JUNK Sign with Rustoleum Chalked Paint

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful holiday season and aren’t too overwhelmed with all the decorating and shopping and that you are taking some time to enjoy the small things and family.

Things here are pretty crazy. If you have been following my blog you may know that we just moved from Kentucky to Indiana for my husband’s job. We arrived here on Sunday December 11th and he started work on the 12th. We came with only what would fit in the 2 vehicles. We won’t have our household goods until the end of December. So, needless to say we are “camping” in our new house with an air mattress and lawn chairs. Not exactly how I pictured my Christmas this year. But,…..I did make sure we brought the Christmas tree and a few of my craft things. That being said I did a project for my new craft room and used some products that I wanted to review for you.

So let’s dive in. My project is one piece of what will be a 3 part sign. Since my business is Bluegrass Junk Revival I did a cabinet door with metal letters spelling out JUNK. I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do for Bluegrass Revival yet, but when I do I will make sure to write about it.

The products I used were the Rustoleum Chalked products. I have seen a lot of people on a few of the Facebook groups I am in use it and like it so I decided to put it to the test. As you know, I am a die hard CeCe Caldwell’s Paints fan and user, but in the effort to provide you with the best information I can about paint selection and usage I thought it only right to tell you my thoughts about this product. (What I should tell  you is that I bought the products on my own and am not being compensated in any way for this review. This post has affiliate links and if you purchase the Rustoleum or Minwax through my links I will receive a small commission from Amazon. Every little bit helps….) 

Rustoleum Chalked products
Products used for this project.

I got this cabinet door for a couple dollars at a shop in Kentucky and then stumbled across these letters and thought it would make a cute sign. In this same shop they sold the Rustoleum Chalked products and that’s when the wheels started spinning and decided that I would review this product for not only you, but for myself to see how it compared to my favorite brand.

I started by using the spray version of the paint in the color Tidal Pond. This had the usual spray paint smell and consistency. Make sure you use this in a well ventilated area. The dry time was pretty much the same as any other spray paint product and once it was dry it did have a flat paint or chalky feel to it. There is no sheen at all with this, which is obviously what we want in a chalk product. I did spray this on a raw wood cabinet door so the adhesiveness was really good. I will have to try this on something that already has been painted to see the adhesive quality on it.

Moving on to the Linen White Rustoleum. I shook the can really well and opened it up. I was surprised that there wasn’t really much of a smell at all. You could easily paint inside with this paint and not have it smell up the whole house. The consistency was that much like a latex paint. It was not thick like typical chalk paints or chalk and clay paints. I looked for a list of ingredients on the can, but I couldn’t find any so I went to their website to see if there was more information. You can read more here and see the label.

The next step is where things were different for me. Normally, when I am going to layer colors and distress I paint the first color and then seal it with Endurance and then paint the second color on and then wet distress. Here, since I sprayed right on raw wood and figured it was soaked in the wood pretty well I decided to paint the Linen White Rustoleum Chalked right on top of the Tidal Pond color without any barrier between the 2 colors. Since I knew I was going to distress I didn’t bother getting thick, full coverage. I only used 1 light coat of paint.

Once my layer of white was dry I began distressing. I was apprehensive here because I started out using sand paper and I don’t typically use sand paper to distress because it is messy and sometimes you sand too hard and can end up seeing the bare wood underneath and I don’t like that. For the most part, medium pressure when I was sanding did the trick and I was able to see the teal color come through. Now for the real test: Wet distressing. To my surprise, I was able to use a wet paper towel and rub and the white paint started to come off and reveal the teal.

However, I needed to rub a bit harder that I normally have to with CeCe Caldwell’s. What I also noticed was that once the paint was rubbed away it did leave a murky/milky look over it. This differs in comparison to CeCe Caldwell’s because once I wet distress I usually have very crisp and clear color showing though. This is all because the power of Endurance.  This could possibly be remedied by using the Minwax Polycrylic like Endurance and creating a barrier between the 2 colors so that when wet distressed you don’t rub through the bottom color and you get a very vibrant color without the milky cast over it.

Moving on to sealing my project. I decided to use the Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Satin. I opened the can and stirred it to ensure it was mixed well. The smell has an obvious chemical smell, but wasn’t overwhelming. Granted, I was only using a small amount so this may not be the case if you are using it all over a large piece. In that instance, then you may have a lot more smell due to the sheer quantity you are using compared to the small amount I am using on this project. I used a brush to apply the sealer to my project and applied it in the same direction as the grain. It dried rather quickly and had a light sheen to it when you hold it in the light just right. The look and feel when dried was similar to Endurance.

I decided to paint my letters with the Linen White and wet distress them. Once I did this I sealed them with a light coat of the Polycrylic. After they were dry I glued them to my wooden board.

Here is the finished project again.

Once I was done I decided to do an experiment and try the Linen White on a stained piece of sample board I had. This board has CeCe Caldwell’s Kukui Stain + Finish on it. Her stains have Endurance built into the product which is awesome. I wanted to see if the white would leave the milky cast on something that had a finish on it if I wet distressed it. I decided to paint 2 coats of white on it and let it dry. I then grabbed a wet paper towel and began wet distressing. I was suprised that it still allowed me to wet distress since I had used a full thick coverage. I figured it would be nearly impossible with more paint. I found that it still had a milky look over the stain. Normally, when painted with CeCe Caldwell’s Paints over the stain I could get clear and crisp stain color through the paint once distressed.

I also wanted to see how well this paint came off skin so I painted to back and palm of my hand and let it dry. It actually washed off very easily and I didn’t have to scrub.

As far as the cost comparison, obviously, Rustoleum (Affiliate link) will be cheaper than a specialty brand of paint. I purchased the spray paint for $7.99 and the quart of Linen White for $17.99. Typically, specialty brands of Chalk + Clay paints and other similar to it will range between $32- $39 a quart. I think I got the Minwax Polycrylic for $10 for the 8oz container at a hardware store. I have included my Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. I looks like Amazon has it for a bit cheaper than I bought it in the store.

Overall, I was pleased with all the products and would use them again for certain projects. I could see myself using these products as base coats on something and then maybe using my CeCe Caldwell’s Paints as the top color. I look forward to using the products again on other projects. The products worked well with each other and created a nice look. They were easy to work with and could be used in the house for small to medium projects. You may have a bit of smell if you paint something large inside the house.  I would not use spray paint inside the house and do not recommend doing so. The clean up was easy and washed out of the brushes easily.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and found some helpful and useful information.

Keep crafting and painting my friends.

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