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Valspar’s Chalky Finish Paint Makeover

These beauties came across my Facebook Marketplace They were listed 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.


So while on a what seems like a weekly trip to Lowes, I grabbed Valspar’s Chalky Finish Paint.


I picked a soft gray color called Woolen Stockings.

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?


I loved these pieces and after using them in our sunroom for about a year I decided to sell them. I love flipping and selling furniture! You can constantly change out the furniture in your home for free because you’re making money on each flip!

See my tips and tricks for buying and selling on Facebook Marketplace here.

dining room pictured with links to projects

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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