To chalk paint or not to chalk paint

I have been painting furniture now for a very long time. About eighteen years. I have painted everything, end tables, shelves, desks, cabinets…you name it. My go to paint has always been latex wall paint in a satin finish. I like it, it is easy to use, doesn’t chip, and it lasts a long time. If I am painting cabinets, my go to paint is Sherwin Williams cabinet paint. Those are really my staples. So when I found this sewing desk and began thinking about re finishing it, I wanted to try something new.

The finish on this desk was in pretty bad shape, but it was a solid wood desk, could be used with a sewing machine, or it was just a cool piece to use for a desk in a bedroom. I sanded the finish off the top of the desk to prep it for stain.

I wanted the top to remain wood, and the bottom of the piece to be painted. I stained the top with a light brown stain. The stain went on well, leaving some dark spots here and there, giving the top a vintage feel.

I bought some rustoleum chalk paint at Home Depot, grabbed a regular brush, and went to work on the bottom. I just brushed the whole piece. The paint is a little thicker than latex paint, so the brush worked well.

The paint went on well, and I just needed to use two coats to cover the original finish. I sanded the edges to give it an old vintage feel, and sealed it with a matte polycrylic finish. I used a water based poly since the chalk paint is water base. I was afraid of ruining or yellowing the finish with a regular polyurethane.

I attached the original pulls, and the piece was finished.

I am excited about how this piece turned out. Working with chalk paint was great. The paint went on well, and the finish was easy to distress to make it look vintage. I still love painting with latex paint, but I would definitely add chalk paint into my painting rotation. I originally bought this piece for my daughter’s room. We were going to take the sewing machine out, and just use it as a cool desk. She found her other desk she wanted, so I am selling this piece. I am excited to see how it goes.

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I'm Erin, a busy mom of three, chauffeur, cook, housekeeper, and wanna be decorator. I love old movies, good books, and a daily trip to Lowes. We have recently bought a new home...one we are fixing up and changing everything. This blog is to record our renovating journey. This is not the first house we have done. Actually, it is our third. My husband and I love a project. Any project. We both love working on our home, have the same taste, (which is great), and love working and re purposing things on our budget. We can show you how to put together a high end and creative look without breaking the bank. Taking something old and recreating it into something new and exciting for any room is my passion. Hope you enjoy this decorating journey with us!