Before and after with chalk paint

by ~Tina · 4 comments

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DISCLOSURE1-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY This old corner unit used to live in our living room and I had all intentions of either sanding it back and revarnishing it or painting it to give it a fresh makeover.

But like most of my fabulous DIY intentions, I never got around to it and the tired old piece got thrown out in the back shed and left to cover in dust.

cabinet before

That is until I started seeing images on Pinterest (So I’m blaming Pinterest again. How many times is that, I wonder?) of people painting their well loved furniture pieces in chalk paint.

Not to be confused with chalk BOARD paint. Graces Goodies has a terrific post about why Chalk Paint is so good. Go read. I’ll wait.

Because I had already made up my mind that I was going to use chalk paint to give my corner unit a makeover, I was SO excited when the lovely ladies from Graces Goodies asked me if I would be interested in trying out some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and tell you guys about it.

Uhh, yes. Yes I am interested!

annie sloan chalk paint

I am probably one of the laziest DIYers around and the idea of not having to sand back furniture and instead, basically slapping on the paint, which is water based so clean up is simple, suited me perfectly. And because the chalk paint dries quickly, it’s easy to finish a project in a couple of hours on the weekend.

I already had the colour chosen (orange – of course!), we popped in to visit Bianca and Cathie at Graces Goodies and they set us up with everything we needed to make my corner unit pretty – a tin of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in “Barcelona Orange”, a tin of Annie Sloan’s soft wax and a pure bristle brush – and sent us on our way with some tips to make our makeover easy and painless.

barcelona orange

The chalk paint has a chalky feel to it and goes on easily. I only needed one coat to get the piece looking the way I wanted it. You could still see some of the dark wood coming through in places. I considered giving it a second coat but I really like the way it turned out.

And it didn’t take long to dry at all.

cabinet after

There was no sanding, no priming and because there is no odour I was able to paint it right in the middle of our living room while the kids were out for the afternoon. Once dry, the finishing touch was to use the soft wax a little at a time with an old t-shirt or other soft cloth and wax the entire unit to add a bit of a sheen and to add a protective barrier.

cabinet makeover

I’m already looking for the next thing I can paint with chalk paint. Because Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint can be used on almost any type of surface, the possibilities are endless!


If you’re in the Illawarra area, or even just coming down to visit, pop in to Graces Goodies. Their shop is filled with treasures. Miss Annabelle bought some cute little earrings while we were there.

If you’re interested in attending a workshop, they have some spots available for their October and November ‘Bring your own piece’ workshops. For more information, follow Graces Goodies on Facebook and check out their website.


1 Jackie September 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

I love that paint, going to see where I can find it in NZ, and get painting :)
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2 ~Tina September 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hi Jackie, I’ve sent a message to the ladies at Graces Goodies to see if they ship to NZ. When I hear back from them, I’ll let you know :)

3 Kat September 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I’m painting an outdoor piece soon, I wonder if chalk paint will work will save me so much time. Is this brand sold at hardware stores, hopefully I can pick some up here I Qld.
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4 ~Tina September 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

Hey Kat, this brand isn’t in hardware stores, I don’t think. They’re are only a few stockists in Australia. Check the Annie Sloan website to see if there’s one near you. As for outdoors, I think it would work but you’d obviously need to seal it.

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