After hearing for MONTHS about the glory of chalk paint, I have been perusing garage/yard/estate sales and Craigslist for a piece I could experiment on.
This last weekend, for $20, I finally found my guinea pig.
Come to find out, it is a VERY nice brand and cedar chest like the one I found are going for $300+ on Amazon!!!
But what really drew me to this piece, was the uber cool handles on the front.
Even though they were already a dark bronze, I figured it would be best to spray paint them to give them a total uniformed look
Now that the handles were off, I was finally able to take a step back and really look at the bones of this sucker.
To make the piece stand out a little more than having JUST paint on it, I decided to give the top new life with a nice dark stain.
Word to the wise, ALWAYS use Pre-stain...
After giving that about an hour to dry and set, I decided to go with a deep "Ebony" stain to give the piece some drama (and what type of chest would it be without Drama?!)
I had read some links on pinterest that said if you plan to shabby chic your piece (which I was) to paint over the areas you want an accent color showing through... I kept it simple and went with a black.
Now comes the fun part! CHALK PAINT!!
I did a little research on my end and found there are many, many, MANY different recipes for chalk paint, but with a little tinkering, this is what worked for me:
|I bought this one with a 50% off coupon at Joanns for only $3.49|
|For all those worried, I thoroughly cleaned these after using them and are now "craft only" containers|
Make sure everything is good and mixed in. Take you time. You will start seeing the paint get thicker and thicker.
The thing I was looking forward to the most while experimenting with chalk paint was the whole "no primer necessary" claim.
After I applied everything and let it dried, I was TOTALLY loving what was starring back at me.
|I used a high 200 grit sandpaper|
After I finished, I reattached the handles and took a step back to admire the finished piece.