Have you wanted to paint a piece of furniture but aren’t felling confident? The hardest part of painting with Shabby Chic® Paint is deciding which beautiful color to choose! Follow these guidelines, and in no time, you’ll have your vintage find looking better than ever.
Preparation – Begin by removing all the dust and debris from your vintage find. Wash your piece thoroughly with warm soapy water, a degreasing solution, or a 50/50 water and vinegar mix.
Application – Apply paint with a good quality brush or foam roller. You can work in broad smooth strokes going with the grain of the wood, or for an old and textured look, you can paint every which way while creating and leaving behind a bit of texture with your paint. Allow paint to dry before applying a second coat.
Once all coats are dry, if a worn vintage look is desired, use a medium to fine grit sandpaper to distress edges.
Protect – Once your paint is dry and distressed (if desired) you will want to protect it. Not all pieces require a finish. If you have a piece that is mostly horizontal surfaces, like a tall cabinet, that does not have areas that will get a lot of wear, you can merely buff your finished piece with a clean dry towel. However, if your project will be handled a lot, you will want to protect all areas with our Clear Coat finish. It dries matte and is easy to use. Simply brush on using a foam brush or high quality synthetic brush. Work in small areas and brush on in thin coats. Allow the first coat to dry before applying a second coat.
Shabby Chic® Paint by Rachel Ashwell is sold at small boutiques around the country. Coming to a retailer near you. Find one here.
Blog post and photos provided by Bungalow 47 Distribution