Makeover furniture with chalk paint for furniture have become very popular. In general, painting isn’t hard, however to achieve a showroom like finish is hard. It is very difficult to achieve a quality paint finish on oak furniture due to the soft grain and open pores unique to oak, not to mention the tannin (orange, green and brown stains). That lifts to the surface when waterborne finishes are use. This then requires the use of solvent-based sealers. If the oak has a high tannin level. It can be very difficult to eliminate the problem, even with solvent-based primers.
If possible, before beginning chalk paint for furniture oak project, make a sample using an old door or the back of a drawer front of furniture to ensure. Then that you are satisfied with the end result. Most of today’s higher-end paint furniture. Especially lighter paint finishes such as white, is on maple or birch. Maple and birch have similar density (hardness) levels and are free of the issues found in oak. And also can provide an ultra smooth finish if properly apply. If your furniture’s are maple or birch, you should achieve a better result than oak furniture, regardless of the color used.
Applying a coat of chalk paint for furniture oak surface will make it look better for a while. But how long will the new appearance and finish hold up? To enhance the longevity of the furniture’s appearance and finish selecting quality finishes is essential. Today, many paints are all-in-one finishes (primer and paint combine). While these are good for general use, we use a separate primer-sealer and topcoat for our paint furniture applications. With all paint furniture, particularly maple furniture, the primer-sealer, also base-coat is the most important component to enhance the finish’s durability and water. And also chip resistance, common problems found in painted finishes.
The next step is to choose the application method for chalk paint for furniture oak: brushed, rolled or sprayed. The application method should, in part, be based on your desired result, as well as the value of the cabinets. If the value is low, then any of the three methods is acceptable. However, if the value is high, or if you don’t have the budget to replace or fix them if the project doesn’t go well, you should then consider renting or investing in a good sprayer. Spraying is the best method for applying finishes to wood surfaces, especially cabinetry. It is nearly impossible to avoid dust and other debris from contaminating the finish. Especially using brushed and rolled on applications. It is even harder to avoid contaminates in lighter finishes, such as whites. However, if apply correctly, spraying can provide a look consistent with new paint furniture.