chalk style paint

DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!

Hey guys! Hope you're having a great week so far (after all, it's only Monday haha)! Due to the cold weather, I've been focusing on smaller furniture pieces -- like the TV Stand Makeover with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint -- that I can bring inside and paint. Next on my list was this adorable coffee table I found on Craigslist:

DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!

It was in great condition, but I wanted to paint it to bring out all of the beautiful details. I still had plenty of General Finishes chalk style paint in "Empire Gray" left from my vintage chair makeover, so I decided to use it again! I knew the light color paired with distressing and a glaze would make all of the details pop!

After two coats of Empire Gray, I distressed the piece with 150 grit sand paper. Then, I glazed the piece with Paint Couture's Light Brown Sugar Glaze. To finish and seal the piece, I used General Finishes Flat out Flat top coat -- this is such a great top coat because it has absolutely no shine!

The After:

DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!
DIY Coffee Table Makeover with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!

What do you think of the after?

I'm selling this cutie for $125, so if you're interested in purchasing it, please contact me!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

Disclosure: I received a free sample of General Finishes chalk style paint. Even still, all opinions in this post are my own.

Huge news, guys: General Finishes has a NEW chalk style paint line! As you all know, General Finishes Milk Paint is one of my favorite paints of all time, so when they sent me samples of their new chalk style paint, I was super excited to give it a try!

First, though, if you're confused about the differences between their milk paint and chalk style paint, they have this fantastic video to answer your questions:

 

Now that we have that cleared up, I received General Finishes' "Empire Gray" chalk style paint:

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

I love all of the muted tones and the matte finish that this line has -- it's so elegant and classic! I decided to use the paint on a cute chair that I found at a thrift store in Florida. I was thrilled by the fabric and good bones!

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

I lightly sanded the wood portion of the chair with a 150 grit sanding block and then wiped it clean. Painting the frame without getting any paint on the fabric was a challenge, but I survived! I put cardboard between the seat and the back to paint the side portions:

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

I also taped off a few of the edges just in case. Then, I got to painting! Once the paint dried, I wanted to deepen the color and bring out all of the chair's details, so I distressed the edges lightly and glazed it with General Finishes Van Dyke Glaze. After that, I sealed the chair with their new Flat out Flat Top Coat. This new top coat gives you a flat finish that's similar to a wax (but provides much more protection)... I adore it!

Here's the beautiful after:

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!

Before and After with General Finishes' NEW Chalk Style Paint!


Things I Love About General Finishes' Chalk Style Paint:


  • This paint isn't as thick as other chalk style paints. For me, that's a plus, because I don't like a lot of texture in my finish.
  • The coverage is just as amazing as their milk paint! I did this chair with 2 light coats. 
  • You can mix different General Finishes products -- I can use their Van Dyke Glaze with their milk paint or their chalk style paint -- which gives me, and my customers, more options!
  • You can spray it! It's no secret that I love my Earlex paint sprayer and use it often! I love that I can use this product in my sprayer, too!
  • The price! Guys, the suggested retail price for General Finishes chalk style paint is $14.17 for pints and $24.17 for quarts, which is insane to compared other chalk style paints that run around $40 per quart!

I can't wait to use this paint on other before and after projects! Which chalk style paint color do you want to try? Check out the full chalk style color chart and see all of the beautiful colors!


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;