I am SO excited to be participating in a crazy fun challenge with several other bloggers, where Hickory Hardware sent each of us an IKEA Rast dresser and told us to transform it using their hardware, Pittsburgh Paints Trim Door and Furniture Paint, and supplies from Menards. A big thanks to both Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paints for providing the materials I used on this project!
It’s time for another edition of the Monthly DIY Challenge, where some of my best blogging buddies and I team up to create original projects based on the same item or common theme. This month we’re giving you lots of ideas on how to use thin wood (like thin plywood or balsa wood). You can check out all of my friends’ projects, which are linked at the bottom of this post. But first, here’s a teaser!
Now that you’ve seen the great projects in store, let me show you my DIY Plywood Poster Frame. This project was super quick to put together, but I love the look! I think it definitely beats a plain old poster frame!
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’m a huge fan of chalky finish paint. (And if you’re not, now you know. Check out my chalk painted furniture gallery here!) So of course I was totally intrigued when I saw spray chalk paint appear in my craft store several months ago. I was a little hesitant to purchase it because I kind of despise spray paint. Every time I use spray paint I mess something up. Whether it’s the project, the surrounding surfaces, or my nose hairs (yes, I almost always end up with spray painted nose hairs), something is bound to go wrong.
But one day I decided to use my craft store 40% off coupon and buy a can of spray chalk paint in an effort to spruce up some intricate picture frames and ceramic candle holders that I thought might be hard to brush paint. I gave it a go and lived to tell my story. (Dramatic, no?) Because I KNOW I’m not the only one whose wondered if this stuff really works, I decided to share my chalky finish spray paint review!
This post contains affiliate links. To read my full disclosure policy, please click here.
Long story short, I really love chalk spray paint for certain projects! (Keep reading to see the nitty gritty of my review.)
It worked perfectly for my projects, which would have been really difficult to refinish with regular chalky finish paint (especially the frames, which have a lot of crevices). The chalky finish spray paint gave me exactly the look I was going for without the hassle (and uneven finish) that regular chalky finish paint would have provided on these particular pieces.
Here are the candle holders before I sprayed them with Krylon’s Chalky Finish Spray Paint.
And after. See how flawless the finish is? I added a little gold metallic accent to the finished product.
And even more recently, I used Rustoleum’s spray chalk paint, Chalked, on some thrift store baskets that I used as above-the-bed art in my master bedroom.
So now that you’ve seen what I used chalky finish spray paint on, let me give you my totally unbiased review of the products. (Why is it unbiased, you ask? Well, I simply mean that this post has not been sponsored in any way, shape or form by Krylon, Rustoleum, or any other entity. It’s just me sharing my totally honest thoughts.)
Chalk Spray Paint Coverage
Like regular chalky finish paint, chalky finish spray paint has excellent coverage. I used two coats of the product on each of the items I was refinishing, which is what I would have done for a solid finish with regular chalky finish paint.
Odor of Chalky Finish Spray Paint
There is definitely an odor to chalky finish spray paint, unlike most regular chalky finish paints. You definitely would want to use the product outside or in a well-ventilated area.
Project Types Suitable for Spray Chalk Paint
To me, chalky finish spray paint seems like the PERFECT paint for smaller pieces that you want a super smooth and solid finish on, or those with intricate details. I would not try to refinish a large dresser with chalky finish spray paint, just because you would have to buy so many cans of it, which would get really expensive! But smaller furniture projects like chairs or stools are definitely doable!
If you have a larger project in mind, you would love the HomeRight Super Finish Max Sprayer, which lets you spray any chalk paint you want. I have this product and used it to spray paint my radiators, among other things!
Chalky Finish Spray Paint Color Choices
Unfortunately, there aren’t many colors of chalky finish spray paint available. Hopefully the color range will increase as popularity of the product increases. You can check out the colors here; Amazon seems to sell most, if not all, of them.
Adhesion of Spray Chalk Paint
From what I can tell, it’s awesome, just like regular chalky finish paint. I removed the dust from the surfaces I was spraying, but I didn’t have to sand them down before spraying. And the paint is sticking wonderfully! Granted, I didn’t spray pieces that get a lot of use (like a table), but it does seem like it provides a durable finish.
Spray Chalk Paint Application
I actually thought applying chalky finish spray paint was easier than regular spray paint. As I mentioned above, I am not the best spray painter. But something about chalky finish spray paint seemed easier to use. It did not run as easily as regular spray paint, and I got a much more even finish with it than I do with regular spray paint. Thank goodness! (Unfortunately I did still end up with spray painted nose hairs. Note to self: buy a face mask. Stat.)
Availability of Chalky Finish Spray Paint
I have purchased Rustoleum Chalked spray paint at Target, and Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint at Michaels. Both brands are also available online at Amazon.
Finishing of Chalky Finish Spray Paint Projects
Both Krylon and Rustoleum also have spray wax products for finishing your chalky paint projects! If you’re wondering how those spray waxes work, you can read that review RIGHT HERE!
All in all, I think chalky finish spray paint is a great product. I’m really glad I bit the bullet and gave it a try, because I will definitely be using it on other projects in the future.
Have you tried chalky finish spray paint? If so, leave me a note and tell me about your experience with it!
Several months ago while finishing up my son’s big boy bedroom makeover, I found some super cool map wrapping paper at Paper Source (one of my favorite shops in the whole wide world!). I knew it would be a perfect addition to his vintage aviation themed bedroom, so I brought it home and turned it into this easy DIY map art!
One thing I love is giving a plain object new life and personality with a simple change. Stenciling the seats of my beat up kitchen chairs is precisely that kind of project. With just a little patience and some paint, I was able to take my kitchen chairs from boring to beautiful in no time. Thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for providing the stencil used in this project. The project and opinions are all my own.
This all came about because after six years of use, my white kitchen chairs were getting a little beat up. The seats were in especially poor condition due to my kids’ use of a portable booster seat on top of them. It scratched the finish off of almost every seat.
I always toyed with the idea of repainting the chairs, but I pretty much despise spray paint because I never do it correctly (duh). Since the easy way out wasn’t an option, I was just going to leave them. Brush painting these chairs was too much work for me.
But then I got the opportunity to try out Cutting Edge Stencils’ products and a lightbulb went off in my head: stencil the chair seats to fix the problem left by the booster seat and give the chairs a totally cool new look at the same time!
Products I Used for my Stenciled Chair Seats
Links noted with an asterisk are affiliate links. To read my disclosure policy, please click here.
- Cutting Edge Stencils Nagoya Craft Stencil (size small)
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage*
- Americana Multi-Surface Paint in Cottonball*
- Ben paint in White
- Elmer’s Spray Craft Bond*
- Small Foam Roller*
- 2″ Paint Brush
- Painter’s Tape
- Sandpaper (220 grit)
- Polyurethane (or some other sealer)*
How I Stenciled my Chair Seats
First, I read the directions that came with my stencil and watched a Cutting Edge Stencils’ video on how to actually do this. Then I got to work and unscrewed the seats from the chairs, which made them incredibly easy to work with. I lightly sanded them and painted them all over with two coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage.
Once the seats dried, I applied a light coat of Elmer’s Spray Adhesive Craft Bond to the back of my Nagoya Stencil. I pressed that onto the middle of the chair seat. I put a couple of pieces of painter’s tape on the edges of the stencil for extra hold. Probably unnecessary but I like to play it safe.
Next, I dipped my roller into the Americana Multi-Surface Paint and made sure it was evenly applied on the roller with no visible wet patches. Then I gently rolled it over the entire stencil. Once the first coat dried, I applied another. TIP: If you’re impatient like me, get out your hair dryer and speed up the drying process.
After that paint dried, I gently removed the stencil, matched it up with an already painted edge, and stenciled the right side of the seat. I repeated the process for the left side as well. TIP: I used the Americana Multi-Surface Paint on the first seat and switched to the Ben latex paint for the remaining seats (because I ran out of the Americana paint). I prefer the Americana Multi-Surface Paint SO MUCH MORE. The finish is much better, in my opinion. It was easier to apply, less “goopy” and resulted in much less bleed through. It comes in 2 oz. bottles at the craft store, however, so you probably have to estimate one bottle per seat. I linked to it in the supply list at an 8 oz. size, which should get you four seats.
After I finished all of my stenciling and the paint dried, I sealed each of the seats with polyurethane and then reattached them to the chairs (which I Magic Erasered, by the way!).
I am in luuuuuurrve.
Now I want to stencil ALL.THE.THINGS. (The chairs look cute with my Pipe Strap Kitchen Art, don’t you think?)
Even my husband likes them, which shocked me. I fully expected him to “veto” this project, but he is actually happy with them!
Thanks for reading and good luck!