As a new home owner who just about doubled our square footage and built from the ground up, I was very conscientious about using what we had if we could since I knew we would be spending some serious money to fill the new space. I had dabbled in a few chalk painting projects in our former house but took it to a new level in this one. Headboard, nightstands, console table, barn doors, vanity, frames, side table, and even a file cabinet! I’m excited to share these projects with you soon.
I wouldn’t say I’m a pro by any means but I think everything has turned out pretty darn good and I get a lot of compliments. Best part….it’s SO EASY!! Anyone can do it. Seriously! No sanding. No priming. Just clean the piece and start painting!
A lot of the pieces I simply chose one color and went for it. Later I discovered some other tricks, including how to distress, thanks to my bff, Pinterest!
I have only used CeCe Caldwell and Annie Sloan and have been equally happy with both. I am a big referral/review girl so when a friend advised me to stick to those brands after she had bad experiences with some others, I headed her advice. Find your local retailer on their websites.
The small cans they come in go a long way because you apply it with very thin coats. I had some left over so I thought I would be on the lookout for some pieces for sale on the Facebook Buy, Sell, Trade groups I’m a member of.
I picked up a coffee table for $50 on Monday and got to work this week. While I’ve completed many projects in one day, I took a few days for this one due to my schedule. You really only need a couple hours in between coats.
I gave her a quick wipe down and began with two coats of Annie Sloan Graphite on the top and CeCe Caldwell Simply White on the legs and bottom (waiting for first coat to dry before applying second).
I decided to give this a vintage distressed feel. I applied one coat of CeCe Caldwell Savannah Praline Stain over the Graphite top while wiping away any excess with a lint free cloth.
On the bottom I applied a mixture of Annie Sloan dark wax (only about a tablespoon) and Mineral Spirits. This is very runny so I had a lint free cloth in hand to wipe excess. My goal was just to take the edge off the brightness of the white but it’s all about what your eye wants. If you want it darker, wipe less and increase the wax to spirits mixture.
Once the stain dried I gave it a quick coat of white wash. Simply mix a few tablespoons of Simply White with water. As with the dark wax mixture, have a rag handy and wipe as you go to achieve the look you want.
Next I applied a thin clear coat of wax all over with a brush (after dry). I have used wax you apply with a cloth but ran out and bought this in a pinch and find it much quicker and easier to apply. After a few hours I buffed with a lint free cloth. It dries within a few hours but I’ve read it can take up to a month for wax to fully cure so I try to be careful with it until then.
Lastly, I spray painted the brushed nickel knob for the drawer with Krylon All-In-One Metallic Copper paint. I’m so into copper accents right now and had some paint left over from another project.
Here are all of the products I used. Note the brushes. There are fancy chalk paint brushes you can buy and maybe some day I will. I have been using these 2 inch chip brushes with pretty good results. Once in awhile it sheds so you do have to be on the lookout for fibers in the wet paint. I picked up this chalk paint brush and I have been very happy with it.
What do you think??
Next step is trying to sell it. Wish me luck!