I have never used chalk paint before today.  I know, I’m years behind in the DIY community.  What can I say, I’m a late bloomer. I’ve read about it in different blogs, but it just seemed too expensive and inaccessible.  Honestly, I was too lazy to track it down, and really didn’t want to mix my own, so I did without.  

I happened to be in Home Depot the other day checking out water heaters, I know mine is on its last legs, and decided to take a gander at the paint section.  Lo and behold, they had a chalk paint display!  It must be a sign.  $8 seemed a little pricey to me for 8ozs of paint, but if I didn’t have to sand, prep or prime, it might be worth it! 

  
The next step was finding a project piece to use my new magic paint on.  A few months ago as I was heading to an appointment, I saw this beauty on the curb.  Can you believe someone was throwing this out?! I hurriedly called my husband who was still at home and begged him to pick it up for me.  He’s amazing, he really dislikes my furniture collecting, but still ran out and brought it home.  He’s an enabler. 

It was in great shape, just needed a cleaning.  No way this thing belonged in a landfill.  If you have furniture to get rid of, post it on a local Facebook garage sale site.  Someone will take it off your hands, and pay you for it!  It’ll stay out of the landfills, and someone will get use out of it.  One man’s trash…

 
The first thing I did to prep the piece was to remove the mirror.  Then I wiped the table thoroughly with Lysol wipes and a microfiber cloth once it had dried.  All that was left to do was paint.  As you can see, I didn’t even empty the drawer.  No need, I wasn’t going to suddenly lose control of my hand and start to crazily paint everything in arms reach, and if I did, the stuff in the drawer would be the least of my worries.  This is what it looks like after one coat.

  

The paint is supposed to dry between coats.  By the time I was finished painting the entire table, the parts I had painted first were already dry.  Since I had dishes to do I decided to wrap up my brush while the rest dried, which is how I save my brushes and rollers during all my painting projects.  Keeps things from getting messy and drying out.  I noticed with this paint that there was very very low odor.  I had no problem painting in the house with the kids home.  I doubt my husband will even realize I painted when he gets home from work, or he’ll think I did it outside..or that elves did it.  

 
This is after two coats.  I realized that the paint was drying on my brush as I was painting and making these little balls of paint with each stroke.  I washed my brush, added a bit of water to my paint, shook it, and carried on painting.  It worked perfectly, and the paint washes out of the paint brush much easier than latex paint does.  After the second coat I just washed my brush.

  The table used almost the entire container of paint after 3 coats.  From a distance it looks decent, although I’m not sure I’m crazy about the flat chalky finish.  I planned on finishing it with a polyacrylic when everything was dry, but it looks like I may need to sand first.  One of the reasons I bought chalk paint was because I thought it was self leveling and would get rid of brush marks.  That didn’t happen.  Up close, I see the brush marks, and I think I want it to be shinier.  I’m like a monkey, attracted to shiny objects.  For future projects I’ll probably just rely on my trusty spray paint and wait for a nice day.  

  So, until I get inspired enough to haul her outside to sand and shine, she’ll sit here serving us drinks!