Chalk, milk, clay paints transform DIY furniture projects

Chalk, milk, clay paints transform DIY furniture projects

By JAMIE KNODEL
Staff Writer | Dallas Morning News

If it has been said once, it’s been said a thousand times: Paint is the easiest way to give a project new life.

What too often goes unmentioned is the part about sanding, priming and stripping. All that requires time and chemical products, and it can take a long while to get to that ta-da moment DIYers crave.

A new breed of paint eliminates the extra steps so you can get to painting right away, and the bloggers and DIY crowd couldn’t be more thrilled.

The no-prep paint brands, such as Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, CeCe Caldwell, Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint, Country Living Artisan Collection and Amy Howard at Home, have caught on in a major way.

“I can buy a piece of furniture, wipe it off and just start painting,” says Heather Weeks of Frisco, who paints and re-sells estate-sale finds at various antique malls in the area.

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