Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Year of PaintTips from Paintbrush and Pearls

As the new year begins, let's take a look back at some of the Paint Tips from Paintbrush and Pearls posted on Facebook...

1) Bring your projects inside once the weather turns hot. You should paint in an ambient temperature of about 55 to 85 degrees.

2) The right brush for the right job - Annie has three sizes she developed just for Chalk Paint®. They will make a difference in your projects.

3) Have you ever had the wood finish "bleed" through the paint? If it does, then stop painting and get some Clear Shellac. Add a coat and continue your painting.

4) When painting a large piece, start at the back to keep from leaning into wet paint.

5) Once Chalk Paint® is just dry, take a damp cloth and wipe off the paint for a wet distress that doesn't damage the carvings or details.

6) White Washes are an easy way to update your oak or pine furniture. Just thin the paint and brush on, immediately wiping off excess to create a wash.

7) No need to remove old hardware. Just paint right over it and wipe down to show some of the old finish.

8) Remember that it will take a while longer for the paint to dry in rainy weather, so plan your projects accordingly.

9) Don't forget to paint the underneath and back of your furniture. I do this first... 

10) For a wonderful patina, use my Buffing Sponge after waxing. You'll love the results.

11) Try adding Old White or Pure White to lighten a Chalk Paint® color. 

12) How much wax do you need on your brush? Just a little -  no more! 

Ready to paint in 2014? For PaintTips in 2014, join us on Facebook.

Happy Painting!  Rachel

Chalk Paint® and supplies are available at my two shops:
4323 Irvington Rd., Irvington, VA and 
19 S. Belmont Ave. (in the heart of Carytown), Richmond, VA

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