White and Turquoise Chalk Painted Chest

In: Home Decor Tutorials, Mom's Riverside Bedroom
Pin for later!  Using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Creme Wax to refinish an old cedar chest!

I received free samples from DecoArt to review for this post, but all opinions are my own.  Please see my disclosure for more details.

Hi Everyone!  I’m still working hard transforming my Mom’s Riverside Bedroom.  

Today is special though, I’m showing you a really cool makeover- a white and turquoise chalk painted chest!  It was an estate sale bargain for this giant cedar chest that is going to double as a little window seat.  The coolest thing is I got to sample some DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Cream Wax just for this project!

DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting and Treasure 2 ounce bottles with 8 ounce bottle of clear creme wax

Now, I’ve said it before, I haven’t really jumped into the AS Chalk paint revolution because I’m cheap and it’s not readily available near me, but I have to say I’m kind of in love with this DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint.  If I’m in love with the paint, then I’m like stalker infatuated with the Creme Wax.  More on that later.  Let’s get to the good stuff.

Here is Mom’s cedar chest right after my bro and I carted this giant down some rickety old stairs at an estate sale, onto his trailer, then into Dad’s wood shop.  Keep in mind, we had to cart it back up some super steep stairs to get it up to Mom’s room.  You can wipe your brow now because your probably sweating imagining all that lifting.  No need for the gym On Bliss Street.  We LOVE to carry furniture…

Tan peeling cedar chest

Yeah, it’s not really anything that dreams are made of, just a chipped up chest, but it get’s better, I swear.  Any chest is better than a chipped chest, am I right? (Say that 5 times really fast-internet high-five!)

So, first, I gave it a nice sanding just to get all the peeling paint off and get to the bare bones.

Paint being sanded off cedar chest.

This is just the beginning… I sanded, and sanded, and sanded, but those cracks and crevices weren’t going anywhere.  After about and hour and a half, I decided, I could work with them and gave up.  Now, I’m glad I did, they grew on me.

Now for the fun part!  I gave the entire piece of coat of DecoArt’s Chalky Finish Paint in Treasure.  A little goes a very long way!  I was able to do almost the entire trunk with one- 2 ounce bottle.  All that was left was this little, lonely side.

cedar chest being painted with decoart chalky finish paint in treasure

Now, I like color and I LOVE this color, here is the entire piece in the first coat of Treasure.

Cedar chest painted using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in TreasureIsn’t that color AMAZING!!!  In my house, this would be it- in fact, don’t be surprised if you see it pop up again On Bliss Street 😉 But for Mom’s room, she needed something a bit softer.  We decided to do a second coat of Everlasting to soften the bright Treasure.

Cedar chest painted with DecoArt Chalky finish paint in treasure and everlasting

Much softer and just what we were looking for.  Now for a bit more sanding.  Yes, MORE sanding, to let the Treasure really peek through.  I gave it two coats of the DecoArt Clear Creme Wax using a natural bristle brush.  Once it was fully dry, I buffed it with an old white t-shirt to give it a satin shine.  After two coats, I still had more than half the bottle left- this stuff stretches and goes a super long way!

Cedar chest painted with DecoArt Chalky finish paint in treasure and everlasting

Don’t you just love how there are just subtle hints of Treasure there?

 X marks the spot!

Here is just one of the storage solutions to sneakily hide some of Mom’s stuff all prettified!

I can’t wait to show you how we fixed her ceiling…I’m just giddy about it! Hee, hee, heeeeee!


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  • http://www.housekaboodle.com Sue Pekarek

    You had me at turquoise and white! The transformation looks like a jewel. Can’t wait to see what you did for the ceiling too…is it ceiling planks? We are wrestling with doing ceiling planks, so I have them on my mind.

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Haha, thanks Sue! You know I can’t tell! It’s like against the blogger’s code or something to tell all of your upcoming post secrets… but you know how much I love planks. Can’t get enough of them in my house!