Chalk Paint Refurb

I had been looking for a piece for Hudson’s room and I could not find anything available for purchase that I just loved-even Restoration Hardware wasn’t doing it for me. Thats when I started searching about refinishing something and then the chalk paint and wax on Pinterest came up and my interest was piqued. The claims are amazing-paint over anything, no sanding, etc. I was sold. There are a few brands of Chalk Paint you can purchase but my crafty neighbor showed me some recipes on making your own with items I could get at Michael’s and Home Depot. I love me some DIY so that is what I did once I found a piece. One of my clients was cleaning out her grandmothers home and posted this gorgeous armoire for sale for $100 and I immediately saw the potential. I picked it up that day and went off to the store to get the things I would need. Now, you can buy all of the Alice Sloan brushes and paints (hard to find where I live) but you can also improvise for cheaper and get the same results! I am all about saving! So here is what I started with…cell phone pic by Jessica:)I forgot to take one before we started because I was so excited!

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We took the hardware off and took the backing off, as well as the glass cabinets because I wanted a changer and to be able to hand things behind the piece (my loose inspiration was this piece by Restoration Hardware HERE). And then we were ready to begin.

 

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First, we mixed the paint. Now I love a little shine/metallic so I got Eagle Brown and Silver Leaf by Martha Stewart in her Precious Metals collection from Home Depot. I got quarts mixed and then empty galloon buckets to mix them in. I followed this recipe pretty closely adjusting it proportionately to the quart size. Add more plaster if you want a more chalky/matte appearance; or better yet, don’t get metallic lol! Its on my Pinterest (follow me HERE).

 

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So the Eagle Brown seemed to turn a little purple once mixed but I decided to make this a first coat (if you make it more chalky you won’t need a second coat unless you want to).

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So I mixed up the Silver Leaf with the same recipe BUT I added some Deep Chocolate (exterior, thick paint by mistake but it worked-see you can’t mess this up!) so this was super thick but a gorgeous greige color.

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So now it is time for Clear Wax. Basically you cover the entire piece with clear wax once it is dry. They make special wax but I just used the Minwax version. They also have special brushes but they look alot like a really overused paint brush so that is what I did instead of throwing it away!

 

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And then you can distress it to your taste. I used 120/150 grit sandpaper blocks and paper. I am always afraid to do a ton but my neighbor, Gina, actually uses a hand sander and she distresses a lot and it looks amazing!

Hutch-11Hutch-13 Once that is done you wipe off the stuff you distressed and get ready to make it your own. Again, you can get special dark wax but I went to Ace and they had both Light and Dark Brown – cell phone pic here of what I used. I wiped it on with stain pads:

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And then I did something more, I did a kind of gilding. You can get silver or gold and brush it in the corners but what I did was mix the clear wax, the dark wax, a little dark liquid stain, and some gold and silver gilding paste from Michael’s and brushed it on for more dimension and shine. I used my old brush, the stain pad, and even one of the kids little paint brushes to get in the crevices.

 

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I took this amazingly easy spray paint and painted the original hardware-I wanted to keep it as original as possible in this way. Plus, with antique pieces the hardware doesn’t fit a lot of modern hardware layout.

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And I went back and added even more dimension with a gold/dark wax mix in just the corners.

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I am so happy with the way it turned out – way happier than if I had spent $2500 on that Restoration Hardware piece! I just love it! I love it so much that I did my bathroom vanity similar yesterday-I mean who puts light wood with that granite?!

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chalk paint, dark wax, clear wax, waxing furniture, rehab armoire, rehab hutch

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