I’m just doing a basic quick tutorial! I got a piece for $5 and it was a dark high gloss varnish and stained.

I took a rag and water and just wiped the dust off of it. If you are going for the nice smooth one color finish like kitchen cabinets (“safe finish”) with no distressing, you might want to get a TPS cleanser, simple green, something like that as a degreaser, but it does usually have to be rinsed. Just be sure to read the instructions!  The beauty of using chalk/clay paint is you do not have to sand…. you do not have to sand! The clay will bond to it and adhere once the water starts drying out, it will harden to it.

So what you do…. I’m using DIY paint, color Queen Bee. I have wiped the dust off. Honestly some pieces depending on what I’m doing, I don’t even wipe the dust off! Because when I go back to wet distress or sand, it will come off. Open up the can and stir it up! If you want a smoother finish with DIY paint you need a spray bottle. I just go ahead and spray all over the piece I’m doing and it helps the paint just slide right on. In this video I didn’t have my Pixie paint brushes that I love so I just used a medium grade paint brush and it is fine! But the Pixie brushes have better coverage and more texture. When I paint pieces I paint in all different directions to build some texture… if you are looking for more of the smooth, perfect, “safe” finish you can just paint along with the grain.

Don’t try to do full coverage on your first coat of paint. Normally you need to wait an hour in between coats or else you will pull the first coat off and get back down to the original color. The paint cures totally in about 30 days. So it can be handled carefully after a couple days, but as more and more water comes out of the paint it can just be scratched if you’re not careful. That said, this paint can be reactivated with water, so you just have to be careful until it’s dry. You do have to wax or use a top coat. I have the Bigtop topcoat if you are using it for like a tabletop and want it stronger. You can use a water base polyurethane… water base so you don’t yellow your paint color.

I’m doing a wax on this piece. There are colored waxes which I love. I have black, white, clear, and dark wax. The wax bonds with the paint and seals it and helps cure it so it won’t chip.

I like to brush the wax on with a clean brush but you can use a rag. It’s gonna look weird like it’s shrinking when it starts drying but don’t panic! You will then just wipe it off with a t-shirt or a soft lint-free cloth. Just kinda buff it in and let it set! You can also paint over the wax if you end up not liking the color.

To distress the paint, I just use a wet wash cloth. Also, if you get this stuff on your clothes, I have just put some hand sanitizer on it and kept going about my business but then just spray and wash before I put it in the washer and I haven’t had any stains. You can reuse your rags you wet distress with if you just wash them in-between projects. So I have a really wet rag I work with and then an extra to kind of clean up with. Normally you want to distress on the piece where the furniture gets worn the most. I don’t like to just do it all over in random places. So you wipe off with the wettest rag and then go over and clean up the muddy look with the dryer rag. If you take too much off, you can just slap some more paint back on. It does take a little bit of extra time, but it’s not a big deal!

So there’s your quick tutorial on painting and wet distressing! Thanks for stopping by!


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