure there isn’t anything stuck on anywhere since this can lead to unwanted smells.
Once you’ve finished rinsing everything off simply let your tools dry overnight before putting them back where you store them for next time.