Painting your furniture (old or new) is a great way to give a whole new look to your space without blowing the budget. While there are plenty of paints on the market, choosing a paint that is good for you and our Earth is important. I was recently talking to my ‘Go-To-Paint-Lady’ Sada at For the Love Creations, and she suggested I give her new line of chalk paint a go. (If you are thinking of using Chalk or Milk paints, definitely check out Sada’s shop… and don’t be afraid to ask questions – she is the most helpful person ever and full of great advice!)
Old World Clay & Chalk Paint is a VOC free, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly paint that is made from safe and natural ingredients from the Earth. I jumped at the chance to try some of this beautiful paint!
“Old World Clay & Chalk Paint is a natural paint created from traditional formulas that use chalk, clay and other safe ingredients from the earth. It is a VOC-free, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly paint designed to be used on nearly any surface without the need for extensive priming. Drip-free and water cleanup. Available in more than 35 stunning colours, with an additional 100+ colours that can be mixed on request, Old World paint provides a beautiful hand-painted finish that will keep its appearance for years to come. You’re doing something awesome for the planet when you choose this paint!
This company is wholly Australian owned and operated.”
With just a few simple steps, a plain raw wood step stool can be transformed into a vintage farmhouse inspired piece full of personality.
-Ikea BEKVÄM stool or another piece of furniture to transform
– A range of tools (hammer, chisel, file etc)
–Old World Clay & Chalk Paint in your desired colours (I used Walnut Bark and Nest for this project)
-Sandpaper in medium grit and very fine grit
-Container to mix stain
Removing the sharp edges and smooth surfaces of the stool gives character and an aged effect to the timber.
1. Collect a range of tools. You can use whatever you have laying around the house or shed, for example chains, hammers, files, nail and chisels.
2. Randomly hit the timber with the different tools – each will give a different effect. Start gently and determine how much force is needed to create the desired effect. For an authentic look, think about where natural wear and tear would occur over time on your piece of furniture. In this case I focused the distressing in the middle of the bottom step and randomly over the top step.
3. Use a file to to round off the edges of the handle and the outside edges and corners of the steps.
4. Give the entire distressed surface a sand with medium grit sandpaper. This softens the distressing, making it look more authentic
Old World Clay and Chalk paint can be used as a stain to add colour while preserving the beautiful grain of the wood and highlighting the distressing of the timber. I used Old World Clay and Chalk Paint in Walnut Bark.
1. Dilute chalk paint 50/50 with water and mix thoroughly.
2. Using a brush, paint the stain on the timber. Wriggle the bristles to get right down into those distressed nicks and gouges.
3. Immediately use a rag to wipe the excess stain off.
5. Let the first coat dry and decide if you wish to go darker, and if so paint on and wipe off another coat. (I originally did two coats of stain, but then decided it has covered too much and I had lost the beautiful grain and distressing of the timber. The beauty of the chalk paint is that if you accidentally go too dark, a wet rag can be used to remove quite a bit of the paint even once it has dried. Thankfully I was able to get the stain back to a perfect coverage level!)
6. Once you are happy with the colour, give a very light sand with very fine sandpaper. The idea here is not to remove any stain, but just to smooth out any little lumps or bumps that may have arisen during staining.
Layering chalk paint is commonly used to give the illusion that a piece of furniture has been painted several times in the past, and the paint has gently worn off over time. I used Old World Clay and Chalk Paint in Walnut Bark for the first coat, and Nest for the top coat.
1. Using the chalk paint at full strength, paint the legs in the ‘underneath’ colour and allow to dry fully. (I found that one coat covered perfectly, and another coat was not required).
2. Use a ‘resist’ to create a barrier between the first and second coats where you wish the top coat to come off and show the bottom coat. I used a Miss Mustard Seed Wax Puck and rubbed it randomly along some edges of the legs.
3. Paint the top coat and allow to fully dry. If required apply a second coat, (The Old World Clay and Chalk Paint is very thick and covers beautifully, so there was no need for a second coat in this project).
4. Using either sandpaper or a dry rag gently rub over the areas where you applied the wax puck resist. This will remove the top coat (Nest) and expose the bottom boat (Walnut Bark).
5. Wet distressing can also achieve some layering. Use a damp rag to rub over the paint, ensuring to be very gentle and rub only until the top layer is removed.
6. Give all surfaces of the legs a very light sand with very fine sandpaper, again just enough to remove any lumps and bumps from the painting process.
Once you are happy with the finish of the legs and steps, it is time to seal the paint. I wanted to create a soft luster for the steps that really highlighted the distressing of the timber. Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil gives that luster while providing a protective, water resistant finish.
1. Apply a small amount of hemp oil to the surface of the step
2. Rub the oil in with a dry cloth until it is absorbed fully into the timber.
3. Let dry. (Additional coats can be given if required, however only one coat was required in this project).
Old World Polishing Wax provides a durable matt finish that is water repellent and is made from 100% natural ingredients.
- Apply the wax with a dry rag. (The Old World Polishing wax is gorgeously soft and smooth… a little goes a very long way.)
2. Allow to dry (approx. 30-45 minutes depending on weather)
3. Buff with a clean dry rag to remove excess wax and give a smooth finish.
- Super versatile. The paint works beautifully diluted as a stain and at full strength as a paint
- Easy to distress. Using either a wax puck or wet distressing is very easy and gives great layering results
- Amazing coverage. The chalk paint is (intentionally) very thick. I used just one coat of both walnut bark and nest, and the coverage is perfect. In the past, using milk paint I would require 2-3 coats of my second colour to achieve similar results.
- Environmentally friendly. Both the Clay and Chalk Paint and Polishing Wax are made from safe and natural ingredients from the Earth. It’s nice to know this paint is safe for my family and the environment.
- Low odour and no fumes. Although I painted outside, I would be happy painting inside with Old World Clay and Chalk Paint as there really is very little odour and no fumes from the paint. (No more nasty weather ruining painting plans!)
- Fantastic colours. The wide colour range is great… although having so many amazing colours does make it hard to choose if you are indecisive like me!
I am so happy with the finished project, and can’t wait to start my next project using Old World Paint Company paints and polish… stay tuned!
Have you got a piece of furniture that you could transform with Chalk Paint? I’d love to hear how you go transforming your special pieces! Feel free to comment below, or reach out on social media.
See you next time…Keep Chasing…
Disclaimer: I was not paid to blog about or review Old World Paint Company products, however I was given free products to trial. All views and opinions are my own.