Best way to chalk paint wrought iron wall hangings?

by Melynnm
I have several iron wall hangings I would like to chalk paint. What is the best way to layer different colors on the wrought iron?
  7 answers
  • 169756 169756 on Nov 16, 2015
    No help here, I'm afraid. I haven't done chalk paint. I've just ordered some Unicorn spit gel (horribly pricey, but did it anyway) cause the results look fabulous. I will post before and after when I do a project.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 16, 2015
    Try researching the site explains using AnnieSloan Chalk Paints.
  • I don't use much chalk paint but you can layer latex paint. I use vaseline for this purpose. Brush on a layer of paint...let dry....wipe on vaseline heavily....brush on second layer of soon as it is dry use a dry rag or damp rag and wipe off top coat of paint. The paint will not adhere strongly where the vaseline layer is applied. Repeat with another layer of vaseline and paint until you get the look you want to acheive. Here is a link to using vaseline on furniture...
  • Patricia Patricia on Nov 16, 2015
    I agree with the previous post about painting different layers and then wiping areas off. You can also use instead of or in combination with this technique the dry brush method. Load a small amount of paint to your brush and then pounce it off onto a paper plate to remove any excess paint. Then lightly brush onto the area you want to highlight. It works great to bring out the details. I'll include a photo of a candle holder that I painted in Duck Egg Blue with dry brushed highlights in Old White. Good luck with your project.
  • Shonda Thornhill Shonda Thornhill on Nov 16, 2015
    I painted an antique iron bed with Amy Howard one step chalk paint in linen. No prep required and it went on beautifully. I used the dark wax to accentuate the details. It took 12 hours start to finish.
  • Shabby Paints Shabby Paints on Nov 16, 2015
    Not all Chalk like paints are the same. If it is latex or vinyl based it could need a primer. A pure acrylic chalk paint will not. This is my wrought iron bench painted 3 years ago with Shabby Paints Chalk-Acrylic. All our products hold up outdoors. What topcoat you use needs some thought as well. If you use a wax it has to be reapplied yearly and will require you to use a mask or do outdoors for safety. Our VAX and Varnish are non toxic and can be used indoors and will hold up indoors with no reapplication and outdoors it wouldn't need to be reapplied every 5-8 years. If you have any more questions please message me or join our support group. Video on 2 color layering/distressing Layering colors with a sponge: Shabby Paints support group:
  • Pam Bolton Pam Bolton on Nov 16, 2015
    Chalk type paint can be used on your iron wall hangings. Clean any surface dust and debris off the surface. If you have rust spots, no need to remove them if you want them in your finished product. Brush on your base color. No need to be neat. Just get it on. Let dry. Brush on a second color but do not completely cover the first coat. Now apply a wash of a third color, covering the whole piece lightly. Now you have what looks like a hot mesd. Do not throw up your hands and walk away. Now the magic will begin to happen. Wax your piece with clear wax. Let dry and come back and wax again with a mixture of light and dark wax. Push this wax into the nooks and crannies. Let it dry. Now buff off excess wax with a soft cloth. Finally distress with a sanding block to reveal the layers of paint. Good luck and enjoy the process.