January 22, 2014

{TUTORIAL} Using DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint

I'm a frequent visitor to the thrift store in my town.  I enjoy searching through the items and sometimes finding treasures.  My main joy comes from taking old items and making them better.  In short, I love to upcycle.  For those unfamiliar with the term, upcycling is a process where you take something considered 'useless' and re-purpose it into an item of new, improved state of better quality.

One one of my outings, I found this darling three tier circular tower.  It was shoved into a corner and had stuff piled all over it.  It was dusty, dirty and painted an awful shade of dingy yellow but I could tell it had potential.  When I inquired about it at the register, the salesperson told me it had been there for a while so she gave me a great deal on it.  Color me excited!

I took it home and began brainstorming.  What could I do with this?  Then it hit me...I could use it as an accessories holder in my bedroom!  It definitely needed some TLC, though.  It needed to be painted.

My style is kind of "old meets new".  I like to mix bright colors with muted tones, vintage furniture with modern.  I discovered DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and I knew immediately that's what I wanted.  I chose a beautiful subdued shade of turquoise called 'Escape' and went to work.

For this project I needed a drop cloth, two 8oz. jars of paint, paint brushes and a paint holder.  A unique aspect of this chalky paint is to cover surfaces without priming or sanding.  I chose to use foam paint brushes as I find they don't leave streaks as much as those with bristles do.

I started from the top and worked my way towards the bottom, taking care to paint every nook & crevice (believe me, there were many!).  My goal was to create a time-worn, vintage look that would compliment the decor in my bedroom.  Notice how pretty the paint is; the slight matte sheen is quite appealing!

I did spill a few drops of paint on my hardwood floor, but luckily it cleaned up easily with just soap and water!  As I continued painting, I realized to my delight that the desired effect I had in mind could be accomplished with only one coat of paint.  I'm incredibly pleased at how well the paint adhered to the surface of the tower; especially since I didn't sand the previous paint off nor did I use a primer.

I let the paint dry for a few hours and them came back to check on the piece.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the paint was dry!  I really enjoy how the original color peeks through in places ever-so-slightly.  It really gives the tower a shabby-chic feel, don't you agree?  I think my chosen color of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint provided the perfect mix of modern and vintage.  I could not be more pleased with the way it turned out!

To see other examples of the versatility of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, including dry-brushing, layering, stenciling & more, check out this pinboard or click here.  This paint is available for purchase at Home Depot online or in-store.

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