I picked up this chair at Goodwill at the weekend. It cost me $2!!! Yes $2 I cannot believe it. This has got to be the bargain of the century. It is solid wood and very heavy. It is old and worn and I LOVE that, but what I don't love is the colour. I am not a fan of dark wood. I am a fan of paint though! I have always wanted a distressed turquoise chair. This was perfect to make in to one. I love the look of distressed furniture but it can be pretty expensive to buy.
I don't know if you have been hearing all the craze about chalk paint lately. I keep hearing how great Annie Sloan chalk paint is and how you do not need to prep with it. Now I LOVE the idea of NO prepping but the price tag on AS paint is a little too steep for me. I refuse to pay almost $40 for paint of any kind. So while I was at Walmart I saw this Waverly chalk paint. I bought this purely for the colour and the price tag $5.97. You all know how much I love turquoise right??
This is my first time using chalk paint. I have nothing to compare this paint to since I have never used it before. However I have used latex millions of times and oil based paint that I hate due to the smell. I wiped down my chair and got rid of the dust. Then I used a foam paintbrush it was all I had.
I gave the chair a coat of paint. I was really shocked that is adhered so well. This chair has a lot of shiny finish still on it. I was skeptical that it would stick but it did! I let it dry and hour or so. It says to wait 2 hours in between each coat but I sped things up a little with my hair dryer. I had nothing to lose right this was a $2 chair. I gave it another coat of paint and love love loved the result.
I took a sanding block and went around the edges and everywhere that was naturally worn before it was painted. Then I went over it with a damp cloth and rubbed those areas again lightly to make the dark brown show through the paint. I absolutely love the end result. I am a complete fan of chalk paint now. I will use it on everything and anything ha!! It says you can use it on glass and metal too. I have even found some recipe's for making your own but really for the price of this you can't go wrong. You are meant to finish this paint with a wax or sealer of some sort but I have left mine be. I love the natural chalky look of it and I want to see how the paint holds up without adding anything else to it.
I hope you like my new upcycled project. I had half a jar left after I finished my chair so I ended up painting my husband's bedside table another thrift store find this was only $3.50. I must add that he told me not to paint it. He must love the all natural look! I went ahead anyway and he came home from work today and LOVED it ha! Just as well eh :) I gave the top of the table 3 coats of paint for full coverage and did not do any distressing on it. I must add the that top of this table is laminate and really slippery and the paint stuck really well to it. I think that is maybe why it needed 3 coats though.
So after two projects I still have about 1/4 of the pot left. So this little pot goes a really long way. I hope you enjoy my projects. If you want to change up your furniture or upcycle some thrift store finds give chalk paint a try. You might love it as much as I do :)
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.
Here is another upcycle project I did using the same paint.