Chalky Paint Rescue

As I am getting ready to move, I have been thinking about decorating our new home, and thinking about new colour schemes, and also what I can breath some new life into after living in our current home for nearly a decade. I read this great article on chalky paint (you are not reading that incorrectly, not chalkboard paint as I originally thought). It is a thick paint, with a “shabby chic” look, where you can see the brush strokes, which is perfect for pieces that are laminated for example, as the paint sticks easily to several surfaces. It is also good for pieces destined for the dump. I am thinking of trying this technique, and wanted to share this article I read (with full before and after pictures linked below). I will post when and if I decide to give it a try!

The article,Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand Destined for the Curb By: Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum! was posted here on

“There’s a lot of buzz about so-called chalky paint. Don’t confuse these ultra-matte finish paints with chalkboard paint; that’s something totally different. Chalky paint is perfect for finishing furniture or decorative pieces, but without the need for sanding or priming. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint from DecoArt is great for giving a fabulous saturated or distressed look to flea market or discount store finds.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers. It’s our special chalky-finish paint edition of our Paint Style Challenge.

Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum! made her freshly painted nightstand the centerpiece for a complete makeover of a previously unappreciated nook in her home. And, as you’ll see, the chalky paint made the nightstand look absolutely smashing…”

To read the full article, and see her transformation, please click here.


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