My first paint project with real chalk paint was successful! I painted a laminate bombe chest in Seattle Mist, a soft taupey gray. Not knowing what to expect, watching the process unfold was interesting.
There was no prepping the surface, I just dusted it off. The paint went on smoothly like butter, but was really streaky.
As it dried, it became chalky and white. At this point I was worried about the color, where did the gray go? .
It’s so different from latex paint. See what I’m talking about? The white parts are dry. But after 2 coats of paint, it no longer looked so white and chalky. Phew, I was getting a little worried. Next, it was time for the wax. I rubbed it in, let it dry a little and then buffed it up. Wax on wax off……..
Here’s a close up of how the finish looks after sanding. I used a sanding block on the whole piece and on the edges for some distressing.
I might distress it a little more and add some dark wax on the detailed lower edge but I think it turned out pretty nice. You wouldn’t believe how smooth the surface feels!
Here’s my home made chalk paint project if you want to check it out.
I’m almost done with the room now. It looks and feels so different! This week the chairs will be going for out slipcovers, since I decided the price of having them reupholstered was ridiculous. Totally! I just need some lamps and a coffee table and that’s it!
The Spring mantle will be posted this week, it’s so pretty! I hope you’ll stop by to see it.
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