Over time, David and I inherited a few stylish but dated pieces of furniture from our parents. Some are in need of a little tender loving care. We’ve been wanting to give them an update; a remodel of sorts. A good coat of paint would bring about a new look that would suit our tastes. But as easy as it sounds, giving something an updated look with paint can be complicated. We have a large, three-section entertainment unit in our loft that was first on our to-do list. The color and style are somewhat dated. And the wood is actually a laminate. Regular paint would simply bead up and not cover the current finish. Hence our dilemma of how to paint it. We found a simple answer: chalk paint. Dixie Belle Chalk Paint to be exact. We’re excited to partner with the Dixie Belle Paint Company as we update our little slice of the world.
Dixie Belle Chalk Paint is brilliant! It’s the perfect paint for almost everything: wood, laminate, metal, glass, and most everything else in between. We decided to try our hand at a few smaller projects before taking on the much larger entertainment unit. We have a unique stool that we use on the patio by the hot tub/spa. It’s the perfect accessory for holding towels and robes while relaxing in the soothing water. But hey! Said spa and newly refinished stool also get plenty of rowdy, wet and wild play with the grandkids.
We chose to paint the stool the color Midnight Sky to bring out the black accents on the spa. We love the look and think the project was a complete success.
Dixie Belle Chalk Paint is unbelievably easy to use. We recommend buying the chip brushes which worked perfectly for our projects.
Now, back to the stool. As the photo shows, there was hardly any finish left on the stool whatsoever. But the glory of chalk paint is there’s not much preparation work required at all. I did, however, give the stool a good scrubbing. I left it to dry in the sun then we, the stool and I, were ready to get to the makeover.
The first thing I noticed about Dixie Belle Chalk Paint is the consistency. It thickens as it’s exposed to the air. No worries, though. Just add a bit of water to get the consistency that you’re happy with and keep on going. It’s easy to use and dries exceptionally fast. So fast that by the time you finish your first coat, you should be good to go with the second coat. That is if it’s even needed.
We needed a second coat because our stool was so distressed. The thirsty wood absorbed the chalk paint right up. And the second coat gave it a lovely matte finish.
To seal the beauty of the Midnight Sky color, we gave our stool one coat of Dixie Belle Clear Coat. It added a matte sheen which is just what we wanted. We love the look and are over the top happy with the finish. And we think it looks great with its surroundings. It’s a functional and perfect accent piece for the spa.
We also painted three photo frames with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint using three different products. We’ll share those results soon.