Ready to give your wood furniture a makeover? If you are anything like me, your taste tends to changes every few years or so. At one point you loved everything blue… now you want everything grey. As these shifts happen you may find yourself longing for new household furniture and/or accessories.

Instead of getting rid of the pieces you own, which can be costly and wasteful, why not give them a new vibrant life with Cottage Chalk/Clay Paint?!


Week #98 Challenge: Transform a furniture piece with Cottage Paint!


Full-disclosure: The Cottage Paint products I used were offered at no cost in support of this blog. My review remains honest and true to my experience.



This quick and budget-friendly project allows you to customize your furniture to your taste. Here are just a few benefits of Cottage Paint :


🎨 Gives a completely new look to your furniture

🎨 You project can be completed indoors, no need to move anything around

🎨 No sanding or priming required, just a sealed and clean surface will do

🎨 Over 58 shades of Cottage paint colours to choose from

🎨 Will take just one to two day(s) to complete

🎨 Canadian made with beautiful results


Where to buy Cottage Paint in Canada?


Cottage paint products are available in-store at Bonds Decor. The nearest Bonds Decor stores are located in downtown Ottawa and in Stittsville. If there is no retailer in your area you may contact Cottage Paint directly, this family owned business offers excellent customer service and will gladly ensure your needs are met.

 What you need to paint your furniture



⭐️ Cottage Paint colour of your choice, you can even mix and match colours to create a unique blend


⭐️ A top coat (either beeswax or acrylic – I used the Cottage Paint Acrylic Varnish – Matte sheen)


⭐️ Cottage Paint Brush it’s important to invest in a quality brush to avoid streaks or bristle loss


⭐️ Use a synthetic flat brush to apply the top coat


⭐️ A microfiber cloth, water and dish soap to clean the surfaces you are painting. Be sure to rinse the surface with just water. If wax is on the surface use Clean & Prep to remove any wax or oil contamination.


⭐️ A paint drop sheet to avoid staining your floor


⭐️ Painters tape to protect the areas you don’t want painted


⭐️ Plastic container and Ziploc bag


Optional: Cottage Paint also carries beautiful stencils  and mediums to create all kinds of impressive effects.


Let’s Start – 6  Easy Steps:


Step 1: Select your furniture piece

For my first project, I picked this Pine Bookshelf from SpringWater Woodcraft a Canadian manufacturer. The exterior is Antique White and looked too yellow in this room.



Step 2: Gather your supplies

Keep your supplies nearby but leave yourself space to work.


Step 3: Prepare your surface

Using a microfiber cloth, warm water and natural dish soap I cleaned the surface I was painting. If necessary, patch any holes using Spackling compound (not wood filler as it can discolor over time) and sand any rough areas on your furniture.

If applicable, remove or tape any areas you don’t want to paint such as knobs or different colored areas.



Step 4: Cottage Paint application

Cottage Paint, as any other chalk paint, is quite thick. After mixing it, you can apply the paint as is. For the second coat, I suggest you thin out the paint prior to the application.



How to thin out Cottage Paint?


I followed advice by pouring about 1/2 cup of Cottage Paint – Cloudy White in a little plastic container and mixed in 1 teaspoon of water.



Nervous about the application? Why not try a small and less visible area to test the paint and let it dry. If you aren’t happy with the result visit the Cottage Paint Preparation Page for tips.


Start Painting


Using a brush such as the Cottage Paint Synthetic Oval Brush, begin by applying the paint focusing on one side at a time and always following the direction of the wood grain. Once the surface is covered, complete long strokes from one edge to the next to avoid seeing inconsistencies in the paint.


Place your un-cleaned paint brush in a Ziploc and store it in the fridge while the paint dries.



Step 5: Repeat application

Let your first coat dry for 1 hour prior to the application of your second coat. Typically two coats will be plenty, if a third is necessary, repeat Step #5. Do not exceed 3 coats in one day. If you are going for a distressed look, now is the time to sand down the edges. I sanded it very lightly as you can see…


Step 6: Apply Top Coat – Final Step

I let the paint dry for a few hours and applied the Acrylic Cottage Paint Varnish in Matte using the same paint brush. Depending on the finish you use, the application tool may vary. Simply read the instructions on the product label for best results.



Since I like being efficient, I painted my stationary box in Sea Turtle, a gorgeous turquoise-like colour, that same day and made a little video for a more interactive look at what I did:


The final results speak for themselves! It’s a quick and easy project that any beginner or experienced DIY enthusiast can successfully complete.



A big thank you to Gail @cottagepaint for this wonderful opportunity!

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