Media Cabinet Update {Test driving a new chalky paint brand}

Repainting our main living areas was one of the best things we have done for our home. It lightened and brightened the house and provided a true natural background so I can go wild with color. It also provided “If you give a mouse a cookie” syndrome. Yep. Painting our walls grey inspired a whole plethora of changes. #can’tstopwon’tstop

Our media cabinet was a bit of an antique/off white color. When we changed the wall color, the cabinet started to really look yellow. It just wasn’t working with the rest of the room {or the direction the room is heading}. I had great success with chalk paint on my coffee bar, so I thought I would give it another go on this project as well. I have only used Annie Sloan chalk paint, so I decided to try out another brand to see how it compares. 

media cabinet - before

media cabinet - before

Home Depot and Joann’s now carry American Decor Chalky Finish paint {by DecoArt}. It is more affordable and more easily accessible than some other chalk paint brands. I decided to give it a shot. Worst case scenario, I could sand it down and try again with another brand. 

I chose the color “Everlasting” which is a bright, pure white. I looked at using “Lace”, but was afraid it would be too yellow. 

Test driving a new kind of chalky paint {Americana Decor} while updating the media cabinet

 It took me 2 coats over the entire cabinet to get good coverage. Some spots needed a bit more than that. I’m not sure if it required more paint because of the material of the cabinet {typical out of the box furniture type material}, the lighter color, or if the brand just does not give as good of coverage. I’m planning to try out the paint on a different type of surface to test out my theory a bit more {check back next week!}. 

Everlasting was a much brighter white than I had anticipated. To tone it down and soften the color just a bit, I went over the cabinet with a dark wax {on top of the clear wax}. The Americana Decor wax consistency is much closer to a liquid than a solid wax. It felt more like paint. I definitely prefer the Annie Sloan version. 

Test driving a new kind of chalky paint {Americana Decor} while updating the media cabinet

Overall, I’m happy with how the cabinet turned out. I probably will not use this brand on this type of surface {unless it were a smaller piece}, but it’s not bad paint by any means. I’ll be sure to give you my final answer on this brand after I’ve tried it on other surfaces. 

What projects do you have planned for this weekend? Have you tried out chalk paint yet?

Have a great weekend!

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P.S. I have no affiliation with any of the brands mentioned. I just like to test drive different products and I love passing {honest} information on to you!

Test driving a new kind of chalky paint {Americana Decor} while updating the media cabinet