Thrift Store Furniture Pieces Re-Done with Chalk Paint!

Do you remember these pieces from my post last week when I introduced my 
New Annie Sloan Stockist?? 
I think re-finishing furniture just might be my NEW calling....
I can't get over how wonderful these pieces turned out...


I did these all in ONE afternoon! and I couldn't stop saying..OMG OMG OMG...that the hubby banned me from saying OMG! 

I wish I was a better photographer or that YOU all could come over and SEE and FEEL for yourself how amazing this paint and wax is.....


When Shades of Amber contacted me to review their paint...
I must  admit and I was thinking.... 
"Yea I've heard of it...but it can't be THAT special...I'm CHEAP...NO way would I pay for expensive paint when I have a closet FULL of Opps paint!" 

Well boy was I EVER WRONG!! After using the paint and getting the amazing fast results...I will be buying a can of EVERY color!!
Little did I know this package was about to CHANGE MY LIFE:-) 
Just look how wonderful and careful they pack their paint! 
This stuff ain't spilling on the way to Wyoming!! 
I got 2 cans of waxes Clear and Dark 
and 2 cans of chalk paint Old White and Duck Egg...
See the Color Chart HERE
There are sooo many ways to use just 2 colors! 
All three pieces in the top are with Duck Egg but all look sooo different! 

Here's what I did with the rocker:
 First I unscrewed the seat....very simple!
 NO SANDING OR PRIMING!!
I gave the rocker one coat of duck egg. There were only a couple of areas that the wood showed through but since I was planning on distressing I didn't feel the need for a second coat.
This paint dries fast by the time I had one side done the other side was dry:-)
Before distressing with a sanding block, I applied a coat of clear wax. I just used an old t-shirt rag and wiped wax on the whole chair.....
 The suggestion is to distress AFTER a coat of clear wax...but that is really just preference...some distress before... 
Then I wiped some dark wax over the whole chair....you could wipe the dark just on the distressed areas but I liked the look of it on the whole chair....
One more coat of clear wax and I was ready to screw the seat back on.....
 and here is my $7 rocker transformed in less than an hour! 

This is what I LOVE about this paint and think $36 a quart is worth every penny: 
  1. NO sanding or priming
  2. One coat
  3. No drying time
  4. The feel of the wax
  5. Time saving!  
  6. Stockiest are available to answer any and all questions 
 I've never been able to call a place I bought my paint and get suggestions or help with what I was painting! 

On one piece I got too much dark wax and got tons of advice via twitter, my stockist's blog and a personal phone call! 

Shades of Amber went to a training class and shared ALL their advice and suggestions with me! 

All that just adds value to my paint purchase..

Here's what I did with the end table: 
 I'm loving the look of a stained top and color on bottom....so I sanded the top and used a walnut stain
 Painted the drawer Old White
and the button with Duck Egg
Next to the rocker you can see how the same color takes on a different look when waxed...
This table is BEAUTIFUL without distressing but I am lovin the distressing process and outcome...so..
 After a clear coat of wax...I sanded a few areas
 then applied a coat of dark wax

 I wasn't crazy about the drawer. Two ways to remove too much dark wax 
1. Before it dries rub clear wax on the area and some of the dark will come off
2. Sand the area then use clear wax
 I used some clear wax to remove the overly dark areas on the drawer....
much BETTER!
Another $5 piece transformed!


Here's what I did with the Hall Tree:
 First I removed the pegs....
I couldn't remove the hinges but the chalk paint just scraped right off.
 I gave it 2 coats of Old White chalk paint.
 I cut in the Duck Egg in the center of the Hall Tree....
I must say a PURDY brush sure does make painting a piece of cake!
I gave the center 2 coats and NO wax because I plan on using it has a chalk board.
I sanded a few areas and gave it a coat of clear wax...
 Ok....this was almost a project FAIL!
 I do live in Wyoming and was going for a more rustic look with the dark wax instead of the Shabby Chic look.......
Over kill with the dark wax! It's hideous! Even the hubby didn't like it....
So I tried to rub clear wax to remove the dark but it just wasn't getting enough of it off....
then I tried sanding it off but my sander just got clogged with the wax....SO.......
 the BEST thing about this paint is that you can paint OVER anything!!
Even 4 coats of WAX!
I gave this piece another quick coat of Old White....re sanded in a few areas and applied a coat of clear wax....
 So after a quick re do ...it's Beautiful again!
and I replaced the pegs with some hooks:-)

For the Desk I had it stained and painted with another color...but when my Chalk Paint arrived I added some letters and numbers with a stencil and the Old White paint and distressed to desk with a sander and used clear wax on the top and dark wax on the bottom.



So there you have it.....How 2 cans of paint and the 2 different waxes can transform 4 pieces of furniture! 

After finishing 4 pieces....I still have a lot of paint and wax left! 

I can't wait to purchase other colors and do some more projects including stenciling and waxing my bathroom walls! 


If you want to see the look and feel for yourself you can purchase a sample deck
The Sample Deck is perfect to help you chose the right color for your project and get the feel of the wax....
One side is the color with clear wax and the other side is the color with dark wax....
You can purchase a sample deck the HERE 



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40 comments:

Jen@GarageSaleDiaries said...

I seriously cannot wait to try Chalk Paint! LOVE LOVE LOVE your projects! great job!

Jenn said...

Fabulous projects! I love them all! That is such a great deal on that desk! I been dying to get my hands on some of that paint but I can't find out how to get it up to Canada.

Meagan at Fairly Fabulous Blog dot com said...

WOW- You DO have a ton of paint and wax left. OK- I have the address- don't be surprised if I show up. ;)

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

These all look FAB! I can't wait to try the paint.:)

Nelly said...

Jealous me cant wait till we can buy it here Apparently its coming in the futire as I sent Annie a message asking her thru FB so yay and lots of patience and I will get it eventually.
Love all you have done too xx

Jennifer said...

Very cool! I can't wait till I save up enough money to buy my next color. I'm thinking I'll try duck egg or Aubusson Blue. I only wish they had a mustard yellow!

Lizzie said...

Coool makeovers! I most love what you did with the old hall-stand - it looks wonderful! What a difference a coat of paint (and a bit of wax!) can make to an old and boring piece of furniture!
Well done you.

Megan said...

They all turned out so great! Did you have a problem with the wax staying tacky? I just read someone was having that problem on another blog and was wondering. I just bought some chalk paint and I'm dying to try it out!

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Fantastic! so glad you like it too :-) Love what you did with that desk!

http://junkernewbie.blogspot.com/

vintage girl at heart said...

I went to bed last night thinking of this paint..haha. I have a hutch that is blueberry and wood and I think I am finally going to paint it..now I just need to decide which color to choose from...I planned to twitter you to ask a few questions but I think you have answered them all in this post! I love how you stenciled the desk too..love all of the projects you did..OMG..shh don;t tell your hubby I said it!
Toodles!
Shabby Mama

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Your projects look great!... I am also just loving the CP!.. You know I did this bench http://www.domesticanarchy.com/2011/05/romancing-bench.html I also have to use some clear wax on area where I was a bit heavy with the dark wax.. but the stuff is just so easy to work with.. I have 7 colors so far.. and agree with the other poster who mentioned a deep yellow.. that would be very nice!

maddie

Tanya said...

@ Jenn above...chalk paint sounds much like milk paint, available at Lee Valley Tools and other places in Canada.

Amber and Brad said...

Looks beautiful Michell! Wanted to let you know we updated our blog to include a step by step picture tutorial for using Chalk Paint and a FAQ's section. Check it out at...

www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

Jessa said...

I love it! Your projects are turning out fantastic! and that paint looks super easy to work with!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Okay, I have been reading about Chalk Paint all over blog land but this was the first post I have read that has COMPLETELY sold me. I am going to try to come back and win some *but since I have no luck in that department. I am going to buy some. I have some projects that need painting and I need something that is cuts many of the steps out (3 kids will do that to you) Great post. Great projects. As always you are awesome!!

Little Brick Ranch said...

You were BUSY! I love the duck egg color and that rocking chair was a steal for $7! I have been dying to try out this paint - you better believe I will be signing up for that giveaway!! :)

Jennifer said...

I've been wanting to try this paint! I LOVE your color choices! I think I'm going to have to get some. I keep seeing it and loving it.
Jen

idesign said...

such a great post! love how everything turned out :)

Jackie
http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

What great projects!! I just did my first project with the chalk paint (and best of all . . . a stockist lives 5 blocks from me so she picked up what I needed and brought it home with her!) You gave some great hints and tips so I'm bookmarking your site! I have that same desk down in my basement . . . I didn't realize you can paint METAL with it and it won't chip off? Thanks for sharing your projects with us!

Brooke said...

Wow, I really need to try out this paint and wax!

Jen @ My Own Road said...

Wow.....these turned out amazing!! I especially like the Hall Tree. I've been wondering how to paint furniture - thanks for the tips!

Analog Girl said...

Thank you for sharing your experience with the chalk paint and waxes. I really appreciate the detail and full disclosure. I have been wanting to try this paint out and your post has given me the information I need to feel more comfortable with spending the money to try it out.

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Tricia said...

I really appreciated your thorough discussion of apply the chalk paint and wax. I have hesitated to use the wax because I thought nothing could be done to the piece over the wax. Guess I was wrong. I need to try this.

Sassy Sites! said...

shut it right now!! :) The hall tree is ADORABLE! I have looked everywhere for one of those! I love what you did with it. Great job!! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites! XOXO!

marni

AquaSeventy6 said...

Isn't chalk paint glorious? All your pieces turned out fantastic. Good job!

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Jill said...

Great job on the refinishing! I am majorly impressed that you got it all done in one afternoon.
--Jill
http://jillmadeit.blogspot.com/

Pretty Unique Furniture said...

You write a great review of the paint, I am itching to try it now. I actually can't believe that you don't have to sand or prime the piece first - HEAVEN!!
Tina

Bev Giles said...

Love, Love, Love your projects. You have truly inspired me!

Rachel said...

Wow these are really incredible. I can't believe how quickly you did them. I especially love the desk!

I am your newest follower from
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I also really love the look of your blog!

Allison said...

Incredible how these pieces turned out! I want to try using wax now! I never have! Great work!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

great chalk paint projects! i especially love the hall bench piece- so cool! and the first chair is also very charming!

gail said...

All great projects! :)
gotta love annie's paint!
thanks for sharing at Catch as Catch Can
gail

Kimberly said...

Love that table! It is all great, but something about that table makes me want to visit my local used items store!

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great transformation

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Sevgi Ates said...

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