Monday, January 28, 2013

Chalk Paint Makeover

 I have been using Latex paint for my furniture over the past year.  A couple of weeks ago, the store where I work started offering Maison Blanche Chalk Paint, which I was super excited about.  I've heard great things about different kinds of Chalk Paint, but I had never tried it myself because of how expensive it is.  

I finally decided to try what everyone has been raving about, and oh my gosh I fell in love!!!  I don't think I'll ever go back to using regular paint again.  With this paint I didn't have to do any sanding, stripping, or priming.  All I did was clean off my furniture with a rag and start painting.

I found this gorgeous china cabinet on Craigslist for $65, and was super excited.  I've never done a hutch before and I've always wanted to fix one up!   I gave the entire thing a solid white coat, and then decided to give it a light 2nd coat for a little better coverage.  A second coat isn't necessary with chalk just depends on your preference.  After letting the paint dry, I did some distressing.  Chalk Paint distresses very easily and gives the furniture a very professional look, even if you've never painted furniture before.  After distressing, I wiped everything down again with an old t-shirt.  I then applied a layer of light brown wax and with a rag and let it sit for 30 minutes.  After letting it sit, I wiped off the wax using another rag.  By buffing it out it gives everything a nice, smooth finish.

 This is probably my favorite, but one of my most time consuming projects so far. I was so happy with how it turned out! 

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