How in the world can you discuss chalk paint and Brussel sprouts at the same time you ask??? Let me explain. For quite a while now, I have not been a lover of chalk paint. Yes…you heard me correct! As a furniture restorer and up-cycler, I purposely refrained from using it. All I saw was thick coats of paint with heavy brush strokes and when I would be asked to upcycle an item with it on, I spent ages and ages sanding copious amounts of this chalk paint off, huge clouds of dust swirling and spending the next 3 days washing fine dust out of my hair and clothes. Yes, I use precautions and Yes, I wear all my PPE but geezo…this stuff makes a mess!!!
Then, one day, I decided to bite the bullet and try it…’Know thy enemy!!’ I thought to myself and so I bought some. I played around with it a bit and then I decided to give it the ultimate test….spray it! Now, when it comes to furniture painting, I am a sprayer. Even though I can hand paint units, I prefer the finish spraying gives. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. Slightly thinned down, it sprayed really well.
So, I decided to do a piece in chalk paint. I sprayed…dried…sanded and repeated until I was happy with it and was really pleased with how smooth a finish I was able to get. That is when it hit me…it isn’t the product I didn’t like…it was how it was being used that I didn’t like. Like Brussel sprouts!!! Most people don’t like them because they are often over cooked and yucky! However, if cooked properly, a lot of people change their minds about the vegetable.
Exactly the same way I feel now about the chalk paint. In a competitive world, it is really important to stand out from other people doing similar things and a great, professional finish is a great way to do this! Give you furniture the prep, time and care for a phenomenal finish…just like you would cook those little Brussel sprouts correctly