Decorating Tips


HOW TO MAKE A "WASH"

Decorating Tips with Chalk Paint - West Bottoms - Kansas City, MissouriIf you want a beautiful translucent effect, then try a "wash".  On this piece, I used European White as the base color and Echo for the lettering.  The lettering was bolder than I wanted so I used a wash of European White over the top to soften it. 

I start off by pouring a small amount, say 1/2 cup of Chick Paint into a plastic container.  And, according to your personal preference add just enough water to thin the paint.  As a rule of thumb, I add 2-3 teaspoons of water and that usually makes a nice wash.  Do not mix up any more than 1/2 cup at a time because a little goes a long way.  Be sure to remember the Chick Paint to water ratio in case you need to mix more.

Apply the wash mixture using a brush.  Be sure to wipe in the direction of the grain of the wood.   Never in circles.  Working in sections, apply the wash and while it is still wet start removing excess with a clean lint-freeree cloth until you get the desired result.  It is that easy.  You can make it a heavy wash or a light wash... you decide.  Once dry, apply a thin coat of wax, allow to dry and then buff. 

This will give you a similar look as a glaze but with more color options.

It is fun to experiment with the different effects by painting the first coat in European White and then a wash using Vintage or Robin Egg Blue.  The options are endless.

It is best to start with a simple piece.  Experiment until you get the look you like and you are comfortable with the process, then move onto a more difficult and detailed piece.  

Keep in mind you will need to work fast because the paint dries quickly.   


Distressing:  This is what I call the fun part.  I love the painting, but most of all I love the distressing.  After the paint is thoroughly dry and using a 220 grit sandpaper, start sanding off the paint in the areas where there would be normal wear such as the corners, handles and feet. 
Please use a drop cloth because there will be chalky residue on the floor.  

The distressing can be done either before or after waxing.  I prefer to do it before because it saves me an extra step.  When the wax is applied it also enhances the distressed areas as well.  Either way is fine, but if you wax first lightly wax the distressed areas again before buffing.  After waxing buff until desired sheen is achieved.


Wet Distressing I use this sometimes if I want a distressed look but do not want the distressing to go past the second coat of Chick Paint.  This is a fun way to experiment with the paint colors.  
 
For example, try European White paint for the first coat, let dry and apply Bella Blue or Robin Egg Blue over the top and then distress.  By distressing, the first coat of European White will show through the distressed areas. 

Dampen a rag or a yellow sponge with the green scrubber on it and lightly scrub the areas for distressing then let dry.  The more you scrub the more of the undercoat will show through.  
Apply a final coat of clear wax then buff.