Be inspired with specialist paints
Whether you want to up-cycle your old furniture or simply brighten up a room, we have a range of craft paints to help you complete any project. Whatever the surface, whatever the dream we have all you need to put a bit of sparkle into your latest hobby.
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Chalky Finish Paint
We all have that one piece of furniture that we just don’t want to throw away, it may be old and tatty but it’s special to us. So why not give it a new lease of life with a makeover? Our range of furniture paints can help you to create a fresh clean look for your old furniture, and even modernise old-fashioned designs.
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Check that the surface of the item you’re painting is smooth, dry and free from any contaminants such as dust, oil or wax. Wipe a damp cloth over the surfaces to pick up any dust and leave to dry.
Stir and apply the paint with a brush or roller depending on the size of the surface you’re painting. A good quality paint brush is recommended for furniture with a lot of detail to ensure that you reach into any mouldings and cut-outs.
Apply two or three coats for a solid finish, and fewer if you want to distress and sand back. Leave four hours between coats to ensure the paint is fully dry.
Check your item is dry. Once dry, you can begin to work on achieving a ‘distressed’ vintage feel through spot sanding. This involves using a sanding tool (such as sandpaper, a sanding sponge or steel wool) to sand some of the detail and places that would naturally wear. For the best outcome, start off on corners and edges and work from there. Remember to keep standing back from the item to ensure you are happy with the developing effect.
Apply the furniture finishing wax. This protects the paint finish from stains and marks, and provides a lasting sheen. Use a decorating cloth or paint brush to work the wax into the paint work a little at a time. Leave to dry for 10 minutes then buff the surface with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess wax. This will take 15 minutes to dry fully then add any finishing touches to your item and the look will be complete.
Another way to achieve the rustic, shabby chic look is by using two contrasting colours on your object. Paint one on top of the other, then distress the top coat to reveal the other colour underneath. There are two possible methods.
Either wait until both coats have dried and use your sanding tool to spot sand the desired areas. Or once the first coat has dried, apply a little wax to some areas before you apply the second colour. This prevents the topcoat from sticking to the waxed areas.
Wet the sandpaper prior to use. The moisture locks in the sanding dust preventing it from getting into the air and ruining the paint finish.
- Experiment with sponging, stencilling, colour washing and more with our How to Create Painting Effects Guide.
- Give your flooring a distressed feel with our advice on Looking after Real Wood Floorboards.
- Continue the shabby chic theme by Creating Rustic Shelving.
- Finish the look with our Neutrals Collection.
Create your own chalkboard at home. If you thought chalkboards were just for classrooms, think again. These wipe-off writing surfaces are perfect for shopping lists, reminders and family messages in the kitchen, office or children's bedrooms. Apply to a door or area on a blank wall to turn any surface into a functional chalkboard.
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Clean and prepare the surface to be painted. Previously painted surfaces should be lightly sanded. Bare metal and wood should be suitably primed prior to painting.
Use masking tape to section off the area to be painted.
Stir the paint, then apply using a brush or a roller to the taped off area. Use light, even brush strokes taking care to avoid unsightly runs. Leave two hours between coats to ensure the paint is fully dry.
Check the paint is dry and apply a second coat if required. For best results, allow the surface to cure for a couple of days before use.
Add a touch of glamour to your home with metallic paint. Spruce up your wooden furniture, make an old mirror stand out with a shiny new frame, or create your own design on a kitchen or bathroom wall (see image).
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Clean and prepare the surface to be painted, masking off any areas you do not wish to be painted.
Stir the paint and apply paint using a suitable brush (the size of the brush depends on the project, use smaller ones for finer detail). Use light strokes and try to keep your brush strokes in the same direction. Leave to dry for four hours.
Create a striped effect by masking off lines on your object prior to painting.
Add some excitement to your child’s bedroom by creating a magic magnetic wall. Simply add a selection of magnetic letters, numbers and games, and children will have hours of fun playing and learning. Remember to create it low enough on the wall for children to easily reach.
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- A bare wall
- Magnetic Paint
Clean surface and allow to fully dry.
Tape off the area you would like to paint. Stir paint thoroughly before and regularly during application to ensure paint is consistently a smooth, dark grey colour.
Apply one coat of paint to the wall. Apply a second coat after 30 minutes. For best results, apply three thin coats instead of two heavy coats.
Allow paint to dry for at least four hours, and then apply a top coat with the emulsion of your choice.
- Add some more adventure to your child’s bedroom walls with our range of Kids Wallpaper and Stickers.
- Opt for something less permanent such as Children's Wall Art and Mirrors.
- Give the whole room a makeover with the Annual Kiddie Bedroom Update.
- Take the fun outside with our guide to creating a Kiddie's Outdoor Kingdom.
Crackle Effect Paint
Create a vintage, shabby chic look with crackle effect furniture paint. This clever process transforms even new furniture to look a vintage piece.
Simply choose two contrasting matt emulsion paints (any brand will do as long as the paint is water-based). The base colour will be the colour of the cracks and the second colour will be the overall colour of your furniture. The Crackle Base Coat is applied between the two colour coats, and then the Top Coat is the finishing touch to seal and protect the finished piece.
Follow our steps below for a perfect crackle finish.
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Practice steps one to four on a test piece a couple of times before you start your project.
Ensure the surface of the object you are painting is smooth (a light sanding may be required), clean and suitably prime if needed.
Apply your first colour of matt emulsion. It is essential that water-based emulsion paint is used for the overall effect to work properly. The first coat of emulsion should be brushed out and laid off in one direction as this determines the directional lines in the crackle.
Leave the first coat of emulsion to dry – the drying time will depend on the type of emulsion you’ve used, it’s usually around two hours.
Stir the Rust-Oleum Crackle Base Coat then brush this on in the same direction as your first coat of emulsion. Cover your object thoroughly then leave it to dry for a minimum of one hour.
Apply your second coat of emulsion. This should be applied as quickly as possible because the crackling starts almost immediately. For the best crackle effect, the second coat of emulsion should be applied at 90 degrees to the first coat of emulsion and the crackle base coat.
The thickness of the second coat of emulsion determines the size of the cracks, so keep this even for a consistent crackle effect. If you make a mistake, don’t panic – just wash off the second coat of emulsion and the crackle base coat with a damp cloth before it dries and start over.
Don’t overwork the top coat – apply it in one pass of the brush only, otherwise it can mix with the crackle base and spoil the effect.
When you are happy with the finish, leave this overnight to dry.
Apply the Crackle Top Coat to seal and protect the crackle effect. Don’t use a water-based varnish instead as this will react with the crackle base and potentially ruin the effect.
Where possible, lay the painted object flat to dry. Leave the top coat to dry for two to four hours.
Painting shouldn’t just be for adults, so gets the kids involved as a fun family activity. Give beaten-up toys a new lease of life, or add some colour to kids furniture such as cots, desks, bookcases and more. And it’s all safe for little ones to get their hands on, as Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch range of paints and craft enamels come bearing the Toy Safe symbol. This means they’ve been specifically tested for use on toys and children’s furniture and meet the stringent requirements of European Union EN-71-3 toy safety standards.
These paints are versatile, suitable for wood, metal and ceramic surfaces and projects both indoors and out. And the tidy up is simple too as being water-based, dirty brushes (and hands) need only some hot, soapy water to get clean again.
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- Primer or Undercoat (if surface requires)
Ensure surfaces to be painted are clean and dry, and mask off any areas you do not wish to be painted. Previously painted surfaces should be lightly sanded. Bare metal and wood should be suitably primed prior to painting.
Apply the paint using a suitable brush (the size of the brush depends on the project). Use light strokes and try to keep your brush strokes in the same direction. Take care to avoid unsightly runs. Allow two hours between coats.
- Extend the family fun outdoors and kit the kids out with Children's Gloves for a spot of gardening.
- Burn off their energy playing with our range of outdoors Play Equipment and Sandpits.
- Light up the darkness with our Kids Head Torches.
- Help little ones reach the bathroom sink more easily with the Cooke & Lewis Kiddie Step Vanity Unit Basin.