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The Ugly Duckling – {Before and After} – Chalk Paint® Transformation

By March 20, 2014 7 Comments

I was surfing the webs of the internet a few weeks ago when I got caught in the sticky webs of Pinterest.

I’m sure you’ve never been there.  It is a terrible place.  Don’t go there.

Trust me.  You won’t like it.

While stuck at the intersection of Home Decor and Annie Sloan Painted Furniture I came across this adorable dresser that was painted with Chalk Paint®, distressed and then bedazzled with aging dust.  (of course I’ve since forgot where I pinned the photo. So I can’t show it to you)  I’m sure this has never happened to you.

Aging Dust Maria?!  That is what I said.  Aging Dust Maria?!

Then I remembered getting a magic bottle of it last year and losing it somewhere in that mess I call a studio.

I’m sure you don’t have one of those.  They are messy. Stay away from them.


I know right where everything is.  I just have no idea what everything is.   Don’t look too close.  It is very very scary and you won’t sleep for days. Maybe years.

Once the Aging Dust was located I started looking for the perfect piece of furniture to sprinkle my magic dust on.

I found this.


She looks a little sad.  Almost like she is begging for some magic aging dust.

We decided to give her a makeover. You are going to LOVE how this beauty turned out.

Here are the steps I took to transform this ugly duckling.

I wanted to achieve the perfect blue so I mixed equal parts Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and Old White Chalk Paint®. I filled the glass beaker (not the guy from the muppets, I know that can be confusing) to the 300 mark.  Then I dumped in Old White to the 600 mark.  I find these glass beakers extremely helpful when mixing paint.  You can also do the same with small paint buckets found in the paint section of most hardware stores.




Note:  The end result looked almost like the Greek Blue Chalk Paint®.  You could just start with that color.  I’m a slow learner.



I didn’t worry about completely covering the surface.  As you can see here I intentionally left some spots without paint.  I want the piece to be distressed and want to see some of the brown peaking through so instead of working so hard to sand after it is done I just didn’t cover every spot.


The next step is washing some Old White over top of the dry blue surface.   I mixed some water in a bowl of Old White until it was the consistency of melted ice cream.  That is what it looked like to me.  Yes I was then hungry for ice cream the remainder of the day.


Yes you must use a Tutti Frutti spoon to stir your mixture.  This is mandatory.  I may have a few thousand of these spoons from previous trips to the yogurt shop.  Don’t judge me.  Sugar keeps me nice.

The next step I forgot to take a picture of .  I was distracted by the thoughts of ice cream.  Forgive me.

I used a lint free white cloth and dipped it in the melted ice cream like mixure. Then I simply wiped it on the entire surface of the piece.  I wanted the white wash to be subtle yet give a cloudy look to the paint.

Note:  Always water it down more than you think you should.  It is much easier to go back and add more of the wash to the surface than take it away.  The wetter the wash is, the easier it will smooth over the surface.

Once I was happy with the wash I set off to distress the piece.  I decided to do what is called wet distressing as opposed to distressing with a sanding sponge.

I dipped a clean rag in water and simply scrubbed at the surface to remove paint where I wanted to see more of the brown peeking through.

There is no real science to this process.  I start with the edges and details and then work out from there.

Step back from the piece a couple time and take a big picture look and then go back to the spots that you feel could use a little more distressing.

Note: Once you apply the wax it will make the paint a little translucent and you will actually see more of the brown color than you did before you waxed.


Then it is on to waxing.  I decided to use a Clear and Dark Soft Wax mixture.  I love this combination because I love seeing little wisps of dark wax throughout the entire piece.

The ratio I used was 1 part dark to 6 parts clear.  The dark can be very overpowering so use less and you can always go back and add more later on.

I simply just take random scoops and mix the concoction in a glass or metal bowl.  It doesn’t have to be exact.  I then have an empty wax can that when I’m done I throw my extra mixture in that can.  That can then becomes the “mixed” wax can I use on random pieces.

In order to apply the aging dust while the wax was still tacky I waxed and then dusted one side at a time.

This was my first time experimenting with the product.  I read no directions.  I just gave it a whirl in the way it felt right in  my mind.  (If you knew my mind you would understand the danger in this)

I poured some of the magic aging powder on a paper towel and then took a small waxing brush and dabbed at it and then tapped off the excess.

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Then I just randomly brushed it over the surface.  I found that in certain spots it sort of gummed up and looked like waxy mud.  It left some residue in spots and I just brushed that off.  Then I let is set up a bit (about two hours) and went back to the darker spots and just used an 80 grit sandpaper to sand away the excess.

Keep in mind there is no right or wrong way.  I learn by trying new things.

Just Play!  Just have Fun!


After  finishing with the clear/dark wax mixture and the aging dust I decided I wanted a little more definition and aging to the corner angles of the door.  So I took a small kids paint brush and just brushed on a little additional straight dark wax to those areas.

I just love the definition and depth that dark wax adds to a piece.  I find myself doing this often.


Don’t you agree.  I’m so in love with doing this because I find it just plain sexy.  Not Channing Tatum sexy. Let’s not get CRAZY here.  But sexy in the furniture painting way.  Those of you who are DIY’ers understand. Right?  Gosh if not, I’m going to sound CRAZY.

Same story. Different Day.

Speaking of Sexy!

LOOK AT THIS!  Wowzers!  Not an ugly duckling anymore.






SEXY!  Look at those legs.  We added those.  Aren’t they amazing.  And so easy to do.

You buy these simple little leg plates, screw them onto the bottom of your piece and then screw the legs in.

These aren’t the exact legs used on this piece.  I forgot to take a picture before I put them on.  But they work just the same.


Whallaa!  Legs.

Let’s take a look at some of her other features.




Since today is the first day of Spring.  (You wouldn’t know it here in good ole North Dakota)  That only means one thing.  Garage sale season is upon us.

So as you are out there browsing and scouting don’t pass by an ugly duckling.  Make sure to take a good look at the bones and stability.  Then start dreaming about the possibilities and have some fun!

Speaking of spring I better get busy because summer will be here soon and these legs aren’t going to shave themselves.

Hairy in North Dakota,


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