In this blog Javi teaches us how to achieve the wear effect on a vintage cabinet with Pinty Plus CHALK SPRAY paint and his hands. He purchased for under 40 Euros an old Castilian style cabinet with drawers from a second-hand furniture shop. The challenge to Javi was to achieve this using some simple tools and two colours of chalk paint and Pinty Plus Forge Paint for the handles.

The effect is achieved by applying the 2 coats, the Chestnut Brown to cover the entire surface, and then the Broken White as a second coat. The idea being to take some paint off with the hand where we want to show the bottom layer through and get a worn effect.


– Methylated spirits
– Fine sandpaper
– 2 colours of spray paint chalk Pintyplus
– Pinty Plus Forge spray

Step 1: Clean

As the wood was badly damaged, Javi used sandpaper on the worse areas. When he had finished, he used a little methylated spirits to remove any dust and dirt.



Step 2: Dismantle handles

Removing the handles was quite difficult as they been attached for years. In some cases Javi had to pry them, but that wwasn’t a problem on vintage furniture


Step 3: Paint with the first colour


To start a generous layer of the first colour chosen, in this case, the Chestnut Brown Chalk Pintyplus range was applied as a base colour. Then we let it dry for about 15-20 minutes.


Step 4: Second colour and wearing

The second coat was applied using the Broken White chalk paint. The trick was not to wait until this second layer was dry, but to use the fingertips or even the entire palm, to wear away some of the paint. If we had waited too long then the paint would dry and then we can only do it by sanding. There was no need to paint the second coat thoroughly as this helped with the wearing effect

Note: in this case the Chestnut brown and original wood colour were very similar so in fact the first layer of brown was not really necessary but we wanted to show you the technique.




Step 5: Dust

Once the second coat had dried, we removed any excess powder that had been deposited on the surface. This powder is due to the overloading of the paint in order to get the chalk effect. We also lightly sanded the edges of the furniture to give the effect of being “worn” by hand. To end we used some transparent furniture polish to protect it from bumps and scratches.

Step 6: Handles

For a more rustic, painted handles we used Black Pinty Plus Forge effect. This we did by simply placing them on cardboard, spraying and leaving to dry.



handles are mounted …


… And finished furniture.