Happy Wednesday!  We have had SO MANY questions about the chalk paint finish we did on the base of the Alvarez dining table a few weeks back…

Easy Chalk Paint Finish Tutorial

Here is a close up of it!

Easy Chalk Paint Finish

Isn’t it gorg??  We love chalk paint finishes, but so many of them require 14 steps… Not our style 😉  We recently found a few products and tricks that helped us achieve the finish with minimal steps, and we LOVE the outcome!  Check out our how-to video here!

Here are links to all the products we used!

Chalk Paint we used

Stain we used

Chalk Paint Brush

Another chalk paint brush

Sanding Pad

Poly to finish

Another Poly option

I also used the chalk paint finish on this centerpiece tray I made for my dining table!  This was so simple!

I built this with a few scraps in about 5 minutes!

I started with a scrap of plywood.  Any size will do!

Next I cut 1×3 boards the length of the shorter sides and attached them to the plywood using my Ryobi 18g brad nailer and wood glue.

Then, I just cut the longer 1×3 sides to sit flush on those boards.  I attached them the same way.

I used the chalk paint method we shared in our video to finish it!  And that hardware….

Those were a lucky Amazon find that I LOVE!!! You just screw attach the screws and then screw the cap on.  You can find them HERE!

I also found the leather on Amazon HERE!  I love it because it’s distressed and worn looking.


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  1. Do you only use poly over your chalk paint or do you ever use the wax that is sold with the chalk paint? If you use the wax, does it seem to hold up well over time?

      1. There is a product called Gator Hide by Dixie Belle paints that is fantastic. Really entire Dixie Belle line is pretty awesome.