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I’m chalk painting a side table today using one of my favorite paints, General Finishes. This cute table is a part of the “Fresh Start” monthly challenge that The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, where we take old furniture and breathe new life into them!


This month was tough because the weather really limits what I can get done. Thankfully, this month we were using General Finishes Chalk Style paint with low VOC! Yay for that because this baby had to be painted inside.

I picked up this side table at an auction. You know, I used to buy most of my furniture from Craigslist, but these days it’s so much easier to buy from an auction. You can read my tips for buying from an auction right here.

Honestly, this table wasn’t in too bad of shape but it was just dated by the color and high gloss finish.

Chalk Style Painting using General Finishes

Oh the kitties. They were relentless during this project. I’m pretty sure if I recorded this process of chasing 2 cats away from paint that it would go viral. I look and act like a maniac. Then I put the little ones in a room where they proceed to howl. When I let them out, I get a good snubbing. #ican’twin.

I ended up using General Finishes Chalk Style paint in Midnight Blue. It’s a pretty color. Dark, greyed-out, with some purple like undertones. This piece has 2 coats, no sanding, and no wax. I just wanted to get a sense of the paint, you know?

Chalk Style Painting using General Finishes

Coverage was better then most and it definitely lacks the harsh chalky feel, which I don’t like. Because the paint felt fairly smooth and non-chalk like, I decided not sand. I might go back and do some distressing but I’ll live with it for awhile before I decide.

Chalk Style Painting using General Finishes

Dry time between each coat is 1-2 hours but I probably could have waited 45 minutes and gone for another coat because it dries fast.

Chalk Style Painting using General Finishes

So what do you think? Would you try General Finishes Chalk style paint? I would definitely use it again. I’d like to try to use some wax and see how much the color deepens.


For more color choices, check out our hosts posts.

Stacy from Anastasia Vintage and Evey from Evey’s Creations.

Want more information about the Fab Flippin’ Furniture Contest? Just email them at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

FFFC main graphic updated (10.2015)


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10 Responses

  1. Brenda Young

    Great makeover Christine, looks so much better with a fresh coat of GF! And yet another fabulous shade of blue. Love your staging too!

  2. karen@somewhatquirkydesign

    It looks lovely. I waxed my piece and the finish is really nice. This paint seems a good candidate for when you aren’t distressing. I wonder about how it will hold up on those places where I would normally distress.


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