as i wiped down my banged up, fork stabbed, dust collecting black kitchen table for the one-thousandth time….i was over it. pledge (the best invention ever, second only to amazon prime) doesn’t even begin to touch it anymore. what used to be gleaming and beautiful is now dull and destroyed.
so staying true to my impulsive crafting nature, i had my daughter help me haul it out the back door onto the lawn and i broke out the palm sander. i didn’t even have a plan and i wasn’t sure what it looked like under that black used-to-be-glossy mess but to my surprise, this was a solid wood table #targetdoesitagain.
i wasn’t even going to share this because it was one of my more poorly planned projects but after i posted this pic on Instagram and got a few questions about it, i thought i should share my (un)official review.
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now i had my family’s main eating surface in my yard….and a couple cans of chalk spray paint in our shop. what’s that….chalk spray paint? could it be that the two greatest diy inventions of the century have finally joined forces? it’s for real and true. and i found it while i was grocery shopping of all things. to top it off, right next to it was spray wax.
real shock that i picked “classic white” but there are several other great colors to choose from. and the wax comes in natural, dark brown and chalky finish clear sealer (i went with option c)
one of my favorite features of chalk paint is the lack of prep required on the painting surface. with the spray paint…not so much. i tested a little area on part of the table i hadn’t sanded yet and it didn’t stick….probably why the can tells you the surface needs to be “roughed up”. the can does not lie. i used an 80 grit sandpaper and a palm sander…i didn’t get every single spot but a good once over was sufficient.
as with any spray paint, of course do this in a well ventilated area (free from wind is also a bonus) the can says it will take several thin coats to get full coverage. this also differs from traditional chalk paint as you can usually get pretty good coverage with a single coat of paint. it took me three coats to get a nice even, finished look. it does dry really fast and i was able to do a second coat after about 15 minutes (though it was 75 degrees and sunny in seattle…not that i am bragging).
you need to shake the can a lot more than regular spray paint to keep that chalk dispersed. i shook it well about every 30 seconds and that seemed to keep it well mixed.
i started with the legs and i loved the ease of the spray paint in getting into all the little spaces without leaving brush marks. when it came to the top of the table however, i soon found it was going to take me 3 cans to get a good finish so i went with plan b. this plan only worked because i was using white….if you were using another color this would prove problematic. i mixed up some of my diy chalk paint and brushed on the top.
the spray paint definitely has a great chalky finish, some spots went on a little rough but that is where this next step comes in. i like that super smooth feel to my furniture so i do another round of sanding with an extra fine grit paper and the palm sander. this works great on traditional chalk paint, i assumed it would do the same on the spray version. and it did….sort of.
typically i would use my tried and true Annie Sloan clear wax to seal this up right nice but this is about trying new things so i chose the chalky finish clear sealer spray. again, i started with the legs….the touch part about this is you can’t actually see the sealer go on because it isn’t shiny so i was kind of flying blind. it went on well and dried smooth and definitely with a chalky feel and matte appearance. i applied two coats to the legs and three coats to the eating surface. the can promises not to cause “yellowing” and so far it has no signs of that but time will tell.
we have eaten on the table several times, food has been spilled, dirty fingers have been all over it and we had a major drink spill at dinner and all has wiped clean….well we did have a blueberry “incident” at breakfast that stained the table the very day i put it back in the house but a magic eraser did the trick and that blueberry stain is no more.
i will probably give this a good re-seal on the top every few months to keep it fresh…that will also give me a chance to do any touch up painting.
i think krylon has it right with this chalk spray paint….just maybe not for a huge project like a kitchen table. the spray sealer does get two big thumbs up from me though. in the end i used two cans of spray paint for three coats on the legs and the frame that the top sits on so it did not break the bank. I used only one full can of sealer, two coats on the legs and three on the top.
- convenience of chalk paint in a spray form allowing for getting into small detailed areas
- no visible brush strokes
- cost effective (especially for a small job)…$6.99 a can
- lots of color options
- easy easy easy to use
- for a large surface area, you would need a LOT of spray and even more patience
- goes on in very thin coats so be gentle when sanding and distressing
- need to do a substantial amount of prep of the surface (sanding or priming)
so more pluses than minuses…that’s always good. would i use this again? YES. i think this would be especially great for a dining room chair (hmmmm…perhaps that’s next) and other small projects like lamps and picture frames. krylon, you have my vote!