How to Use One Step Chalk-Based Paint

Ever stare at a project you’ve been meaning to start but just dread the prep? With Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™ chalk-based paint you can skip sanding, stripping and priming. Learn how to transform furniture, cabinetry and everything in-between with its rich, chalky-soft color. You can even use this on Formica, plastic, metal and lacquered wood.

10 Steps:

1. Turn Can Upside Down

Turn can of One Step Paint upside down. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes to an hour prior to painting. This helps the chalk release from the bottom of the can.

2. Clean Surface

Begin with a clean surface. Clean entire piece with a degreaser to clear away any dust or dirt. Follow up with a damp rag and let it dry completely.

3. Shake

Vigorously shake the One Step paint can for 1-2 minutes. Shaking the can will help bring the pigment from the bottom of the can.

4. Stir

Open lid of One Step and thoroughly stir with a stir-stick.

5. Apply

Use the China Bristle brush to paint your object with a light, even coat with One Step Paint. One Step paint is intended to be opaque and need not be applied with a heavy hand. You can use a roller, brush or sprayer. Avoid letting the paint puddle as it will result in a cracked finish.

6. Let it Dry

Allow the paint to dry for 20 to 30 minutes. The thicker the application the longer the dry time.

7. Second Coat

Apply second coat of One Step Paint if necessary for complete coverage. Remember, it’s One Step…but not always one coat that’s needed.

8. Let Second Coat Dry

Allow to dry for 20-30 minutes. You want this second coat to be completely dry if you intend to apply any other Amy Howard at Home finishes.

9. Enjoy the Bragging Rights

Take a moment, step back and Enjoy the Bragging Rights.

10. Helpful Tip

You can seal it with Amy Howard at Home Bright Idea for a glossier sheen or Amy Howard at Home Light Wax for a satiny sheen. But if you want to have that matte, chalky finish, you may leave the second coat as is. There is NO sealing required for One Step Paint. That’s what One Step is all about, it only requires One Step.

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