Chalk Paint for Beginners & Java Gel Stain Tutorial

///Chalk Paint for Beginners & Java Gel Stain Tutorial

Chalk Paint for Beginners & Java Gel Stain Tutorial

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*Update* Check out my NEW video where I follow this tutorial with new products you can buy online and show you what I would do differently today. Christina Muscari of Pretty Distressed demonstrates Chalk Paint for Beginners with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and a General Finishes Java Gel Stain tutorial. This is a modern, smooth finish with no distressing. The entire piece is sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

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Products Used:
General Finishes Gel Stain Java –
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White – No longer sold online. 🙁
Substitute Paint I’ve tried and recommend. Dixie Belle Paint Fluff –
OR Jolie Antique White
General Finishes High Performance Topcoat Flat –
Cup Hardware –
Purdy White Bristle Sash Brush –
#000 Steel Wool –
Tack Cloth –
Foam Brush –
Mineral Spirits –
Scotch Pad –

Disclaimer: These links contain affiliate links. I will receive a commission for items purchased from these links. I appreciate your support. Please read all labels and follow all manufacturer safety recommendations when working with paints, stains, etc.

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By |2021-02-24T12:34:09+00:00February 24th, 2021|Java Video Tutorials|50 Comments

50 Comments

  1. Shannon Henderson February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Going to try it this week 💜

  2. negra lopez February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I’m going to try this

  3. karen silva February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    BEAUTIFULL…

  4. TheLongjohntim February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    This spring I'm building a work shop in my backyard so I can do things like this. I'm 55 and someday I'm going to retire and I want something to do. I want a hobby that will pay for it's self. BTW it turn out beautiful.

  5. LiahLee February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Omgsh this is so helpful! Thank you!! Do you have any videos that show how to repair damaged pieces? My neighbour was throwing out an old desk that I took and I want to refinish but the desktop has some seems that have split/separated quite a bit. Is there anything you’d recommend to fill these ? Epoxy? Wood filler? Thank you again!!

  6. Nina X February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Hi. I'm new to your channel and loving your tutorials. I have several pieces around my home that I can hardly stand any more 😜 and this is the year of change! Thanks for your inspiration!

  7. WHAT IS February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply
  8. Rebecca Cronon February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    How long did you let your second coat of paint dry before applying High Performance top coat? I see you wait at least 72 hours before applying it on the Java oil-based stain… but what about the paint? Thank you!

  9. karina rodriguez February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Does it matter what kind of wood it is for the chalk paint? Or do some types need to be primed?

  10. Adrienne Townley February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Such an awesome job… love it!

  11. Ligia Bulhões February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    PLEASE. LEGEND IN PORTUGUESE BRASIL

  12. Predator Productionz February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Came for the tutorial..subscribed and stayed for your personality!

  13. candy ceejay February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Great work

  14. Chris Darosa February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Hi, can you use a water-based stain versus an oil-based stain, what would be the difference in the appearance?

  15. Gaby Castillo February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    What is the point of cleaning it if you have to sand it?

  16. R _Aznard February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    2' intro. Why..?? 😒

  17. Yvonne Attard February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Love it

  18. Liza B February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Hi, Question: 1) why did you decide to use the gel stain on the top rather than chalk paint in a dark colour? 2) does the top coat make the white chalk paint a bit yellow at all? (I'm a beginner so I have lots of questions). 🙂 The table looks Amazing!!

  19. Southern Skies February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Very nice, thanks for posting this video👍

  20. Anna Haley February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    what is the color of your green wall paint

  21. Sue Cook February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Hi, I'm new to this hobby. I have painted something with Dixie Bell's white paint. What can I use to seal it without it turning yellow? I don't want to use wax on it. Everything I read contradicts the previous articles. Thanks for any help.

  22. Mary McCarthy February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Do these products have a strong odor? Do you need an airy space when working with them? You make it look so easy. Very informative video. Thanks

  23. Carolyn Knisely February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Did you paint the underside or leave it the wood color?

  24. I Am a Hobby Baker February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I have lots of old wood furniture around the house. I can start one project!

  25. Erin Bunker February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Would you suggest a wax or a top coat for a kitchen table?

  26. adripaez February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    How much would charge for this piece?

  27. Sandy A February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Love, love your tutorial. Thanks a a bunch. I'm doing the exact same colors for my farmhouse theme. 💓 Do you ever use wax to seal pieces and what is your thought on it?

  28. Karen G February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Hello there, I wanna use the general finish flat top coat for my dinning room table and I wanted to know if it will scratch easily?

  29. Eric Cartman February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    👍👍👍

  30. ghadaslotfy February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Is Chalk paint durable?

  31. Wanda Boria February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Awesome looking…i would definitely put that in any room of my house

  32. Suzie Quzie February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting. Great job!

  33. M February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Beginner question here- is using mineral spirits doing the same thing as using TSP?

  34. Scarlett Padilla February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Scarlett Padilla
    Well, it looks amazing but the Purpose of using stain is to preserve the grain of the wood and you just covered it. You might as well use paint instead of stain 😊

  35. Gina DB February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Very nice! I'm trying to redo an old dresser and turn it into a DVD and CD holder. I'm using the Dixie Yankie blue paint for the outside and red for the inside drawers. Any suggestions on how to remove the varnish (wish I could insert a picture of the dresser)?

  36. Ariel Mayo February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    can you please suggest a finish to use for my dining room table for a mom who has a very messy 2 year old? ill be cleaning the table a lot!

  37. Zehjvyx Gxtd up February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Fh

  38. M K V February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I can't believe you would ruin the beautiful wood furniture by painting it.

  39. Exal Medevolve February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Thats really a a Wow-Wow work! Keep it up Dude!

  40. descargasdenia February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Muy bonita

  41. Guadalupe Vasquez February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I have a question so I have a dresser already chalk painted white but I want to change the color what can I do?

  42. Leonarda Monteleone February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    ….per me era meglio legno a vista.
    ..

  43. Servey Chernomashentsev February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Отвратительно , грязно , в сарай хорошо

  44. Verna Bohnert February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Awesome 👏

  45. Mallory Kennedy February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Love it! Thanks!

  46. Beatriz vega sicairos February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Christina, I'm new here 🤗 I'm going to paint my night tables black , should I use chalked paint and a finish coat ? I want a glossy finish 🥺

  47. Monse Lopez February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Do you have any substitute for the "General Finishes High-Performance Topcoat Flat"? I couldn't find it in my country. Or how can I ask for this at my local Home Depot?
    Or can we skip this final step?

  48. Elle Caramel February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    So simple and Easy. Will be trying

  49. Starlyn Tejada February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    omg gorgeous girl

  50. Amy Downes February 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I think you’re going to help me save a lot of money by just repurposing my own furniture! Thank you so much! Subscribed!

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