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Monday, November 4, 2013

Chalk Paint Transformation for Lea's Nursery

Working on Lea's nursery has been such a fun process. It's been a ton of work, but well worth every inch. Her room has been quite the transformation starting out as our guestroom. If you recall not that long ago, I made some changes to that room you can see here.

There were many projects I wanted to do in the room. We installed crown molding, painted the room,  stenciled a wall, and repainted a piece using chalk paint. So for this post, I wanted to show you the before and after of the entertainment unit and the transformation.

This piece was one of the greatest investments my parents ever made. They bought it for me back in high school, and it's followed me many places. It's a timeless piece that will now bring Lea years and years of enjoyment.

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So here she is before. We used the Anne Sloan's Chalk Paint and I used the Duck Egg Blue and mixed that with the Old White. I poured half DEB in one cup and half OW in another cup, and then mixed those together to lighten the color up a bit.

Here is the after before we applied the clear wax and the dark wax. I definitely would recommend using the wax. It gives your piece more depth and character. After just using the paint, the piece looked pretty flat and the color was brighter than I had wanted. The greatest thing about chalk paint is there's no prepping the piece. No sanding, whoo hoo!! Just paint!!

These are pictures I took after both waxes were applied. Made all the difference and aged the piece nicely, giving it more character. The color softened up a lot and the flatness we were seeing before was gone.

And there you have it. All and all, it took a few days to finish it. I would paint your piece one day and apply the clear wax and the dark stain the next day. You work the two waxes simultaneously. Someone told me also after my mom and I finished the piece to dilute the paint with a little water. This will allow the paint to go further and help thin it out a bit. It's great paint, but pretty pricey. If you can make it stretch, it's worth it.

I'm pretty happy with how the piece turned out. A big thanks to my mom for helping me with it. I was about 7 months pregnant when we took on the project and the dark stain fumes were pretty powerful. She did an amazing job and it looks beautiful in Lea's nursery.

If you haven't yet tried your hand using chalk paint, I wouldn't be scared if I were you. It's the easiest paint to work with and very forgivable.


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