How to Prep Wood Surfaces for Chalk Couture
When it comes to crafting with chalk couture on wood, knowing how to prep wood for chalk couture properly will help you get the most out of your creative projects. One of the best ways to use wood is in combination with Chalk Couture transfers and Chalk Paste. By prepping your wood correctly, you can ensure that your surfaces are perfectly primed for applying and adhering these beautiful designs.
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In this blog post, we'll be discussing the steps you need to take to prepare wood for use with Chalk Couture transfers and Chalk Paste. We'll explore how to properly sand and clean the surface, and discuss the tools and materials you'll need to get the job done. We'll also cover helpful tips for avoiding common mistakes and ensuring that your project turns out exactly as you envisioned. So, if you're ready to get started, let's dive right in and learn how to prepare the wood to use
Items to Have on Hand
- Wood for your project
- Sandpaper in different grits
- Wood Paste Wax or Chalk Couture Surface Wax
- A soft cloth
Prep Wood for Chalk Couture in 2 Easy Steps
Sand the Wood
Before applying the transfer and paste, the wood should be sanded smooth. This will help the transfer and paste adhere better to the wood surface, and create a smooth, even finish.
To sand, use a medium-grit sandpaper to start and progress to a finer-grit sandpaper for a smoother finish. Sand with the grain of the wood to avoid scratching, and use a sanding block or power sander for larger surfaces. When finished sanding, wipe away the dust and debris with a damp cloth.
If you plan on staining your wood, now is the time to do it. Apply your stain per the instructions on the can. Let the stain set for 24 hours (or however long is recommended on the can) before waxing.
Wax the Wood
After sanding the wood, it is important to apply a wood wax to the surface. This will help to seal the wood and protect the surface from absorbing the paste. Choose a wax that is specifically made for wood and follow the instructions on the label for application.
Once the wax has been applied, use a clean cloth to wipe away any excess wax. Allow the wax to dry before continuing with the next step.
Create Design Using Chalk Couture Transfers
You are now ready to create your design on your board. Apply your transfer and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. Apply your paste and peel to reveal your design. Be sure to wash your transfers immediately after use.
How to seal chalk couture on wood
Sealing your chalk design is a whole topic in itself, but briefly, you can seal your chalk design in several different ways. If you are making a layered design, definitely wax between layers. It also doesn't hurt to wax your finished project. I find this helps to seal without needing to add an additional sealer to it. However, you can seal it with a clear spray if you choose. I prefer polyurethane.
I've made several chalk Couture projects and made sure to take the time to prep the wood really well so my design looks good. You can see my Welcome Porch Sign Leaners and my Welcome to Our Porch sign as well.
Chalk Couture on Wood – Helpful Tips
- clean the wood of any dirt or dust and make sure it is dry
- A sanding block is easier to use than sandpaper
- Use a palm sander for larger projects
- Sand in the direction of the wood grain for best results
- Make SURE your surface is wiped free of dust before waxing
- Insure waxed surface is smooth before applying the transfer
- Chalk Designs on Wood should be considered “permanent”. I have changed a wooden sign before but it took some sanding to get the design off and took off some of my stain as well.
- If you make a mistake while chalking immediately wipe it with a damp or wet cloth (it should be a little wetter to get the paste off; it will come off right after applying a lot easier).
- Make SURE you use these tips on ANY wood sign you purchase from a craft store (specifically the waxing part! I've had transfers ruined because it picked up pieces of the “wood” board)
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