The Rustoleum Chalked line of paints and top coats is also available in a spray , which I … It is as solid as a rock. The Rustoleum Chalked line of paints and top coats is also available in a spray, which I haven't used, but would love to try for smaller projects. Oils work well with Milk Paint but they can also be used with Chalk Paint. What you can see is that dark stains were really popular 8 years ago, when I purchased this house, and the trend has shifted to lighter finishes Plus paint is the cheapest and most impactful makeover there is! If you are using this method on a piece that you are not worried about getting use, etc, then it should be fine! I was debating which sealer to use on my current project and here is the perfect answer! Help, Hey Lori! Your information will *never* be shared or sold to a 3rd party. The table had 2 coats of wax and had been buffed. (but similar) Also, you can do a search for “weathered wood” here on the blog to find more projects I’ve done with similar techniques. I have put on 2 coats already, and it still feels like there’s no wax on it, like it just soaks it right up. When I try to apply the Waverly wax finish or matte varnish, the underlying chalk paint comes up! Hi Susan, I think I have the satin and flat finishes but I have not used them that much yet. But I’m not sure which one you all are talking about. thanks! Water based poly being the most durable of them all. You can also achieve this look with the Annie Sloan Flat Brushes. You can easily paint over stained wood – if you sand first. Yes, they were RTA cabinets but we decided to get the already assembled and I am SO glad we did. Love finding new (to me) products to try! Chalk paint is a water-based formula that will stick to almost anything. My preference is in that order. So I reread the posts and then bought the polycrylic clear matte (sanded in between the two sealers). Chalk paint, milk paint, and acrylic paint all grip well to most surfaces on their own, so you can technically get away without priming. xo. I always fine sand with 400 grit before applying. That was at least 8 or so years ago. What sealer do you use the most? Go here to see the super ugly, dark and dated before! When painting furniture, always make sure you apply paint and polyurethane with the furniture sitting on a drop cloth to protect surrounding surfaces. If you are using vinyl paint, then be certain you receive the ideal kind of paint, and then adhere to the aforementioned guidelines to paint and prepare the surface. xo, Hey Julia! Thinking about mixing the satin and dead flat next and see what I get . Meaning I had another painting project on my hands and needed to figure out how to paint over existing chalk paint because unlike the adamant suggestion from the very helpful man at Benjamin Moore, I was not going to sand all of that off. It feels like butter. A polyurethane finish or varnish is a durable coating that protects a wooden surface, which means you can’t paint directly over it or your paint won’t adhere to it. Polyurethane can you use it. Any type of polyurethane can be used over chalk paint. ;) I love Dixie Belle paints and products so highly recommend them in general. I am also not thrilled with it’s performance as a top coat on a table I did. What about the other way around? Chalk Paint is different than acrylic and/or latex paints in that way. I’m working on getting back into my “back to basics” series I started last year. Say what? If it beads up, you’ve probably got a good wax coverage, if not, you need more. If water drops onto it, it will soak in. ©2012-2020 Artsy Chicks Rule® is a registered trademark. Hopefully this will be the winner for you! :) xo. Is there a particular brush you use? There is no certain technique, just buffing (in circles, if you like) until you see the sheen. And if you are careful in how you paint, use a good brush or roller, the light sanding you might do before finish should be just that, a light easy sanding. Avoiding Sanding and Priming Prep. Good luck! What would you recommend? Good tip!! Start by cleaning the surface and filling in any cracks or imperfections. I love the feel and look of wax above all. My favorite is still the Satin HP Top Coat though, overall. It is “chalky” and not really set until it’s waxed or a poly coat is added. So glad I read this, especially the above post about Rust-Oleum. I’ve tried googling the technique but every link I find is about buffing *wax* on chalk painted furniture rather than the paint itself. I should know. Like you, I wasn’t fond of all the work involved with wax so I switched to the Rustoleum. It looked as if I had used a semi-gloss. This dresser had been painted in the past and a coat of varnish had been applied to make it more durable. I learn so much from your posts! Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been painting and refinishing furniture (and just stuff) for so many years, I can not even count. Still shiny, no where near matte. I’ve had a long love affair with Chalk Paint. I was considering trying it. My next project is waiting in the garage and I have already purchased the Dixie Belle paint for it! It was just one less thing, in an already big job, to do. Many people may disagree with my decision to paint my stained and marble topped credenza with chalk paint. To add to your data, I just did my old oak bathroom vanity. Can you provide a link to your favorite top coat for chalk painted projects? White, you won’t really notice. Thanks so much for the post! Some are just better options for others but water based and oil based polyurethane can go over chalk paint just like latex paint. Well the simple answer is yes and you should but let me just tell you a few things about this polyurethane. Hi Sharlee! Several things help with brush strokes and that’s have a good applicator…brush. You can easily paint the decorative curves and spindles on your childhood desk or antique dresser, because chalk paint is slightly thicker and less likely to drip. I quickly, very quickly, decided to try poly instead. What do you suggest or should I just go ahead and paint over with a satin or semi gloss? (only if I’m doing a specialty finish, etc) Now, that’s not to say that I won’t add a dab of water if the paint becomes too thick over time but I don’t think that is what you are saying. 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