Chalk-Like Paint Finished Ice Blue Table

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.

light blue chalk painted table

I love the light blue with darker turquoise and black popping through on the edges. I used the CeCe Caldwell chalk paint for the previous project but I ran out of it so I just had it color matched at Lowes into some of their Valspar sample pots- great money saver.

before and after chalk painted end table


Sample pots of Valspar paint – found at Lowes

Paint Minerals

3M Sanding Sponge

Paint brush

Wax – I used the CeCe Caldwell clear wax

Wax Brush

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.

2.  Next I mixed 2 heaping tablespoons of Paint Minerals with 2 tablespoons of water and shook it.  Then I mixed one of my sample Valspar pots from Lowes with that to make it a chalk like finish paint. 

making your own chalk paint

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.

black chalk paint

turqoise chalk paint

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.

robins egg chalk painted table

5.  Next I followed it with a coat of clear wax to protect it.

light blue chalk painted table

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. 

light-blue end table

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? 



  1. What did we ever do before color matching! Love the blue.

  2. My Repurposed Life says:

    So pretty Beckie! Never heard of Paint Minerals before…. hmmm

  3. I love this blue – looks amazing with the black peaking through. The lines on the table are gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial and tips – pinning it:)

  4. I am starting on old laminate night stands next week. Paint Minerals will be one of my first purchases. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!

  5. Misty Hawk Storie says:

    What is the exact name of the color of the turquoise and black?

  6. Misty Hawk Storie says:

    What is the exact name of the color of the turquoise and the black?

Speak Your Mind