Do you need to prep bare wood for chalk paint?

I recently had received a question about painting bare wood. The question was whether or not to “prep” the bare wood for chalk paint?

The correct answer to this can vary on the person & there preference.

This utility cart has a slight finish.

This also depends on whether the bare wood has a finish or not.

Wood is bare with No Finish: If you do decide to prep the bare wood then this will make the chalk paint color that you will be using go on with fewer coats.

Not prepping the bare, finished wood will cause the chalk paint to “soak” into the wood. The woods acts like a sponge and this could cause you to use 1-2 additional coats.

Wood is bare with Finish: In my opinion, no prepping will be required, your chalk paint will just adhere to the finish/wood like normal.

My Preference: I gauge each project as I paint them, every piece has a history & story so one answer may not work for every piece of furniture so keep an open mind!

Lastly, don’t forget, Chalk Paint is very forgiving which is one of the reasons that makes it so great & easy to use 🙂

I am always happy to answer any questions you may have, contact me anytime!

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About Doniele Disney

Hello, Everyone! My name is Doniele Disney-Humphrey! I'm a mom to 3 energetic kids & stepmom to 2 "grown" teens! I'm married to an amazing "do it all" man & the love of my life! Our heart is in our "fixer upper" home which is a project that we get to do together! It's a mini farm where we collect animals who need forever homes! But my true passion is in creating; Poppie's helps fuel that passion; not to mention it was created by 2 of my closest friends!

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