How to Apply Wax to Chalk Paint

One of the reasons why DIY furniture flippers choose chalk paint is its beautiful chalky, matte finish. It can be easily distressed as well, making it a great choice for giving furniture a rustic, weathered look.  But the one major downside of chalk paint is that it’s not as durable as the other furniture paints. It scratches scuffs easily, and …

Mud Paint vs Chalk Paint: The Key Differences

If you’ve been in the DIY furniture-flipping scene for a while now, you’d know that chalk paint is the paint of choice for many DIYers. It’s easy to work with, doesn’t require a ton of prep work, and the clean-up is easy too. And let’s not forget the chalky matte finish it has that gives the painted surface an aged …

Do You Have to Paint Over Zinsser Mold Killing Primer

If your home has moldy areas, priming over them can certainly kill them off. While paint or multi-use primer isn’t designed to kill off mold, you can eliminate the fungus with Zinsser Mold Killing Primer, as a specialty primer. However, many wonder if painting is even necessary at all after using the primer first. Do you have to paint over …

7 Best Citristrip Alternatives

Citristrip has become an incredibly popular paint stripper. It’s non-toxic and, safer to use than most caustic, chemical paint strippers. It doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and it’s relatively affordable.  However, Citristrip certainly isn’t the only paint and stain stripper out there. In this post, we’ll cover the seven best Citristrip alternatives and where you can find them. Klean Strip Premium Stripper Klean …

Citristrip vs Klean Strip: The Key Differences

In some cases, priming an already painted surface is enough to ensure a new paint coat of paint will adhere well. However, if the old coat of paint is deteriorating, it is best to strip the paint. It’s also best to strip old layers of varnish before reapplying paint.  Perhaps the two popular paint strippers on the market are Citristrip …

Can You Use Wax Finish Over Stain?

Stains enhance color and highlight the grain patterns on wood. They also offer some protection from discoloration, moisture, and UV rays. However, stains are more of an aesthetic choice and don’t make wood more durable. Hence, finishes can be applied on top of stains for longevity and durability. Wax is an eco-friendly finish that also highlights the wood without changing …

Chalk Paint Techniques and Tips for Furniture

One of the biggest selling points of chalk paint is that it doesn’t require too much prep work. In some cases, you can even get away with not priming the surface. Chalk paint is also incredibly easy to clean up with just soap and water. But perhaps the greatest benefit of chalk paint is the numerous techniques you can use …

7 Disadvantages of Wax Finish on Wood

Wax is a budget-friendly, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly finish that accentuates the natural color of wood. Moreover, wax helps to restore wood furniture, making it look fresh and new. It is also less prone to yellowing over time compared to oil-based polyurethanes.   However, while it has its advantages, like any other finish, it also has some drawbacks. In this post, we’ll share 7 disadvantages …

Zinsser Cover Stain Primer Too Thick? Do This…

Oil-based primers are excellent for working on bare wood, metals, and glossy furniture. They tend to stick better than water-based primers for these surfaces. Oil-based primers also tend to be formulated to prevent tannin bleed, which causes yellow bleed-through in your top layer of paint.  However, oil-based primers like Zinsser’s Cover Stain Primer can be thick and thus harder to …

Chalk Paint vs Acrylic Paint for Furniture

Painting furniture is a great way to breathe new life into it. It’s also an easy way to personalize your living space and to modernize old pieces.  Your choice of paint can make a big difference in how your furniture turns out. Two extremely popular options for furniture painting are chalk paint and acrylic paint. These water-based mediums can look …