My friend Scottie over at Saved by Scottie recently contacted me about trying out a new line of chalk paint that she was carrying, the van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection. Now, if you have read through my posts, you’ll notice that I am not the chalk paint type. I like glossy. I like smooth. I love spray paint. But I will try anything once (except for eating bugs or strange, slimy unrecognizable things – I draw the line there) so I said “Sure!”
A little while later, a box shows up at my door with the most divine shade of navy blue called Starry Night. Navy blue is quite possibly my favorite color. It’s everywhere in my house. And Starry Night is a perfect shade of dark blue – not purple, not green. Love it!
Included in this box is also a can of Halo, which is a pretty shade of white – kind of basic, I know, but basic works for me. And a pot of wax with a natural bristle brush. It felt like Christmas!
Because I was trying to find a small project to try it out on, I thought this adorable little mini-bar would work perfectly!
I love the little feet!
I dragged it inside, where it is much cooler and out of the sun – and where I could catch up on the last season of Mad Men on Netflix as I worked.
I didn’t take a lot of “during” pictures, as I was caught up in Don’s bad behavior, but here is what I thought of the paint. It was super easy to use. I didn’t do any kind of prep to the cabinet, except to give it a good cleaning before I started. It went on easily and seemed to stick to the surfaces pretty easily. It doesn’t have a smell to it, which was wonderful, and it dried pretty fast. I did take a few days to finish the cabinet because I was doing quite a few other things at the same time. I did give it a second coat, as you could see it was lighter in some parts and I wanted an even finish.
One other thing about this paint – clean up is insanely easy. It washed out of my favorite Purdy brush in seconds, and was easy to get off the floor where I dripped it all over the place. It was the easiest paint to clean up that I’ve ever used.
After it was painted, it would have been the time to distress it if I wanted to, but I decided to try one thing at a time and left it as is.
Then, it was time to wax it. Now, being a novice at chalk paint, I wasn’t sure if it was necessary – and to be honest, it isn’t. Chalk paint will be fine without it, but the wax gives it a subtle sheen and seals it. I started with the top of the cabinet just swirled the brush in the wax and rubbed it into the paint.
Now, I’ve worked with furniture wax before, but never a beeswax. This stuff smells like honey. No chemical smell at all. And I love that it is safe enough to use on baby’s toys. I let it sit for a few minutes, then wiped off the excess with a cloth and let it dry. This is the difference that the wax made to the color.
It looks so much richer and deeper with the wax. In this picture, the door on the right was waxed, and the left was not yet.
After the wax completely dried, I went back and buffed it with a clean cloth, and I was done!
Oh, and by the way, I painted the inside of the cabinet also, using the Halo color on the back wall of the cabinet. I didn’t want it to be too dark inside the cabinet.
Here it is, all put back together.
Don’t the feet look especially cute now that they are navy blue?
I tried to “dress” the mini-bar, but we are woefully short on bar supplies. Oh well, it is still fabulous!
And finally, a little before and after Picmonkey creation….
So, there you have it – my first attempt at using chalk paint. I still have an entire quart of Halo to use, and a garage full of pieces to try it on, so this won’t be the last time I use it. I am looking forward to trying my hand at distressing a piece next time. I just have to find the right piece to give it a go.
I can’t give you a comparison to any other chalk paint brands or products, but I can tell you that it was super easy to use, covered well, and didn’t smell at all.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Disclosure: While I was not compensated monetarily for this post, I was sent the free products listed above to try out. The opinions and findings expressed above are my own, because that’s the way it should be.