You know your interests have changed when someone asks what you want for your birthday, and you respond, “Chalk paint or a gift card to Home Depot.” You can imagine my excitement then when on my doorstep was a box with four cans of chalk paint from my wonderful sister, Ashly. Almost immediately I found a wonderfully hideous, but solidly-built dresser for $30 and went to work.
I’m fairly new to chalk paint, but it’s safe to say that I am already obsessed. No stripping, priming or sanding needed- just paint it on, let it dry, and protect it with a finishing wax. It turns “weekend projects” into “a couple hours” projects, and the end result still looks great.
The go-to brand in the Pinterest universe seems to be Annie Sloan chalk paint, and according to online reviews, this stuff is well worth the price. However, as I am just beginning my adventure with chalk paint, I directed my sister to a brand called Americana Decor; it still has great reviews but also costs a little less. After all, flipping furniture should be a money-saving (or in my case money-making) strategy. Home Depot actually carries Americana Decor, and the cost is about $9 for 8 oz. Unfortunately, Home Depot does not stock colors beyond white, black, or brown (at least not the one I go to) so instead I buy it (as did my sister) on Amazon (direct link here).
Unlike other flips I’ve posted, I have no “during” pictures. Quite frankly, the process is so easy that those pictures are unnecessary. With that said, I do have a few helpful tips:
- While no sanding is required (unless to smooth out scratches), make sure to clean any surface you plan to paint on. I just used a wet rag.
- The paint dries fast as you work so avoid uneven strokes.
- Put on multiple layers until you achieve the color you are going for. I had to put almost six layers on the top drawer just to cover those flowers!
- Use a finishing wax (I use Miniwax Paste Finishing Wax). It protects the paint and gives the furniture a smoother texture.
- Mix colors! These paints mix really well so get creative!