Table Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint from Americana

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!

My finishing touch was this lovely antique door hardware (from Hobby Lobby) to add some interest to the front of the table:

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 :)

I am loving my new bedside table!
Do you like the new look?

If you want to get your hands on some of this goodness, you can get the new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint online at Home Depot. You can have it shipped straight to your front door, or have it delivered to your local Home Depot and pick it up for free! For more Chalky Finish project ideas, visit DecoArt.
Seriously LOVE this stuff. I’ve already started painting other things around my house with it! What projects are on your to do list before the holidays?

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  1. says

    Love it! I have just learned about chalky paint and can’t wait to order it and try it out….kinda bummed it is only available online, but the price is great! I hope this ends up being “the one” for me. I prefer painting with chalk paint, but it is so expensive. I have even made my own, but it’s not the same, so hopefully this brand will be a great replacement to the others!

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