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Chalk Paint Color Recipes for Carved Surfaces, Part 1

Today we are cooking up some tasty Chalk Paint color recipes as inspiration for your next furniture painting project ! We recently posted about 4 Great Chalk Paint Techniques for Carved Surfaces, where we shared pics and tips on how to do the basic techniques used in the recipes below, such as dry brushing, adding gilded accents, light distressing with sandpaper and highlighting with Royal Stencil Creme paints. Be sure to hop over there so you can review the basic steps in detail.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

The Chalk Paint color recipes below feature color and technique combinations that are pretty on any surface, but will look EXTRA special on carved furniture details and molding pieces. Carved pieces offer a great opportunity to have fun playing with multiple colors and using distressing and highlighting techniques that help to add even MORE interest and dimension.

Besides various colors of Chalk Paint, here are some additional tools and supplies we recommend:

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Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 1

  1. Base coat with Duck Egg Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Dry brush with a Pointed Sash Brush as outlined in THIS POST using Country Grey Chalk Paint® on all the raised areas of the molding. Allow to dry.
  3. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax with a Waxing Brush. Use cheesecloth to remove excess wax and polish.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 2

  1. Base coat with Paloma Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Dry brush with Versailles Chalk Paint® on all the raised areas of the molding. Allow to dry.
  3. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Use a fine sandpaper to lightly distress the Versailles paint layer on the highest edges, and pull through some of the Paloma Chalk Paint®. Use cheesecloth to remove any excess wax and polish the piece.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 3

  1. Base coat with Antibes Green Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Dark Wax to add warmth and depth to the piece. Work the wax into the recessed areas particularly well. Use cheesecloth to remove any excess wax and to polish the piece.
  3. Note: Generally you will always want to start with a layer of Clear Wax first, to seal your color. With darker colors like this, it is possible to apply Dark Wax directly over the paint.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 4

  1. Base coat with Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Use Graphite Chalk Paint® to paint over Emperor’s Silk covering every crease and raised area of the molding.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax with a Wax Brush and using a fine sandpaper distress over the raised areas while the wax is still fresh to pull through some of the Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint®. Use cheesecloth to remove any excess wax and polish the piece.
  4. Use Annie Sloan Dark Wax to add more depth using a Wax Brush or a chip brush to work the Dark Wax in to the recessed areas. Use cheesecloth to polish and remove excess wax.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 5

  1. Base coat with Scandinavian Pink Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Dry brush with a Pointed Sash Brush using Old Ochre Chalk Paint® on all of the raised areas of the molding. Allow to dry
  3. Using a lighter pressure dry brush again, this time with Versailles Chalk Paint® with a Small Pointed Sash Brush.
  4. Repeat step # 3 with Primer Red Chalk Paint® but just applying very small amount of paint here and there
  5. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Use cheesecloth to remove any excess wax and polish the piece.
  6. Create a thinned colored wax by combining 1pt Annie Sloan Dark Wax + 1pt Mineral Spirits. This will make the wax more like a glaze with some translucency. Using a chip brush, apply the wax to the molding, pushing more wax into the recessed areas. Use cheesecloth to polish and remove excess wax from the molding piece.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 6

  1. Base coat with Olive Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Dry brush with Duck Egg Chalk Paint® all the raised areas of the molding design. Allow to dry.
  3. Using a lighter pressure dry brush over the Duck Egg layer with Old White Chalk Paint®. Use a Small Pointed Sash Brush taking care not to cover over all of the Duck Egg color.
  4. Repeat step # 3 with Versailles Chalk Paint®.
  5. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Use cheesecloth to remove excess wax and polish the piece.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 7 (see the full step-by-step here)

  1. Base coat with Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Apply Clear Royal Stencil Size by Royal Design Studio generously to random raised areas of the molding you would like to cover with gold leaf. Wait from 10 to 15 minutes for the size to get tacky.
  3. Lay pieces of gold leaf over the areas painted with the size. Burnish the gold leaf with a soft cloth to press it into the size and remove excess leaf.
  4. Paint Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® over all. Immediately use a piece of cheesecloth and wipe back through the Duck Egg Blue to reveal the desired amount of Aubusson Blue color and gold leaf below.
  5. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to add shine and protection to the paint, use cheesecloth to remove any excess wax and polish the piece.

Great Chalk Paint color recipes for painted moldings and furniture. via Paint + Pattern

Chalk Paint® Color Recipe 8

  1. Base coat with Emile Chalk Paint®. Allow to dry.
  2. Dry brush with Paloma Chalk Paint® on all the raised areas of the molding. Allow to dry.
  3. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, and using a fine sandpaper lightly distress the raised areas of the molding and reveal some of the Emile Chalk Paint® Use cheesecloth to remove any excess wax and polish the piece.
  4. Paint with Louis Blue Chalk Paint® all over the molding. While the paint is still wet, use a piece of damp cheesecloth to wipe off most of the paint to show the Paloma and Emile below. Leave the Louis Blue Chalk Paint® primarily only on the creases of the design. Allow to dry.
  5. Using a Small Pointed Sash Brush, dry brush very lightly with Versailles Chalk Paint® just on the raised areas of the molding.
  6. Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to add shine and protection to the paint, use cheesecloth to remove any excess wax and polish the piece.

I hope you are inspired by these pretty molding samples! Don’t forget to check out 4 Great Chalk Paint Techniques for Carved Surfaces. Also, be sure to stay tuned for Chalk Paint® Color Recipes for Carved Furniture, Part 2…yep! 8 more great techniques.

Aaaaaand! Please feel free to pin these pics to Pinterest so you don’t forget where you saw this. 😉

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5 comments

  1. I love your color schemes with the ornate molding. I tried to find where I can be added to your newsletter email or blog. Could not. Can you add me. Also, where I can I find the ornate molding for doing sample color schemes like you did wholesale? Tks so much, Barbara

  2. Hi, can chalk paint be spray to a wooden surface?

  3. Me lo pueden pasar en castellano ! Soy d argentina .gracias

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