Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

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Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

To see the finished product, check out my Aging Cream Finish Over Chalk Paint post!

I've recently fallen in love with chalk painting. I can't seem to get enough and I've been been painting everything in sight in my living room. By no means am I a chalk painting expert. I'm definitely a chalk painting newbie and I want to show you all how easy it is. I'll warn you now though, there are lots of photos! 

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

There are many different brands of chalk paint out there and even recipes on how to make your own chalk paint. I really don't know the difference between the brands and quite honestly I went with CeCe Caldwell's because there were a few colors that I was drawn to. I wanted to give my living room a very monotone yet bright cottage look. Some people may think I'm crazy for painting my furniture to match the color of my walls, but the end result turned out fantastic and I'm very happy with it!

CeCe Caldwell's Paint

I purchased my CeCe Caldwell's products from Shabby Lane - a local authorized Retailer & Distributor of CeCe Caldwell's Paints. I'm happy to support small businesses here in Wisconsin so when I found and saw that I could order the products online, I went for it. The first thing I did, which I highly suggest to everyone is that you order the paint chart first. Don't rely on your computer screen for the colors and bring the paint chart into the room where your piece will sit. Lighting changes everything. 

Shabby Lane Paint Chart

After I received the paint chart, I placed my order with Shabby Lane for Chesapeake Blue and Young Kansas Wheat. I also purchased the Clear Wax, Dark Aging Cream, and wax brush. I read over the instructions before I started but soon realized that not only can you not screw up, but you end up creating your own technique. The one thing I knew for sure before I started was that I did not want any of my pieces to have a shabby chic look. It's just not something I was going for. I wanted more of an aged rustic cottage or farmhouse look. I wanted the pieces to look like they have been sitting in a barn or attic for ages. 

I've painted 6 pieces of furniture so far but never got around to taking before and after pictures. During the painting process of this last piece that I did, I made sure to take photos and ever remembered to take a before photo. 

The Project (Before)

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

So here is a before photo of the console table. Yes, it's brand new and I'm sure there are plenty of people who think I'm nuts for painting a new piece, but I bought it with the intention of painting it. It was the size and storage that I was looking for. The color on the other hand was just all wrong for me. It's way too Mission style and that is not a look I wanted in my living room. 

The Preparation

Chalk Painting for newbies by a newbie

The best part about chalk painting is the prep work because there is no prep work! Aside from throwing a drop cloth under for incidental spills and taking off the hardware, that is it! There is no sanding and no removing the stain or varnish. Chalk paint sticks to pretty much everything and can be used on pretty much everything including fabric!

Pour the paint into a container instead of dipping the brush back in the can over and over. Chalk paint dries very quickly and I don't think it's a good idea to leave the can open while painting. 

The 1st Coat

Chalk painting for newbies by a newbie

Here is a photo to show how well the paint adheres to a finished wood surface. 

Chalk Paint for Newbies by a Newbie

The entire console table took me about 30 minutes to paint the first coat. Although I liked how it looked with just the first coat, I really wanted it to be blue. 

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

Here is a close-up of the dried Young Kansas Wheat. To me, this is very shabby chic. Pretty, but not the look I was going for. 

The instructions say to let the paint dry for 2 - 3 hours between coats but honestly I did not. I think I waited a half hour. The paint was definitely dry within that half hour. I think it may have something to do with the dry winter weather we are having. Maybe in a more humid climate you should wait longer in between coats. 

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

One thing I would like to recommend is that when you pour the paint into your container, wipe off the paint on lip of the can. It's quite thick and the more paint that gets into the lip of the can, the harder it is to get the lid to seal. 

The 2nd Coat

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

When the chalk paint is wet, it's much darker. What is nice about that is you can tell the paint is wet or dry just by looking at it. 

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

Completely Dry

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

Aging the Piece

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie
I wanted the console table to have an aged and worn look. Before I finished the piece with wax, I took a very damp soft cloth and ran it over the edges and random spots. You can also do this with brown kraft paper or fine grit sandpaper. Make sure that your cloth is very, very damp though. You don't want to rub off too much paint. 

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

The Finishing Step

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

The final step, which is actually the most tedious compared to how easy the painting and aging is, would be the finishing step. There are several different finishing products to choose from. I went with the Aging Wax and the basic Clear Wax. I was a bit afraid of these products at first but what I learned is that if you put too much on, you can just wipe if off with a cloth. Also, I was unclear whether the Aging Wax or Clear Wax goes on first, but what I learned is that it works either way. For the console table, I used only the Clear Wax for the finish. Chances are I will change my mind and add the Aging Wax because the rest of the pieces in the room have that dark aged look to them. 

I'm going to copy the CeCe Caldwell's instructions below on how to apply the Clear Wax. I do think using a piece of cardboard or thick paper plate was very helpful. 

Clear Wax should be applied in a thin, even coat with a flat bottom brush or lint-free cloth. Apply sparingly. Always use less wax than you think is needed. It is best to apply several thin layers than one heavy layer. Wipe away excess. The surface should then be thoroughly buffed with a dry cloth, piece of brown kraft paper or finishing pad after 2-4 hours. For an even hard finish, the wax can be rebuffed 2-4 days after the initial buffing. This product requires several weeks to fully cure. Freshly waxed surfaces should be kept free of moisture and heavy use for about a week or so. For continued shine and protection, re-apply the clear wax every 6-12 months under normal conditions.

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

The wax will make the paint appear much darker at first but it does eventually lighten up. 

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

The Project (After)

Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie

So here is the final product! I hope you like it as much as I do! Chalk painting is not scary one bit and I'll be sure to post the other projects that I have completed. Chalk painting is a great way to change the look of the room without having to purchase new furniture. You can easily find older pieces at Goodwill and give them a new life! Chalk painting with CeCe Caldwell's paint can be done indoors at any time because it is non-toxic and odor free and it washes right off with soap and water.

The paint contains NO acrylic co-polymers, solvents, formaldehyde, ammonia, ethylene glycol or toxic heavy metals. The minerals are clay, porcelain clay and chalk blended into a water based solution. The paint is packaged in recycled plastic containers. Our wax is made from insect and plant sources. It also has very low odor and is packaged in recycled plastic containers.

1.0   Ann
3/10/2014 2:30:37 PM
That really turned out awesome! I have to admit, when I first saw the original piece, I thought exactly what you said...She's crazy for painting that! But, I love how it turned out!
2.0   Erin
3/13/2014 7:46:44 PM
This is beautiful! Thank you for this. I've been wanting to take on a few projects, although much smaller (shelves) and I've been a little scared to start the project.
3.0   CeCe
4/15/2014 10:05:23 PM
Rose, I am so happy you enjoyed using our products and shared your results on your blog. Thank you so much for the kind words. CeCe Caldwell's Natural Chalk + Clay Paint really are Paint Made Easy! There are some special ingredients in our paint that make it unique. There are two types of chalk and two types of clay. That separates (and makes us better, in my opinion) use from other paints and why we are Natural Chalk + Clay Paint. Happy painting, CeCe
  3.1   Rose
8/4/2014 8:09:57 PM
Thanks CeCe! Love your products!
4.0   Anonymous
7/11/2014 11:01:40 AM
Love the console table, where did you get it?
5.0   Rose
7/11/2014 1:32:14 PM
Home Decorator's Collection:
6.0   Sheila
7/27/2014 10:59:57 PM
Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty Sunday -- love the look of your chalkboard painted table! Especially the color -- looks great and
  6.1   Rose
8/4/2014 8:06:40 PM
Thanks Sheila! Ya know what else looks great? Your Pumpkin Oat Breakfast Bites! So yummy looking!
7.0   Beverly
7/28/2014 9:17:42 AM
Your piece looks awesome. I love the color. I too use CeCe Caldwell paint and waxes. I love it. I just saw that there is a new waxing cream that I want to try. Bev
  7.1   Rose
8/4/2014 8:06:06 PM
Ooooh! I didn't realize there was a new waxing cream! I will have to check it out! Thanks!
8.0   CrystelleB
7/28/2014 10:56:38 PM
NICE!~ I love how it turned out. I am glad you got to try real chalk-paint!! :) xox, Crystelle CrystelleBoutique
  8.1   Rose
8/4/2014 8:03:27 PM
Thanks Crystelle! I'm not brave enough to make my own chalk paint so I figured I would just go with a reputable brand!
9.0   Carie Spence
7/29/2014 12:37:35 PM
I've been wanting to experiment with different types of paint as we want to repaint most of our bedroom furniture. I'll have to check out chalk paint. Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.
  9.1   Rose
8/4/2014 7:57:39 PM
Thanks so much Carie!
10.0   saralynnpayne
7/30/2014 4:21:02 PM
This looks amazing! I've been looking at waxing my coffee table- it is a 1920's furniture hand truck cart and I absolutely love it and wanted to make sure it this kind of look, but I have been intimidated! Thanks for sharing and linking up today! -S.L. Payne,
  10.1   Rose
8/4/2014 7:56:25 PM
Do it! You won't be sorry Sara! And even if it doesn't turn out the way you want the first time, you can paint right over it!
11.0   Adrian
8/4/2014 7:16:44 PM
I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out! I need to start doing projects like this so I can save some money. Thanks for sharing at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party and I hope you can join us again tonight starting @ 9pm est!
  11.1   Rose
8/4/2014 7:44:28 PM
Thanks Adrian! It's the best way to transform a piece of existing furniture to match new decor!
12.0   Wendy
10/11/2014 7:58:23 PM
Can you tell me if chalk paint and chalkboard paint are the same thing? If I paint a piece with chalkboard paint and wax and age it, will I get the same result?
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