Earlier this year we issued a Chalk Paint Challenge to readers, asking them to submit pictures of the creative ways that they have put Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to use. As the entries came pouring in, we saw lovely tables, brightly colored hutches, even entire kitchens refinished with Chalk Paint. Narrowing down the numerous entries and making our final selection was no easy task.
We were looking for a demonstrated combination of creativity and technical skill, and Crystal Dvorak’s work on this nineteenth century spoon-carved dresser rose to the top. She painted the dresser with Arles and Old White and finished it with a careful touch of dark wax, and then sealed it with a final layer of clear wax. “I wanted it to look like it was pulled from grandma’s attic,” she says. Through our partnership with Annie Sloan Unfolded, Crystal received a prize package of paint, wax, books, and brushes for her hard work.
To acknowledge the many other creative submissions we received, we’ve also selected our top finalists and included their projects here. Those already familiar with Chalk Paint know that its ease of use inspires innovative ideas all the time. For those who haven’t used it, hopefully these projects will help motivate you to try your hand at something new.
Bedroom refresher in white by Jenny Smith
Look carefully at the photo here, you’ll see that Jenny not only painted the side table, but also the headboard and lamp in Old White and Pure White. The subtlety of her work is evidence of her skill, and the neutral colors complement the patterned wallpaper, making a few brightly colored fresh flowers the perfect accent.
Leather jewelry by Carrie Floyd
While Carrie has painted plenty of furniture with Chalk Paint, she decided to try something a little different with this project. Here she used Old White, Provence, and Antique Gold Rub and Buff on leather to create a mixed media cuff that also incorporated fabric and an old metal key—with stunning results. She says the project has inspired additional projects using Chalk Paint on fabric and other less traditional surfaces.
Hall tree made from an up-cycled door by Liz Suits
Liz and her husband built this hall tree by adding a shelf and box bench to an old door. The look of the piece was inspired by the STARZ show “Black Sails,” about early-eighteenth-century piracy on the high seas. To recreate the weathered, sea-tossed look, they carefully layered the paint, as shown in the steps above.
Refinished kitchen cabinets by Sasha Downing
Sasha painted her kitchen cabinets in Old Ochre, distressed them, and then applied layers of dark and clear wax. While the project was a massive undertaking, she says that the result was well worth it. “My kitchen is light and somewhere I love to be now,” she says.
Salvaged wardrobe by Zolane Gordon
Zolane found this wardrobe waiting curbside for the trash collector and decided to rescue it. In its former life, a friend kept it outside and used it to store oil and tools. In addition to the peace sign on the exterior, the inside was painted bright turquoise. Zolane transformed the jettisoned piece using Old White and Chateau Grey. She carefully distressed it and then finished it with clear and dark wax. Today, the wardrobe is so treasured that she anticipates passing it down to her children one day.