01 March 2013

Chalk Paint End Table (update)

Really, a paint that will stick to any surface?  Does it really work?  You mean I don't have to strip paint or prime first?  What is this mystery paint?   Chalk paint.  I've read all about it in the "blogosphere".  I watched tons of Youtube videos.  Now it's time to try CeCe Caldwell's Chalk Paint.

country, oak end table
Before
I brushed on 2 coats (thick) and waited for it to dry.  It drys lighter than the finished product.

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I painted the top CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate.  

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I lightly sanded the table with a fine grit paper to expose the original finish in the areas where I wanted a worn appearance. Starting in sections, I brushed on the Clear Wax first before it could dry I brushed on the Aging Wax Dark.  After 15 min. or so I wiped it off with a lint free cloth. 

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The next day I buffed the wax.  I used a scotch pad (scrubber thingy) and it really started to shine. Then I used a lint free cloth and finished buffing. 
I loved the base of the table but the top did not meet my expectations.  So after many days of thought..... I taped off the table and spray painted it a glossy black.   
Warning! BAD IDEA! Do not spray paint over chalk paint!


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After
 It took 4 weeks before the spray paint was no longer sticky.  Black paint was rubbing off on everything.  What was I going to do?  I did nothing for 5 months.  I finally got the courage to refinish the top.  I stripped the paint using Formby's .  It's not as bad as I thought It would be just brush on and scrape off. 
 Be safe and follow the directions on the can!

After I removed most of the paint I used the palm sander (60 grit) to get a smooth finish.  Then I sanded with a fine (220 grit) paper. 



This time I wanted to stain the top dark brown.  Before staining make sure the surface is dust free by wiping the piece with mineral spirits.  I chose a dark brown stain from Minwax called ebony that I used on this Stool Makeover.  I applied three coats of stain.  Each time the stain got darker until I got my desired result.  I let the stain set over night before I applied the finish.  I used Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss to seal the top.  I followed the instructions on the can and it turned out great.

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32 comments:

  1. I love your table. I also love the fact that she shared all of your attempts to make it perfect for you. Makes me feel more sane LOL. Thanks for sharing this post.

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes mistakes are part of the process. Glad you liked it.

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  2. Your table came out awesome! What a wonderful, colorful addition to your family space.

    Blessings ...
    Lani
    www.SimplyFreshVintage.com

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    1. Thanks, I love it but I don't think I'm going to keep this one. I'm putting it for sale.

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  3. Love how your end table came out! Did you spray paint directly over the paint or over the wax?

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    1. Hey Shelly, This was my first time using Chalk Paint. I decided to use CeCe Caldwell's after finding your blog. You do such great work. I was expecting the Vermont Slate to be darker. I used the spray paint after I waxed it. I used Memphis Blue and dark wax to do this piece calliescrafts.blogspot.com/2013/01/singing-blues.html. I am thrilled with the results. Thanks for visiting.

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  4. It turned out so pretty! I have not have good look with gloss paint over any wood finish, so I know your pain

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    1. Thanks, I'm really happy with it now.

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  5. Gorgeous table, Callie!! I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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    1. I'm so excited to have a new follower!

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  6. What a cute table! Thanks for linking up in the Link Up! :)

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    1. Thanks. I shared your party and giveaway on facebook.

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  7. Turned out really good.....GOOD JOB! I am going to try some chalk paint as well....thanks for sharing

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  8. This turned out so beautiful! One of these I am going to have to get brave and try to refinish some of my furniture! I would love for you to share this post this week on Thrift Thursdays link part @ http://fromnature-tonurture.blogspot.com/ Hope to see you there! Bonnie

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    1. Thanks, it just took a few tries. I'll be there.

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  9. Newest follower here! I found you through the six sisters' stuff blog hop :) You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  10. Love your table...very nice colors!!

    Julie
    www.thevintagebarnhome.com

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  11. Really nice look:) Love the blu! New follow. Follow back at http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/02/flourless-knockout-ninja-brownies.html

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  12. Thank you for linking up at Craft, Create and Inspire last weekend

    Your awesome project is featured this weekend !

    Hope you will join us again this weekend

    Claire @ Polkadotpretties x

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    1. Thank you I'm glad you liked it! I'll be there,

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  13. Very pretty! Worth the hard work for sure!

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  14. Turned out great! I love the color, worth the wait :)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  15. I was wondering where I could find chalk paint. I did a search for Cece's in my area and the only retailer "close" is about an hour away. Where else should I be able to find chalk paint? I looked at Lowes and all I could find was Chalkboard paint, obviously not it. Also, what is Aging Wax Dark? Is this a normal step in finishing, or is this what gave the table the dark overtones on the green/blue legs? I want to try this! I LOVE the finished product. I want to do it on a coffee table though. Thanks for any input you can give. My email jenlwelch1@yahoo.com

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    1. I'll send you an email. Shelly sells it online @ http://alittlebitoshizzle.blogspot.com/p/shop.html

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  16. The table looks so good!! Thanks for sharing your process. I've been thinking about using chalk paint on wood...Would you say the chalk paint will hold up well on the furniture?
    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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    1. Definitely, the wax seals the paint and makes it durable. Check out http://alittlebitoshizzle.blogspot.com/p/shop.html Shelly does amazing things with chalkpaint.

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