Fear is the Enemy

3cpaint,com  manufactures a fine paint product, but the hardest thing we do is convince customers inside our stores to.... just pick up a brush and paint.  Damn the mistakes, damn the color, damn the drips or misses.  If you are fearless you will be a better painter . . . yes you will make mistakes . . .damn the mistakes.  Look .. .  the best artists did not paint the Mona Lisa their first time out.  Let's not be afraid to start over.  This is an adventure into the unknown world of color  . . . not a single attempt to cover up a piece of (oak) furniture with "great bones", but instead a "putting of the past" behind us.  Get it?  Fearless pursuit by chalk furniture painters are making the world more colorful, more "today".  Grab the "Brush by the Horns" and dip it in the Chateau Chic Chalk Furniture Paint nearest you.  Beach Cottage Teal or the new Tampa Bay Jade will do.

Transform Transform..... Transform.  Paint Paint .... Paint   Color Color .... Color

Posted on May 2, 2016 .

Sanding furniture the wet sanding method.

Wet sanding with Chateau Chic Chalk Furniture Sanding Blocks or any sponge style sanding blocks that you might purchase at your local hardware, will give you the advantage of not only cutting down on the time it takes to sand your project, but it will also give you a smoother all around surface finish.

Here at the Chateau Chic Chalk Furniture Paint headquarters, when we up-cycle furniture, we have two preferred methods.

The first method requires us to bring a bucket filled with water and a 3cpaint (chateau chic chalk) brand sponge sanding block and a dry absorbent rag, to the project piece.  We soak the sanding block in the water and then ring out most of the water before starting to sand. 

Wesand the area with the the wet sponge and then come behind with the rag in other hand, to dry.  We keep moving around the piece by dipping the sponge in the water, and then ringing it out so that the paint that has accumulated on the sponge gets rinsed from sanding surface.  We will continue around the whole piece like this until we have a smooth surface.  Chateau Chic Chalk Furniture Paint loves this wet sanding method and it will not be damaged or change it's color by using the wet sanding method.

When we have decided to shabby the project by sanding the edges, feet and legs, we go back with our wet sponge.  Like us, you will find the job is easier, with the water helping you cut through the paint.  One way to save your sanding block from damageis to sand the corners in a way that does not puncture the sponge.  Sanding away from the corner instead of towards it.

Dry the area you are leaving as you move on to a new area.

A second method is to wet the area we are going to sand and then use our sanding sponge on the wetted area.  We are careful to dry the area before we move on to a new area to wet and sand. 

It is a good idea to use a glove while performing either of these sanding methods. 

Besides the advantage that wet sanding gives us on the time it takes to sand and the smoother finish , we have found a third advantage . . .  no dust to deal with.  This is a nice feature when we are working inside.  Happy Painting and now Happy Sanding too.

 

Posted on April 4, 2016 .

You'll Never Run Out of Technics!

Caution:  Painting with chalk furniture paint may be addicting. 

Sunday, at the store, while helping two ladies pick out paint, they confessed to their addiction.  Right there as I listened they confessed their addiction to painting with our chalk furniture paint.  They laughed a little nervous laugh as they realized they had told me too much. 

They had painted a small night stand and now they where back to buy more chalk paint.  They wanted to paint a dresser and bed.  I helped them pick out some colors and then they added a few more colors . .  and when I asked if they where going to paint the dresser and bed with 4 colors . . . they let it slip out about their addiction.   The other colors where for still, yet undiscovered projects.  But that was not going to stop them from painting.  They explained to me, they will find pieces that needed painting and it will be there mission to make sure they where painted with Chateau Chic Chalk Furniture Paint. 

They decided to purchase a nice chalk painting brush made from boar hair bristles.  This would let them paint faster.  This was just another clue to what I determined later was a sign they these ladies where "Jonesing" and just needed a chalk furniture paint fix.  I am not proud of this, but I was an enabler that day.  I sent them out the door with 4 colors of paint, 2 waxes, and a large artist brush.  And if that was not bad enough, I signed them up for a chalk furniture painting class.  I just hope they will be okay, living this dangerous life that they lead.

 

Posted on February 10, 2016 .

Painted with something new today

I have finally tried my own company's brush.  This brush is a 90% boar hair brush.  It has 10% filament hairs to keep it stiff but pliable.  Without the use of the filament bristles you would have a brush that would not stand up straight.

I am talking about it today,  because I truly believe I saved a hour of painting on a four hour project.  These brushes hold a lot of paint and they spread the paint better and with more control with the way it is shaped.  I will have a video in the next couple weeks demonstrating how to use this brush effectively.. 

I painted up a storm.  Nine drawers, I painted with Chateau Chic Chalk Furniture Paint color Mint Sea Glass.  And the dresser it's self, Deep Water Gray.  I then wet sanded with my trusty Chateau Chic beveled sanding block.  With the wet sanding block in one hand and a dry cloth in the other I proceeded to let the dresser develop it's own look, like a photo develops over time in a chemical bath, the thinnest covering of paint stared to show through to the underneath raw finish.  Slow and light sanding let the piece develop it's final look organically.  After, I roughed out the edges a little to a bare wood finish.  As it dried over the next 20 minutes,  I ponder the wax I would use.  I chose a dark oak wax that leaves itself behind in grooves and crevices.  It works by aging the piece and gives it another layer of depth.

As I waxed, I would take off the wax at different points very deliberately,  Leaving more wax and less wax here and there depending on the curve and bend of the dresser.

I can not tell you the joy I received working outside in the sun and shifting breezes.  Standing back from it from time to time to see it in it's entirety, and seeing where I could try to improve the overall appeal. 

This dresser had everything going for it, the lines the legs, the size and it had movement. But, it was dated by it's color.  It only need a new "coat", well it turned into a couple of coats with the wax,  And by using the color trends today present in the  Chateau Chic color palette, I was able turn a garage sale dresser into a sought after piece of beautiful furniture in my wife's store, Chrisy's Cottage. 

I felt like an artist as I put the final touches on it.  Attaching the hardware and making sure the drawers all slipped nicely into their places with the dresser. 

And I did it without ever using these two colors together before.  I experimented and this time the magic , if I can call it that, worked.   If It had not worked I would have had to repaint, but at least I would repaint, knowing I was using the fastest method of painting by using a paint brush that works well and works fast.  Oval boar hair brushes, they save time and cover better.  To all you artists and "will be" artists out there, do not be hesitate to experiment and experience the act of creativity.  Don't be afraid to be messy.  Until next time.

Drawers painted with 3cpaint Mint Sea Glass and dresser body with 3cpaint Deep Water Gray.  Dark Oak wax applied in light and dark variances. 

Drawers painted with 3cpaint Mint Sea Glass and dresser body with 3cpaint Deep Water Gray.  Dark Oak wax applied in light and dark variances. 

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Posted on January 18, 2016 .

Furniture Paint Artist in You

We have been busy at Chateau Chic Chalk
Furniture Paint 3cpaint.com, and so I have not written for a while but I see more and more signing up for our newsletter so maybe we are inspiring others to go out and find yourself a project to paint if you don't have one ready in the garage or bedroom or sunroom. 

Look for furniture with something going on . . some lines . .  some movement.  Even a great painting needs something happening, something to catch your eye and hold it.  Don't pick up the first distressed piece of furniture you find.  You will know when you see it if you know you are not looking for something that resembles a box.   Curved legs help. . . curves on the bottom or top of the piece. 

My wife, Chrisy, was one of the first to bring the shabby chic look into her store in Az. back in the early 90's.  She taught me the difference between painting just anything and painting something with movement.  I have since walked into 100's of shops with the shabby chic look . . white painted furniture with no design, no movement (there is that word again) that, well looks rather drab compared to Chrisy's look.  Her look was exciting and beautiful.  She looked long and hard for the pieces that mattered.  So that is my advice to you, our reader.

Now take that same idea and add color.  Because now, today the shabby chic look has expanded to include beautiful chalk painted furniture in colors of Vermilion, Azure, Grays, Light Blues and Greens and bright Teals.   You may still choose to distress it or use your darker waxes to add depth and age to a piece,  Layer your new "find" with 2-3 layers of color . .  experiment, test, look too serendipity, visit the edge of your knowledge and go beyond to find new artistry in your "find".  You will learn of that artist inside you only when you test yourself.  Get uncomfortable now with new ideas, so later you can be comfortable in your abilities. Never the do the same technique twice for the first several months of your adventure into "Painted Furniture".  Experiment. . . Trial and Error . . . Artistic Expression . .

A little piece of yourself goes into every new painted piece of furniture you paint.  Keep it fresh . . . Keep it in the movement.

The essence of all beautiful art, all art, is gratitude.Friedrich Nietzsche

The author would love to hear from you, along with photos of your painted furniture or your comments

Posted on December 17, 2015 .

what is chalk paint -

Chalk paint today is no longer the paint that it once was. When it was just used to make a chalk board. Today, although you can still make a chalk board from real chalk furniture paint like Chateau Chic Chalk Furniture Paint (3cpaint.com).  But now, you can make that chalk board in 40 plus colors.  Paint a door and leave notes to your kids or to yourself.  Paint your kitchen end cabinet and use it to keep your "don't forget list".  Paint a board with chalk paint in a color that compliments your decor and put it a pretty frame.  That frame can hang in your kitchen, den or office. 

But chalk furniture paint is much more than that,  It can be your artistic expression layered on a piece of furniture you may had thought no longer fit in your home.   Take another long look at that piece of furniture and imagine it a bright color like Chateau Chic Tangle Green or Beach Cottage Teal.  Or tone it down with Chateau Chic Moonstone or Sea Mist.  Layer colors.  Layer with a base Cloud White and then experiment with Seal Gray in a cross hatch stroke by dry brushing the two colors.  Did it turn out like you had pictured it?  No, maybe. . just maybe it looks better than you could have imagined.  Now, work some wax magic on the paint and then stand back.  Or maybe, just maybe it was not what your intent was.  After all, you where experimenting, and that takes boldly accepting that sometimes, you may need to start over.  That is bound to happen from time to time.  So clean your brush, open a new color and begin again.  After all, experience only comes from experimenting.  Can I repeat that without sounding like I am preaching. "Experience ("knowledge gained by repeated trials") only comes from experimenting".  "Add color to style your furniture."

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

                                                                                                                     Dalai Lama XIV

 

Posted on November 16, 2015 .

The artist in you.

Chalk Furniture Paint is more than paint.  It is the center of a DIY development that is happening  and there is evidence of this, that a new movement toward DIY is now just entering a much larger market.  It has occupied a niche market in the recent past but is now rapidly finding new adherents.  I don't use the word "adherents", lightly here.  These are fervent DIY doers and shakers of the chalk furniture paint movement.

Painting furniture with a furniture chalk today, is part of that movement, a school of ideas that takes color, texture, layers and styles into another realm of painting and furniture restoration,  producing a finished piece of furniture with a quality not achieved by other means.  Taking the skills of painting furniture further than before.  Sometimes in a rather formal way and others in a more fun structure. 

Experimenting, challenging the painter in you to new ways of looking at a project, is the reason to put these words together and put down on this blog.   Producing a work of art on wood in a three dimensional format. This is accomplished by not  just adding color but also depth to the furniture being painted   In this way, an achievement of new design takes place. 

Become the artist that is pioneering ideas that includes using the fundamentals but also setting new ideas in motion for what you do with color, blending, layering, splashing color, and hiding color behind washes.

Stay tuned for our video blogs.  We are here to bring out the artist in everyone that desires to splash color on wood.  Have a great painting day.

Posted on September 24, 2015 .

Become the artist in you

Chalk Furniture Paint is more than paint.  It is the center of a DIY development that is happening  and there is evidence of this, that a new movement toward DIY is now just entering a much larger market.  It has occupied a niche market in the recent past but is now rapidly finding new adherents.  I don't use the word "adherents", lightly here.  These are fervent DIY doers and shakers of the chalk furniture paint movement.

Painting furniture with a furniture chalk today, is part of that movement, a school of ideas that takes color, texture, layers and styles into another realm of painting and furniture restoration,  producing a finished piece of furniture with a quality not achieved by other means.  Taking the skills of painting furniture further than before.  Sometimes in a rather formal way and others in a more fun structure. 

Experimenting, challenging the painter in you to new ways of looking at a project, is the reason to put these words together and put down on this blog.   Producing a work of art on wood in three a dimensional format.  This is accomplished by not  just adding color but also depth to the furniture being painted   In this way, an achievement of new design takes place.

Become the artist that is pioneering  ideas, that may include using the fundamentals but also setting new ideas in motion for what you do with color, blending, layering, splashing color, and hiding color behind washes.  

Stay tuned for our video blogs.  We are here to bring out the artist in everyone that desires to splash color on wood.  Have a great day.

Posted on July 15, 2015 .