Hey there, fellow mamas! I am so excited to share one of my latest discoveries with you…. Chalk paint by Valspar! I’ve wanted to try Annie Sloan’s chalk paint for a while, but just never got around to it. Lame, I know. Anyways, a couple weeks ago I was walking through Lowes…yes, I window shop at Lowes….and stopped in the paint section to look at some options for our dining room table. And that’s when I saw it. A turqouis cabinet that was so unbelievably gorgeous. And then I saw the chalk paint, sealing wax and optional antiquing finish. They had some brochures sitting there as well. So, I grabbed one and started reading. After the first paragraph, I was sold. They advertise 40 different color options, which really does give a wide range. After speaking with an employee, I discovered that you can actually use any Valspar color for your chalk paint. Meaning you have hundreds of options. Holla! So, read on to hear (and see) all about my experience with Valspar chalk paint…and our new dining room table!
We recently bought a cheap Ikea table for our dining area. We needed a new one and didn’t want to spend hundreds (or thousands, for that matter) and this simple table fit the bill. It’s $69, easy to assemble, and plain pine…which to me is basically a blank canvas just begging to have something done with it. I spent some time sifting through Pinterest for some DIY table inspiration and finally decided that I wanted to do some sort of version of a farmhouse table. We live in a small apartment, so I decided against adding any more wood to the table…it would just be too cramped. What I decided is that I love the weathered grey and white look. Which brings us back to my shopping at Lowes. I purchase Valspar Chalk Paint in “Her Danties”….isn’t that a fabulous name?! Love it! It is basically an off white. I also bought grey wood stain.
So, armed with my new paint, I went home and started turning our plain jane table into something a little more special. In all my excitement, I completely forgot to take a before photo, so the Ikea stock photo will have to do.
According to everything that I read online about chalk paint, no sanding or priming was necessary. It went against everything that I’ve been taught, but I decided to put it to the test. I started out with staining the top of my table in grey. I did two coats of stain with some carefully planned sanding to give it a slightly weathered look. I did probably five or six coats of polyurethane sealant, as well. I wanted to be able to actually wipe off whatever yucky-ness my lovely toddler is sure to get on it. Pasta sauce, anyone?
After staining and sealing the top of the table, I got ready to work with the chalk paint. I seriously was giddy with excitement. I opened it up stirred it a little with my paint stick and then dipped my brush in and got to work. I started on one leg and then just worked my way around the table. I kept the layers of paint pretty light as well. I was a little concerned about the brush strokes showing but decided to just wait and see. The first layer dried to the touch in about an hour, so I went ahead and did a second layer about two hours after the first. After the second coat, the brush strokes were gone and none of the pine wood was showing through! It looked great! I decided to let it dry over night and seal in the morning.
I have to admit that I was pretty intimidated by the sealing wax at first. But, I kid you not, it’s the easiest thing ever. I’m so in love with it! I decided that rather than trying to dip a paint brush into the can, it would be easier to spoon some out onto a paper plate and do it that way. The consistency is similar to mayo, if that gives you any idea of what to expect. Again, light layers are key. I noticed that as I applied the wax, that the paint looked a littler darker. I liked being able to tell where I had applied the wax, but was concerned that it would ruin the overall look that I was going for. It turns out that I had no reason to worry. It dries back to its normal color and looks great. I did two layers of the wax and it is holding up well. I would definitely recommend doing more for any surface that will get beat up, but for the base of a table, I wasn’t too worried. One thing that you can do with the wax, is buff it into the wood with a rag. It will help bring out the shine. I didn’t want any more shine, so I skipped that step.
Silly me forgot to take an after picture while I was still outside in good lighting. So excuse the crappy after picture. I love the way this table turned out and I can’t wait to redo our chairs so they match it.
I’ve already done two other projects using Valspar Chalk Paint and I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan! If Annie Sloan is too expensive for you or you don’t have easy access to an Annie Sloan distributor, then this is a good alternative. The quart of paint that I got cost around $30.00…which may seem steep, but I didn’t have to buy primer and after the three projects I’ve done using the paint, I still have leftovers. To me, that’s worth the price. I actually think I’ve saved money! This paint is so easy to use and I really can’t recommend it enough. I hope that next time you have a painting project, you will try out some chalk paint. If you have any questions that I didn’t answer, feel free to ask!
We’re off to Orlando for a little family trip, so I don’t know when I’ll be posting next, so until next time,