Wednesday, October 28, 2015

To Chalk or Not to Chalk


I finally found the perfect storage cabinet for my studio. Thanks to my son negotiating I was able to get it for next to nothing.  YEA!!!

It obviously needed to be refinished. I was thinking I might go glossy and really change it up but in the long run I always seem to choose chalky paint. Nothing wrong with that!

I wanted the finished piece to fit into the creative vibe of my studio. So it began with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and then 7 different colors. YES!  A little distressing, dark wax, changing out the top knob for a really cool distressed crown knob, and voila .

Man, I am so glad I conquered my fear of too much color and just went for it. Loving It


Monday, October 26, 2015

Afraid to try chalk paint? You wont be after seeing this.


 While having coffee at my neighbor Amber's house, I was admiring a piece in her dining room. It was a hutch that had been in the family for awhile. She said that she has always wanted to refinish it. It was love at first sight for me and look at this cute signature from her daughter on it.

 Ah ha! I had a light bulb above the head moment.

 "Why don't you refinish it with chalk paint. It would look awesome!!" I said. "I have never used chalk paint before"she said. Let's do coffee at your place next week and I will show you how.  The rest is history.

 Look what she refinished for her very first project!!

We started out cleaning the hutch with a damp cloth just to get the dust off. We then removed the knobs and the drawers.You do not need to do any other prep which was a pleasant surprise and relief to Amber.

It was a beautiful day so we decided to do the painting outside in the her driveway. The project will take a few hours but this will help everything dry even faster .

 Someone came by and wanted to buy the piece even before it was done. I cant wait to see their reaction when they come by later and see it refinished!

She had earlier decide on painting the inside back with yesteryear chalky finish paint and the rest with  rouge chalky finish paint. We did a thin coat of the yesteryear first and let it dry. When we did the second thin coat she was so surprised to find out how well it covered with so little paint!

 Here are some stages of our progress

We used fine sandpaper and minimally distressed areas. Make sure after you are done sanding you clean off .There are several choices to seal your piece. Amber decided on the matte creme wax.



It looks so good doesn't it?  Amber loves how it fits in so much better with her other decor too!

I think it is so awesome that she made the piece her potion station for Halloween. 


I really enjoyed helping Amber refinish her beautiful hutch. She had such a great time and couldn't believe the outcome. Amber is picking out her next  piece already.

So now you can have no fear of tackling a larger piece of furniture with chalky finish paint. Even if it is your first time!!


(Disclaimer: Although Americana Chalky finish paints and waxes were supplied by DecoArt for this project, the thoughts and responses are purely that of our own.)