Is Chalk Spray Paint a Quick Fix?

Another day and yet another chair has come into my possession. To be honest my current obsession for upcycling furniture has been based around chairs as they are usually all that I can fit into the back of my car. Maybe one day I should by a van. Although, this time it was actually through personal choice. I love the shape and sturdiness of this old chair, it reminded me of the Pub chairs you'd find in local village bars in my hometown of Bishopston, Gower. I wanted this chair for me, to help me remember the beautiful place where I had once lived. Not forgetting how super comfortable it is, the bowed seat means there's no need for a cushion. So, how did I find it?
On a trip out to the local second-hand shop with mum, I spotted a lonely chair in the entrance way. Chipped and unloved it sat bleached by the sun and covered dust. But for some reason I left it behind. However regretting my decision, I returned the next day and bought the lonely chair and for only 6 euros!

Home again and the new addition was welcomed by a good sanding and a damp cloth to wash it down, revealing the condition. No woodworm or structure problems found. My love for this chair and desire to make it mine quickly led me to try some Chalk spray paint. I had seen many tutorials via YouTube and it seemed to be the fastest way to make a change. Unfortunately, my local DIY store doesn't stock a wide range of colours, so I promptly reached for a can of porcelain pink chalk spray paint, rushed home and started to spray in light uniform layers. I was surprised at how quick this method was and without a second thought applied the second coat. 

I stood back to admire the super fast change that had occurred. I had used two cans of spray paint and in some parts I needed to add a little more. But something wasn't right. I wasn't feeling pleased with the outcome. Was it because the whole process had only taken little over and hour? Or the colour? So, I begrudgingly went back to the paint shop and starred longingly at the colour chart. What now? 

The chair's design was very masculine and my choice of colour extremely feminine. This is what happens when you ignore the design and launch yourself into painting something how you want it to be. It didn't look right. The main reason for my choice was that I didn't want my husband to sit on the chair and painting it pink would mark it as my territory. Selfish? Yes, but if you knew his art for accidental destruction then you'd be on my side. 

With spray paint I found that I had to work outside as it does smell a little and creates a mess, simular to that of a 2 year-old let loose with a pot of paint. (Trust me, I have experienced both and it isn't either fun nor pretty.) I thought about returning to the standard paint and brush to refinish this hardwood wonder. But the speed and ease of use of the spray paint convinced me to pick yet another spray can although this time in Antartic Grey.

After my last post I didn't want to bore you again with the detailed description of How to Update a Chair with Chalk Paint. Therefore I decided to make this description brief and as quick to read as the process itself. Trust me, Chalk Spray painting is a speedy process. Also, I used furniture wax to finish, but I have recently found varnish in a spray can too, although I am yet to try it.

Of course, there has to be some photographs of the final product all styled and ready to be sat on. So for your viewing pleasure, I give to you....... The Old Grey. Isn't he handsome? I like to think so also being such a solid chair it's quite possible to believe that this old man is indestructible.

To sum up, this experience has changed my outlook on upcycling furniture, I realized that it is important to work with the design of the object and thanks to the fast process of chalk spray paint I could change the colour in a snap without adding a bulk of layers or sanding down. I would certainly use chalk spray paint again. It is a super fast way to create a new look for any piece of furniture. However, I found it to be more expensive than just buying a 750ml can of paint as you may need at least 2 cans of spray paint to finish an
 small item, 2 meters squared coverage per can, whereas one can of normal paint will allow for up to 14 meters squared per litre and they are sold at relatively the same price.
Even though it is more expensive I  loved the smooth texture and soft look it gave. No brush marks, just lush colour. I believe it will stand the test of time, so not just a quick fix but durable as well. Nevertheless, be patient! Add layers of paint little by little in a uniform fashion to achieve an even coverage. Now I can't wait for an excuse to use it again. Perhaps on my kitchen table and chairs, mmmmm.........
Happy Spray Painting :)


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