***I am currently in a paid partnership with Lowe's. In no way does that affect my actual opinion of this product! ***

Hi Everyone! For those of you who don’t already know me and follow my posts I absolutely love doing DIY projects and saving money! As an investor, contractor, and designer; I find home staging very important, but it is also at the end of the priorities list. Most of the times when I go to stage a house I am over my budget so I have to think of ways to be creative and save some money!

Previously, I have picked roadside trash, went on the free section of Craigslist, and even tried Facebook Marketplace to find furniture to repaint/ repurpose. For this project, I set of goal of spending $100 or less on a table and chairs with the hopes of refinishing it and bringing it back to life!

With a generous Valspar Chalky Finish Paint donation from Lowe’s, I set off on my journey to find my table and chairs. I had no luck on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and it wasn’t bulk trash season so that was out of the question! I had to take different measures! I decided to wake up at 7am on a Saturday and visited a few local tag sales. A very nice couple wanted $150 for the set, but I explained to them I set a goal of under $100 and they said, “Everything must go” and offered it to me for $80. I loaded the table up in my truck and headed straight home! I put on my safety glasses, particle mask, and earplugs and got to work!

When it came time to paint the table I was amazed.

I’ve tried other chalky paints with different projects of mine and this one has been by far the best! Most paints you have to strip everything off and apply multiple coats of primer before painting, but not this one. The only thing I did, was lightly scuff the surface of the table with 200 grit sandpaper (for good adhesion) and it was ready for paint! I popped open the lid of the “Woolen Stockings” paint (1 of the 40 colors offered) and I started applying it with my chalky paintbrush which I found essential to the application. Between the paint and the brush it made my project a breeze. What I thought would take days only took about a few hours at most. The paint went on so nice and thick, I knew right away it would be a one-coat project.

First coat of paint!

The next day when the table dried I wanted to apply the Valspar sealing wax. Upon opening the can, I became very nervous. The sealing wax was white and thick in appearance. The table came out so good and the thought of accidentally ruining it was nerve racking! I decided to apply and it was completely clear! It really gave the table the satin finish I was looking for. Not only does it provide a great finish but it also acts as a protectant. Because it is a heavily trafficked piece of furniture, I highly recommend the sealing wax!

Overall, I am so impressed by my experience with the Valspar Chalky Finish Paint and Sealing Wax.

I already have my next project lined up; a wooden electric fireplace that I scored cheap and want to give a room in my new cottage a pop of color.

Now here's the fun part! I challenge you to create your own furniture masterpiece! Whether it is something you already have that is outdated, or something you will find second hand, or in the trash. Bring out your creative side and take the #ChalkyFinishChallenge. Use that hashtag on Instagram for a chance to be featured on my page!