Back in December I was perusing Home Goods when I came upon a table on clearance for $65. I don’t think the color combination of the table appealed to many, hence the reason it was on clearance. I loved the shape of it, especially the curve on the bottom drawer. I have needed a small table for in between the two wingback chairs I upholstered years ago. I decided to give this a little chalk-like paint finish makeover using the same colors as the sofa table I did last year with some CeCe Caldwell chalk paint.
Sample pots of Valspar paint – found at Lowes
3M Sanding Sponge
Wax – I used the CeCe Caldwell clear wax
Cloth for buffing (old t-shirts work fine)
1. I started with sanding down my piece to knock the shine off of it and give it some tooth for the paint to adhere to. I know you don’t need to sand when using chalk like paint but I can’t help myself – I love to sand.
3. I started by painting it black with just a regular paintbrush. Then I repeated step 2 with a turquoise paint followed by an icy blue color. I am not sure if it is the added Paint Minerals or what but it dried really quickly. I painted all three coats and waxed it all in one day.
4. After it was dry I used my sanding sponge to sand down to the other colors so it had a little black and turquoise peeking through.
5. Next I followed it with a coat of clear wax to protect it.
I love the look of chalk like finishes especially when you layer colors on top of each other. I have tried the Maison Blanche and the CeCe Caldwell chalk paint. I haven’t tried Annie Sloan’s for personal reasons. The Paint Minerals gives you more options because you can mix your own – which is 100% the reason why I would suggest having some in your stash. I will say it doesn’t sand down as nicely as the CeCe brand and it doesn’t have that smooth baby’s butt feel. However, the looks are very similar and it is a great way to save money since branded chalk paints are pretty pricey.
This project will be featured in the February digital issue of Lowes Creative Ideas. Have you downloaded the magazine on your Ipad or Iphone yet?