If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve been waiting patiently for this chalky paint review.  We shared a sneak peek of DecoArt’s Americana Chalky Paint and our followers were SO excited!  No more homemade chalk paint, no more spending a ridiculous amount of money on matte paints, no more color mixing.  Now you can buy a jar of chalky paint in a huge variety of colors to cover furniture, metal, terra cotta, even glass with no priming or sanding.  I know!!  {{{squeal}}}  Again, if you follow us on Insta (we put everything on there and eagerly take your ideas into consideration) you know I’ve been debating about the color scheme for my craft room chairs for months.  I painted the mint farmhouse table months ago and have been pondering if I should paint the chairs the same color or four different tones.  So happy with the outcome of my colorful chairs and hope this American chalky paint tutorial makes your painting easier for you!

How to use Americana Chalky Paint finish on furniture. Huge variety of colors!

Americana Decor chalky paint comes in a huge variety of colors.  I chose these colors because they compliment my studio so well.

American Decor chalky paint review. Lots of different finishes you can make with this! Link to www.lollyjane.com for cute decor ideas!

Here’s one chair after 1 coat of chalky paint.  It gives it a full coverage with just a little bit of the underneath color poking out.  I used 2 coats for each chair.  (Note: the mint shown above isn’t the same colors as my table, I used a homemade recipe for that color.)

American Decor chalky paint review. Lots of different finishes you can make with this! Link to www.lollyjane.com for cute decor ideas!

After you let it dry an hour in between coats and it’s fully covered, it’s time to wax!  So to refinish furniture with this new chalky paint, all you need is paint, creme, foam brush and a round brush.  Like I said earlier, the design of this chalky paint is to cover surfaces without priming or sanding.  So start off with a coat of paint.  I used a foam brush since it doesn’t leave brush marks.  (I do recommend using one longer than 1″ lol, it’s all I had on hand and didn’t mind the time since I was watching Parenthood on Netflix (; )

American Decor chalky paint creme wax review. Lots of different finishes you can make with this! Link to www.lollyjane.com for cute decor ideas!

The neat thing about these creme waxes is that you can achieve several different looks depending on your style.  I’m going for the aged flea market look in this tutorial but you can get a modern or clean look if that’s your style.  Look at this picture below, you’ll notice the difference of applying one coat of the creme wax on the left.  The wax enhances the color and provides a silky smooth finish.  It also acts as a sealer to the furniture to prevent scratches.  If you like the matte finish, stop here.  If you want it to shine, buff it out with a clean cloth when it’s dry.

American Decor Creme Wax tutorial via www.lollyjane.com

Since I prefer distressing furniture but can’t do so on these chairs because they’re white underneath, I proceeded to add the dark wax as an aging agent.

American Decor Creme Wax tutorial via www.lollyjane.com

American Decor Creme Wax tutorial via www.lollyjane.com

Buffing: This is simply rubbing the wax into the wood to help seal it better and really make it shine.   You don’t have to buff afterward, you can just let it dry and keep the matte finish.  The wax is super versatile, I loved working with it!

American Decor Creme Wax tutorial via www.lollyjane.com

Here are all four chairs gussied up with wax.

How to use Americana Chalky Paint finish on furniture. Huge variety of colors!

Here they are loving their new home in my craft room!  I love them! They are custom to my studio and I couldn’t be happier with what a day worth of work can do!

Gorgeous craft room! Link to chalky painted chair redo on www.lollyjane.com

I matched them to my floral curtains since those curtains were calling my name (;

Gorgeous craft room! Link to chalky painted chair redo on www.lollyjane.com

Check out all our furniture makeovers and DecoArt tutorials too!

xoxo,

kelli

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