You can do this!
Have you been wanting to chalk paint that little table or night stand and just didn't know if you could do it? Did you think it would be too expensive? I am here to tell you, chalk painting is EASY PEASY and not very expensive.
I procrastinated about chalk painting my bathroom cabinet for over a year. Finally, I took the plunge, and it was super easy. I love the finished result and want to encourage you with my experience.
First, you need to gather your materials.
For my first project, I decided to use the Waverly brand of chalk paint. I chose the Crystal color for my base coat. The top coat was Restore, by DecoArt. Both can be purchased from Amazon below. It is very inexpensive so it doesn't matter if you aren't thrilled. Additionally, you really can't mess up with chalk painting. I discovered that you just keep going over it until you get the look you want. A chip brush is best for applying the chalk paint and a wax brush is used to apply the wax.
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For this look, You will need:
- Waverly Chalk Paint in Crystal
- DecoArt Chalk Paint in Restore
- DecoArt Clear Wax
- A Chip Brush
- A Wax Brush
- Klean-Strip Deglosser
- A Rag
- Styrofoam Plate
- Paper Towels
- Crystal Door Knobs
The original color was a cream.
It desperately needed a pick-me-up and chalk painting was the easy peasy answer! First, I removed the old door knobs and drawer pulls.
Next,I proceeded to use a liquid sander-deglosser to remove grim, dirt,and the top finish on the wood. This is a very easy process. Just apply to a rag and wipe everything down good.
There is no need to remove the old door hinges. You will just apply the chalk paint right over them! Easy Peasy!
For the first coat of paint,
I used the Waverly Crystal Chalk Paint. It is a soft shade of grey-blue. I wanted that color to come through as a distressed look on the brown.
Next, I painted a coat of the DecoArt Restore color.
After a few hours of drying time, I lightly sanded the edges and areas that would naturally be distressed. I decided it needed a little more of the blue,so I used a dry painting technique with the Crystal color. Basically, I just put a little paint on a styrofoam plate, lightly dabbed my brush in it, and then wiped most of it off on a paper towel. Then, I just lightly brushed the areas where I wanted more blue. I loved the outcome! It kind of looks like a white washed denim. The next step is to apply a coat of clear wax.
Again, this is easy peasy. The application is easy with a wax brush. Simply follow the directions on the can.
The finishing touch was to install my new crystal door knobs.
Easy Peasy transformation at a very small cost. Let me know if you have any questions.
Until next time!