I am becoming totally addicted to painting with chalk paint! These days as I wonder around my house I look at stuff and think “I need to paint that!”
So why did I go out and buy a couple of wood trays to paint, you ask? Because One Kings Lane asked me to participate in their Tray Chic campaign! You can see Part 1 and Part 2 of the campaign in my previous two blog posts. And, yes, I did have trays before the ones you see here, but I: a. wanted to do something really creative for the campaign; and b. wanted to have an excuse to paint with chalk paint.
I also wanted to try my hand at achieving a chippy paint layered look with chalk paint. (It’s also referred to as “crackle paint”, but I like the sound of chippy paint better.) I thought it would be hard, but it’s not hard at all- it’s actually really easy and a lot of fun! 🙂 So much so I had to make a tutorial and share it with you!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Walnut Hollow Unfinished Wood Serving Tray, 10 by 12-Inch where to buy
- Walnut Hollow Unfinished Wood Serving Tray, 15-inch x 11-inch where to buy
- Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Refreshing where to buy
- Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Remembrance where to buy
- Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon where to buy
- Folkart Home Décor Chalk Paint in White Adirondack where to buy
- Folkart Home Décor Chalk Paint in Castle where to buy
- Americana Décor Crème Wax in Clear where to buy
- Elmer’s Glue-All Multipurpose Glue where to buy
- Petroleum Jelly (like Vaseline)
- 1″ paint brush
- soft rag cloth
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Please note: The Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon was used to darken the Remembrance and Refreshing colors. I will be posting a tutorial this Friday on how to do this!
Paint trays using the base color, which is a darkened version of Remembrance in the example below.
Paint on your layering colors randomly as shown below. I used White Adirondack and Castle.
Paint on the Elmer’s Glue. I chose to paint the glue entirely over both trays because I wanted the chippy paint look everywhere, but you can just want the effect in certain spots, just paint the glue on in those spots.
Rub petroleum jelly on the spots you want to appear “worn off.” You can apply the petroleum jelly over spots that have glue on them.
Allow the glue to get tacky (but not all the way dry) and then paint the top coat over everything. You want the glue to be tacky when you paint over it because it will cause the paint to get the chippy look as it dries. There has been much debate on how long you should wait to paint after you’ve put on the glue, but it really depends on how thick a layer of glue you’ve put on (the thicker the glue layer, the bigger the chippy look) and what the current climate is in your neck of the woods. Just test it every few minutes and paint when it gets tacky to the touch.
Wait for everything to dry entirely (overnight is best) and then remove the paint over the petroleum jelly areas with a soft rag. You want to make sure the paint is entirely dry before you do this, because if it isn’t the wet paint will smear over the parts that are supposed to look worn and chippy. When the paint is dry, it will coagulate over the petroleum jelly and rub off easily without smearing.
Finish with a layer of crème wax. I really like the crème wax because it is very thin and applies smoothly and dries quickly.
Now you have two gorgeous trays to decorate with!
Close up of one of the tray bottoms!
I used them to fill up with flowers for the One Kings Lane Tray Chic campaign!
I hope this tutorial will inspire you to do some chippy paint chalk painting of your own! 🙂
Please let me know what you think!
Until next time!