Chalkpaint Bench Tutorial

You guys are so awesome and sweet about this bench!!!

Guess what?

I posted on CL to see what would happen…..

And the response was a little crazy!

Sold and no dickering on the price!

They must not read my Craigslist tutorials ; )

Ok, I’m still learning……so the tutorials will be brief…….

K.I.S.S. is the name of MY game…..


I take a damp cloth and clean off bench.


The two colors I used are………’
Aubusson as the primary color.
I used the whole sample : (
That made me sad actually because I am cheap……..

The color was like this when I first painted it……..


It was chalky….(duh?…reminded me of Tracy from Tracy’s Trinkets and Treasures chalk paint post)….but I didn’t expect….so…… AND chalky.

I about died.

So….I pulled out the other little sample……


I used only a little bit……I mixed it with water in a Solo cup.

You don’t have to use a Solo cup.

You can just use a paper cup.

Or a plastic cup.

Just in case you wondered.

You weren’t wondering, were you?

The consistency was like ” water”…..and I painted the whole piece with that…….

You will be surprised at how much shows up….

And if it doesn’t show up enough…..Add a little more color.

Let it dry…….

Then sand it and distress it up good.

Real good.

The next step is what changed the color so much…..and to be honest……I HATED this step.

I didn’t like how this bench turned out.

This shows you how much you can’t make all the pieces “your style” if you want to sell them…..

I thought you guys would NOT like this one.

I thought this step….gave it a “country” look.

I was wrong.

Although, I am still not 100% sure how I feel about AS soft wax.

Just so you know.

I do NOT apply as per instructions….

Just so you know that as well.

Many people have said that the pieces are “tacky”……”sticky” from the wax and they have to buff their hearts out to get the piece to be smooth…..

I don’t like tacky…..AND I don’t like buffing my heart out.

So, what I did was apply it just like I do Minwax paste.

Wax on / Wax off……

I don’t wait for it to dry….

And I had NO tacky issues and piece had that showroom feel to it…..
( I just took the time to read or watch a tutorial! I am AWFUL at taking the time to do that. Miss Mustard Seed talks about waxes and issues regarding. She said the tip to using a wax is waiting for it to TOTALLY dry…wait until it doesn’t feel tacky and then buff out. She said that AS wax says to wait overnight…I would DIE waiting btw. Her wax also didn’t go on as dark as mine. I am wondering if the fact that it was literally, no lie, in the 100’s even in my garage made mine runnier….Anways…here is her tutorial. Even as a newbie….I do sort of like the wipe on, wipe off look….but I will probably learn with more experience that might not be a smart idea so don’t go quoting me on how smart that is to do
; ) . Here is a link to her tutorial. She also talks about how to clean out the brushes.Tracy’s suggested using vegetable oil….then washing with soap and water..EXACTLY what MMS uses…she is so smart! I can’t wait to try that! Cleaning the brushes has been very difficult for me! Ok…enough…there goes the KISS method…here’s her link.

I do little sections at a time.

This is a peek at another project that you will be seeing soon…….

That is how small of a section I do at a time.

And Wah-lah!

If I can do it…..

Anyone can.

But……I’m still feeling the chalk paint out and if financially a better deal with amount of labor etc…….

I’m still not totally sold……

If you saw how many pieces I have finished in the last two days you would say I am crazy to even wonder if it is worth it.

Actually, I made my money back on the bench that I sold today…….

So, I guess it is!

Sort of……..

I would still like to gather a few more facts to really endorse or not.

Are you getting ready to try your hand at it?

Your comments motivate me!

I love hearing from you and can’t wait to show you the other stuff I have going!!!!

Let me know if you have specific questions and what you want to see in a tutorial.

You know that I HATE long tutorials…………so….help me keep it simple sweeties ; ) K-I-S-S!




0 thoughts on “Chalkpaint Bench Tutorial

  • August 11, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I think that bench looks fabulous.  I would have never guessed that you added a thin coat of Versailles on top of it.  Did you use a stencil brush for your wax?  WHere did you find the small sample pots of paint? 

  • August 11, 2011 at 3:39 am

    @2feb5a7e4de8134ba30b33bea48ac90f:disqus  The consignment store that sells the AS paint sells the sample pots as well. I am hoping they are going to offer a discount to my readers and she should know next week. I used a small AS paste brush….I really am not sold on this product yet though… is tough……..time consuming to apply and rub off even more-so than when I apply stain and then paste after….so I’m still not totally sold. I want to try a couple of diff. ways………I did think of your hubby when I about died after painting because the “chalky” feel totally grossed my fingers out. : ) Love, Me

  • August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Laura Williamson Gonzalez  I think one advantage to chalk paint is the fact that you don’t have to prime or sand a piece to prepare it. It goes on anything……Flat should sand great as well. I looked it up online and it seems others have sanded flat with no problems! thank you for your compliment on the bench. Getting ready to show you her sister soon : ) Love, Me

  • August 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Eek….I feel so guilty!  I helped put the AS paint seed in your head! I’m glad you are taking the bull by the horns & experimenting & sharing, because I haven’t had a chance to experiment much, yet, but school starts back in a week & I’m READY to paint!  Your dark wax looks runny compared to my experience with it.  I used way too much the 1st time, but my lovely friend at came to my rescue. She is a stockist here in Upstate SC.  – tutorial with wax on/wax off with dark & clear wax

  • August 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    No need to prime!!  Now that is a biggie!! 🙂  Thank you so much!!!!

    I’m excited to see how you fixed up the other bench!!! 

  • August 12, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Hello,  the bench looks great.  Just want to make sure that you put clear wax on before you did the dark wax.  You were talking about having a hard time with the dark.  If you don’t use clear wax first the dark wax will grab in the paint.  Clear then dark and if you get too much dark on you can rub some off with a little more clear wax.


  • February 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Loved the bench you did that is on Pinterest! Does the color look like that in person. Does it have a greentint.Thinking about doing a table base and chairs in it.Looove it!

    • February 13, 2014 at 6:51 am

      Hello Shannon, I am really careful that the picture truly represents the color. Thank you for stopping by. Check out my other transformations while you are here. XO!


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