The background story:
Here are a couple of my inspiration pictures for the look I wanted:
I have begun!
Last Friday, January 4th, I decided it was time to just do it! I also decided to try to quit obsessing over perfection. I removed all the hardware from the hutch, removed the doors, and cleaned all painted surfaces with a heavy duty degreaser. Then, I used a medium grit sanding sponge and gave a quick sand all over (careful to go one direction only). Wiped that clean and I was ready to paint.
To the left, is the cabinet cleaned & sanded ready for paint.
- The paint is Sico Muse Soft Matte in the color PPG1011-7 Onyx. The paint was provided by Kent Building Supplies in Petitcodiac, NB in exchange for a blog post. This post is my own words and personal experience.
- The chalk powder I used was BB Frosch, purchased by myself, and mixed according to label instructions.
- The brush I used was the Cling On O40 (my favourite for painting furniture), which I purchased myself also.
The final step was to top coat the painted surface for protection. Chalk paint is porous and left unprotected, will easily nick and mar. For this project, I used Saman Waterbased Varnish in Matte. You can purchase this product at Kent Building Supplies, also.
To apply, I used a combination of the Cling On Brush and a dense sponge. Varnish is finicky and tends to streak as it dries so fast. I didn't have much of a problem on the cabinet and doors, but I had a very hard time with the door inserts. The key is to work very fast keeping a wet edge and to not go over the spots you just finished that have dried so fast it looks like you missed spots. Another little tip is to mix a bit of your paint in with your varnish. It really helps level out what looks like color variance.