American Paint Co. Blog

Apr24

Repainting a Vanity for Wedding Pictures

Our daughter-in-law to be wanted a woman’s vanity for her birthday which was on April 1st. She’s getting married in June, and plans to use the vanity for her wedding pictures.

We wanted something special for this wonderful young woman, and after using the Clay/Chalk/Mineral paint, we could not have been happier with the end result!

Repainting the Vanity for Wedding Pictures

This project not only includes the dresser, but the chair, mirror and handles too!

The waterfall dresser was purchased at a secondhand shop for $25.00.

The dresser is quite old and was in very rough shape with stains on the surface of the dresser as well as many chips and scratches.  Some of the veneer had lifted and cracked.

The handles were old wooden handmade handles that did no do the piece justice.  The handles were large and ugly.

The chair was purchased at a flea market for $10.00.  The chair was a copper metal with ugly upholstery.   The material for the chair cost $6.00 and the handles were purchased for $14.98.

We found the mirror in our loft. It had been in storage for some time and was scratched from being moved around.  Nothing matched, and in their original state it looked like junk!

The Repainted Vanity

The Clay, Chalk and Mineral paint was amazing!  It covered all the stains and chips and the end result was phenomenal!

The paint went on smoothly and with a light sanding and final coat of glaze we couldn’t believe the end result!

We were thrilled!

Colors and Finishes Used on the Vanity

The colors we used for the chair was Home Plate with a second coat of Liberty.  We distressed the edges of the chair, and covered it with a final coat of Glaze.  For the dresser, we used Liberty and loved the color!

The whole process was so simple!


Share Your Project!

Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!

We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!

For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany

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Apr24

Repainting a Vanity for Wedding Pictures

Our daughter-in-law to be wanted a woman’s vanity for her birthday which was on April 1st. She’s getting married in June, and plans to use the vanity for her wedding pictures.

We wanted something special for this wonderful young woman, and after using the Clay/Chalk/Mineral paint, we could not have been happier with the end result!

Repainting the Vanity for Wedding Pictures

This project not only includes the dresser, but the chair, mirror and handles too!

The waterfall dresser was purchased at a secondhand shop for $25.00.

The dresser is quite old and was in very rough shape with stains on the surface of the dresser as well as many chips and scratches.  Some of the veneer had lifted and cracked.

The handles were old wooden handmade handles that did no do the piece justice.  The handles were large and ugly.

The chair was purchased at a flea market for $10.00.  The chair was a copper metal with ugly upholstery.   The material for the chair cost $6.00 and the handles were purchased for $14.98.

We found the mirror in our loft. It had been in storage for some time and was scratched from being moved around.  Nothing matched, and in their original state it looked like junk!

The Repainted Vanity

The Clay, Chalk and Mineral paint was amazing!  It covered all the stains and chips and the end result was phenomenal!

The paint went on smoothly and with a light sanding and final coat of glaze we couldn’t believe the end result!

We were thrilled!

Colors and Finishes Used on the Vanity

The colors we used for the chair was Home Plate with a second coat of Liberty.  We distressed the edges of the chair, and covered it with a final coat of Glaze.  For the dresser, we used Liberty and loved the color!

The whole process was so simple!


Share Your Project!

Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!

We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!

For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany

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Apr07

How to Revamp an Old Display Case with the Popular Sand Distress Technique

How to Revamp an Old Display Case with the Popular Sand Distress Technique

Watch any home improvement show, and you’ll see old furniture transformed into functional, attractive pieces.  But these makeovers aren’t just for pros with exorbitant budgets…

With some sandpaper, paint, and a vision, anyone can renovate an outdated piece into something beautiful.  American Paint Company customer, Brenda Sorge, sent us the story behind her recent DIY project, and we were so impressed, we just had to share it in this week’s “Share Your Project” post!
Brenda saw great potential in an old display case she picked up on a Facebook buy/sell group for just $65.

Before tackling the project, she reached out to her local retailer for tips and suggestions. With a little time and a lot of inspiration, Brenda completed the transformation, and her project turned out beautifully!

Paint, Seal & Finished with Love by American Paint Company

Here’s how:

Step 1: Prepare to Paint

First, Brenda safeguarded the cabinet’s glass by applying multi-surface painting tape around the edges.

Step 2: Transformation Time

Next, she applied three coats of American Paint Company’s Sackcloth color– a gorgeous, dark tan shade to match her home décor.
Tip: American Paint Company offers 46 paint colors, making it easy to find the perfect shade for your own unique style.

Step 3: Distress without the Stress

After allowing the paint to dry, Brenda sanded the areas where she wished to reveal the original color of the cabinet. This is the increasingly popular ‘sand distress’ technique, where you use sand paper to distress and create an antique look.

Step 4: Time to Wax

To add character to the piece, Brenda applied our Vintage Antiquing Wax in the Dark finish. This revolutionary, all-natural wax comes in White, Black, Dark, and Clear, goes on smoothly, and has no smell whatsoever. Brenda was able to complete her project indoors, making the project even more enjoyable!
Note: The wax hardens quickly, but can take up to 3 weeks to completely cure.

Painted, Sealed & Finished with Love by American Paint Company

Step 5: Seal the Deal

To complete the transformation, Brenda applied our Top Coat sealer and added “the perfect knobs” to the cabinet. “I’m in love with how it turned out,” she told us after completing the project.
Tip: For increased durability and an ‘aged’ look, apply our Top Coat sealer first and follow with our Vintage Antiquing Wax. Top Coat offers a ‘shinier’ finish, and so sometimes painters will add the Wax on top to obtain a ‘matte’ finish.

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As you can see, Brenda pulled-off an epic makeover! Her before/after photos are truly an inspiration, and proof that any furniture piece can be transformed into something new, beautiful, and functional!


Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!  We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!
For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany
By: Kelly Spears

The post How to Revamp an Old Display Case with the Popular Sand Distress Technique appeared first on American Paint Company.

Apr07

How to Revamp an Old Display Case with the Popular Sand Distress Technique

How to Revamp an Old Display Case with the Popular Sand Distress Technique

Watch any home improvement show, and you’ll see old furniture transformed into functional, attractive pieces.  But these makeovers aren’t just for pros with exorbitant budgets…

With some sandpaper, paint, and a vision, anyone can renovate an outdated piece into something beautiful.  American Paint Company customer, Brenda Sorge, sent us the story behind her recent DIY project, and we were so impressed, we just had to share it in this week’s “Share Your Project” post!
Brenda saw great potential in an old display case she picked up on a Facebook buy/sell group for just $65.

Before tackling the project, she reached out to her local retailer for tips and suggestions. With a little time and a lot of inspiration, Brenda completed the transformation, and her project turned out beautifully!

Paint, Seal & Finished with Love by American Paint Company

Here’s how:

Step 1: Prepare to Paint

First, Brenda safeguarded the cabinet’s glass by applying multi-surface painting tape around the edges.

Step 2: Transformation Time

Next, she applied three coats of American Paint Company’s Sackcloth color– a gorgeous, dark tan shade to match her home décor.
Tip: American Paint Company offers 46 paint colors, making it easy to find the perfect shade for your own unique style.

Step 3: Distress without the Stress

After allowing the paint to dry, Brenda sanded the areas where she wished to reveal the original color of the cabinet. This is the increasingly popular ‘sand distress’ technique, where you use sand paper to distress and create an antique look.

Step 4: Time to Wax

To add character to the piece, Brenda applied our Vintage Antiquing Wax in the Dark finish. This revolutionary, all-natural wax comes in White, Black, Dark, and Clear, goes on smoothly, and has no smell whatsoever. Brenda was able to complete her project indoors, making the project even more enjoyable!
Note: The wax hardens quickly, but can take up to 3 weeks to completely cure.

Painted, Sealed & Finished with Love by American Paint Company

Step 5: Seal the Deal

To complete the transformation, Brenda applied our Top Coat sealer and added “the perfect knobs” to the cabinet. “I’m in love with how it turned out,” she told us after completing the project.
Tip: For increased durability and an ‘aged’ look, apply our Top Coat sealer first and follow with our Vintage Antiquing Wax. Top Coat offers a ‘shinier’ finish, and so sometimes painters will add the Wax on top to obtain a ‘matte’ finish.

painted-sealed-finished-with-love-by-american-paint-company-b
As you can see, Brenda pulled-off an epic makeover! Her before/after photos are truly an inspiration, and proof that any furniture piece can be transformed into something new, beautiful, and functional!


Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!  We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!
For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany
By: Kelly Spears

The post How to Revamp an Old Display Case with the Popular Sand Distress Technique appeared first on American Paint Company.

Mar27

Glazing an Old Dresser – Before and After

A couple years ago I was looking in an old shed my dad was going to tear down.  I noticed this big cabinet and had no idea the history behind it.

I asked my dad if I could have the cabinet.  So he dropped it off in the bucket of his backhoe into our shop! As he dropped it off he laughed and said it be cheaper to burn it.

Cabinet – Before Picture

Story by the Cabinet – My Discovery

I started to sand and scrap coats of paint off and then noticed at the back my grandmothers initials as well as a date of 1924.

I now was asking my aunties about the cabinet.Finding out that this cabinet was made by my great grandfather whom I’ve never met.Now I was determined, after it was all sanded down I left it cause I was too scared to ruin it after all the hard work.

After Sanding the Cabinet – Picture

The Glaze Transformation

I then went to my friend Jeralyn who I went to school with and owns Buds and Blooms in our town. She told me about the mixture of American Paint Company Glazes and I was so excited knowing this would look perfect on my grandmothers old cabinet.

I glazed the doors and shelves with a Black/Brown Glaze mix then I sanded it a tad to give it a rustic look. My husband being a welder then torched the wood to give it an amazing look.

We then Top Coated the whole cabinet and used the original hard ware, with the exception of the knobs also purchased from Buds and Blooms.

I could not be happier with this cabinet that I now am able to look at with amazing history in my home!

I enjoyed mixing the Black and Brown Glaze as each time was a tad different which gave amazing character! My dad has told me this cabinet had never looked so good!!


Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!

We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!

For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany

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Mar27

Glazing an Old Hutch – Before and After

A couple years ago I was looking in an old shed my dad was going to tear down.  I noticed this big hutch and had no idea the history behind it.

I asked my dad if I could have the cabinet.  So he dropped it off in the bucket of his backhoe into our shop! As he dropped it off he laughed and said it be cheaper to burn it.

Hutch – Before Picture

Story by the Hutch – My Discovery

I started to sand and scrap coats of paint off and then noticed at the back my grandmothers initials as well as a date of 1924.

I now was asking my aunties about the hutch.Finding out that this hutch was made by my great grandfather whom I’ve never met.Now I was determined, after it was all sanded down I left it cause I was too scared to ruin it after all the hard work.

After Sanding the Hutch – Picture

The Glaze Transformation

I then went to my friend Jeralyn who I went to school with and owns Buds and Blooms in our town. She told me about the mixture of American Paint Company Glazes and I was so excited knowing this would look perfect on my grandmothers old hutch.

I glazed the doors and shelves with a Black/Brown Glaze mix then I sanded it a tad to give it a rustic look. My husband being a welder then torched the wood to give it an amazing look.

We then Top Coated the whole hutch and used the original hard ware, with the exception of the knobs also purchased from Buds and Blooms.

I could not be happier with this cabinet that I now am able to look at with amazing history in my home!

I enjoyed mixing the Black and Brown Glaze as each time was a tad different which gave amazing character! My dad has told me this cabinet had never looked so good!!


Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!

We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!

For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany

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Mar20

Transform Your Kitchen by Giving Your Cupboards a Facelift

Spring is just around the corner, and home improvement projects are on many people’s minds.

However, kitchen makeovers are often put on the back burner, because renovating the heart of the home seems like a monumental task. But there are simple, cost-effective ways to transform your family’s kitchen without breaking the bank.
American Paint Company customer Shelly Bracko revamped her kitchen recently by painting her outdated, brown kitchen cupboards.

She used Surfboard—a fun, beachy blue colored paint–to give the room a much-needed facelift. Shelly’s finished cupboards fill us with springtime inspiration, but they’re also sure to get her through these dreary, winter months.

Surfboard

Below, we’ve outlined Shelley’s tips for easily transforming your kitchen by adding American Paint Company’s 100% natural paint to those old, dull cupboards.

Step 1: Prep Time

Before beginning the painting process, Shelley used our Surface Prep Cleaner to prepare her cupboards. Cleaning the surface is an important step, especially when painting kitchen cabinets, as they tend to accumulate grease and grime quickly.


American Paint Company’s Surface Prep Cleaner smells like citrus, and suds up nicely. And a little goes a long way! Just mix with water, and you’re cupboards will be paint-ready in no time.

Step 2: The Transformation

Next, Shelley applied our clay-based paint to her cabinets. Painting with American Paint Company products is a breeze, as our paints dry quickly and leave no offensive odors. Just look at the amazing difference now that Shelley has added a pop of color to her kitchen! The vibrant cupboards are unrecognizable from their previous state.
If beachy blue isn’t what you have in mind, APC offers 37 unique shades to fit every palate.

Step 3: Seal of Approval

After allowing the paint to dry, Shelley applied APC’s Hard Coat Sealer to her cabinets. Our Hard Coat Sealer is American Paint Company’s most durable sealer, and has quickly become the ‘go-to’ sealer for kitchen cupboards, as maximum durability is essential for this particular project.
Many other brands recommend wax to seal kitchen cupboards. Wax, however, is not a durable sealer, and will come off cupboards within 1-2 years. In comparison, Top Coat and Hard Coat Sealer from APC is perfect for kitchen transformations, as it’s durable and will ensure your project’s longevity.


Surprisingly, this was only the second time Shelley had worked with chalk paint. “[I love the] beautiful finish,” Shelley tells us now that her project is complete. “[It’s] very solid and chip-resistant with the Hard Coat Sealer.”


Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!

We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!

For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany
By: Kelly Spears

The post Transform Your Kitchen by Giving Your Cupboards a Facelift appeared first on American Paint Company.

Mar20

Transform Your Kitchen by Giving Your Cupboards a Facelift

Spring is just around the corner, and home improvement projects are on many people’s minds.

However, kitchen makeovers are often put on the back burner, because renovating the heart of the home seems like a monumental task. But there are simple, cost-effective ways to transform your family’s kitchen without breaking the bank.
American Paint Company customer Shelly Bracko revamped her kitchen recently by painting her outdated, brown kitchen cupboards.

She used Surfboard—a fun, beachy blue colored paint–to give the room a much-needed facelift. Shelly’s finished cupboards fill us with springtime inspiration, but they’re also sure to get her through these dreary, winter months.

Surfboard

Below, we’ve outlined Shelley’s tips for easily transforming your kitchen by adding American Paint Company’s 100% natural paint to those old, dull cupboards.

Step 1: Prep Time

Before beginning the painting process, Shelley used our Surface Prep Cleaner to prepare her cupboards. Cleaning the surface is an important step, especially when painting kitchen cabinets, as they tend to accumulate grease and grime quickly.


American Paint Company’s Surface Prep Cleaner smells like citrus, and suds up nicely. And a little goes a long way! Just mix with water, and you’re cupboards will be paint-ready in no time.

Step 2: The Transformation

Next, Shelley applied our clay-based paint to her cabinets. Painting with American Paint Company products is a breeze, as our paints dry quickly and leave no offensive odors. Just look at the amazing difference now that Shelley has added a pop of color to her kitchen! The vibrant cupboards are unrecognizable from their previous state.
If beachy blue isn’t what you have in mind, APC offers 37 unique shades to fit every palate.

Step 3: Seal of Approval

After allowing the paint to dry, Shelley applied APC’s Hard Coat Sealer to her cabinets. Our Hard Coat Sealer is American Paint Company’s most durable sealer, and has quickly become the ‘go-to’ sealer for kitchen cupboards, as maximum durability is essential for this particular project.
Many other brands recommend wax to seal kitchen cupboards. Wax, however, is not a durable sealer, and will come off cupboards within 1-2 years. In comparison, Top Coat and Hard Coat Sealer from APC is perfect for kitchen transformations, as it’s durable and will ensure your project’s longevity.


Surprisingly, this was only the second time Shelley had worked with chalk paint. “[I love the] beautiful finish,” Shelley tells us now that her project is complete. “[It’s] very solid and chip-resistant with the Hard Coat Sealer.”


Share your project pictures with us and you could win a $100 Gift Box!

We want to showcase your projects of love.  Use the Project Submission tool on our site today and you could be our next feature.   You’ll automatically be entered to win the monthly Gift Box!

For social media posts, use #americanpaintcompany
By: Kelly Spears

The post Transform Your Kitchen by Giving Your Cupboards a Facelift appeared first on American Paint Company.

Mar08

Repainting a Dining Room Table Set

Monique needed a new dining table to accommodate her large family, but she wasn’t excited about the hefty price tag that often accompanies a new furniture purchase.

She had wanted to try painting a piece of furniture instead of purchasing a new one, and found the perfect opportunity when she stumbled on this used set online for only $200 dollars. This second hand table and chair set had a dated look but was still in great condition, making it a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Comparable dining sets to her finished product can be seen for sale for upwards of $1500, sometimes more, for something with such an interesting and stylized look as Monique achieved on her vintage table and chairs.

In our most recent ‘share your project’, Monique Morgan takes a dated but sturdy dining room table and chair set and gives it new life as a charming vintage set for her family dining room.

To give her table its new look, Monique painted the chairs and legs of the table using Home Plate (a popular antique white color) in combination with the All-Natural Glaze finish (a mix of brown and black) for the table top. Finally, she used a clear and durable Top Coat sealer to finish it all off.

How you can achieve the same look:

Clean your old furniture

The first step in any vintage furniture makeover, whether you’re working with your own piece or something you’ve purchased second hand, should always be a thorough cleaning. This will help ensure the grease, grime and dust that build up over years of use are properly removed so that the paint can properly adhere to the surface of the furniture, and will help ensure even coverage.

American Paint Company’s Surface Prep & Brush Cleaner is a 100% natural organic soap with a fresh citrus scent, and is a perfect option to help you prepare your piece prior to painting. It also doubles as a fantastic brush cleaner to help keep your brushes in good condition for your next project.

Applying the Glaze ‘stain like’ finish

Once you’ve finished cleaning your piece, it’s easy to apply Glaze directly onto the old wood. It is typically recommended to use a top coat sealer first to prevent the glaze from absorbing into the wood too quickly, but in Monique’s case she was able to apply her glaze directly to the table to get the dark and elegant look of her finished table top. For the deep color she was looking for, Monique mixed American Paint Company’s Black and Brown Glaze together.

Typically, furniture stain comes part and parcel with a horrible smell. But with American Paint Company’s Glaze Finishing products, you can achieve the same gorgeous stained look without the unpleasant fumes. American Paint Company’s Glaze is available in Black and Brown, and can be mixed, as Monique did, or diluted in order to achieve the desired color and effect.

Paint and distress your table

The other main product used for Monique’s project was American Paint Company’s Clay, Chalk & Mineral Paint. This paint is an all-natural and eco-friendly alternative to the typical paint options available; it’s healthier and cleaner, allowing you to tackle any DIY project in your home without the toxic smells that accompany other paints. It’s available in 37 fantastic colors and is quick drying and easy to use.

Monique chose one of APC’s most popular shades of white: Home Plate. It is an antique white, perfect for achieving the charming distressed look Monique was striving for. After applying the color on the table legs, chair legs and chair backs, she achieved her vintage look by using a distressing technique involving rubbing the paint off once it had dried, but before sealing the color. This technique aims to remove the paint from detailed parts of the furniture, as well as along the edges where the paint would have naturally worn off with time and use. Monique’s use of this technique was very effective, as you can see in her finished photos.

Using a durable sealer

When revamping a piece of furniture that will get a lot of daily use, like a dining room set, it is especially important to use a good, durable sealer to protect your hard work over the long term. Wax sealers, which are more readily available than alternative options, are not ideal for high traffic furniture like this, as they may only hold up for 1-2 years – not nearly long enough to justify all the time and effort that went into updating this beautiful dining set!

For this reason, Monique selected American Paint Company’s durable Top Coat sealer. It is another all-natural and eco-friendly solution, and has the benefits of a heavy duty long term sealer without the smell or toxic chemicals. This makes the DIY process more enjoyable, and is an especially good non-toxic solution for a dining table where family meals will be shared. APC’s Top Coat also doubles as a great primary coat to ensure even coverage with either glaze or paint.

Don't Let Red Scare You From Chalk Painting Pieces for Your House

Monique found the American Paint Company products she used simple, quick to dry, and very easy to work with. She was especially amazed at how easy it was to apply the Glaze Finish with minimal preparation to the original finish. With just a thorough cleaning and a light sanding, Monique was able to dive into her dining room table makeover without much fuss.

By following the same simple process as Monique, you can easily update your own piece of furniture to create an elegant, vintage look like hers, or make it your own with some of the many other products available from American Paint Company.

Interested in Becoming a Retailer?

Download our free ‘Retailer’s Guide’ to learn more about carrying Clay/Chalk/Mineral paint in your retail gift shop!

The post Repainting a Dining Room Table Set appeared first on American Paint Company.

Mar08

Repainting a Dining Room Table Set

Monique needed a new dining table to accommodate her large family, but she wasn’t excited about the hefty price tag that often accompanies a new furniture purchase.

She had wanted to try painting a piece of furniture instead of purchasing a new one, and found the perfect opportunity when she stumbled on this used set online for only $200 dollars. This second hand table and chair set had a dated look but was still in great condition, making it a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Comparable dining sets to her finished product can be seen for sale for upwards of $1500, sometimes more, for something with such an interesting and stylized look as Monique achieved on her vintage table and chairs.

In our most recent ‘share your project’, Monique Morgan takes a dated but sturdy dining room table and chair set and gives it new life as a charming vintage set for her family dining room.

To give her table its new look, Monique painted the chairs and legs of the table using Home Plate (a popular antique white color) in combination with the All-Natural Glaze finish (a mix of brown and black) for the table top. Finally, she used a clear and durable Top Coat sealer to finish it all off.

How you can achieve the same look:

Clean your old furniture

The first step in any vintage furniture makeover, whether you’re working with your own piece or something you’ve purchased second hand, should always be a thorough cleaning. This will help ensure the grease, grime and dust that build up over years of use are properly removed so that the paint can properly adhere to the surface of the furniture, and will help ensure even coverage.

American Paint Company’s Surface Prep & Brush Cleaner is a 100% natural organic soap with a fresh citrus scent, and is a perfect option to help you prepare your piece prior to painting. It also doubles as a fantastic brush cleaner to help keep your brushes in good condition for your next project.

Applying the Glaze ‘stain like’ finish

Once you’ve finished cleaning your piece, it’s easy to apply Glaze directly onto the old wood. It is typically recommended to use a top coat sealer first to prevent the glaze from absorbing into the wood too quickly, but in Monique’s case she was able to apply her glaze directly to the table to get the dark and elegant look of her finished table top. For the deep color she was looking for, Monique mixed American Paint Company’s Black and Brown Glaze together.

Typically, furniture stain comes part and parcel with a horrible smell. But with American Paint Company’s Glaze Finishing products, you can achieve the same gorgeous stained look without the unpleasant fumes. American Paint Company’s Glaze is available in Black and Brown, and can be mixed, as Monique did, or diluted in order to achieve the desired color and effect.

Paint and distress your table

The other main product used for Monique’s project was American Paint Company’s Clay, Chalk & Mineral Paint. This paint is an all-natural and eco-friendly alternative to the typical paint options available; it’s healthier and cleaner, allowing you to tackle any DIY project in your home without the toxic smells that accompany other paints. It’s available in 37 fantastic colors and is quick drying and easy to use.

Monique chose one of APC’s most popular shades of white: Home Plate. It is an antique white, perfect for achieving the charming distressed look Monique was striving for. After applying the color on the table legs, chair legs and chair backs, she achieved her vintage look by using a distressing technique involving rubbing the paint off once it had dried, but before sealing the color. This technique aims to remove the paint from detailed parts of the furniture, as well as along the edges where the paint would have naturally worn off with time and use. Monique’s use of this technique was very effective, as you can see in her finished photos.

Using a durable sealer

When revamping a piece of furniture that will get a lot of daily use, like a dining room set, it is especially important to use a good, durable sealer to protect your hard work over the long term. Wax sealers, which are more readily available than alternative options, are not ideal for high traffic furniture like this, as they may only hold up for 1-2 years – not nearly long enough to justify all the time and effort that went into updating this beautiful dining set!

For this reason, Monique selected American Paint Company’s durable Top Coat sealer. It is another all-natural and eco-friendly solution, and has the benefits of a heavy duty long term sealer without the smell or toxic chemicals. This makes the DIY process more enjoyable, and is an especially good non-toxic solution for a dining table where family meals will be shared. APC’s Top Coat also doubles as a great primary coat to ensure even coverage with either glaze or paint.

Don't Let Red Scare You From Chalk Painting Pieces for Your House

Monique found the American Paint Company products she used simple, quick to dry, and very easy to work with. She was especially amazed at how easy it was to apply the Glaze Finish with minimal preparation to the original finish. With just a thorough cleaning and a light sanding, Monique was able to dive into her dining room table makeover without much fuss.

By following the same simple process as Monique, you can easily update your own piece of furniture to create an elegant, vintage look like hers, or make it your own with some of the many other products available from American Paint Company.

Interested in Becoming a Retailer?

Download our free ‘Retailer’s Guide’ to learn more about carrying Clay/Chalk/Mineral paint in your retail gift shop!

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