No-Fail Chippy Paint Technique That Anyone Can Do

Try this simple no fail chippy wood technique on your next makeover.
Get a chippy paint finish using this technique without all the chippy flaking of an authentic aged paint. It works well on furniture too.
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This door! I spent more time stripping the layers of paint away than I did apply a chippy paint technique. That was the easy part! I used 4 products that rendered a beautiful finish for years to come on this vintage door and I know that my client will be thrilled that I preserved her Grandmothers’s door and now has a beautiful piece of her memory. And I have a little bonus rusty finish for you too. Let’s get started.

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Easy Chippy Paint Technique

Try this simple no fail chippy wood technique on your next makeover.

Below is a complete list of the products I used for this chippy paint technique makeover.

For the hardware makeover…

Preparing The Door For A Chippy Paint Finish

Striping the layers of paint away from this vintage door was a big job but the wood underneath was worth it.

This old door had layers of paint and for these big jobs, I use a chemical stripper. Trust me when I say… protect yourself. Always work in a well-ventilated area with protective equipment because you only get one set of lungs.

Be sure to wear protective equipement when working with paint and varnish strippers.

After two days of stripping the old paint away fron this vintage door, it was finally clean and the raw wood was beautiful.

You want to make sure your wood surface is clean for the best results because the wood grain makes a difference in this chippy paint technique.

Step #1 The Chippy Paint Technique

To add a chippy paint technique I used a plastic applicator to drap paint across the surface of the vintage door.

Dip a plastic flat-edged scraper into whatever color chalk mineral paint you chose and drag across the wood in the direction of the wood grain. If the wood has heavy grain, it will highlight the grains in the wood for an authentic aged look. If not, it’s still a cool look. Don’t be afraid to play around with it because old chippy paint isn’t perfect. That’s what I love about this chippy paint technique!

Step #2 Applying The Stain Over The Paint

Adding a dark water-based stain created a rich color that worked well with the chippy painted door.

After the paint has dried, apply a waterbased stain over the entire surface and the paint that was applied. For this project, I used the Tobacco Road Gel Stain and applied it with a soft cloth.  Allow the gel stain to completely dry before this next step. The chippy paint technique is looking great!

Step #3 Sealing Your Chippy Paint Finish

After adding the chippy paint technique on the vintage door, it was sealed with Gator Hide.

Next, you will want to seal your chippy paint finish with a durable topcoat. Because this door will be used as a pantry door in a kitchen, I used a water-proof topcoat called Gator hide. Apply 2 coats of the topcoat for the best protection of your chippy paint finish for years of protection.

Step #4 Optional

I used Black wax and applied it with a french tip brush to get into the corners and blended it well over the chippy paint technique.

You can always go back and apply a dark wax in the corners and inset areas of your project to add depth and even more aged goodness. I used Black wax and applied it with a french tip brush to get into the corners and blended it well over the chippy paint technique. The wax will dry harden in a few days. I recommend adding a coat of Gator Hide on your finish but it isn’t necessary. Its mainly to create a consistent finish.

Additional Touches added To The Chippy Painted Door

Apply one coat of Prime Start over any clean metal hardware before adding the patina paint and allow it to dry. I couldn't leave out the vintage hardware! It needed an aged look too. Be sure that you don't skip this step.

Apply one coat of Prime Start over any clean metal hardware and allow it to dry. I couldn’t leave out the vintage hardware! It needed an aged look too. Be sure that you don’t skip this step. Before painting the metal hardware, remove old paint with a vinegar solution. CLICK HERE to learn how to remove paint easily from vintage hardware.

Next, paint over the metal hardware with two coats of Iron Patina paint. While the paint is still wet, spray over the Iron Paint with Green Patina Spray.

Next, paint over the metal hardware with two coats of Iron Patina paint. While the paint is still wet, spray over the Iron Paint with Green Patina Spray. This will give you a cool rusty finish that will compliment the chippy paint technique on your project. This finish works well on furniture too. Lastly, add a coat of Gator Hide over your hardware to seal and protect your rusty crusty finish.

The Chippy Paint Technique

Who doesn't love a chippy paint finsh... the old is the new new.

By now you know my obsession with these antique doors and this one is near and dear to my heart. Another memory preserved… and can you imagine how amazing this will look in my client’s kitchen? Yes! A new life as a pantry door. Lucky door!

Adding a chippy paint technique to this antique door gave it a new life. This old gal is now the star of the home.

Score! Another door project is done. I sure do enjoy these unusual makeovers and I would love to hear about yours. Do you share the love of these old doors too? Tell me all about it in the comments below. I get warm fuzzies when I hear from you. 🙂

Hey, remember that old door I added decoupage to a while back? If not CLICK HERE to see another amazing door project. It made my heart happy!

Until the next project… xo, Do

 

4 Comments

  • I love this! Can this technique be done on a new door? Building a home and thought this would be a great look for either pantry or laundry room door.

  • What a fabulous idea! I don’t see why not, Carol. This old door was stripped down clean as new before I applied the chippy paint technique. I would practice on a new board first. PLEASE, I would love to hear your experience with this technique. I’m excited to see what you do. Happy painting! 🙂 xo, Do

  • Yes, Ma’am! These are made from porcelain and have a swirl pattern. I was so happy that I could reuse them on the original door. 🙂

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