We got an awesome question today from Susie The Plaster Lady in Nottingham UK.
Susie asked “Hi Nancy, I'm thinking of painting a table with the powder you sent me. Have not had time until now so this is going to be my first try iiiggghh. Nervous. I have a question and hope you can answer me please. Everywhere I have looked for inspiration and advice they say that with chalk paint you don't have to prepare (sanding etc.) the piece you are going to work on. Is that really true? Sounds unlikely but so many people say that so thought best ask you (the expert) before I start doing something stupid. Thanks for you time. / Susie
Well Susie, the answer is yes and no. So I will look to dispel the myths surrounding this topic for you.
As you have read one of the advantages of using a chalk paint is that there is less prep required. This is true to an extent.
If your piece of furniture is in good condition you can just give it a quick cleaning as described in our “chalk painting basics eBook” and start painting. However, there are many occasions when you would want to use a primer or sand your piece. Poppie and I like a smooth classic finish and so we do tend to sand most pieces prior to painting. Nothing crazy but an all over light sanding. The present trend seems to be in a rustic rougher finish and in that case sanding isn’t necessary. Any latex or acrylic paint mixed with your Poppie’s will cover in usually 2 coats. Again people who like the trendy salvage look only use a single coat.
We never advertise that you don’t have to sand, strip or prime because while this is possible, there are many times when it is not. Honestly the bottom line is that each piece of repurposed furniture is different and will need different prep. Some are painted with many coats of enamel paint and some are bare wood. Each re-loved piece sets before us a new and exciting adventure in to the world of chalk painting.
One thing that we will guarantee though, that when you paint with Poppie’s for the first time it will certainly be “Love at First Stroke™’.
Hope this helps, Nancy
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I am the Founder and Creative Entrepreneur of Poppie's. I am a Wife to Poppie, Mother and Artist. I create masterpieces by turning broken into Beautiful through a process I call ReHeirlooming. " It doesn't matter how broken you are, what really matters is how you put the pieces back together" .