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Cedar chest redo and how to use chalky paint for the first time!

Okay. confession time: I have never used chalk paint! I’ve heard about it. RAVE reviews!  It seems to be the new big thing. But just like most things…I’m always late getting on board with it! And I love my spray paint. and Our town is small so there wasn’t anywhere to buy it. So I thought I would be fine sticking with what I know!


Ladies and gentlemen….I have used chalk paint. and I am officially on the chalk train.. (woot woot. that’s supposed to be the train whistle.)


cedar chest redo with chalky paintI’ve had this cedar chest …that has been screaming for a redo. But I didn’t want to sand it. and prime it. and paint it. and hope that the paint doesn’t come off if you scratched it.before cedar chest

So I used chalky paint and skipped the first two steps. no sanding no priming!!! AH! i’m so lazy! this is chalky paint was made just for me!!!chalky finish paint americana decorApply like normal paint (stir before you paint) and make sure you have a great paint brush! and do  nice light coats.

The blue is a combo of legacy and relic…One I couldn’t possibly recreate!
cedar chest makeover

but Americana Decor ® has tons of great colors (go herechalk art paintafter my paint was on…I wanted to fancy it up…I used some chalky finish paint…and some acrylic paint! (just what I already had in my stash)Americana paintand then painted…step by step painted cedar chest flowerafter I got it well enough that I didn’t hate it….I sanded it down for a little distressed look. just where you would have natural wear and tear.sand chalky paint finish

and wipe up all the mess dustwipe before paint

and it’s time to creme wax this baby up! I used a rag…creme wax finish for chalky paintI would probably get a round waxing brush next time paint brushes

This Creme Wax seals the paint like crazy! I wanted to sand off a little more on the corner…and tried and tried and tried. It’s AMAZING. It’s perfect for any piece that would see wear and tear. My kids are hard on stuff. HARD. So this stuff is my new BFF.

I also got a bottle of the brown creme wax…and tried it out…but didn’t love it with this piece. I think it would be totally cool on something else but it wasn’t quite what I was going for…..but I wanted to show you how pretty it is regardless….
brown creme waxThere you have it. My new cedar chest. repainted furniture with chalky paintI’m so sad that I have been wasting years not using chalky paint!!! cedar chest close upfun furniture upcycle diy

reading spothere’s a side by side for you…This bedroom is a word in progress…new headboard and some striped curtains are going in..and the rug is from rugs usa!before and after of chalk paint cedar chest

Visit the DecoArt Chalky  Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration


and you can try out your hand at chalky paint and enter to win big!!! go HEREunnamed (9)



About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.