This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chalkworthy™. All opinions are mine alone.
An antique, distressed paint finish is all the rage these days. A quick walk around any home decor store will prove this! However, the prices associated with a large piece of distressed furniture can be rather steep. Did you know that you can achieve the same distressed look yourself with a Project Kit from Chalkworthy™? That’s how I completely transformed my dining room table, and I’m absolutely in love with the result!
My dining table was purchased from IKEA several years ago. It’s still a sturdy piece of furniture and I love its big size, but the color and finish had seen better days. It’s a dark brown / black table and it had accumulated plenty of chips and scratches over the years!
I knew painting it would really bring it back to life. Here is the kit I got from the folks at Chalkworthy™:
- Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint in “DustyMiller”
- Chalkworthy™ Clear Soft Wax
- Chalkworthy™ Black Soft Wax
- Fine Grit Sanding Pad
- Chalkworthy™ Paint Brush
- Chalkworthy™ Wax Brush
- Stir Stick
The Instructions that come with the kit are so useful! They really help the average DIYer figure out how to achieve any desired look. Want a Modern Look? Want a Multi-Tone Distressed Look? Want a Chippy Look? The flowchart makes it so easy to figure out how to create any of these popular finishes.
My goal was to create a Standard Vintage Look, so my first step was to sand down my dining table. This step removed any gloss from the table and created the perfect surface for the paint to adhere.
Also, this table was large and heavy- I didn’t want to move it outside or to the garage to complete this project. I simply placed some protective paper under each of the legs. I love a good simple solution!
My first step was to add the Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint. Of course, as with any paint, stirring it beforehand is imperative to ensure a smooth, even consistency!
It was so nice to see this lovely light blue color (“DustyMiller”) being added to my dining table. The texture of the paint is nice & thick and beautifully matte! By the way, with this paint, there is no need to prime or remove old wax or varnish. I really love that this paint is water-based and is low in odors & VOCs.
Here is the table after the whole top was painted. Keep in mind that this paint will adhere to most surfaces, including paint, brick, concrete, metal and even low-pile fabric. So the possibilities for DIY projects are really endless. I think my table is really starting to look better, right?
To create a bit of a distressed look, I took the sanding block and applied it to the areas that would normally get worn down over time (corners, edges, etc.)
The next step was to apply the Chalkworthy™ Soft Clear Wax. This was a thick wax product that glided on smoothly. I love that it will provide plenty of water protection against everyday wear and tear! By the way, Chalkworthy™ paint and wax products may be mixed together to create a tinted wax. I can think of at least three other projects in my home that would benefit from a great tinted wax! As a blogger, my DIY project list never ends! 🙂
To take the distressed look up a notch, the next step was to use the Chalkworthy™ Black Soft Wax.
I applied the Black Wax randomly over the top of the table and along edges, corners, etc. Here is the effect of the black wax on the table! Isn’t it lovely?!
I am absolutely in love with the finished look of my dining table. I think the soft matte blue color complements my dining room scheme beautifully!
Every time I walk by the dining room, I have to stop and admire my work. A table that looks like this at the home decor store would easily run in the hundreds of dollars – I love that I DIYed this look for a fraction of the cost! This is truly a project worth smiling about!
What DIY project is complete without a dramatic Before & After? Check out this fantastic transformation!
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Now, learn more about how Chalkworthy™ paint can help you tackle those home decor projects and tell me: Have you ever used Chalkworthy™ paint? Which color would you choose for your home? Are you also loving the distressed paint finish that’s so popular nowadays?