We love breathing new life into objects. Over the years our tastes change, trends evolve and objects we love get can get bumped, bruised, tarnished and chipped. Rather than getting rid of these things, there are many products available at Hingham Lumber Company to help you freshen, re-purpose, or give them an entirely new look. Its with this goal in mind that we launched our January DIY Clinic  – Paint Projects with Rust-Oleum Chalked Brand Paint.

Chalk paint has been garnering a lot of attention in the DIY sphere and for good reason. It’s versatile, easy to apply and looks great! One of the brands that we carry is Rust-Oleum Chalked Brand Paint. One of the things we love about Rust-Oleum Chalked is that it’s a little less expensive than some of the other brands. This makes a difference when purchasing multiple colors and have a long list of projects with different looks.

For our DIY clinic we worked with two simple projects, a mason jar and a chair. The process for both of these projects is as simple as

  1. Prep
  2. Paint
  3. Wait

Prep – Our chair didn’t have many problems with it at all, we simply want to lighten things up a bit.

DIY Clinic Rustoleum Chalked Paint 'Before' photo

In this case we simply wiped the chair down really well. You certainly can take a light sanding to it, but for many people the beauty of chalk paint is that it does adhere so well and many times you can skip this step. If your furniture has deep gouges or scratches in it and you want a more polished, smooth finish then you do want to sand it and probably fill in areas with a wood filler like the Elmer’s line we carry at HLC.

If your mason jar is new then there is virtually no prep involved. If you’ve used it previously for food or other contents then it doesn’t hurt to wash it and wipe it down with some simple rubbing alcohol. Let it dry completely before moving on to painting it.

Paint- We love working with chalk paint because it’s so easy to apply. Just brush it on in even strokes. It really doesn’t require an expensive brush either. Just choose a brush with natural bristles that are long and flexible. If your bristles are too short and stiff you might find that your paint looks a little scratchy. We carry a large selection of brushes here at Hingham Lumber so just ask anyone in the paint department if you’re unsure of what to use.

Wait- Oh the waiting. This is the hardest part of the project! In most cases we recommend applying two coats of chalk paint and you really should let the paint dry between coats. Go grab a cup of coffee, answer a few emails, find your next project piece and give that paint some time to dry!

DIY Paint Clinic Rustoleum Chalked Chair 'After' painting

Once your paint is applied and has had time to dry you’ll just want to apply the protective top coat (part of the Rust-Oleum Chalked line) to add protection and durability. It dries to a matt finish and actually adds a little depth to the color. You’re left with a beautiful new piece! Here’s a look at our fresh new chair.

 

We love the look! What do you think?

 

 

With our mason jar we wanted more of a rustic, vintage look. This look is fairly easy to achieve with chalk paint. Just find yourself some sand paper, we used an 80 grit for this project. A different grit might be necessary for different materials so be sure to ask us for assistance when you’re purchasing your sand paper at HLC. We just folded our sand paper into a small a small square to make it easy to work with and then rubbed it over the raised surfaces and then scuffed lightly across the flat areas to create the look we wanted. How far you take it is up to you!

Rust-Oleum Chalked Brand Paint Mason Jar project Here’s a look at our finished mason jar.

It really is easy and fun to work with Rust-Oleum Chalked and we look forward to hosting future DIY Clinics for our customers. If you have interest in attending one of our next clinics be sure to visit our calendar frequently for additional dates, or follow us on Facebook. We’re very active on social media!