I love chalk paint.
Why? Well, you can pretty much paint over anything. No primer. No sanding. None of that prep work nonsense. I am not a planner. You can make anything look new again or completely change the look of something that has been around forever by simply painting.
One of my favorite DIY projects is painting furniture with chalk paint.
My husband does not understand chalk paint. Did I mention he is a painter by trade? Why does he not “get it”? Because of the exact reasons of why I love it.
Husband: What do you mean no prep work? You must use a primer! What, no sanding? It will never last! Yet, he is always impressed with the results (insert foot in mouth).
Anyway, one of my favorite projects that I recently completed was our very beat up TV stand. I think it was really made to be a buffet, but I am a rule breaker. It was made to look very distressed, but I just wasn’t happy with it. So guess what hubby, it got painted.
Here are two before photos. Needed an upgrade, right?
So, I decided one dreary afternoon to update. I liked the basic design and function, I just was tired of the super distressed look and yellowing paint that I think was supposed to be cream.
I went to our local Michael’s and purchased Americana Decor chalk paint in Primitive. I have previously used the fancier Annie Sloan chalk paint that is sold in local specialty DIY boutique shops. It costs about $39.99 a quart, which is perfectly fine, but I thought why not try the less expensive craft store brand to see if there is a difference. A bit of an experiment if you will.
And the verdict…I actually like the less expensive paint as much if not a little more. Maybe it is because I know that it costs way less so I feel like I outsmarted the furniture or something? Who knows. I found it easy to work with, fast drying and it covered really well.
I used one of the more expensive Cling On brushes that I purchased at an aforementioned DIY shop since there was no need to buy a new one. Plus, I really like it. I have found it to be well worth the investment.
I finished the entire project in less than two hours (includes drying time).
I decided to use Annie Sloan black wax that I already had around from previous projects. This wax is well worth the money. It lasts forever and is easy to work with. I did use a cheap wax brush from Michaels since those tend to get a bit more “beat up”. As far as the paper towels I use to wipe the wax off, I use Viva paper towels since they leave very little lint. Tip from the DIY store owner.
I think it turned out really well. Even my doubting husband was impressed. I love the light gray base color with the dry brushed black wax. I think it really brings out the details and gives it the antique look that I prefer.
See for yourself.
I was so happy that I decided to paint an old sofa table in our game room using the same technique and colors. Yay me!
I would love to hear what you think of this project and if you have tried chalk paint too.