The paints mentioned in this post were provided to me by DecoArt. All opinions and projects created – as always – are 100% my own!
I recently shared my Chippy Paint Cigar Box Tutorial over on Deja Vue Designs where I’m the Creative Contributor. The chippy paint effect was done using candle wax as the paint resist. But that’s only one of many ways you can achieve the popular chippy paint look. Another way is using petroleum jelly. Yes, there’s so many uses for petroleum jelly and now you can add distressing painted furniture to its list of attributes!
I love shopping for antique and vintage furniture, especially pieces that are in sad shape and need lots of love. Last Fall, at an awesome antiques store just south of us, this antique secretary desk cried out to me for help. I instantly knew this would be my first Chalky Finish paint makeover on a large scale!
Behold . . .
My Chippy Paint Antique Secretary Desk!
The desk is early 1900s, and I could see the beautiful lines beyond its sad outward appearance. The vendor just thought I was crazy, I think because I was passing up similar antiques in much better condition. I mean, just look at how bad this piece was. There were layers of paint and other things that I’m not sure I even want to know about!
Step One: With your finger, spread petroleum jelly over areas you’d like the base color (Carbon) to show through.
|Jar lids come in handy when painting furniture and needing to prop something open.|
Step Five: Using the 2” chip brush, and a 1” chip brush for the smaller areas, coat entire surface with Vintage. Let dry.
This waxing brush makes applying the wax very easy. I love this brush!
Let paint dry between coats.
Don’t apply petroleum jelly too thin, but also don’t use large chunks of it. The ideal amount is somewhere in between.
When painting over petroleum jelly, clean your brush often to avoid spreading petroleum jelly to other areas.
- DecoArt has several technique how-to videos that you can watch. Learn and get inspired!
- Paint can always be painted over! Don’t worry about mistakes. Enjoy the process!
Yes, I’m a DecoArt Blogger, but I choose to work with DecoArt products because I honestly love how good they are. Chalky Finish paints produce fabulous results! Here’s a zoomed in shot of the desk’s side:
There are many types of similar paints out there, but the Chalky Finish paints are affordable, made in the USA, very low odor, and water-based so cleaning up is a breeze. The paints glide on smoothly and are much easier to distress than other acrylic paints. (And if you’re a reader of my blog, you’ve seen me try many paints!)
And as I mentioned earlier, this secretary desk fits perfectly in our library! We installed IKEA bookcases along two walls – yes, my husband and I are avid readers – and I wanted something to make the room feel less modern.
|The desk goes nicely with our unique taupe-brown wall color in our entryway (right).|
You can view the complete line of Chalky Finish paints on DecoArt’s website. And you can see and purchase these paints for yourself at Home Depot stores as well as HomeDepot.com!
Stay tuned, because I’m just beginning to redo our kitchen table and chairs using the Chalky Finish paints, and I can’t wait for you to see!