Paint, paint, paint. One of my favorite things! I am always painting something! I have a side business making furniture and home decor plus I like to refurbish older furniture for personal use, so this post is really in my wheel house. When I’m working on a painting project I store the brushed and rollers in plastic bags in the fridge to keep them from drying out between coats. I always have good intentions of cleaning the brushes but usually something comes up before I can wash them out so I toss them back in the fridge “for later” which almost always turns into never and they dry out. Some days there are as many brushes as groceries in my fridge! 😉
I have used lots of diferent paints over the years, plenty of oil based and latex paints, I used enamel paint on our kitchen cupboards last year too, theres always coloured acrylic around too for crafts. A couple years ago I decided to find out what the chalk paint craze was all about. It didnt take long and I was hooked! I have tried several brands but most recently I tried Country Chic Paints. Chalk paint is typically a thicker paint so it requires less coats and dries quickly which is great because I usually loose interest after 2 coats or one of the kids needs something and a 3rd coat is difficult. The draw back to thicker paint is that it tends to build up quickly in small areas and leave visable brush strokes. I find the best way to deal with this is to not put too much paint on your brush when working in small, detailed areas and to lightly sand with a fine grit sandpaper between coats. This being said I found Country Chics paint
to be thinner than other brands I have tried and didn’t really experience this problem while using their paint.
It is zero VOC so there aren’t any harmful chemicals and its safe around kids so naturally its a winner in my opinion! I often have set up on the kitchen table to paint while the kids play and can finish up a smaller project like a chair or end table in a few hours. Chalk/Mineral based paint is porous, which allows it to dry quickly but it also allows it to absorb things eaisily too, not something you want on kitchen cupboard or chairs when you have kids! Never fear,they also have an excellent line of sealers and waxes design for this exact purpose! I was really impressed with the quality of Country Chic paint brushes, I go through brushes so quickly that I usually just buy cheap ones but as usual, you get what you pay for. The CCP brushes are really soft and have a rounded, shaped handle, these brushes are worth taking care of!
Picking paint colours is always a fun time, the selection of paints of colours that CCP offers is amazing! There are so many great colours and I get such a kick out if the names, I chose Vanilla Frosting (white) and Sage Advice (soft green).They also offer custom colours! And did you notice their packaging? Its just gorgeous, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging especially from a Canadian company! Country Chic Paints is made on Vancouver Island, B.C.
I decided to paint an antique table, it was a bold green colour when I bought it with cordinating green and gold linoleum on the shelf. It took a lot of elbow grease and some adhesive remover the lift the linoleum because they had used the flooring glue on it, the lady I bought it from said it used to have it on the top of the table too…yikes! Some chalk paint companies advertise no sanding or preparation required but I always advise that you clean and lightly sand your project before you start painting. CCP has lots of great tutorials and information to help with your projects. This table took a little longer to complete due to the linoleum and I decided to re-glue some joints and tighten everything up to make it sturdier before I started painting. I did 3 coats of paint and 2 coats of tough coat sealer including drying time this took 2 days as they recommend letting the paint dry for 24 hours before sealing.
I love how easy it is to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture with a little paint!