Duck Egg + gold casters

Hi friends! I absolutely adore the piece I'm showing you today; in fact, I was so excited to begin working on it that I completely neglected a before picture. Shame, shame. I wish I could say it won't happen again...

When I found this amazing coffee table, (originally a messy dark stain with lots of nicks and scratches), showing off it's gold capped casters, I felt a little challenge to make it something exciting. After sorting through various colors that are more classic and sophisticated in nature, I decided on Duck Egg by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - a rich aqua that is playful and fun, but elegant and classy when distressed and paired with gold.


The low-down:
-Cleaned the piece using a damp cloth
-Blue taped each gold cap to protect from paint
-Applied 2 even coats of Duck Egg by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint using a 3" brush
-Distressed every corner and edge with a medium sanding block
-**Sealed using Minwax Polyurethane clear semi-gloss

**I wanted this piece to really shine. Traditionally, chalk paint is sealed with soft clear wax, which works beautifully to protect pieces. However, you  to will end up with a fairly matte finish, even after buffing. I love the matte finish, but every once in a blue moon I want to give a piece some real shine. If you want a shinier, glossier finish, there is nothing wrong with applying a clear gloss sealer over a chalk painted piece. If you are using a lighter color, just be sure you choose a water based gloss sealer, rather than oil based, which can result in yellowing the finish. Water based gloss sealers will keep your white pieces white. I've sealed chalk painted pieces in Minwax Polyurethane clear semi-gloss only a handful of times, but it has worked out really well each time I've tried it.

Thank you for stopping by! 


This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.