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The 2020 pandemic allowed me to discover a new passion: restoring furniture and embellishing it with chalk paint! I have been a secondary school teacher for 26 years. I love my job, but restoring furniture is my plan B. That’s how Plan B Atelier was born!

dresser before

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dresser after

Step 1 – Preparation of the cabinet

 

Start by removing the hardware like handles and knobs on the dresser.  Clean the dresser by taking your clean cotton cloth and spray bottle. Spray all over and wipe down dry. Next, you will want to lightly sand all over to remove imperfections and to help the paint adhere to the surface.

In our case, we cleaned and wiped down the surface a second time after sanding to ensure that there is no residue when we go to apply the paint.

 


Step 2 – Applying chalk based Colours

 

I start by applying a first layer of the colour Sweet Truffle on the top surface of the furniture with a round brush. The paint covers well and using a round or oval paintbrush helps with the coverage of large surfaces by retaining more paint in the brush during application. I tested several companies of chalk based paint and that of Colorantic is, by far, the one which offers the best coverage and a very short drying time (20 minutes is enough).

I dipped my brush in the paint and sprayed my brush two or three with water.

I continue with the Roasted Marshmallow colour on the rest of the furniture, still using the spray bottle to thin the paint. The paint by Colorantic is of such good quality that only two coats are required for full coverage. (Keep in mind that paint in the white hues will typically always require minimum 3 coats or more if on a dark surface)

 


Step 3 – Finishing the dresser

 

Once both coats are completely dry, I sand the surface lightly to smooth it even more. I sanded everywhere but focused more on the corners to give my furniture an older antique look.

Then I wipe the residue off (from sanding) with a rag and apply a coat of matte varnish topcoat with an angled brush. An angled brush will help you get into all the raised grooves and trims. Once again, I loved how easy this applied. It does dry quicker than the paint however, so you will want to work a little quicker with the topcoat.

Conclusion

 

With products that are so incredible easy to use, even for beginners, why not give try Colorantic for yourself ? The joy and fulfilment you get after revamping an old piece of furniture to suit your home and decor, is beyond rewarding!

Myriam Provost

Plan B Studio (Plan B Atelier)

 

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