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Chalk It Up!

Chalk paint is a great décor trend that beautifully transforms toss away treasures into timeless classics.

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Chalk paint is a great décor trend that beautifully transforms toss away treasures into timeless classics. The look is amazing, however it can be a bit expensive with a litre of chalk paint costing up to $80. Beauti-Tone paint has created the desirable chalk paint look for a fraction of the cost with all the benefits.

Chalk Paint Recipe
  • 1 L Designer Series Matte 1858
  • drywall compound 1625-860
Mix 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup drywall compound into the paint. The amount of drywall compound depends on how thick you want the paint. Do not exceed 1/2 cup. The first coat is normally straight paint with no drywall compound added.

Materials
  • 1 gallon empty paint can 1610-804
  • mineral spirits 1620-644
  • sanding blocks, fine, medium, and coarse 1061-282
  • paint brushes 1614-426
  • mini roller kit 1656-225
  • paste finishing wax: dark 1874-760, natural 1874-751
  • soft cloth 4532-812

Prep work
Wipe the wooden surface with mineral spirits in case there is wax or polish remaining. Sand to dull the entire surface.

Everything you paint turns into original works of art. Perfection is not required when you paint. Let beauty lie in the little details, and let imperfections make it unique.

Each project shown is done a little differently to demonstrate the versatility of the chalk paint technique. We chose a palette of perfect powdery hues to consider, however you can create your own colour palette from over a thousand Beauti-Tone colours.



xoXXX...OOO...
Cozy up to a game of tic-tac-toe finished with chalk paint to enhance its old fashioned charm.


What You'll Need
  • 2" x 2" x 10' pine
  • 1" x 2" x 6' pine ripped to 3/4" x 5/8"
  • 1" x 8" x 8' pine (for letters)
  • 24" square of 3/4" good one side plywood
  • Designer Series Matte 1858
  • 1 gallon empty paint can 1610-804

Here's How
Board:
  1. Cut a 3/4" x 3/4" notch in the 2" x 2" pine to allow it to lap over the 24" square.
  2. Cut the notched pine to frame the 24" square. Glue and nail in place.
  3. Cut two lengths of 1" x 2" pine to fit between the frame, dividing the board in 3 equal parts. Nail in place.
  4. Cut six shorter lengths from the 1" x 2" to fit between the strips, dividing the board into 9 equal squares. Nail in place.
  5. Sand well before finishing.

Finishing Board:

Base colour: Putty in My Hands
Top colour: Worth Your Salt with 1/8 cup of drywall compound added.
  1. Paint entire board with base colour. Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  2. Paint board with top colour. Let dry 24 hours.
  3. Sand edges back with medium sandpaper to reveal base colour.
  4. When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a dark paste wax over entire finish.
  5. Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.

Xs and Os

  1. Cut the letters using the template provided - download "O" template and download "X" template
  2. Sand well before finishing.

Finishing Letters:

Base colour: Worth your Salt
Top colour: Grassroots with 1/8 cup of drywall compound added.
  1. Paint the letters with base colour. Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  2. Paint the letters with top colour. Let dry 24 hours.
  3. Sand edges back with medium sandpaper to reveal base coat.
  4. When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a dark paste wax over entire finish.
  5. Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.

teaparty
Tea for Two

An eclectic mix and match of an unsightly table, a child's favourite rocker, and a garage sale find complete the ensemble for tea time with teddy.

A trash find turns into an instant heirloom.
tablebefore

Base colour: Designer Series Matte Worth Your Salt.
Top colour: Designer Series Matte Slightly Jaded. Mix 1/2 cup of drywall compound with a small amount of top colour in a gallon can to a slurry (no lumps). Then add the remainder of the litre of paint to the compound mixture. Note: We added the maximum amount of drywall compound as the table was in bad shape with gouges.

Here's How
  • Paint the entire table with the base colour. Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  • Paint the entire table with the top colour. Let dry 24 hours.
  • With sanding sponge, sand back on edges and details to expose the under layer of cream.
  • When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a dark paste wax over entire finish. Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.

chairSweet Seat
A little paint and an alphabet stencil transforms plain to pretty.
Mix Designer Series Matte Worth Your Salt with 1/4 cup drywall compound in a 1 gallon can.

Stencil monogram. Sand back to reveal wood.
  • cursive alphabet stencil 1682-593

tablebottomDesigner Tip
Details that delight: Hide polka dots on the underside of a table. Use felt or cork furniture protectors. Dip in paint and blot on a paper towel. Press on surface in desired pattern.











setteeBenchmark Magic
Sometimes it's inherited, sometimes it's a score at a garage sale, and sometimes it's found at the end of a driveway, no longer loved. Then abracadabra! It's transformed with Beauti-Tone paint, drywall compound, and paste wax. It is amazing how a little bit of paint can transform an ugly duckling into a swan of hidden beauty.

This old settee last saw the light of day in the 70s.
before

Base colour: Designer Series Matte Charcoal Sketch.
Top colour: Designer Series Matte White Lite. Mix 1/4 cup of drywall compound with a small amount of top colour in a gallon can to a slurry (no lumps). Then add the remainder of the litre of paint to the compound mixture. Note: To preserve the carving on the settee, the paint shouldn't be too thick.
settee detail
Here's How
  • Paint the entire piece with the base colour. Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  • Paint the entire piece with the top colour. Let dry 24 hours.
  • When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a natural paste wax over entire finish.
  • Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.
Design Details: Sanded back on relief to reveal the dark grey.

Design Details: Carved details are enhanced by brushing a small amount of grey into the recess and wiping it off immediately with a wet cloth wrapped around a sanding sponge. Let dry.

Design Tip: Use outdoor fabrics to upholster seats. They are more resistant to the stress of everyday living.



mirrorMedallion Makeover
Let your creative juices flow and transform ceiling medallions into fantastic framed mirrors. Home Hardware offers a variety of different styles and sizes.

Base colour: Designer Series Matte Worth Your Salt.
Top colour: Designer Series Matte What Would Wedgewood Do.

Here's How
  • Paint the medallion with the base colour. Apply a second coat, if needed. Let dry 24 hours.
  • Paint the medallion with the top colour. Let dry 24 hours.
  • Colour wash the base colour over the raised relief to highlight design.
  • Sand edges back to reveal the white underneath.
  • When you are satisfied with the soft, worn look, apply a natural paste wax over entire finish.
  • Let dry and buff. Repeat if you want a slightly higher sheen.
  • Have a mirror cut to size, and glue in place with silicone.
Designer Tip: Group three small medallions for a strong design statement.
mirror detail