There’s a lot of buzz about so-called chalky paint. Don’t confuse these ultra-matte finish paints with chalkboard paint; that’s something totally different. Chalky paint is perfect for finishing furniture or decorative pieces, but without the need for sanding or priming. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint from DecoArt is great for giving a fabulous saturated or distressed look to flea market or discount store finds.
We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers. It’s our special chalky-finish paint edition of our Paint Style Challenge.
Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum! made her freshly painted nightstand the centerpiece for a complete makeover of a previously unappreciated nook in her home. And, as you’ll see, the chalky paint made the nightstand look absolutely smashing.
I believe in the power of paint to transform just about any space or object, so participating in a paint challenge was a no-brainer for me. Especially since it involved chalky paint…a medium I’ve yet to try.
My victim? This banged-up, no-character, laminate-coated, too-orange, old nightstand.
If it looks familiar, that’s because virtually every bedroom set in the ’90s came with one. We’ve been using it as a little hall storage chest….but really, it was just a space-filler until I could find something better. Hence, I’d never taken the time to sand, prime, paint and seal it. Why bother when I knew it was destined for the curb?
But with chalky paint…there’s no need to sand or prime…even on laminate surfaces like this sweet baby. And since the paint is latex with virtually no smell, I was able to paint it inside with no prepping.
I chose a teal color called Treasure for the job. The paint has the consistency of pudding (avoid licking the brush though, it’s not actually pudding), so there are no runs or drips. And it dries almost instantly, so there’s very little wait time.
It’s like magic, the paint sticks to the laminate! I finished the chest off with a few coats of the DecoArt brand of clear wax and buffed it to a satin sheen.
.I let it cure overnight, then added inexpensive ring pulls I found online and got busy styling (my favorite part).
So much for curbside-destiny… this pretty little chest has found a forever home with us now!
To create the tableau on top, I followed my formula for styling coffee tables.
You can read how I transformed the rest of the nook with paint and paper on my blog, too. (Pssst, the paper isn’t what you think!)
The gold stripe vase is a simple DIY, as well.
For fun, I’ll show you some Before and Afters of the little nook…
My gift wrap station lives on the back of that door to the right in the photo above.
.Yep, the power of paint strikes again!
Thanks for reading about my little makeover!
Cassie is a DIY and design-obsessed Texas girl, who loves travel, fashion, sarcasm and Mexican food. When she’s not hanging with her sweet and funny family, you can find her kicking the ’80s out of her home, one budget project at a time. You can see more makeovers just like this one in the Project Gallery on her blog Hi Sugarplum!
Download this brochure to learn more about Americana Decor chalky finish paint, with tips on how to use it to create a beautiful aged or distressed look. Read more about how design bloggers have used chalky paint in our Paint Style Challenge series. And be sure to follow our All About Paint board on Pinterest.