Tuesday, May 19, 2020

My First Attempt at Chalk Painting: Bed Frame Refersh

About a year ago, I found this Valspar Chalk Paint and Sealer on clearance at Target. I grabbed it (along with the Magnolia Home sealant brush) but was always afraid to actually begin a project.

Once we were quarantined and boredom began to set in, I decided to try it on my this old trundle bed.  The bed used to be in my son's room, but we recently moved it to the upstairs loft. It looked old and I wanted to refresh the look.

You can see it was pretty warn out to begin with, so I figured I couldn't really mess it up anymore!? 

I watched a few YouTube videos and then got started. I put a large tarp underneath the bed incase I dripped any paint.  (The chalk paint basically has zero fumes so it was safe for me to do indoors.) The first coat went on so simple.

I applied a second coat of the gray chalk paint for safety.

Within a couple of hours, I began to distress the bed.  Actually, my 14 year old daughter wanted to help and she enjoyed using the sandpaper on the edges to give it the farmhouse look.

The next day, I finished with two coats of clear sealant.
(Some say distress and then seal-- others say seal and then distress. Not sure if it makes a difference.)

I am quite pleased with the results. 

What do you think?