trash to treasure with chalk paint

From Trash to Treasure with Chalk Paint

I occasionally deviate from recipes when I have a fun craft project to share. I just have to share this! I am absolutely hooked on Chalk Paint! With chalk paint I can transform trash into a treasure!  The thing I love about chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand the item before painting & it sticks to just about anything! (Even metal and plastic!) The protective coating is a paste wax that is brushed on after the paint dries (which only takes about 30 minutes or less) and then it cures to a nice satin finish! It can be “antiqued” using a dark wax as well. Oh…and one more thing…It cleans up with just soap and water. This stuff is truly miraculous!

The “brass” planter box I transformed into a treasure was a thrift store find that I only paid $1.99 for! Here it is before (kinda ugly, huh?)

trash to treasure before

I liked it because of it’s shape and it’s embossed texture. I like to look for things with an embossed or carved texture because the antiquing dark wax will stay in the crevices and give it dimension!

I just brushed on one coat of the Annie Sloan “Duck Egg” chalk paint and let it dry (it only took about 30 minutes to dry.)

duck egg chalk paint

Then I sanded it lightly using a fine grit sandpaper just to expose some of the shiny brass underneath.

sanded chalk paint

The next step was to brush on some Annie Sloan clear wax, followed by the dark wax. It helps to use a lint free cloth to rub the dark (antiquing) wax until it’s just right. 

The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is sold in some specialty stores or online. If you can’t find the Annie Sloan brand, I have also heard good things about a chalk paint additive that can be stirred into regular paint. I have not used it, but it can be found on HERE on  If you try it, let me know how it works for you!

What to you think of my trash to treasure?

One thought on “From Trash to Treasure with Chalk Paint

  1. Tracy

    Hi , I love your trash to treasure. Thank you so much for sharing. I just wanted to say I have read ( but never tried) non-sanding grout mix added to any paint makes chalk paint.


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