Is it difficult to achieve the distressed look?
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk sands easily without “gumming up” the sandpaper. When sanding, you will notice a fine powder which is easily brushed or wiped away.
When satisfied with the distressed look, wipe project surface with a damp paper towel or tack cloth to remove excess sanding dust.
What is FolkArt® Home Decor Chalk?
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is an acrylic-based paint system that dries within minutes of application to an ultra matte finish. It is ideal for painting furniture and various home decor accessories such as frames, boxes, candle holders, bust statues, lamp bases and floral containers.
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk can be painted in a single layer or multiple layers of color which can then easily be distressed to reveal the original surface or a previous layer of color creating the distressed look which is popular in today’s decorating trends. This paint is for indoor use only.
What types of surfaces can I use FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint on?
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk can be applied to many different types of surfaces such as finished and unfinished wood, terracotta, metal/tin, canvas, paper mache and plaster.
It can be applied to ceramic and glass surfaces; however, the paint is not dishwasher safe. Fabric surfaces can also be painted using FolkArt Home Decor Chalk, but the surface is not machine-washable. When decorating glass, ceramic and fabric surfaces, your project should be used as a decorative accessory only to be lightly cleaned using a damp cloth when needed.
Do I need to prepare my project surface before applying Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor paint?
The beauty of painting with Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor paint is that your surface does not require massive preparation such as sanding, stripping or priming the original finish! You can paint directly onto your surface.
When painting previously used furniture and home décor accessories simply clean the surface using a glass cleaner to remove dirt or dust particles as necessary. Glass and ceramic surfaces should be wiped down using rubbing alcohol.
Can FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint colors be mixed to create new colors or different values of the same color?
Yes, FolkArt Home Decor Chalk mixes easily to create any color you desire. Begin by mixing a small amount of the darker color into the lighter color first. Continue adding the darker color a little at a time until the desired color or value is achieved.
How resistant to fading is FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint?
Paints are rated on a light-fastness scale that runs from 1 to 5. 1=Excellent 2=Very good 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor All FolkArt Home Decor Chalk colors are rated Excellent or Very Good (1 or 2). This paint is made using very high quality pigments, which results in its superior quality.
How much paint coverage will I achieve with one 8 fl. oz. bottle of FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint?
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk will cover 1 to 2 square feet per ounce, depending on thickness of application. One 8 fl. oz. bottle of paint will cover up to 16 square feet.
Does FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint contain latex?
Plaid does not use any natural rubber latex in any of its current paint products. Plaid’s paint products are manufactured using synthetic acrylic resins.
Do I need to shake or stir FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint before using?
Upon opening the bottle, stir well to fully incorporate the paint. Paint can be used directly from bottle or by pouring a small amount onto a foam plate as a palette.
How long does FolkArt Home Decor Chalk take to dry?
On most surfaces, FolkArt Home Decor Chalk dries to the touch very quickly. However, 2 hours of dry time is recommended in between coats.
Note: a hair dryer may be used to speed up drying time on thin coats of paint (a hair dryer used on a very thick coat of paint can cause cracking). It will take 24 hours before FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is fully cured to the surface of your project.
What is the paint cure time when working with FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint?
FolkArt Home Décor Chalk paint will dry to the touch almost immediately, however it will take 24 hours before fully cured to the surface.
How do I create a distressed look using FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint?
Creating the distressed look is easy and can be achieved using one color application or a multiple color application. Once the top application of paint is dry, simply begin sanding to distress using medium grit sandpaper.
Sanded or distressed areas are usually found on surface edges where it would appear to have been worn with time. After distressing a one color application, the base surface will appear. After distressing a multiple color application, the previously painted color will appear.
Can I embellish my painted and distressed FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint project with stenciling?
Yes! Use FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint through stencils to add detail or embellishment to your home décor project.
The stenciled design can be left as is after stenciling or distressed using medium grit sandpaper.
How do I clean FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint out of my brushes?
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk should be cleaned from your painting tools using soap and warm water immediately after each use.
My FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint has clumps in it! What should I do?
Over time, that is perfectly natural. As air becomes trapped in the top portion of the paint bottle (after it has been opened and paint used) a paint skin may form.
With each paint use, it is best to remove the top skin before stirring the paint.
What is the difference between FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint and FolkArt Acrylic paint?
FolkArt Acrylic paint is formulated as a premium, artist’s quality acrylic paint with superior hide and smooth, creamy consistency perfect for most art techniques such as brush stroke work, blending and highlighting, or stenciling. FolkArt Acrylic paint will dry to a durable matte sheen.
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is formulated as high quality paint perfect for painting and distressing furniture and thrift store finds, as well as home Decor accessories. It is a heavily pigmented paint that does not require any project preparation such as priming, sanding or stripping. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk provides the DIY enthusiast an ultra matte chalky finish when dry which is easily sanded to distress using medium grit sandpaper. It will not “gum up” sandpaper making it easy to achieve a time-worn look.