If you are thinking about using CHALK PAINT on your next furniture upcycle project then you will find this bookcase makeover and Everlong Chalk Paint review very handy.
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This is a brand that I had heard lots of good reports about but had yet to try it myself.
It appealed to me because; a) it is non-toxic (suitable for children’s furniture), b) it is a quality chalk paint so has good coverage …. and c) best of all it does not need to be waxed.
I had a number of pieces of furniture that needed a little bit of ‘upcycle love’ but I decided to start with a really ugly old office bookcase that had been given to me a while back.
Prepping Your Furniture Before You Begin Painting
As you can see in the photo above, the bookcase had a broken plastic rolling cover – I removed this.
There were also quite a lot of holes and scratches.
I filled these holes with wood filler.
Once the filler was dry I then sanded it back until it was totally flat and smooth.
I made the mistake of using some wood filler that I had in the shed.
After applying the first chalk paint application I saw that brown spots were bleeding through.
This was simple to fix by applying a thin layer of the Everlong Matt One Coat Sealant.
I allowed it to dry then painted a new layer of the chalk paint over – this fixed the problem.
Next time I will make sure that I use a white general purpose filler
When you first open the tin of Everlong Superior Finish Chalk Paint you will probably see that it has separated.
This is quite normal, it just needs a really good stir until the paint is completely combined.
I did also receive this very useful advice on how to work with this brand of chalk paint …
- Make sure room temp is good.
- Stir well as the water and chalk etc separates.. (turn small pots upside down for half hour is good as well)
- If the paint seems too watery for the surface.. leave the lid off to evaporate a little water – don’t try and pour the water out!
- If the paint seems too thick and you get little balls, dip the end of the brush in water.
Applying The Chalk Paint
Once I had stirred the pots my paint was fine and ready to use, I applied the first layer.
At first, I was a little concerned that you can see the brush marks but this was totally unnecessary.
You just need to keep painting as the brush strokes will disappear later when the piece is finished.
I applied a total of 3 layers (although 2 would have probably been enough) of the Everlong (Coastal Range) ‘Grecian Blue‘ chalk paint.
When completely dry I applied 3 layers of the Everlong ‘Porcelain White’ chalk paint.
To get the clean line between the blue and the cream I used a good quality Masking Tape which I made sure was securely stuck down.
(another good tip is to avoid butting up to the masking tape with the paint brush. In other words, it is better to paint a little on top of the masking tape sweeping away from the blue paint rather than doing it in the opposite direction).
How To Get Smooth Finish On Your Chalk Paint
I gave the bookcase a good sanding as I wanted a really smooth finish.
I found this really easy to do and the end results were even better than I had expected.
And the added bonus with this chalk paint is that there is NO NEED TO WAX! 🙂
I just buffed it with a soft cloth to release the inbuilt wax layer.
This gave it a lovely soft sheen.
I did also have some of the of the Everlong sealant but I chose not to apply it to this particular piece as it is tucked away in a quiet spot in the loft.
The One Coat Sealant is good to use as extra protection against scratches for furniture in high traffic areas (think kids and dogs!) and to add a waterproof layer which enables the piece to be washed down or used outdoors.
Oh – and as I mentioned above it can act as a barrier to stop stains bleeding through (old pieces of furniture can sometimes have old tannins that can cause yellow patches and dark spots to bleed through).
COMPLETED CHALK PAINT PROJECT
I couldn’t wait to get this beauty in place and start dressing it with accessories.
The shelves are pretty deep so I wanted to use it as a storage solution for my material stash.
As luck would have it I spied these fab blue cardboard boxes at IKEA and I thought they would be a perfect match for the bookcase.
They are 32 x 35 x 32 cm and cost €3.99 per box.
I was pretty surprised as to how much I could actually fit into these boxes.
When I saw the beautiful colour of the ‘Grecian Blue’I knew instantly that it would fit in with the coastal theme decor I was planning for the loft bedroom.
I had some chalk paint left over so I decided to also do a quick makeover on a large tray/dish that I found at the local charity shop for €2
I added some other decor accents that already had lying around the home.
This has now given me a base for the rest of the room.
I may still change the decor accents I have used on this piece (if I can find anything better) and I’m looking forward to sourcing the other items I need to complete the rest of the makeover.
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