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:
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!
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:
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!
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:
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:
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!