If you’ve been around the DIY blog block then you definitely know there’s a buzz about chalk paints.
Frankly, I haven’t been hugely intrigued after having read all sorts of posts about the paints.
Then I was sponsored to fly out to Memphis last month by ACE Hardware and attend an Amy Howard paint and finishes workshop.
(Hard day at the office right?)
When I actually saw how Amy used her paint on the pieces in her own home I was sold.
(Amy actually diy’ed that black and white art piece using her chalk-based paint).
I had always associated chalk paints with more farmhouse-rustic styles but Amy’s house was swanky and modern-chic. My perception changed and I was game.
I recently scored this science lab table from a school.
You’ll never believe how much I paid.
You may look at it and think I over-paid. It’s an understatement to say it was in bad shape.
The legs were wobbly, it had been painted with this awful black paint (and very poorly at that) and in true teenage fashion the top had been engraved with all sorts of obscenities.
My plan was to use Amy Howard’s One-Step Paint which requires no prep or sanding. Unfortunately, I had to sand the heck out of the top to remove the mess of engravings. I thought the entire table was wood painted black but as I started sanding I discovered the wood top had actually been covered by some kind of rubber-plastic veneer and there was no chance of getting it off.
In addition to wood, Amy claims that her One-Step paint can be used on melamine, ceramic, iron, plastic, resin, veneer, glass and fabric. It can even be used on laytex or oil paint. No sanding or priming necessary. ON WHAT PLANET DO YOU NOT HAVE TO PRIME A PIECE FIRST…ESPECIALLY ON A VENEER? I had a hard time wrapping my head around all that. I was nervous about painting over the rubbery veneer with no primer but I figured the table was only $4.00 so if I ruined it, oh well.
To my surprise, it went on without any issues and adhered perfectly.
I put two coats on the whole table, letting it dry 30-40 minutes between coats.
For the legs and base I chose “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and for the top I used “Chelsea Square” (love those names).
I next put on a layer of Clear Wax. This step isn’t necessary but will seal the paint and give it a nice finish.
I started by loading my brush with wax.
Next, I off-loaded my brush on to a piece of cardboard just to make sure I wasn’t putting too much on at one time with my first swipe.
Then I swiped my brush on to the surface of my table making sure to bend my wrist every which way…up, down, left, right. That assures the wax is being applied evenly.
Ready for the result?
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting the paint to turn out as well as it did.
I love the result and am looking for my next piece of furniture to makeover using her paint.
Want to learn more about Amy Howard at Home products? She will teaching a free online workshop with ACE Hardware today!
Click here to register.
I’m also hosting a giveaway for $100. to ACE Hardware so you can get started on your own makeover using Amy Howard’s paints and products!