I mentioned in a previous post that I had tried the CeCe Caldwell clay and chalk paints and that I wasn’t impressed with my first use. But I did say I was going to give it another go since I was a newbie and wasn’t sure I was using them correctly. One of the Ce Ce Caldwell distributors contacted me and offered to come down (from Michgan!) to show me some techniques. She said she thought the reason I didn’t have great coverage with the table I did previously was because it was cherry or mahogany wood. Sometimes woods that have high tannins are harder to cover because the tannins just keep popping through. Aha…lesson learned.
So I got this table at a yardsale almost 4 years ago for $15. I didn’t prime it or anything. I just spray painted it black. This was before I knew how to use spray paint properly. DOH!
The top was laminate and so it was always a little splotchy. I am way OVER black furniture in my house and really wanted to lighten this piece up. So the first thing I did was purchase a piece of pine to make a new top. I found it at Lowes for $15.94 and it was the perfect size! How cool is that?!
I sanded the new wood piece smooth and gave it a coat of Pre-Wood Conditioner follower by two coats of Amercian Chestnut stain by Minwax.
Then I gave the entire bottom of the sofa table a coat of the Ce Ce Caldwell Destin Gulf Green. I just painted it on with a Purdy brush. Here is a picture of it drying. I like the fact that you can tell when it is dry because of how much darker it looks when wet.
After it was completely dry we mixed a little Blue Montana Sky and Simply White together to create the perfect pale blue for the table. I then painted over the Destin Gulf Green in a very messy up and down, side to side, random pattern to create texture. I was a little nervous about the texture but I trusted Chantelle and Jill from Bungalow 47 not to lead me astray.
Now I will say I still wasn’t convinced at this point. It just looked like a sloppy paint job. But I just went with it. Once dry we started sanding away and up popped the Destin Gulf Green and the black spray paint from its previous paint job. I distressed it more than I generally like because I really wanted to take in the whole “chalk paint” thang.
Once distressed it had such a beautifully soft finish and the variances in color was so pretty. But it wasn’t until I put the clear wax over the top was I over the moon about it. I love their wax! More on that later. I also waxed the wood top as well.
I changed out the hardware, attached the top, and got some baskets from Lowes. I absolutely love it! It fits perfectly in my family room where I am currently undergoing some major changes!
I am adding a pop of yellow to my décor and hopefully getting rid of all the red soon.
I am going to write a full review of the paint shortly. Have you tried the CeCe Caldwell chalk and clay paint yet? What are you thoughts?
Check out the end table I painted to match here…