It’s been a goal of mine to upcycle a piece of furniture using chalk paint, and as the universe would have it, our local homewares store My Country Escape has established hands-on craft workshops including chalkin’ it up with Mezzie + Frank chalk paint effects. #winning
The brand was derived from two Queensland gals Miss Mezzie and Miss Frank in our own backyard at Moffat Beach in Queensland (very cool huh?). It’s been primarily developed for painting furniture and walls to achieve a soft, chalk-like finish however if you scoot over to their Facebook page you can see applications of dyed clothing, light fittings, fabrics and all sorts.
This beautiful paint has been designed for time-poor DIYers as it’s self-priming, no prior sanding is required and it can be applied directly to most surfaces including paint, veneer, timber, brick, concrete, stone or metal.
I eagerly arrive for my debut chalk paint project alongside owner Michelle and teacher Danielle from My Country Escape and I’m introduced to this lime green spindle back. This chair will act as my ‘dummy’ which I picked up from the store for $10 as a second-hand project of perhaps an earlier student.
Firstly, It’s important to make sure the surfaces are clean, dry and free from dust and peeling paint with a chux cloth and sanding brick. I decided to go for a colour scheme suited to our living room – Koala brown and off-white Pavlova. (I also chose a black tone for the feet but later popped him back on the shelf as I changed my mind).
The paint is incredibly simple to apply with the Mezzie + Frank brushes, made from pure hog bristles with wooden beech handles. The ladies explain, “Investing in a good brush will make a huge difference to your finish and the ease of the job.”
After one coat dries, simply apply another. If you’re not happy with the finish, than apply yet another. There’s really no room for error or mistakes which makes the project really fun!
Once completed, you than go-to-town using a soft grade sandpaper to strip back the areas you wish to look worn, old and rustic. Danielle’s tip is to think about where you place your hands on the furniture and start there (such as the top and sides of these chairs).
She also kindly demonstrates how to add various quantities of water to the paint to create a washed effect using a chux cloth. It reminds me of a famous restaurant in Uluwatu Bali – The Single Fin – spruiking the most incredible coloured timber furniture that’s imprinted on my mind.
You may recall last year we shared our country-style dining table turned coffee table by simply trimming the legs 45 centimetres. Since this time, I’ve wanted to give it a lick of paint or stain but just wasn’t quite sure of the finish… Until now.
I’m now proudly in possession of two chalk paint’s and gave the whole process a crack from home (with the help of friends and wine of course).
Once satisfied with the sanded result which I acheieved also using a wet rag to strip back the paint in areas, I applied the Mezzie + Frank Carnauba Finishing Polish. It hardens to achieve a high sheen finish that feels smooth under-hand and means I can now place mugs and plates and it won’t mark the paint.
Overall, we’re both really happy with the end result and would highly recommend giving a piece a go yourself. It’s very rewarding and a talking point between our guests.
So tell us DIYer, have you used chalk paint and how did it turn out?