So remember when I hauled home a truckload of yard sale finds 2 weeks ago?
This $10 twin headboard/footboard was in that load and I couldn’t wait to get it transformed. I have REALLY been trying to be better about immediately putting into use and fixing up the things I pick up at yard sales. You know how it is… you pick up this fun find that needs a bit of a makeover whether it is some candlesticks that need some paint, a metal décor object that needs some spray paint, or a piece of furniture and it gets put in a pile or in the garage and forgotten. Well, I am tackling those piles and the furniture graveyard in the garage and determined to not add any more to it! :)
I have really been wanting to try chalky finish paint for a long time. There are so many brands that make it now and I hope to share several of them with you. Chalky finish paint or “chalk paint” is not the same as CHALKBOARD paint. Chalkboard paint is a paint that you can spray or paint with a brush on maybe an old picture or on a wall and then write on it with chalk and erase. Chalky finish paint is called that because of the matte/“chalky” feel of the paint once it is painted. Chalky finish paint is also is known for not requiring a lot of prep before painting and also for the ease in which you can paint it on with a brush with minimal brush strokes and distress it.
I had the opportunity to visit Rust-Oleum’s headquarters back in October and try out all kinds of fun new products, some of which weren’t even available on the market yet. And I was so excited to learn that they were coming out with a line of chalky finish paint and couldn’t wait to try it. It is called Rustoleum Chalked and comes in several popular colors like 2 different grays, a light pink, a light blue/green, black, and white.
I chose to use Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White on this headboard/footboard. And I just love how it turned out!
With Rustoleum Chalked paint, you don’t need to prime or sand beforehand. The only thing I did was to make sure the piece was smooth – if you have any places that are chipped and need to fill in you can do that and I also sanded smooth a few spots where it looked there was nail polish drops or something on it. But you don’t have to sand it so the paint will adhere – only to make it smooth. I did 2 coats of paint on each side applied with a regular, good quality paint brush. Only the legs and the top molding piece on this is solid wood – the rest of it is laminate so I only distressed the legs and top trim.
I just lightly distressed because this headboard and footboard will be used in my 2nd guest room which my little nephew uses when he is here. So I didn’t want it to look too “shabby chic” looking. And this paint distressed like a dream – I just lightly sanded with some fine sandpaper in some areas that would be naturally “worn”.
I don’t usually brush on regular paint on a piece of furniture – usually I spray regular latex paint with a paint sprayer on any pieces I have painted just to get a smooth finish. And I usually sand and prep the piece and either use primer or use latex paint with primer. But this was nice to have minimal cleanup and yet still get great results. The paint is latex based so cleans up easily with soap and water.
I currently already have a twin mattress and frame in that room but have never had a headboard/footboard on the bed so I am excited to add this to give it the finishing touch. I hope to share this room with you soon but it is 3rd on the list right now after finishing the 2 last projects in our master bedroom, then my main guest room, and then this one. But my plan is for the room to be repainted in a light gray and will be decorated with navy bedding, hopefully some DIY navy/white striped curtains, a fun rug, an IKEA bench/storage unit, and some fun bright green and red pops of color. I just love navy and white together!
Rustoleum Chalked paint is available online at HomeDepot.com in several colors – you can have it shipped to the store for free in most places. And will be available on the shelf in Home Depot stores soon.
Disclosure: Rustoleum provided me with the paint, but all thoughts and opinions are all my own.