How to Use Valspar Chalky Finish Paint
Even after the numerous projects I have done, this one blog post continues to come up….. almost daily. (Here is the link http://22.214.171.124/valspar-vs-annie-sloan-chalk-paint/. ) I was really a novice to refinishing furniture and that was my first blog discussing paint brands. It came up so often, that Valspar offered to let me try their new Chalky finish paint to see how I liked it. I agreed…and gave it a try. I want to share with you how this product works and how to prep your piece to get started.
Here is a list of supplies to prepare before you get started.
2) Valspar sealing wax
3) Valspar antiquing wax *optional
4) Paint roller, tray and paint brush
5) Heavy bristle brush for clear wax
6) Separate heavy bristle brush for antiquing wax
7) T-shirt rag for wax
8) Damp sponge
One of the reasons I like using the decorative chalk paint is because there is little prep work. I prepared this project the same way I do all of my other decorative chalk paint projects. Here are the steps along with some feedback of the product.
1) Wash your project with hot soapy water. Let it dry.
2) Smooth out any rough edges and remove hardware.
Use sandpaper to smooth any rough spots. Remove the hardware you won’t be painting. Take a look at replacing your hardware with something unique.
3) Paint your project.
I used a paint roller first and then followed up with a brush to smooth my strokes and paint the hard to reach crevices.
The Valspar chalky finish paint rolled on very smoothly and easily. It offered a nice matte finish with a vibrant color. The color I used was a vibrant green called “Grosgrain.”
4) Apply the sealing wax.
The Valspar sealing wax must be applied before the antiquing wax. This sealing wax had a unique texture. It was more like a lotion or sealant and did not have the “waxy” consistency that I was used to. However, it worked just fine. It was actually easier to work with. I applied it with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a t-shirt rag.
5) Apply antiquing wax.
Only apply the antiquing wax if you choose to “antique” your project. YOU MUST APPLY THE CLEAR WAX FIRST. If you do not apply the clear wax first, the paint will just soak up the dark wax and leave you with messy dark spots. This wax was also the same unusual texture as the clear wax and was just as easy to work with. I easily created the “antiqued” look I was going for.
6) Add new hardware.
These knobs were my only splurge for this project.
They are from www.Anthropologie.com and were a bit pricey. However, I think adding unique knobs or handles can completely create your piece. I love the color/design and how they compliment my project and my room!
If you would like to purchase this paint, it is currently available at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.
I shared this project on our show, Daytime Blue Ridge. Ryan Anderson was the talented videographer. Watch the video and I will take you step by step.