CeCe caldwell chalk paint

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.

cece caldwell paint

There was no prepping the surface, I just dusted it off. The paint went on smoothly like butter, but was really streaky.

cece caldwell paint 1

As it dried, it became chalky and white. At this point I was worried about the color, where did the gray go? .


cece caldwell paint 2

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……..

cece caldwell chalk paint 1 finish

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.


cece caldwell chalk paint

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! Smile

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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  1. It looks fantastic…the draw here is no prepping. I’ve got three end tables, nay four, just screaming for something like this. I’ll be looking online for this product. It might be scary trying the darker wax, but you’ll never know until you try a bit in some little spot. Keep having fun, Deb!

  2. What a gorgeous piece – you picked a color that I’m currently crushing on! I’ve yet to use chalk paint and I’m dying to!

  3. Debbie,
    This is so funny because I’ve been thinking of painting my bombe chest with some chalk paint! I’ve never used it before so it’s nice to get an opinion from a first timer! It turned out great!!

  4. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Looks outstanding…I love painting with chalk paint.


  5. Debbie it is beautiful!! I love the color! I adore your display on top as well, that is so cute! I can’t wait to see the room!!

  6. Oh it looks marvelous! I love the color and it turned out great!

  7. What a gorgeous piece, Debbie! It looks great! I’m looking forward to seeing it in the room with everything else.

  8. This is a beautiful piece! Nice job – especially for your first time. I have still not tried Chalk Paint – we don’t have it where I live. I will try it some day, so I appreciate you sharing your experience.

  9. Your chest turned out beautiful! Love it!!

  10. LOVE LOVE this transformation!! I only use chalk paint on my furniture pieces now.

  11. I am so glad you linked this up to BeColorful. I have painted a lot of furniture but have never used chalk paint and I appreciated that you hadn’t either and let us know that and for us other newbies you talked us through the various stages. I still don’t know the benefits of chalk paint but I am guessing it is the zero prep and a wax instead of a poly finish. I am also thinking it is easier on the environment. Anyway, you piece turned out spectacular and I know others will enjoy reading about it too. Thanks again for sharing.

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  13. Suzanne says:

    Love how it turned out! I have been trying to figure out what to do with my dining table, chairs and china hutch. I am a little confused about the wax portion. Would you mind letting me know what you meant by that part? I have never painted any furniture before so I am a little scared…thanks a ton!

  14. Looks like it’s been a few months since this project. How does the paint hold up? I have a kitchen table that is ready for a refinish.

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