THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PAINTING WITH POTTERS PAINTS® CHALK VOGUE
Painting with Potters Paints is so simple….
IT’S NORMAL TO HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS WHEN YOU FIRST START… We have put this quick start guide together in one place to get you up and painting.
I know this looks like a novel’s worth of words and you might be thinking ‘I thought this was meant to be easy?!’ IT IS!
I just want to make sure I have everything covered here, so you don’t have to search about for answers, wasting precious time when you could be making the world a more colourful place.
So scroll through and see if you need any of it.
If you do, and lots of people have lots of questions before they realise just how easy it is, then…
Let’s get started…
Choose your first piece of furniture. Go for something you want to make beautiful and brilliant, outstanding and unique because very soon it will be.
You might go for something teeny tiny if you want to experiment, or you might plough in and completely change your kitchen. We’ve had clients who have done both and they’ve all loved the results.
Supplies to make your furniture smile
For most projects you will need:
500 ml Chalk Vogue paint.
Paint brushes. Any! Bristle and synthetic both work brilliantly. BE PREPARED to lose some bristles along the way if you go for a brand-new bristle brush.
1 tin of Potters Paint Clear Soft Wax. (400ml)
A new washing up sponge or wax-brush to apply wax.
2 clean lint-free soft rags – old white cotton sheets or an old white t-shirt with the seams cut out will work.
Extra Supplies to make your furniture sing
Drop cloth – for all the splips and splots.
Paint can opener for the wax.
Screwdriver for removing hardware.
Rubber gloves to keep hands clean
Paper Plate for wax
Plastic knife for wax
Okay, your furniture isn’t singing, but you are, aren’t you? La, la, la, lalalala.
Where should you paint?
We recommend working at room temperature. Painting inside will give you better results, control, and you won’t have those nosy little insects mistaking your beautiful colours for a field full of flowers and landing on your furniture while the paint is drying.
If you are in a small workspace make sure you have your windows open to help circulate air during drying time. Potters Paints are low odour and low VOC so you don’t have to worry about strong fumes. Also, fresh air is very good for you. Remember what your mother told you?
Working with natural light is ideal but you can just switch on the light if you are painting at night. N.B. Painting in sunglasses is not recommended.
Protecting your floor or workspace. I use a decorator’s cloth to catch the drips. You can use anything! Newspapers, bin-bags, old sheets, that shirt your partner insists on wearing even though you’ve never liked it.
Remove any removable items – handles, shelves, drawers.
Gently run your hand over your piece of furniture to find any flakes or bumpy bits which might need sanding. Get ready for some joyous news – generally you DO NOT need to sand back the entire piece when you are using Chalk Vogue paint. Even if it’s varnished. I told you this stuff was good. If you are going to sand or key your piece before painting we recommend cleaning it first especially on kitchen cabinets.
Get rid of grease, polish, dirt with water and Sugar Soap. Sugar Soap is available at B&Q and all major supermarkets.
Fill any holes with wood filler for a clean smooth finish.
Even if your furniture appears to be clean, it will still need cleaning. Sorry! Give it a once over with your Sugar Soap
then follow up with some water on a clean cloth to get rid of any sneaky residue. Allow time for it to dry – you can waft it with your hands if you’re impatient. Edge off any bits you don’t want to be painted with some masking tape.
Potters Paints are very well behaved so they won’t drag, they won’t need stirring and you won’t have to add any water. They adore a bit of a two-second shake but be sure the lid is on tightly.
First coat – Spread the paint as evenly as you can, one section at a time. Don’t worry if you can see some of your original surface showing through. This is natural, especially if you are using white.
Give it some time to dry. A good rule of thumb is that once it is ‘touch dry’ give it a further twenty minutes before you apply your second coat. Patience is a virtue and it’ll be worth the wait.
Wait for it.
Okay. You can carry on.
Intricate Items like chairs. Don’t worry too much about on your first coat. Spread it as evenly as you can. Try and get into all the knooks and crannys. It will make it much easier when applying your second coat.
Second coat – Again, taking one section at a time paint your second coat. Use long fluid brushstrokes to eliminate brushstrokes.
Remember to wash your brushes in warm soapy water and rinse them clear before leaving them to dry. You might soon be using them again – painting with Chalk Vogue is extremely addictive you know.
Use wax on all furniture EXCEPT hard traffic areas which might come into contact with water, like kitchen cupboards or outside where it might (probably will) rain. For these areas, we recommend a good quality water based varnish.
You can use a wax-brush, sponge or lint-free cloth to apply. Simply dab on then follow the grain in thin coats. Then give it a rub with the lint-free cloth to remove any excess.
Let the wax dry for ten minutes – put your feet up and have a cuppa, come on, you deserve it – then buff it up with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth.
After a few hours, you can repeat the waxing process to make your furniture extra tough and to protect your lovely work. 2/3 coats of wax will make it superhero(ine) durable.
Be careful! Your wax will not cure/go hard, for up to 30 days. You can use your furniture before then but be gentle with it.