After I discovered the benefits of chalk paint (easy to use, nearly fool-proof, little to no prep work required, and low odor), I pretty much decided right then to update nearly every dark piece of furniture in the house to add a pop of color amongst the many shades of brown and beige.
A few years ago, we bought this "Costco Special" cube organizer. It has worked great as a changing table/baby dresser, but honestly doesn't really match the rest of the furniture in the room - or my modern farmhouse style.
So I decided to refinish it with chalk paint. But this time I ordered the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Chalk Style Paint from Target. (When I repainted Little Girl's Bed, I used the Valspar Chalky Paint.)
This lovely shade by Magnolia Home is called It Is Well. It looked greener online than what I actually received, which is a subtle blue hue with a hint of gray. I honestly didn't have a better idea of what color to go with, and it will surely match the decor in the room, so I kept it.
The Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint coats very heavily. I think I probably could have gotten away with one round of paint, but I decided to venture to a second coat for fuller coverage.
Here is a closeup of the coverage I got from the first coat of paint. The original dark finish shows through a bit, but this could totally be a desired vintage style, if intentionally left.
Now that I'm well into my second chalky finish furniture project, here are some valuable lessons I've learned:
And that's pretty much what you need to know about creating a chalk finish. Happy painting!
Stay calm and revel in the unique character- it's just chalk paint!