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It may be 90 something degrees down here, but I am definitely feeling all of the fall vibes regardless! I’ve purchased a few new sweaters, purchased my first PSL of the season and started lighting a pumpkin candle to help spur on the season. And one of the things I love most about fall is getting to break out all of our fall decorations. But this year I wanted to do something a little different. This year I wanted to try a fall decor chalk paint DIY!
It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with my fall decorations, I just realized when I brought them out that I was in the mood for something a little different this year. I wanted to enjoy the pumpkins and fall harvest pieces that I had, but I also wanted to stick with the soft white and gray tones that I already had going on throughout our home. But rather than throw my perfectly good decorations out, I decided all they really needed was a quick makeover. Insert chalk paint here!
This little naptime project was actually my first time playing with chalk paint, and I have to say I kind of loved it. If you’ve never had the opportunity to use it before it’s a water-based paint, which means it comes off easily with soap and water and is very easy to work with. It also has a very flat finish and is very popular right now with furniture makeovers.
It does have a bit of a price tag with it, so if you’re doing a larger project that would require a lot of paint, maybe consider purchasing a regular flat finish paint because it can be a lot cheaper. But since I was doing a smaller project and my local craft store was doing a sale, I decided to give chalk paint a try!
This project ended up being super simple and didn’t require me to purchase anything besides the paint colors I wanted (I would have needed a paint brush, but we have tons of those around our home). And in only a few hours my fall decorations had a complete facelift! And it was exactly the look I going for!
What you’ll need:
- Old fall decor
- 8oz chalk paint
- Paint brush (I used my one of my husband’s paint brushes from the garage because I wanted the brush strokes to show through, but any paint brush will do.)
- Something to place your decor on while it’s drying
Start by shaking the chalk paint to make sure it is well mixed it. Then dip your brush into the paint and gently wipe off excess on the side of the container. Too much paint on your piece can lead to drips and cracking. Nobody wants that.
Paint the very base of your pieces and set them off to dry. This allows you to be able to set them upright when the rest of the piece is being painted.
Also, as their drying make sure to double check how the color of the paint is turning out. I found that the green I chose was a bit darker than I wanted. So I poured a little into a bowl, mixed in some of my white paint and voila! I had a perfect shade of green. Don’t be afraid to experiment here. The good news is if you don’t like how it turns out you can always paint over it!
Once the base is dry, you can go through and paint the remainder of the piece. If your piece has any stem, you’ll want to be mindful of paint around it. You could tape it off prior to painting if you’re really concerned about paint getting on it, but I figured I would just be extra careful.
Plan on doing a second coat, just because chalk paint can be thin at times and unless you want your original color peeking through your paint you’ll need a second coat.
Then you just have to allow for drying time and you’re all set!
See?! Simple, affordable and your fall decor looks brand new! I’m going to go lite my pumpkin candle and call this project a win.