I haven’t done an “Ask Me Anything” post in a long time and had a great question emailed in, so I decided to answer it! B asks,
“I am wondering…what is the best way to get a solid, non distressed finish with the paints? Although I love the shabby chic distressed look, my husband really prefers a solid look”
CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk and Clay Paint will never look as solid as, say, acrylic paint or paint that you buy from Sherwin Williams or another big box brand. This is because it is made of chalk and clay material and is fundamentally different. That said, there are ways to “lay it on thick.” Here are a few tips to getting the paint to be thicker and more solid:
1. Paint two coats on a piece. Be sure to let each layer of paint dry completely before going to the next layer.
2. Very lightly sand each layer of paint before putting on another layer. When I do this, the paint tends to look smoother.
3. When painting, apply the paint in long strokes from one side of the piece to the other then go over it a few times.
4. When painting a large, flat area, spray the area with water after you’ve painted then smooth it out with end-to-end paint brush strokes. You can see how I do this technique in this YouTube video. (BTW, I spent all afternoon creating a Google Plus Business page for Dear Olympia as well as a YouTube channel in case you’d like to follow along)! Also I’m using my favorite neutral, Young Kansas Wheat in the video, a color that is available for purchase. Have a question about CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay Paint? Email me at Taylor@DearOlympia.com.
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