AH Crafty Challenge – Chalk Paint Almost Reveal

Phew, we made it to Friday! The rental house we thought we were moving into, didn’t work out; we were informed with 5 days until moving day…Eeek! In Huntington Beach, actually probably all Southern California beach cities, if you aren’t the first person to call on a rental house as soon as the sign goes up, as you’re standing in the front yard, well you just pulled a “Ricky Bobby”; if you ain’t first, you’s last! Jerry rushed to the rescue, driving around neighborhoods, calling property managers, and it looks like he may have found us a new home. We should get the final word today, with just 4 days to spare.

My furniture chalk painting project this week gave me (and Jerry) some much needed comic relief. Of course everything is packed away, including my paint brushes, the can of paint I thought I had available, was used up last weekend while patching and painting walls before our move. We headed over to the Ace Hardware down the street….the paint aisle consisted of spray paint, and a whole lot of oil based paint. Confused! I found the one and only, itsiest sample size can of white eggshell paint on there shelves.

Once I finally got down to painting I learned two bits of “Things Not To Do” advice for your chalk paint projects …

  1. Don’t try to apply chalk paint with a roller brush (or those sponge brushes on the wooden handle).  Apparently, I haven’t Pinned enough chalk painted furniture to absorb instructions via osmosis. If I didn’t laugh, I would have cried. Now I know why all those Pins include a big fat flat head brush, duh!
  2. Don’t put it in a pan, or on a palette. It dries FAST. Okay, but I keep seeing other people put their paint on a styrofoam plate…hmmm. More testing this one out.

This is the first time the AH Crafty Challenge has turned into a two part process. My fault for waiting until the last minute to get started, and then not having everything I need. I’ll have the final reveal for you on Sunday. I just need to do some touch up painting, distress it like a raven, and then put the final coat of MinWax on it.

Mixing up chalk paint is really simple. I mixed 2 tbsp of chalk paint mix stuff, with 1 tbsp of water. Shook it up, then added 1 cup of latex paint.

Mixing up chalk paint is really simple. I mixed 2 tbsp of chalk paint mix stuff, with 1 tbsp of water. Shook it up, then added 1 cup of latex paint. Shook it some more.

I used super white latex paint (my only option), then added about a tbsp of brown craft paint to soften it up.

What not to do - do not use a roller with chalk paint...now I know what that big flat head brush is for.

What not to do – do not use a roller with chalk paint…now I know what that big flat head brush is for.

Because I didn't have the right paint brush, this took much longer (I'm sure). I LOVE the texture of the paint finish though. Very excited to complete this AH Crafty Challenge.

Because I didn’t have the right paint brush, this took much longer (I’m sure). I LOVE the texture of the paint finish though. Very excited to complete this AH Crafty Challenge.

Almost Done - Stop by Sunday to see the final completed piece.

Almost Done – Stop by Sunday to see the final completed piece.

Sunday I’ll either be leisurely packing, and finishing this table up, or we will be frantically driving around looking for a place to move. Check in and see how I’m surviving!

TGX (Thank God for Xanax)!

Chalk Paint Challenge – Final Reveal

8 thoughts on “AH Crafty Challenge – Chalk Paint Almost Reveal

  1. whosaprettygirl says:

    Cute table! I wish I would have come up with your last line…TGX ( Thank God for Xanax ) …Love it! And I never leave home without it 😉

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  2. joeyfullystated says:

    I haven’t attempted chalk paint yet, so I appreciate learning from your mistakes! The table looks great! It’s such a lovely shape, you could probably paint it with any paint or color and it would still be darling.
    Hope you get the living arrangements sorted! I’d be a wreck!

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    • Atomic Hostess says:

      Give the chalk paint a try….the texture and finish are really nice! I will definitely being using it more in the future. I’ll have the finished piece posted on Sunday.

      We did receive a call this morning and we are all set to move to a wonderful new house. It always does work out for the best, but yes, sometimes getting there is a rough ride! Thanks for the comments and well wishes!!

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