Maybe you have inherited some solid wood pieces in need of an update or you just want to refresh something you purchased long ago. With yard sale season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to hunt for that special treasure. The beauty of chalk paint is that “most” pieces do not need to be sanded prior to painting. Sometimes, the scratches are too deep and pronounced that the only way to get a smooth top is to sand. For the most part, any given piece can be cleaned and quickly prepped for a makeover. Many people think the finish will feel “chalky”. This is definitely not the case! Once finished with soft waxes, the piece should feel smooth and have a soft shine after buffing. The transformation is incredible and I have never regretted painting a thing!
Almost four years ago, I had been researching how to update my dining room set on a budget. What could I do to give it a new look without spending too much? I read all that I could on Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and Soft Waxes. I watched videos with various techniques. Finally, I placed my first order with an Annie Sloan Stockist. The same day my paints and supplies arrived, I stumbled on a local yard sale. I found myself in the upstairs of a barn oozing with treasures. Instead of tackling my own dining room set, I dove right into painting and selling thru my staging/redesign business. My technique has improved over time but I have never looked back. It has become such a tremendous part of my business and it truly goes hand in hand with redesign. Take a look around your home and think about what pieces you may already have that would benefit from a fresh look. So many times, the “older” pieces are of such better quality compared to what you may find in stores today. Do your research and start with a small piece. There are various chalk paint brands out there and plenty of methods used. If you don’t love it, paint it!! As always, I will happily transform any piece you may already own!