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.
I painted the top CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate.
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.
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!
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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