BB Frösch Hand-Painted Furniture HACK with Professional Results

+ This BB Frösch Hand-Painted Furniture Hack first aired on All Things Thrifty +

Hi! I’m Kristin, a.k.a. @theshabbybride and creator of BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder. I originally shared my all-time favorite, makes-you-feel-like-a-furniture-make-over-rock-star, “hand-painted” furniture hack as a guest post, but figured I better share here since I am asked all the time how I do all my “hand painted” typography.

Are you ready to go from this…  



…to THIS?  “Hand-painted” typography and all?


Let’s dive right in, so you can get to the business of impressing everyone you know with your mad new “hand-painted” furniture skills…

Step One: Start with a hand-me-down or garage sale-worthy piece of furniture.  With chalk paint, you don’t need anything fancy, because, by the time you’re done, you will have created your own masterpiece.  This lovely  “rescue” hutch was missing a couple of doors, some glass, and a door pull.  I needed a hutch for a store display–we were a match made in heaven.

Step Two: Pick a color, ANY color.  Color selection usually takes me longer than actually painting a piece.  Ever since I discovered BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder, and I learned I could make chalk paint in ANY COLOR I wanted, the guy at the Home Depot paint counter (his name is Christian–we’re on a first-name basis) and I became fast friends.  For this project, Christian mixed up a quart of Behr Premium Interior Flat paint to match the green pillows on my bed.  You gotta love when you can make chalk paint to match your favorite pillows!


Step Three: With BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder, you can choose to mix up as much or as little paint as you want.  For this project, I went ahead and mixed the whole quart into chalk paint, even though I knew I would only need 10-12 oz. because, let’s face it, the color is awesome, and I knew I would use it again.  How did I know I would need less than 1/2 quart?  Because chalk paint has incredible coverage!  Click here to see how easy it is to make your own chalk paint.


Step Four: Paint your piece.  I painted two coats using “hashtag” strokes.  Because chalk paint is self-leveling, painting cross hatches (or hashtags, for the more current among you) actually helps the top layer of paint “settle” into the bottom layer, which makes for a nice, smooth finish.

Step Five: Here’s where the MAGIC happens!  Paint two or three pieces of paper.  That’s right, take a few pieces of ordinary printer paper and paint them using the same “hashtag” strokes you used to paint your piece.  I painted several pieces because I wanted “hand painted” typography on four separate doors.  Let the paper dry.


Step Six: Once the paper is dry, iron the curled edges flat (painted side down.)  I used my clothes iron.  Don’t worry, my clothes iron doesn’t actually know it’s meant for clothes, so it didn’t squawk.

Step Seven: Select a graphic.  I poured over the amazing graphics over at The Graphics Fairy before settling on these two:

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Step Eight: Print your fancy images on your freshly-painted paper.  That’s right, just run the painted (and dried, of course) paper through your printer.  Trust me, your printer will be none the wiser!

Step Nine:  To set the ink, spray a thin coat of Plastercraft Acrylic Gloss Spray Finish over the printed paper.  You can find this handy stuff at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for a couple dollars.  DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!  There’s nothing worse than watching your lovely “hand painted” typography smear when you apply it because the printer ink wasn’t set!


Step Ten: Trim your image.  I trim as close to the outside edge of the graphic as possible, but I don’t get too detailed with my scissors.

Step Eleven:  Using a sponge brush, spread a generous layer of Mod-Podge onto the back only of the painted paper, and place the paper onto your painted furniture surface.

Note to make Step Eleven easier: I waxed my hutch after painting, and before placing the image, but you don’t necessarily need to wax first.  I think it’s easier to place the image if I can spritz a little water on the surface first to help move my image into place.  You’ll want to get your image fairly close to it’s final resting place to avoid wrinkling. Carefully press any bubbles out to the edge of your image using the palm of your hand.  Don’t rub the bubbles out–think more like a rolling pin motion.  If necessary, dab a little extra Mod-Podge under any edges that aren’t totally glued down. DO NOT MOD-PODGE OVER THE TOP OF YOUR IMAGE!  You will use the same finishing technique over your image that you use on the rest of your piece.  See the next step to learn how I finished mine…


Step Twelve: Now that your graphic is part of your piece, finish it the same way you finish the rest of the piece.  I chose to lightly distress then clear wax to seal and protect.  I apply clear wax using a BB Frösch Wax Brush in a circular motion, then wipe excess wax with a lint-free cloth.  If you want to age your piece with dark wax after clear waxing, like I did, age the painted piece of paper just as you age the whole piece.



VIOLÀ!  Because your paper is painted with the exact same paint as your furniture piece, no one will ever know the image wasn’t painstakingly and delicately hand painted directly onto your furniture!

It can be our little secret… 

Looking for more affordable chalk paint inspiration? Follow BB Frösch on Instagram, Periscope @bbfrosch, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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  1. Pauline giblot dûcray says

    Hi, I would like to have more information about your business and would like to open a store in Mauritius please send me information

  2. Dannell says

    Hi! I want to paint a metal table, can I use BBfrosch chalk paint? Do I need to use steel wool or another tool to rough up the surface first? I love BBfrosch powder and I’ve used it on wood several times. I just need a little guidance with the metal piece. Thank you so much! I love your work!!!

  3. Melinda Reeve says

    Do you have to sand the furniture down before painting? And have you tried chalk pain in kitchen cabinet makeovers?

  4. Catherine Barron says

    I love the project and the creativity that went into it, but: Do you have to call it a “hack”? Calling it a “hack” severely affects the credibility of the project and the author. Please consider calling it by what it is, an idea for a creative project. Trendy nicknames don’t last (Thank God for that), and a good project is STUCK with a trendy moniker forever. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment. BTW, the term “hack” has NOTHING to do with shortcuts or design tips. Thank you.

  5. Amy Dale says

    I am very interested in using this product on my kitchen cabinetry. How do you recommend I finish them so they are stain resistant? Is the wax enough or should I use something else? I’m very glad to have accidentally found your page and this product! Thank you, Amy

    • says

      Many people use wax on kitchen cabinets because they prefer the look and feel (not to mention the ability to more easily spot repair.) However, you may want to consider a poly if you are worried about wear and tear over time. Just be sure to use a water-based product so it doesn’t yellow.

  6. Cherie Marshall says

    Hello there , my husband was at a trade show in Vegas last year and I believe he was speaking with you. After you gave me a call and discussed further about becoming a BB Frocsh rep. We live in NB Canada .. I would like to speak with you again regarding this . If you could call me again or email me more info on how it works I would appreciate it . My cell number is 506 -977- 2580
    Thanks so much!!

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