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Hello, my creative paint loving friends! Today I’m excited to share with you my first time using Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this paint and finally was able to get my hands on some. Just the thought of a built-in topcoat and stain blocker in paint has my total attention. Today’s project is a re-do of my hubby’s dresser, and if all goes as expected, this should be the answer to my prayers. I don’t know about you, but my guy is pretty dang tough on his furniture. Let’s get started.
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Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint For Furniture
As you can see, I did some heavy sanding on this piece to remove as much as the previous finish as I could. Thank goodness for my SurfPrep Sander. This much sanding isn’t necessary for most projects, but I had used a textured finish previously, and I wanted a smooth finish, so it had to go. It’s SMOOTH as butta now. 😎 I’ll go into more detail later on in the post about the prep. Yes, there is no such thing as no-prep paint when it comes to my furniture makeovers. I’m a member of the DO it right the first time club.
How To Prep Before Painting
As I said before, there is no such language in my vocabulary as no-prep when painting furniture. Every paint finish is as good as the prep, and I’m going to break it down for you here.
- Cleaning – no paint on the market will stick to dirt, oil, wax, or anything other than a clean surface. To clean properly, use a solution of water and White Lightning to degrease and remove all debris that you can’t see from your furniture. Rinse with water after cleaning to remove any possible residue left-over from the powerful cleaner.
- Scuff Sanding – this also is a must. Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint will not adhere properly to a slick surface. The surface must be prepared with a scuff sanding with 220 grit or higher to scratch up the furniture surface for best adhesion. Remove residual dust after sanding with a tack cloth or wipe with a water damp cloth.
What Is A Factory Finish?
When you hear someone say “factory finish,” what comes to your mind? I know for me, I immediately think of slick and shiny surfaces. But it could also mean a finish that has varnish, lacquer, or laminate. It is recommended for these types of finishes that a product called Slick Stick is used to prepare the surface before painting with Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. Slick Stick is designed to give those surfaces something to hang on to. You don’t want your paint to slide right off! That would be a disaster, and I’m here to help you prevent that from happening. This is a MUST when painting on these surfaces. This also applies to metal (hardware), glass, or plastic surfaces.
*Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint WILL NOT adhere to a previously waxed finish. Don’t try it! The wax must be removed properly, and that’s another blog post. Make sure you know what you’re painting over when using previously painted pieces.
What Is Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint?
So, what is this Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint? Well, what it’s not is chalk mineral paint. Please don’t get the two confused because they are totally different. This paint is not porous like chalk mineral paint, and it sits on the surface of the furniture. It has a thinner consistency and is self-leveling when applied properly.
It also has a built-in stain blocker and topcoat. SAY WHAT??? You heard me right! This is why I was so excited to share this with you.
How To Apply Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint
STEP 1 Using a good quality synthetic brush, moderately load up the paintbrush with the Silk All-In-One-Mineral Paint.
STEP 2 Apply in long smooth strokes in one direction. If painting in different directions is needed to cover the surface, gently go over the paint after being applied and smooth to diminish brush strokes. Don’t overwork the paint. I found that this process was super quick. I painted the first coat in less than an hour, and it’s a big dresser.
STEP 3 Allow the first coat of paint to dry a minimum of 2 hours or longer, depending on the humidity. Here in Texas, I waited overnight to be sure. Don’t rush the process, grasshopper. 🙂 I know you’re excited to get on with it.
STEP 4 Apply the second coat in the same manner as the first.
* You can lightly sand between coats if you wish. The paint will dry to a smooth, silky finish (somewhere between satin and matte), and if you would like a higher or flatter finish, All Dixie Belle Top Coats can be used over the Silk Paint finish.
My Honest Opinion?
It’s a go for me, and I will add it to my recommended products list. For those that are beginners to painting furniture, this is a good paint to get your brush wet. 🤣 Pun intended. And for those more experienced furniture painters looking to please those customers wanting a classic one color finish, you bet!
After painting this dresser, I noticed that I could see the oak wood grain through the paint, which is totally my fault. I should have used a water-based grain filler. Remember I told you that the prep is only as good as your finish? This paint is begging for a smooth surface but, I’m happy with the results. I’m just a perfectionist. UGH! 😏
This project was for my hubby, and only time will tell how well it will hold up. I painted this piece with 2 coats of Silk paint (2 coats are recommended for durability), and I didn’t use a topcoat because this is an All-In-One Paint. SCORE!
* A 16 oz. jar completed this dresser with some left-over for touch-ups… I might need it with my man.
The End Results
Isn’t this color yummy? As you can see, the finish has a bit of sheen to it but not overly shiny. I think the hubs will love it! And I’ll be updating this post to keep you informed on the durability because my man can be hard on furniture.
I hope you have enjoyed my review of the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. Do you have questions about this project or maybe something I didn’t cover? Leave me a message below, and I’ll be more than happy to respond. Happy Painting!
Until the next project… xo, Do