I love helping people learn how to chalk paint their furniture and I think having a FAQs section on Mommy Envy will help get you started. If there are any questions let me know and I will get them posted!
I get asked this question a lot and I think people are still amazed with my answer.
Do I need to sand first?
The short answer is no!
But of course I won’t stop there. Chalky finish paint can stick to more than just wood. You can paint glass and metal too! I have not found a piece of furniture that I had to sand first before painting. Laminated furniture is pretty smooth and chalk paint should stick to it too. I have read that some people use sandpaper to rough up the surface of laminate furniture first but my coral painted hutch has a laminate finish and the paint is still holding strong!
The only time I sand is after I paint enough layers to cover the piece of furniture. I then use sandpaper (or a sanding block or fine steel wool) to smooth the surface of the paint. Sometimes I sand edges down to the original surface for an antiqued or worn look.
I prefer to use a sanding block. I know they are more expensive but they keep your hand from cramping up! You can also get a drywall sanding tool that you can attach your sand paper to. As long as you have larger surface areas though. The drywall sanding tool has a handle making it easier on your hands.
If there are any holes in the surface that require a little wood filler you will need to sand the the wood filler after it is dry but that doesn’t take too much work.
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Do you have a piece of furniture you’ve been dying to paint but don’t know how? Are you worried it’s going to be too much work? Do you have questions on how to get started, what you will need, and if it’s even worth the work?
Your Guide to Painting Furniture will take you through the process of finding furniture, making your own chalky finish paint, and how to use paint your furniture. Plus my tips on protecting your painted furniture, basic repairs, and tips for picking out paint colors!