Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pinterest Projects That I Actually Completed #3: chalk paint coffee table

We have had this large coffee table for several years now and the finish was becoming a little worn.  In our last house, we had a large living room with vaulted ceilings and we purchased a black coffee table to go with the black entertainment center and black bookcase set.  (I had read somewhere on some decorating blogs that black would ground a room.  I'm WAY over the black, grounded or not.)

In our current house, the room is much smaller and the ceilings are much lower and the black is just much too much.  It overpowers the other furniture and makes the space seem small.  I had always wanted to try chalk paint,but I wasn't sure about the finish.  I'm so used to a more glossy look on painted furniture, that I wasn't sure a matte finish would work for me.  However, the promise of not having to prime or sand won me over.  

Here's what I started with:

I used Americana Decor paint that I bought at Home Depot and my trusty Purdy brush and went to town.  They only had the small jars, so I had to buy 2.  The paint covered really well and two coats were really all it needed, if you were okay with a more rustic finish.

After the two coats of paint, I used a clear wax on it to protect the finish.  It was easy to apply with the special brush and gave it a bit more gloss. 

I could have stopped there, but I was still concerned about the wear and tear on the top, so, I used some leftover paint from when we painted the paneling in the living room.  The color White Dove matched the chalk paint perfectly and that last coat was exactly what it needed.

This probably took a total of 2 hours painting time with the 3 coats and I think that is a little on the high side.  It was easy and made a big difference.  

Have you painted anything with chalk paint?  How did that work out for you?

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