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Today I worked on updating a vintage dresser that used to be in my daughter's nursery. I love this old dresser, but it needed a face lift big time! I partnered with Amy Howard At Home and used her chalk paint in Credenza and then finishing it with Cerusing Wax...let me show you how it went and give you my overall thoughts on these new-to-me products!
(**Just to be upfront, I was gifted these products by Amy Howard At Home in exchange for a product demo for my IG and blog buddies and an honest review of my experience, so if that kind of stuff bugs you, it won't hurt my feelings if you peace out. 😉 I'll catch ya next time! But I mean...who doesn't want to play all day with chalk paint?!)
If you caught my Instagram stories today, you got to watch the process of choosing a chalk paint color (I chose Credenza over Robin's Egg Blue after a vote from my IG buddies!), and I gave you step by step updates as I went! I'll recap things here, as well.
First, I prepped this VERY TURQUOISE dresser once used in my first born's nursery by wiping it down with a damp cloth...aaaaaaaand that was IT as far as prep work goes. Hollerrrrr!!! 🙌🏻 By far my favorite aspect about using chalk paint is the quick and easy (and almost non-existant!) prep work that goes into the project. Wipe it down and get movin'! Now, if you are painting over VERY chippy or VERY dirty furniture, you might still need to sand, clean and smooth things out, but this piece was pretty much ready to go. After putting big swatches of both colors on the dresser, I decided on Credenza, which is a creamy, milky sort of green/blue...I'll show ya.
I applied two coats of Credenza using a basic paint brush pausing about 10-20 minutes between coats to let it fully dry (although...it dries REALLY quickly! Probably more like 5 minutes, but I wanted to be sure.) One reason I went with Credenza was that it seemed just a bit thicker or more opaque than Robin's Egg Blue, which seemed too light to cover the turquoise in just two coats. Not a deal breaker by any means, but I just preferred Credenza's color more. Robin's Egg Blue was just the tiniest bit more transparent.
Once the second coat was nice and dry, I sanded the edges and raised areas with medium grit sand paper to create a sense of wear and tear that would naturally be found on a vintage painted piece. Wiped the dresser down with a damp rag once more, let it air dry a few minutes, and then I started in with the final step: the Cerusing Wax.
I was going for a lime wash feel with this piece, so I wanted a white wax that would work its way down into all those little natural crevices in the wood grain and down into the grooves and carvings of this old antique. I'm not a big fan of the darker waxes that can sometimes create a sort of dirty sheen on pale painted pieces, so Amy's team suggested this product. I've used their Liming Wax before and really liked the effect, however they are moving towards promoting this product instead--it produces the same results, and, I can say from experience, it is WAY easier to use!
I used an old t-shirt, squirted out a quarter size dollop of wax, and then I began buffing in the wax in circular motions. The best way to finish off a piece by waxing is to focus on one area at a time to ensure even coverage, then, per the directions on the back, I let it sit for about 30-45 minutes before coming back with a clean t-shirt to do one last final buffing in. Let me show you the results!
Isn't it the creamiest blue green?! Love the way it turned out!
**Note: I wanted a very aged, vintage vibe, so I went pretty heavy on the white wax so as to create sort of a milky, swirled haze up against the blue/green. If you'd rather just let the chalk paint color shine through without a heavy wax look, use a little less and buff it in sooner and harder than I did. It will come out even with just a little bit of the white wax down in the crevices to pull detail and texture without the heavy milky sheen.**
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So here are my thoughts regarding these products from Amy Howard At Home as opposed to other chalk paints and waxes I've used in the past, including DIY chalk paints I've made:
-This composition might be the creamiest and thickest I've used, and there were zero clumps or specs. I was pretty darn impressed with the thick consistency and even coverate, however the Robins' Egg Blue would have required three coats to cover that bright turquoise due to it being a bit streaky and more transparent than Credenza. Again, this isn't a deal breaker (because the color was gorgeous, FYI), but if you want a quick project and have to paint over something dark/saturated, go with Credenza instead of Robin's Egg Blue. They are pretty similar in tone and would have the same effect in color vibes.
-Amy Howard chalk paint dries just a bit quicker than Rustoleum chalk paint, and it dried WAY faster than the DIY chalk paint I've made in the past. Loved this. I mean, you have to work quickly and not stop to scroll Instagram mid-stroke 😉, but that's the beauty of chalk paint: fast results!
-As far as the wax goes, I'd use this again in a heartbeat. I'll tell you that I let one side of the dresser sit too long while I dealt with the four tiny humans living in my home 😉, and it was pretty tough to buff in. However, the rest of the dresser came out perfectly because I followed the instructions listed on the back. Basically, don't get distracted by tiny humans mid-wax, mmmmkay? 😂 This wax is SO MUCH EASIER to use than others that you have to dig out of a tin can to get to--you just squeeze out a dollop and go! Way better portion control, less mess. Boom. Plus, this stuff yields seriously milky, lime-wash-y results if you like that look...which I DO!! 😍
If you'd like to try out Amy Howard At Home chalk paint, click [HERE] to check out a pretty gorgeous variety of colors and some fun waxes! I VERY highly recommend the color Credenza...yum yum yum. 😍
Here are affiliate links to the exact products I used in this post:
Amy Howard One Step Chalk Paint (select "Credenza") - CLICK HERE
Amy Howard Cerusing Wax - CLICK HERE
1.5" Nylon Tapered Brush - CLICK HERE
Black painting apron with pockets - CLICK HERE
So what do you guys think of the color I chose? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences on chalk paint--ever tried it before? Any favorite colors or techniques? Most importantly, what should I chalk paint next...?!? Let's go pickin' and find some treasures, yes...? 😉 Let me know what you think below, or leave a question if you think of one! And come say hi on Instagram and Facebook, too!