The Best Chalk Paint For Quick & Easy Furniture Makeovers

I had the last laugh on this roadside rescue. Strangely enough, I found this French Provincial on the curb in front of my sister house! WHAT??? What was she thinking of throwing away perfectly good junk! When I asked her, she was like “no one could save this one!” Challenge accepted! I’ll use the best chalk paint I know of to save this one.

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Always Repair Before Painting

I had the last laugh on this roadside rescue. The plan was to use only the best chalk paint for this makeover. First things first, I always repair before painting. That’s also why it was roadside rescue! I began by reworking every single drawer. Some of the slides were missing while the others needed to be replaced. I can always count on Mr Honey Do to be Johnny on the spot for that. Actually, his name is Ron. I never understood who Johnny was… I digress. It also needed some wood repair on the back legs. Those repairs weren’t complicated and I managed to document the process on another blog post for you. You can see the repairs by CLICKING HERE Furniture Repair For Wood Damage.

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The Makeover Begins

The dresser had been badly painted prior with a high gloss latex paint job and someone had already started to prep it for a makeover. I knew if I was ever gonna get paint to stick to it, it would need a really good cleaning and a light sanding to scuff up the existing paint.  

Here are the products I used for this makeover:

The Best Chalk Paint For Furniture Makeovers

I began by painting with the best chalk paint I knew of. Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint was smooth and easy to apply and covered the dresser in one coat. Easy peasy! That's my kinda paint!I began by painting with the best chalk paint I knew of. Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint was smooth and easy to apply and covered the dresser in one coat. Easy peasy! That’s my kinda paint!

Taping Off For Stripes

Using my finger, I carefully painted a small amount over the tapes edge with the same base coat color. This will prevent bleeding when I paint the stripes. This method is called paint burnishing and even the best chalk paint will bleed if you skip this step.I love stripes, but I wanted them to be subtle. For this makeover I taped off the top drawers using 1 inch painters tape. Using my finger, I carefully painted a small amount over the tapes edge with the same base coat color. This will prevent bleeding when I paint the stripes. This method is called paint burnishing and even the best chalk paint will bleed if you skip this step.

Removing The Tape

I used Dixie Belle's Metallic Gold based coat for the stripes. The paint was transparent so it took applying three coats to get the coverage the way I wanted. I removed the tape before the last coat was dried.I used Dixie Belle’s Metallic Gold based coat for the stripes. The paint was transparent so it took applying three coats to get the coverage the way I wanted. I removed the tape before the last coat was dried.

Repeating the Stripe Theme

The best chalk paint. With my oval short paint brush I began painting/dry brushing stripes in alternating colors of the Metallic Gold and Hurricane Gray over the Drift Wood base coat. I really liked the look of the stripes that weren't so perfect. After the paint had dried, I sanded over the whole dresser with a 220 grit sandpaper to give it a distressed age look.With my oval short paint brush I began painting/dry brushing stripes in alternating colors of the Metallic Gold and Hurricane Gray over the Drift Wood base coat. I really liked the look of the stripes that weren’t so perfect. After the paint had dried, I sanded over the whole dresser with a 220 grit sandpaper to give it a distressed age look.

Glazing Over The Best Chalk Paint

To add a pearl effect over the best chalk paint, I used Dixie Belle's Pearlescent Glaze. It went on smooth with my paint brush and dried quickly. I really liked the look and it added a beautiful pearl effect.To add a pearl effect, I used Dixie Belle’s Pearlescent Glaze. It went on smooth with my paint brush and dried quickly. I really liked the look and it added a beautiful pearl effect.

The Detail Work

Because I used THE best chalk paint, I just had to use the Best Dang Wax. Seriously, that's the name of it. It really stands up to it's name. I added the black wax with my wax brush and made sure I got it into all the details.Because I used THE best chalk paint, I just had to use the Best Dang Wax. Seriously, that’s the name of it. It really stands up to it’s name. I added the black wax with my wax brush and made sure I got it into all the details. Because I had applied the glaze over the chalk mineral paint, it was easy to wipe off the excess with a cotton cloth. I like this method of applying wax because I have total control. The glaze acts as a barrier and seals the paint. You can totally skip the glazing step if you want a darker aged piece.

The Results of The Best Chalk Paint

 

Guess what my sister is getting for Christmas? 🙂 Yep, I’m taking it back to her. Hope she loves it. Thanks for joining me with this roadside makeover. I hope this inspires you to never give up on a piece even when you think it’s hopeless. If there’s a will, there’s a way!

Are you a gold lover? CLICK HERE to see a GOLD DIPPED makeover

Until the next project… xo, Do

 

 

8 replies
  1. Windy Honeycutt
    Windy Honeycutt says:

    OMG you never cease to amaze me! I always have to pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing one of your makeovers! Love it!

    Salvage Solider 4Life,
    Windy Honeycutt 💖

  2. Denise
    Denise says:

    Whaaaat! If my sister put something out on the curb without offering it to me first she’d see fireworks shooting out from my ears LOL! 😉 Really amazing makeover…love the stripes Do!

  3. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Do,
    Loved this piece. Also really really enjoyed your “blending paint” video. I just got an order of Dixie Belle paint; haven’t tried it yet but excited! You mentioned that your paint should be wet when blending; I guess that’s what I do wrong; I thought it would turn to mud if I didn’t wait until it was dry! I also HATE to put on varnish (topcoats); no matter how hard I try; I get those awful streaks? Do you use Gatorhide on just the top and the topcoat on the rest of the piece? Do you need to use more than one coat? And do you sand between coats of paint if a second coat is needed? Thanks, love your work!

  4. Brandon Crist
    Brandon Crist says:

    Hi Jackie! Dixie Belle Paint doesn’t have to be sealed. But I do use the top coat and Gator Hide for the tops of high traffic areas. The trick to Gator Hide is to apply a very thin coat with a sponge. I like 2 coats but be sure that you allow ample dry time. You can sand between coats if you like. If you want more detailed instructions of my finishes, I have a private group where I share all of them. Happy painting! 🙂

    https://www.dododsondesigns.com/the-art-of-painting-furniture-private-subscription-group/

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