I am so excited to share this project with you guys! We are lucky enough to be a part of DecoArt’s core blogger team and when they asked us to try out their new line of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, I couldn’t wait! I have used chalk paint in the past, but honestly this product was easier to apply than other products I’ve used, and the final finish is so smooth. I can’t say enough about these paints!
Last summer I got some side tables on Craigslist with the intention of re-doing them for our master bedroom. Well, they sat in the garage until the fall and I finally dragged them out the last weekend of paint-worthy weather before winter hit! I gave them a quick coat of white spray paint and called it good. After almost a year, the paint was chipped pretty badly. When I got my Chalky Finish paint in the mail, I knew right away the project I needed to tackle first… Here is my blah bedside table:
My first dilemma was picking the color I wanted to use. The Chalky Finish paint comes in over 25 gorgeous shades! I was immediately drawn to the blue-green colors of Vintage and Refreshing. Vintage is a beautiful muted blue and Refreshing is the perfect mint color… I couldn’t decide, so I used both!
I wanted to keep the top of the table a crisp white color to tie in with my bedding and lamp, so I chose Everlasting. I applied the white paint first, with one of my go-to Purdy brushes. It went on so smoothly, covering all the chips and other imperfections on the tabletop. Then I moved on to the table base and legs, which I painted in the Vintage color. The best part? No prep-sanding required! Here’s what it looked like after one coat:
You can still see some of the brush marks, so I added a second coat (allowing 1 hour of drying time in between.) In between coats, I gave it a light sanding with extra fine sandpaper to get a smoother finished surface. When I was done with the base coat, I decided to add some dimension and age by applying another color (Refreshing) on top of the Vintage. I used a rougher bristled brush and dry brush technique to apply this color, and let it dry. Now I was ready to add the final finish by using the Americana Decor Creme Wax in Golden Brown. I wiped it on with a dry cloth and removed any excess with another damp cloth until I achieved the look I wanted. Then I let the wax dry and buffed it with a soft cloth to get a smooth, protecting finish. I love the final result!
As you can see, this piece was my inspiration for the colors and finishes of paint I chose. It was so much fun trying to recreate this look with the Chalky Finish paints and waxes. There are so many possibilities with this product line! I can’t wait to get started on my next project (my kitchen table)…. stay tuned for that