I picked up this beauty online as part of entire dining room set. I immediately fell in love with the set and it's simple design, but I knew it desperately needed a makeover. It's solid wood and good and sturdy, but pretty ugly. Time to make this baby shine!
I'm not really keen on sanding and staining and with our dark wood floors I wanted something that would stand out in our new dining room. So naturally I was drawn to chalk paint. My friend Shannon from Sweet Stella's had been using chalk paint for sometime and even offered me a bunch of her Chalky Paint stash from DecoArt. I'm not going to say no to free stuff! After a quick tutorial from Shannon I was ready to jump in.
First, I washed down the sideboard to remove any grime and made sure it was totally dry before starting to paint. I used a dry brush technique and a leap of faith and was pleasantly surprised with my outcome. My colour of choice was DecoArt Chalky Paint Treasure, a rich turquoise-teal hue. During the painting process I purposefully left brush stokes and areas thinner & completely unpainted to give a rustic feel. I couldn't have been more satisfied with the results. But of course, after having so much fun with the colour I decided to add a little more depth and interest by doing a light wash over the piece. I mixed together equal parts of Treasure & Relic and some water. It was probably about a ratio of 1:3 paint to water. Nice measurements, eh? I was in full on paint mode and just starting mixing at the sink and never bothered to right down the ratios. Oh well, that's the beauty of DecoArt's Chalky Paint. It's super easy to use; you can mix colours and water them down without having to worry about specific mixing instructions.
After the wash was done it looked even more weathered and my husband was totally floored. I wasn't sure that he would go for the colour as he's a pretty low-key guy, but he totally loved it.
The sideboard was left to dry overnight and the next day I waxed her up. I used the Clear Creme Wax from DecoArt to seal the deal. I couldn't believe how simple it was to apply. I rubbed it on with a soft cloth and buffed it when it was dry. 2 light coats and this old girl looked like a million bucks!
The last thing to do was the brass drawer pulls. A quick coat of Relic and now they looked worn and tarnished and matched perfectly with the new paint.
In less than 2 days I changed my old brown sideboard into a fabulous statement piece and had a blast while doing it. Unfortunately now, I'm completely addicted to Chalk Paint. (psst...see that table down there...that was my next chalk paint victim!)