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How to Achieve a Chippy Layered-Paint Finish on Wood Pieces.
DIY & Crafts
A chippy layered-paint finish can add character and age to any piece. The method shown here has worked flawlessly for me many times with many different types of projects.
Smear on a coat of the chalk paint (check out my DIY chalk paint tutorials). You're not going for perfection here...this layer will be buried under a few others. Just go for it and get it on there.
You can move on to this step about an hour after your chalk paint is applied. I used plain white acrylic paint on the next layer. It's such a nice contrast to the red. I just randomly painted areas with it. No rhyme or reason here. Allow to dry.
A note on color choices: you may want to try to get contrasting color layers so they show up really well in your finished piece. Here are a few examples.
Then the top coat, I went with a blue-green chalk paint. Allow this coat to dry (an hour or so).
Then go at it with the sander. I recommend either a small Palm sander or random orbital sander. I use my random orbital constantly.
Be prepared for the sheer amount of dust that sanded chalk paint will produce.....whoa!!! Wear a dust mask (99 cent store kind works fine too) or you'll feel like you had a box of chalk for lunch.
Here are the finished boards from this method. I don't know what I'm going to use them for but I think they turned out looking great!