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Valspar’s Chalky Finish Paint Makeover

*Disclosure: Very grateful to Valspar for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

In the fall these beauties came across my Facebook newsfeed. They were listed in a FREE group that I am an admin for. FREE!! So of course I pounced on them and had my husband pick them up on the way home from work.


I loved the detail and they were in relatively good shape. I was thinking of putting them in our living room but they were not deep enough and looked odd with our deep couch. So, they sat in our sunroom for the winter waiting for me to make a decision on where they would go and waiting for warmer weather so I could refinish these gorgeous pieces. Well, after thinking about it I decided I would leave them in the sunroom.


We are still renovating and pulling everything together in there which you might have read about already. My vision for the sunroom was white with pops of bright color throughout.

My home is very monochromatic but I wanted to have a little fun in the sunroom. Just not with these pieces! I loved them so much I was thinking if I ever wanted them to go into a different room I would have to make them over again if I painted them a bright color.

So while on a what seems like a weekly trip to Lowes, I noticed a display that held Valspar’s new Chalky Finish Paint. I had no idea they had a new line out! Of course I had to try it!

I picked a soft gray color called Woolen Stockings. I figured it would go great with any color in our sunroom and if I decided to move the pieces it would blend well in any room in our home.

When I opened the can to finally paint, I was really surprised how smooth and creamy it was. It was definitely thicker than some other chalky finish paint I usually use because of the cheaper cost.

When I started painting I was really excited because it covered beautifully. If it were not for me missing some parts, I probably would not have done a second coat.

I also used Valspar’s clear sealing wax to seal the whole piece. It was easy to put and also really smooth.

I spray painted the hardware with Rustoleum’s silver spray paint and reattached.


At first I didn’t think I wanted to distress the piece but they are about 60 years old so I figured I had to do them justice and show their age a little.


I really LOVE the way these turned out!


What do you think?


Cheryl Hassler

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Beautiful! Lucky you!


Friday 18th of August 2017

I have the Valspar brochure and the Woolen Stockings color is a darker gray. It doesn't look anything like the color of your painted chest. I'm wondering if the color swatches aren't accurate with the actual paint colors.


Sunday 5th of February 2017

Should I sand/distress the piece of furniture before or after using the sealing wax(Step 2)? How long should i let the wax dry before moving on to Step 3, Dark wax?


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Beautiful piece! Was thinking about doing my bedroom furniture in that color. Is it a blueish gray or more of a light gray?


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

I think its more of a light gray. It's in a white room and I don't see any undertones.


Thursday 19th of November 2015

Hi. I purchased this exact paint and wax for my dresser after seeing your post. I love the paint but am struggling with the wax. I don't think I really know how to apply it. When I tried, my whole dresser had a yellow tint. Yours doesn't look like it does. Do you have any suggestions for this? Thanks!!


Saturday 23rd of March 2019

I suggest you use a different sealer. I used Rustoleum spray sealing protectant. Not sure off hand the name. The cap is clear. It does not yellow like the valspar wax.


Friday 20th of November 2015

Hi Ashley,

I't not sure about a yellow tint. I didn't have that. Let me do a little research.

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