Its finished! I painted a giant dark piece of furniture with chalk paint!
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I had imagined a weekend of painting and my house returning to normal in a matter of a day or so! I was wrong! I did run into a couple of minor complications (see Part 1) but, all in all, I absolutely love the results.
Keep in mind I don’t have a really good camera and I am not a very good photographer so you may have to use your imagination. I do need to make some new accessories to display, but that will have to wait for now!
Ready to see it?
A reminder of what I started with!
It really was a beautiful piece, but just didn’t fit my decor and I tried to give it away, but either nobody wanted it or could fit it! If I was going to keep her (and I really wanted to) I needed to “casual-it-up” a bit, so . . . . .chalk paint to the rescue! For this project I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but there are many, many options out there. I used the Old White, but the colors available are beautiful. Usually chalk paint requires no prep. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that when painting over dark wood, a coat of clear varnish/shellac or primer to prevent bleed through is necessary. Otherwise you may have to apply more coats than you planned!
I DID NOT HAVE TO SAND THE CABINET!
That alone made the extra step of priming well worth it.
I primed the entire piece then followed up with two coats of chalk paint. Once dry I applied two coats of wax that can be used with chalk paint- there are many available as you can see when you click on the link!
You can also use a tinted wax for an antiqued finish. You can even mix some paint with the wax for a wash of color. There are so many options with Chalk Paint !
Some people may distress prior to waxing, but I waited until after, mainly because I wasn’t sure if I was going to distress it or not! I finally took some fine sandpaper and started hitting the high spots and areas I wanted to show a little wear.
A little advice when distressing–use a fine sandpaper and don’t overdo–I found it was best to distress and then step away for a bit and see if you need to do more . I also found a nail file works well too! It’s easier to distress more than to repaint and re-wax!
It’s done and I love it, It really does look much better than this picture and was well worth the time spent. Fits in much better with the kitchen too! Why did I wait so long! On to the next project.
Update- the piece that I couldn’t give away in it’s original finish was sold to a salon for $900-not a bad profit from a free piece of furniture and a little elbow grease!