This charming little piece of vintage fun sits in my foyer. She’s been a cute teal color for a few years. It was time for a change and I decided to use chalk paint to give her a makeover!
Chalk paint seems really different and overwhelming if you haven’t used it before, but I promise it’s so easy! It is the perfect paint to use on an already finished piece because you don’t have to strip the old paint.I have included affiliate links for your convenience. If you purchase one of the items I recommend I may receive a small commission to help support this blog at no additional cost to you.
I have always used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and its great. But, during my Family Room Makeover I decided to try a new brand so I can get it closer to home. I bought the Rust-oleum Chalk paint in Aged Gray. I was hoping for a light french gray, my favorite color, and this was exactly the right shade. This was the first time I used this paint on a wood piece.
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How to Paint Vintage Furniture with Chalk Paint
The prep for chalk paint is SO easy. First, I sanded the piece VERY lightly with a palm sander. Just enough to scuff the surface. You can just use sandpaper, no power tools required.
Wipe off the Dust
I used two coats of paint on this piece and it was plenty of coverage. The paint is very smooth and easy to apply, and I have over half the can left.
Apply Wax or Polyurethane
This is the part of chalk paint that always intimidates people. Chalk paint has to be sealed. You can use wax or polyurethane. Don’t let it scare you. I decided to try a new brand of wax for this. This was thinner than normal wax, which I actually liked better than Annie Sloan wax. I just brushed it on. (with some waxes you have to rub it on with a rag).
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Here it is with the wet wax on it.
Buff the Wax
After it dried I just buffed it with a brush. But honestly, I hardly buffed it. Because I was in a hurry and I got bored. 😉 True story.
Chalk paint looks great distressed but I didn’t distress this piece, I was enjoying the smoother finish. If you want your piece to be chippy, just sand paint off where you want it to look aged.
I forgot to take video of the buffing. This is the tool I use. It attaches to your drill. Super simple to attach and use.
Buffing the piece makes it shiny. The more you buff the higher the sheen you will get.
After I put the piece back in the hallway I looked everywhere for something to go above it. I must have gone to ten stores. Then I found this mirror……..in my basement. Typical!
This was a super easy makeover and only took one day. The biggest advice I can give about chalk paint is just try it! It really works on everything and is super easy. I will definitely use the rust-oleum product again. It works just as well as other brands and costs less!
Want to see another chalk paint project? These end tables got new tops and fresh paint in our One Room Challenge. See the whole room here!
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