Chalk Paint–To Wax or Not to Wax, that is the question!
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I found a product that I really like and I want to share it with you! I’m not being compensated for this post, but even if I was, I would be completely honest.
I’m a huge fan of chalk paint. I frequently use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and have recently tried, and like, Folk Art’s Home Decor Chalk Paint . I love the way chalk paint looks, the lack of prep, and how quickly you can dramatically change a piece of furniture (especially the prep part). I love everything about it and use it ALL the time on furniture and craft projects.
This table sits in front of my living room window. It was a leather top round table that had seen better days, it even had a broken leg. My husband fixed the leg and I painted it with chalk paint and stenciled it. (You can read about it here.)
My husband’s favorite chair sits next to it and, lets just say that sometimes he isn’t very careful with his drinks and snacks, so it gets wiped off quite a bit. That got me wondering just how long this wax finish would last and if there was something better for those pieces that get tons of use and require frequent “washing”.
I love the look and feel of chalk paint, but I have always been a little concerned about the durability of the wax finish on pieces that get heavy use (and heavy cleaning), especially since I am beginning to paint furniture pieces as part of my business. More than one customer has expressed concern with how well the wax finish would stand up to heavy use over time, like kitchen chairs and tables or cabinetry. I also wanted a finish that could be used outdoors, so it had to be water resistant, but it had to have the look and feel of a wax finish. I did some searching and read a lot of product descriptions and found something that sounded like the perfect product.
So I bought some and used it and I really like it. I want to share it with you.
My favorite new finish for chalk paint (or any paint you want to seal)!
TAA DAA !!
POLYVINE makes a Wax Finish Varnish. I checked out the product info on their website and couldn’t wait to try it. I ordered a quart in their “Dead Flat Finish” and used it on a few pieces of my own. I was really happy with the look and feel. I am really impressed. It looks and feels just like wax, but it’s actually a high performance acrylic finish, so its super durable. It’s also heat and water resistant. One of the biggest advantages of this is that it can be used indoors and outdoors! It looks like thinned down milk out of the bottle (you will find that a little goes a long way too) and the only thing you have to be aware of is that it needs to be applied thinly. For instance, in the little nooks and crannies on the table legs below, if you let it puddle it will dry white. So, just make sure you spread it thinly in areas like that. Below are two projects I did for a customer– an antique table and antique bar that she wanted painted with chalk paint and instead of wax I used the Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish in the Dead Flat Finish.
First the bar–the top flips opens to the back, creating the bar surface and is lined in stainless. The doors swing open to each side. There are shelves and glass holders and bottle storage too. My customer wanted it painted and distressed lightly and wanted a stencil detail on the front. I created a stencil with my Cricut Explore –“Winery” — as well. I did take before photos, but for the life I me I cannot locate them! I regret that! I am happy to say that my client was very pleased with the job AND with the finish! She stated that if I hadn’t told her it wasn’t waxed she would have never known!
Here is the table. Isn’t it sweet. The client chose the same color an, Annie Sloan Chateau Grey, and I finished it with the Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish in Dead Flat, making sure to apply two thin coats and being careful not to let it puddle in the grooves.
They also make a satin and crystal clear finishes, so you can get any level of sheen that you want. Visually there is no difference between the wax finish and the Polyvine Dead Flat and I honestly prefer the feel of the Polyvine to the wax. This product has very quickly become my “go to” finish! I love the look, the feel and the fact that I can use it for indoor and outdoor projects.
So there it is, my favorite new product for finishing chalk painted projects (or any painted project)! Try it, I think you’ll be as impressed as I am.
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The post “Chalk Paint-to Wax or Not to Wax” was first seen on The Decorated Nest and belongs to and was written by Karen Ploransky.