The only place I've found chalk paint is at local shops and online. I bought CeCe Caldwell brand chalk paint at Vintage Blue, a local shop in Highland, Maryland that sells refinished furniture and local products. I ended up buying Dover white and the natural waxing cream. This stuff is not cheap by any means. I believe the chalk paint was $34.00 for a quart and the wax was $29.99. I also purchased the waxing brush for $18.99. It was a lot of expense up front, but well worth the costs since they can be used over and over.
The good thing about chalk paint is that a little goes a long way. In most cases one coat gives enough coverage. I say most cases because I ended up needing 3 coats. Not sure why, but I was quite irritated at the thought of using so much expensive paint for two small tables.
I am all about making my house more eclectic and not so matchy, matchy. Most of my furniture in the house is either black or espresso and bought many years ago. I am kind of moving away from that look and wanted to brighten up our living room. Since all the furniture in the room is dark I really needed to paint two pieces so they looked like they "fit" in the room. One piece would just look out of place, so I choose to paint the two side tables that were previously bought at Ikea and Target.
With this paint there is no sanding or prep work required. I just made sure the tables were free of dust and dog hair and starting slapping on the first coat of paint.
You can see as it dries it gets chalky. I was a little nervous after the first coat and began to second guess my decision to paint them. I
Even after a second coat there were still spots that the original dark finish was showing through. I ended up going over a few spots with a third coat.
I let the paint dry over night....
Sunday morning I applied the wax using the waxing brush. The best way to apply the wax is to use the back of a spoon and scoop the wax out and onto a paper plate. This way you can dab the brush into the wax then dab the excess off on the plate. A little goes a long way, so don't over do it with the wax.
The clear wax does change the color of the paint slightly.
After I applied the wax with the brush I buffed it with a clean lint free rag. Once the wax was dry I sanded the edges to give it a distressed look.
After I sanded and smoothed out some of the brush stokes I cleaned off the dust and applied a final coat of wax. I put an extra coat of wax on the top of both tables since they would get a lot of wear.
And the other table...
I'm still getting used to them, but I think I like the new lighter color. I am working on gathering materials for the gallery wall behind the TV and will be bringing in more white and cream pieces. I am hoping that will tie in the newly painted furniture.
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