Last year at this time I was painting a Mackenzie-Childs style dining room table (think black & white checkers) and I really didn't want to relive the checkered theme. So I decided to try a combo of the Black Pepper Chalk Style Paint and Holiday Red Milk Paint. After all, its the holiday season!
I found it at a local consignment store before they sadly went out of business. It looks like something you would find in a hotel room.
Minimal prep is needed with GF paints! Its one of the things I love most about them. I just scuffed the shiny top with a little 220 grit sand paper. Then I wiped the whole piece off with a mix of rubbing alcohol & water. I recommend using a 50/50 denatured alcohol/water mix. But the rubbing alcohol was what I had on hand. Next I wiped the whole thing down with a damp rag and let it dry. Done.
- It has awesome coverage! One coat fully covered up all the red.
- It covers with a bit more texture than GF Milk Paint. Definitely more of a vintage/hand-crafted look.
- It dries quickly! Faster than GF Milk Paint.
- It has a velvety, matte finish when it dries. Exactly like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Pure & Original Classico.
- One passer-by commented: "it has no smell!"
Because the Chalk Style Paint dries quickly, I decided to add a few drops of extender to it for the next step. The extender keeps it "wet" longer and I wanted time to run the roller through it. I put a nice, heavy wet coat of Black Pepper on the table top, then ran the roller through it, carving through the paint to reveal some of the red.
Stepping back and looking at the table, I decided I wanted the roller pattern to stand out more on the top. So I ran the roller through a bit of Holiday Red, and went back over the top of the table, applying paint this time instead of removing it. Yes, it was just what was needed. That and some flowers from our nice neighbors at Dandelion Flower Shop (thanks, Karim!).