How to paint without leaving brush strokes and bobbles.

I’ve been busy working on my latest project, in between work going crazy and having 2 children to take care of. This means a few minutes here and there, often late at night in the worst-lit room in the world. And I’ve been having some problems and frustrations.

The paint I’ve chosen for the chest of drawers is a proper chalk paint, as opposed to the satin finish of the last one. The first coat goes on fine but painting on the second coat starts to feel like wading through mud. And because it’s so thick and dries so fast, as soon as I slightly brush back and go over a bit I’ve already done it starts bobbling up and looking awful…


AAAGGGHH! Maybe it’s the brand I’ve chosen or I’m too fussy but I thought chalk paint was supposed to be really easy to use.

Anyway, my previous technique to combat this was as follows:

  1. Slap on the paint thickly as this seems to help.
  2. Paint as quickly as possible (cue sore arms and looking like a crazy paint lady).
  3. Try to work in one direction and never go back or ever ever stop in the middle.

This is STRESSFUL! And because I’m a bit of a perfectionist I always spot something that’s just not quite right and break rule number 3. Plus on big sections rule number 3 is impossible to follow.

I had the same issue when painting the marble on my fireplace but managed to get away with an uneven look as it makes it sort of look like stone. This was not working with the chest of drawers. Until I discovered something that worked better. Maybe this will change the world…(!?)

  1. Slap on the paint with a massive brush and roughly paint the required area without worrying about bobbles, brush strokes etc. (fun!)
  2. Grab a basic small foam roller and roll it over the area, magically smoothing out every small imperfection.
  3. That’s it!!

Now I know you are probably asking, ‘why not just put the paint on with a roller in the first place?’ This is because if you put the paint on the actual roller it slips all over the place and you end up with even more problems. Also it’s really hard to do this for small or narrow areas like in the photo above. There is a texture to the finish but it’s very even and I quite like it…


Hopefully the chest of drawers will be finished soon (despite the fact that it’s made of ridiculously soft wood and I keep scratching it). I’ve invested in a miner’s-style head light which helps with the bad lighting but not with the crazy paint lady look. Watch this space!



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