If you are new here, let me share with you my slight obsession with furniture makeovers. I especially love Chalk Paint! Why? I am an instant gratification kind of girl, so the fact that chalk paints don’t require priming, make me a little giddy!
I also love words! I love a good quote or a fantastic song or a simple line in a movie. I have been know to PIN quite a few of “A few good quotes.” (sorry, that was a lame attempt at a great movie line) Speaking of Pinterest, I love to spend some time on there. If you haven’t checked out my boards, you need to do. Then you will know what I am saying when I say that I love to spend time on there.
So, you know that I love instant gratification and furniture redo’s. A chalkboard is the perfect project to marry the two.
I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I love using it for making my own chalkboards.I found this super ugly painting with a beyond fabulous frame. I knew that with a little love, it’s true calling in life could be seen.
See what I mean? Look at those curves? Ooo La La..right? I am a little embarrassed to tell you how long this frame lived in my garage. I always knew what I was going to do with it, I just hadn’t found the right color yet. Enter Cece Caldwell’s Carolina Sun Yellow.
This color was the perfect sunshine yellow.
I quickly got to painting because I knew that it would make me happy!
Chalk Paint is easier to work with than chalkboard paint. The center of frame was painted with a custom color of chalk paint. It’s the same color that I used on my Entryway Bench. I painted the center a couple coats and I was good to go. It doesn’t have to cure the length of time that traditional chalkboard paint does. I was sold! Plus-I think that it looks a little loved and not quite so new.
Cece Caldwell Chalk Paint was easy to work with. It is a little on the thick side, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of water to make it go one a little more smoothly. I did not paint this piece with the paint thinned. I used the paint straight out the can. It worked fine for this project. However, I did paint a ceramic pitcher with this color. It was too thick without watering it down a bit. Don’t be afraid to play with this paint. It is very forgiving and so fun to play with.
Cece Caldwell paint is an all GREEN product. It is extremely low VOC and very earth friendly. I did notice that there was almost little to no smell at all.
Like all chalk paint, if you don’t want the surface to be a chalkboard, you need to wax it. Cece Caldwell’s has a clear wax and dark wax. Cece’s dark wax is a little more on the warm side. It is beautiful to work with. I am not going to go into a ton of detail on waxing, but if you need to know more, you can check out this post & watch this video.
Overall, I really loved using this paint. The colors are very rich & seem to have a bit more pigment in them that other chalk paints that I have used. Especially when you add the clear wax. The color is a little bit brighter when you add the clear wax. Keep this in mind. This is not a bad thing, but something that I think everyone should be aware of. They have a lot of beautiful colors. The colors that they offer seem to be right on trend. (that means they have coral!) If you want to see what colors the paint comes in, click here.
Cece’s paint is around $38.00 a quart.This is about the same price that you will pay for any chalk paint. Don’t let this price scare you away. A little goes a long way! One quart of paint will do 5-6 furniture pieces. You could get more use out of your quart if you end up watering down some of it for projects.
Cece’s paint can only be found at particular distributors. Good news, most of them will ship. The same goes with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. April James is my go to distributor for all things Annie Sloan. She is happy to ship anywhere. Tell her I sent you!
I love my finished chalkboard! I love that it is a statement piece in my house and it didn’t cost me a lot of money. I love that it is the last thing that we see before we go out and face the world. I heart words and so I love a good quote.
A couple of things to keep in mind when you are making a chalkboard. You have to “prime” the chalkboard before you write on it. This means that you take a piece of chalk and cover the whole surface with it. I just use the side of a piece of chalk. I then use some paper towels, wipe if off and get to creating my quotes.
I hope that I inspired to you run, not walk and get some chalk paint & create something beautiful for your home!
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