Kalklitir – how to paint furnitures

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Painting furniture, using Kalklitir.

The most important thing when painting furniture is the preparation to get “the good grip”

Doesn´t it look absolutely Amazing!

This is how you do it:

 

1) Start by lightly sanding down all grease, lack etc. from your furniture. Use fine sandpaper (no 180) and then remove all dust, using dry table cloth, brush, vacuum cleaner, etc. Usually you don’t have to work all through to the bare wood!! Just get a matte surface, so your primer gets “the good grip”.

NB!! It is important to know what the top layer of chosen furniture to be painted is? .. (acrylic-paint, lack,wax etc.), You will have to work harder on removing f.ex. all traces of wax compare to f.ex. acrylic based paint etc.

 

2) Use acrylic primer (white) and give your furniture one or two thin layers. Important to spread the primer well, so you will get “the good grip” and let it dry completely between layers.

3) Give your furniture one or two layers of your chosen Kalklitir, let it dry completely between layers.

 

4) If you want to give your furniture the “used look” (antique, old, shabby chic etc.), simply use sandpaper to rub down on corners etc. do this carefully, so you will not remove to much at once, as Kalklitir will go of very easily when it is new and has not begun to harden. Do this only after the last layer of kalklitir is completely dry! Dust carefully with f.ex. a brush and watch out so you don´t scratch the surface, (NB! scratching the surface can also give a nice patina, so it’s up to you!)

 

5) If your are painting furniture that is going to come in contact with grease, (like tabletops, etc.) then it can be a good idea to give it one or two thin layers of acrylic lack. Important to let Kalklitir dry for 72 hours before applying any lack!

The lack I have used, with good result is f.ex. Jotun, panellakk klar.

You can use a lack-brush or a small roll, or both, depending on what you are working on (big furniture, etc.)

If you are going to use some other type of acrylic lack, then always test it on Kalklitir before applying, as not all can be used!!!  (just make a small colour sample with Kalklitir on a piece of paper/cardboard and let it dry and then put your lack on top to see if it is working, i.e. not flaking of or completely changing the colour.

I sometimes use furniture wax from “Liberon” on top of the two layers of lack, to get a more durable finish (f.ex.on tabletops, if doing so pls. make a small test on paper/cardboard before applying to see how it will look, and reed instructions on how to apply the wax!)

 

* Please remember; that when painting furnitures, preparation is the key to good result!

* Please remember; it is always important to let primer, Kalklitir, lack etc. dry completely between layers!

* Please remember; that the colour of Kalklitir will always change when you put something on top of it!

* Please remember; only to use acrylic based products i.e. primer and lack with Kalklitir! (never oil-based!)

* Please remember; to always read the manufactures instructions when using their products, 

  and always better to do a small test on a piece of paper/cardboard before applying anything to Kalklitir!

* Please remember, it can also be beautiful only to use Kalklitir and no top layer of lack,

  and simply let your furniture get a nice “patina” as time goes by…

 

/Audur Skula, decorative painter, founder of Kalklitir

 

 

Mixing Ivory in a bucket

An old table made of wood that had one layer of Lime-wash to get even more weathered look.

A terracotta urn and a MDF-board, both painted in Ivory

Close up details of Audurs fireplace, painted in San Saccaria (+ lime-wash)

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