Here is a before picture of my sweet chest of drawers. Do you see that ugly staining job? 14 years ago I used the quickest solution I could find to stain this thing, and that was a can of spray stain. Yes you heard right – spray stain, like spray paint! Awful idea. At the time I thought it was genius, and awesome…looking back I was so young and naive.
I am so excited today to show you the Apothecary Chest Redo I did with the new Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint. I got this apothecary style chest about 14 years ago when I worked at Joanns. I was able to snag this piece for a real bargain because it was damaged. Lucky me!
Here is the top, split down the middle. Tons of wood glue was used to glue this thing back together by a friend. Which when you spray stain it causes the wood glue you don’t sand properly to turn glossy. This baby had a ton of potential, and it only took 14 years to reach it!
When DecoArt approached me about their new Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint I was beyond joyed to try it, and I knew exactly which piece of furniture would be my first project. This new line of Chalky Finish Paint comes in some seriously dreamy colors, here is just a sampling of them. There are so many more to choose from.
The new Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint is available online at Home Depot. You can have it shipped straight to your front door, or you can have it delivered to your local Home Depot and pick it up for free!
I picked the “Everlasting” white Chalky Finish Paint for my apothecary chest. This chest sits in my hallway which is dark most of the time so I knew I wanted a light color. With our current couch situation I also needed to keep the color neutral. I’m so glad I picked this color, it was perfect. I also used a cream wax to seal my project.
With these Chalky Finish Paints there is absolutely no sanding or priming necessary, which for me is HUGE! I hate extra work when it comes to a project. I used a regular bristled 2″ paint brush for this project and painted my entire surface, and drawer fronts. I let each coat dry well before painting another coat. For this piece because it was so dark I needed to do 3 coats.
I decided to lightly distress all my edges with a 120 grit sandpaper. Just enough to let some of the previous finish and wood peak through. Give it a quick wipe down with a clean cloth to remove any sanding dust. I then used an old white t-shirt to apply my cream wax, this step was so fun. I then used a clean dry piece of my old t-shirt to buff my surfaces. I couldn’t believe how smooth it made everything.
I purchased new hardware from Hobby Lobby and added it to my drawers. By the way this apothecary chest is really only 3 drawers, but I love that it looks like it has 9 little drawers. I honestly am so happy with how this project turned out. It is actually one of my favorite pieces of furniture now. It’s bright, and it makes me happy to see it.
I love how great my bright accessories look on it now.
For even more Chalky Finish Project ideas go to DecoArt and look around. I hope you love my sweet little apothecary chest as much as I do. What would you make over with the new Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint? And what color would you use first?
Disclosure | I am a member of the core blogger program with DecoArt. I received compensation and product for this post. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.