Cottage Paint is a clay chalk paint that offers an inexpensive and easy way to renew and restore your furniture so you can Re-Love it all over again. Made with clay and chalk components, this furniture paint creates a flat chalky, aged finish. Cottage Paint has great adhesive properties and is very easy to apply. As long as the surface is clean, sealed and sound, there is NO priming, NO sanding, and NO stripping required. You can apply the paint directly over any varnished or lacquered surface. Generally, two coats are required for full-color coverage but this varies according to the pigment of the color and the type and color of the surface you are painting over. Once dry, it can easily be distressed with a damp cloth. Using a damp cloth instead of sandpaper to distress the painted surface protects the furniture’s fine detailing and sharp edges plus it does not create the air born dust and mess that sanding does. A distressed finish leaves a velvety smooth, time-worn, chalky finish that contrasts contemporary looking furniture that has simply just been painted. The flat porous surface opens up a huge range of possibilities to add decorative finishes and applications to the furniture piece. A clear protective top coat is required. Once the desired effect is achieved, there is a wide selection of topcoats available. Painting with Cottage Paint’s clay chalk paint is simple, therapeutic and rewarding.