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Spraying with Chalk Type Paint

How to really do it yourself - Chalk type paint has started a revolution for DIY enthusiasts. This type of paint typically covers in one coat, needs no primer and works like magic in a paint sprayer. Line up your furniture and have a spray day.

Chalk type paint has started a revolution for DIY enthusiasts. This type of paint typically covers in one coat, needs no primer and works like magic in a paint sprayer. Line up your furniture and have a spray day. We decided on a fresh play of colors to make this vintage highboy dresser a real focal point. The frame is sprayed Provence Chalk Paint while the drawers have a pretty coat of Henrietta Chalk Paint. If you aren't sure what color to paint your piece take a photo of the furniture and print out on paper. Use chalk pastels or water colors to get a real idea of how your finished piece will look.

Dresser painted with chalk type paint

Tips for Selecting a Piece of Furniture to Spray

  • Select furnishings that are in “good shape.” Wobbly legs can be tightened and glued. Fill holes with wood putty and sand. Avoid pieces that have cracked legs or missing veneer.
  • Clean, wash and vacuum the piece thoroughly. Use a tack cloth to remove any additional surface dirt.
  • Before spraying use masking paper or painter’s tape to cover any areas that you don’t want to paint.
  • Allow all the pieces to dry thoroughly between coats. Allow piece to dry twenty four hours before re-assembling. Paint fully cures over two weeks time.

color palette

What You'll Need:

detail of paint

Step 1:

Set up the Wagner Spray Tent in your space for easy clean up. Chalk paint provides a flat and durable finish for any surface including fabric and cement. Stir the paint well and then simply pour into the sprayer. For the drawers we used the FLEXiO® 5000 Detailed Finish Nozzle spray attachment and covered all six pieces with less than half a quart of paint. Amy Chalmers of Maison Decor blog says “Add 20% water to chalk paint when using in the FLEXiO®paint tool—it makes for a smoother finish.”

Pour Chalk Paint in the Container

Pouring Chalk Type Paint into the Paint Sprayer

Step 2:

To spray the frame of the high boy we covered the drawer openings with craft paper and blue tape to keep paint from being sprayed inside the drawer openings. The FLEXiO® 5000 spray attachment was then called back into service and we covered the piece in two coats of Provence with three quarters of a quart of paint. The remnants of the paint covered a bedroom side chair and lamp base. Up-cycle your style by spraying something you already own to give it a fresh, new facade, or rescue a piece from a thrift shop or landfill exchange. Vintage items retain their usefulness and are made of sturdy and durable materials that really survive the test of time.

Spraying dresser with FLEXiO

Spray Painting with Chalk Paint

Dresser sprayed with chalk type paint

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