Friday, December 28, 2012

Chalk Paint Makeovers

These are three pieces I finished a while ago, but just never blogged.

All three are painted in Cece Caldwell chalk paint and sealed with clear wax.

Chalk paint is amazing for furniture. Not only is it non-toxic, non-smelling (you can paint in your house!), and green, but you don't need to prime. With latex paint you have to either sand your piece down to the bones, or paint on a primer before you can begin. Sanding is a huge mess and priming is time consuming and in my opinion gunks up your furniture. Primer is hard to paint on detailed areas, it tends to show through your paint.

So with chalk paint, you literally just clean and dry off your piece and then begin! It also dries super fast and is soooooo easy to distress! I love distressing. In fact I have a hard time finishing a piece without doing it! To distress chalk paint, all you need is a damp cloth. You just gently rub where you want to remove or lighten paint, and voila... Looks like you spent hours!!

I will add, that the only down side to chalk paint is the "waxing". This seals in your paint. It is definitely a longer process that just painting on some polycrylic, but it is very very necessary and is the final step in your makeover!

Here are the before pictures of a gorgeous chest of drawers I refinished for two twin little girls' bedroom. I painted it in a soft pink and lined the drawers with Paris themed paper.

It is such a sturdy, solid piece!

Here are the afters!

I loved how it turned out! I changed out the hardware as well, that is one of the easiest ways to update the look of furniture. 

Next are a set of chairs I refinished. I painted them in a light blue and went with a cute and funky yellow-ish fabric.


This is why I love chalk paint! Right smack dab in the middle of my living room! I just throw an old towel over my coffee table and paint away. :) No smell and no icky sinus infections for me.

Here are the afters:

I love their curves and lines!

And lastly I made over this cute little vintage chair. I actually purchased this to refinish with THIS desk, but the chair ended up being too wide for the opening. I have been told that this chair is a Duncan Phyfe chair, but I don't know for sure! It has the same characteristics and small size, but there were also a lot of look-a-likes made back in the day as well. 


Please don't hesitate to ask any questions if you have any! That is how I learned... by stalking blogs and asking too many questions. :)

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  1. These turned out fantastic. Your newest Follower

    Lisa @ Creative Raisins

  2. Your chalk paint makeovers look fabulous! I love chalk paint, too. I've never seen such creative drawer liners. They are so pretty.

    1. Thank you!! I love the name of your blog. :) Almost the same as mine! I actually just use scrapbook paper for the drawers. I cut it to size (and cut out the pictures for embellishments) and then just mod podge them to the bottom!

  3. THese are all such gorgeous refurbs! Love them all and I can't wait to see what you upcycle next so I am your newest follower! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  4. Lovely work! I especially LOVE the dresser makeover. I'm going to try your techniques (have never used chalk paint before) on a (similar) vintage dresser we found a few years back. There are layers of paint on it, with white being the top coat, and some stencils that simply Must Go... LOL THANK You So Much, Talia, for sharing the methods and materials. Laura

  5. Love the Portland Rose piece! It looks wonderful!


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