The past few posts I shared have been the terrific scores I made when I was out treasure hunting. These crazy finds can be seen here and here . However, the downside to all of this is that , now what to do with all of it? Time to get to work. My first project… give a fresh look to a tired piece, chalk paint a cedar chest.
This is the piece I picked up. It had really good lines, very sturdy and in great structural condition but it did have water marks on the lid. It needed to be saved. I gave it a good sanding and a wipe down before painting.
Choosing the paint is aways the hardest part of a project for me. First of all, there is Milk Paint or Chalk Paint to choose from. Because this piece had a darker stain, I chose chalk paint for its great coverage. The next issue I struggle with is color. If you have not used chalk paint before, please go take a look at the color options. Yikes! I know, great variety! I could ponder forever at the color choices, but when I really am in doubt, I go with white – Old White to be exact.
Here it is after the first coat, not bad. I did end up giving it another coat and then a touch up. After the inspection, I thought I was done. Nope, I lifted the lid and found it need paint around the perimeter. The lid hung over when closed so I never saw the space that needed additional painting until it was opened. So glad I checked!
For the decorative appliqué piece on the front, I decide to paint it to make it stand out a bit more. This time I chose Miss Mustard Seed’s Schloss color. This color choice was made only because it was already mixed up and being used on another piece. It just made it easy, that’s all.
After sanding, distressing and applying a clear wax for protection, the piece was completed. This one will go at the foot of my bed. I love that it is storage and is also a place to sit to put on my shoes! One project done and ??? to go!
Have you used chalk paint? I would love to hear your experiences with it.