My First Experience with Chalk Paint: A Before and After

Let's just say I'm a convert!

After buying both some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint a few weeks ago, I finally jumped in and painted something!! Yippee. Can't tell you how good it felt be doing something hands on:)

I decided to start with this little black cabinet in our kitchen that I keep my cookbooks, recipe printouts and various (Its originally from Target, but I scored it for free when my old office moved and they didn't need it anymore.)

I purchased a sample jar of ASCP in Duck Egg for $14.95 and hoped to get away with just that to cover this baby. I didn't do the inside (or the back), but by adding a little water to the second coat to stretch it out a little (a trick from the awesome guys at Maison Decor in South Boston), I was able to get her done! Here's the after:

Ahem. No, I didn't get a chance to style the top of the cabinet, so this not as pretty of an after as it should be, sorry!! But you may notice that I did get something else done...after like a year of not writing a single thing on the wipe board above the cabinet, I took it down and put up the two cork boards from Pottery Barn that I've had sitting new in their boxes for like three years. High five!

I love this Duck Egg color! Its that lovely ambiguous area between blue and green and grey, one of my favorite colors that I never quite know what to call. I feel like a lot of the details of this piece like the bead board and turned legs were getting lost before in a sea of black, but now the new color brings them out a bit.

And can I just say that I really really liked working with the chalk paint! I did no prep, other than dust the cabinet, pull it out from the wall a bit and slide a piece of paper under each leg so I wouldn't get paint on the floor. Then while Maura was napping, I went to town. I had no idea what I was doing, but it didn't seem to matter:) The paint went on great, the brush strokes sort of seem to dissolve, and if you do see them, it somehow adds to the look, not detracts.

After the two coats, I took some sand paper and distressed the edges a bit. Most of the time I got it right and just the black showed through, other times I think I rubbed too hard and some white start peaking through. It doesn't bother me though. In this I am not a perfectionist!

To finish the piece, I actually used Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax, not Annie Sloan's. I bought Marion's to use on a piece I'm going to try next with the milk paint and the guys at Maison Decor told me I would definitely be ok using it to cover the chalk paint (which was really nice, they had my best interests at heart and didn't get me to spend money on something I didn't need). If I didn't know what I was doing painting this thing, I really really did not know what I was doing when it came to the waxing bit (last I checked Marion didn't have the tutorial up yet on her site on how to use the wax), but it was super easy and fast! It was kind of like wiping Crisco all over your furniture and then wiping it off. I also just used a cotton rag I made from an old t-shirt, didn't spend the money (yet) on the special waxing brush.

I kinda want to go around my house and paint everything now! I'm definitely a fan. At first I was pretty intimidated, but after having just jumped right in, I feel like I'm going to be using this stuff a lot. Well, next up I'm going to try out the milk paint, looking forward to seeing how chippy my piece will be on its own with just the paint doing the job. Anybody out there used the milk paint yet? Scared to try the chalk paint? Just go for it!!


  1. What a fun makeover! I think you're right, all the great details of this cute cabinet really shine with the gorgeous lighter color. I have a pair of end tables that I'm thinking about taking chalk paint too - you know, when I actually get around to painting them ;)

  2. A great improvement Sarah! Now I am more motivated than ever to try the chalk paint, I too have a few items around my house in need of a little freshen' up!

  3. Hooray for chalk paint! I'm so glad you had a good experience too. I'd be interested in hearing how Marion's wax is compared to ASCP. I used an old t-shirt too for the wax but I didn't wipe off which I probably should have done b/c some areas I just applied too much. The cabinet looks awesome! That color reminds me of Wythe Blue (that we painted our kitchen). It's beautiful!

  4. I am so glad you posted this bc I have the exact same cabinet and have debated painting it forever. I love the color you chose and the results! I might just have to be a copy cat :)

  5. Oh, how fun! I want to work with chalk paint too! The cabinet really came out nice, I love the color and the slightly distressed look. Very nice makeover!

  6. Gorgeous makeover Sarah and I adore that colour too xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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  8. The colors look awesome; it looks even better. I will try using chalk paint on my kids’ bedroom so they can write on them and have fun. I hope it comes out pretty too!


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