Tips and Tricks for Using Chalky Finish Paint

Posted by: on January 2nd, 2014 | 15 Comments

Old Chair Restored Using Chalky Finish Paint

 

Chalky finish paint is an ultra-matte finish paint that’s getting a lot of attention from designers and DIYers. This is not chalkboard paint, by the way. That’s something totally different. Chalky paint is made for giving furniture or decorative pieces a high-end, professional finish. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint is great for giving new life to old pieces you might find at a flea market, or giving a luxe look to discount store furniture.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers for our Paint Style Challenge.

Gwen Hefner is the creative mind behind The Makerista. She used The Home Depot’s chalky paint to rescue an old homeless chair she found. She shares a few tips on using the chalky finish paint to its full effect.

 

I’ve heard so much about chalky paint and been curious to try some myself, so I was thrilled when The Home Depot sent me a box of chalky finish paint to put to the test. As any good thrifter and DIY’er, I had a large collection of projects stacking up (much to my husband’s chagrin) and several of them got a fresh coat of paint thanks to the samples I received.

The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint samples

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I opened the box to find quite the array of colors to choose from. They were all really lovely, but I thought it might be fun to mix two of them for something a bit different.

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Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand Destined for the Curb

Posted by: on January 1st, 2014 | 25 Comments

Gold striped vase atop a nightstand repainted with chalky paint

There’s a lot of buzz about so-called chalky paint. Don’t confuse these ultra-matte finish paints with chalkboard paint; that’s something totally different. Chalky paint is perfect for finishing furniture or decorative pieces, but without the need for sanding or priming. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint from DecoArt is great for giving a fabulous saturated or distressed look to flea market or discount store finds.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers. It’s our special chalky-finish paint edition of our Paint Style Challenge.

Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum! made her freshly painted nightstand the centerpiece for a complete makeover of a previously unappreciated nook in her home. And, as you’ll see, the chalky paint made the nightstand look absolutely smashing.

I believe in the power of paint to transform just about any space or object, so participating in a paint challenge was a no-brainer for me. Especially since it involved chalky paint…a medium I’ve yet to try.

My victim? This banged-up, no-character, laminate-coated, too-orange, old nightstand.

Old nightstand before chalky paint rescued it

If it looks familiar, that’s because virtually every bedroom set in the ’90s came with one. We’ve been using it as a little hall storage chest….but really, it was just a space-filler until I could find something better. Hence, I’d never taken the time to sand, prime, paint and seal it. Why bother when I knew it was destined for the curb?!

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Happy Holidays, From The Home Depot

Posted by: on December 18th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Merry Christmas from The Home Depot

 

From all of us at The Home Depot, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Tablesetting Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

Posted by: on December 17th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Tablesetting Ideas for Holiday Entertaining -- Courtney Lake

One of the most important aspects of all holiday festivities is, of course, meal time! Countless family memories are made around the table, so spend a little extra time decorating – your guests will love a thoughtfully prepared dining room. Gather a few tablesetting ideas from these pros, our bloggers who participated in this year’s Holiday Style Challenge.

Above, blogger Courtney Lake, of Courtney Out Loud, sets a flawless gold table and doesn’t miss a beat: gold accents, candle light, and fresh flowers.

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Christmas Craft Ideas: Wreath Alternative

Posted by: on December 16th, 2013 | 5 Comments

Christmas Craft Ideas: Wreath Alternative

If you’re on the hunt for something fresh to adorn your front door, tackle this simple DIY project! It’s one of our Christmas craft ideas we’re sharing this season. Grab a couple of supplies and lots of fresh greenery (from your Christmas tree or a holly bush outside) and get to work! Here we’ll show you how to create an interesting wreath alternative for your front door.

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DIY Decor: Christmas Doorknob Hangers

Posted by: on December 16th, 2013 | Make A Comment

DIY Decor: Christmas Doorknob Hangers

DIY Decor: Christmas Doorknob Hangers

For this DIY Decor project, we’re going to spruce up our doorknobs for Christmas. And I mean literally spruce them up (assuming you actually use spruce branches!). These Christmas Doorknob Hangers are an easy last minute Christmas craft project that adds a little holiday cheer to your home.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: Three Ways to Decorate Mini Trees

Posted by: on December 16th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Neutral and Natural Mini Tree

Here’s a great way to add a little holiday cheer to the bare spaces around your house. Think of it as an easy way to decorate in small batches. Grab a few mini Christmas trees and place them around the house – in the entryway/foyer, bathroom, or kitchen. Here are three ways to decorate your mini trees, part of our Christmas decorating ideas we’re sharing for the holiday season.

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DIY Gift Ideas: Magazine Rack

Posted by: on December 13th, 2013 | One Comment

DIY Gift Ideas: Magazine Rack

Piles and piles of magazines covering your floor, coffee table or kitchen counter? Then whip up this easy DIY magazine rack! It’s one of the DIY gift ideas we’re sharing during the holiday season. It will help clear up the clutter in your living room, or you could surprise a loved one with a homemade, handmade gift that can help you organize too!

Read on for the full how-to.

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DIY Project: Tile Shower Nook

Posted by: on December 13th, 2013 | 3 Comments

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This nook is a great way to update your shower and create extra storage space. Here are the step-by-step instructions for this DIY project. We printable instructions you can download, too. 

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DIY Gift Ideas: Aluminum Sheet Candle Holders

Posted by: on December 12th, 2013 | 2 Comments

DIY Gift Ideas: Aluminum Sheet Candle Holders

DIY Gift Ideas: Aluminum Sheet Candle Holders

Set the mood this season with these DIY candle holders. We felt so inspired by the aluminum sheets we used to make a DIY coaster set– another of our seasonal DIY gift ideas,  that we decided to use the metal sheets in another do-it-yourself gift idea. These aluminum candle holders make the perfect present for someone who has a unique or eclectic style. Put them next to a bathroom tub, on the fireplace mantel or surprise a loved one by pairing this gift with their favorite scented candle. You’ll love the way this finished project looks once you see how easy they are to make!

Here are the step-by-step instructions.

 

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