I’m so happy to share this dark green chalk paint project today! Mostly because I’m burnt out on painting white after my last couple projects. But also because they were for a friend and repeat client, Stacy, who is a dream to work with.
Stacy shared a light switch cover as the inspiration color palette for the tables.
Here’s the list of Dixie Belle products I used on these rustic woodsy tables.
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- End tables (thrifted)
- White Lightning
- Collard Greens
- Rustic Red
- Mud Puddle
- Best Dang Wax Clear
- No Pain Gel Stain Golden Ash
- Gator Hide
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Dark Green Chalk Paint – Collard Greens
Dixie Belle calls this dark green chalk paint color Collard Greens, but I see it as North Woods Green. It’s probably because I live in Wisconsin, but this color has all the woodsy vibes and I love it.
After the usual cleaning and sanding prep, I painted 2 coats of Collard Greens on the table bases. Using the French tip natural bristle brush, I painted with short strokes in every direction. This gave the finish a little texture, and added to the rustic look.
For a quick sealer, I brushed the painted areas with Best Dang wax in clear. With this wax, you want to buff it out within 15 to 20 minutes. Otherwise, it may get sticky and never feel smooth like you want it to. The wax process overall is a lot faster than painting on 2 coats of clear coat and waiting for it to dry in between.
In full disclosure, I ran out of Collard Greens while painting these tables and didn’t have time to wait for delivery and was too lazy to go running out to a retailer. So I hopped on the Color Lab on the Dixie Belle website and learned that Collard Greens is 70% Coffee Bean and 30% Evergreen. I mixed it up in my empty Collard Greens container, and it came out perfectly matching the parts I had already painted. So easy and convenient!
I incorporated the red from the light switch inspiration on the glass-top table on all 4 sides. Again, I used the French tip brush for texture. On top of the red, I pounced some Collard Greens around to make the red more subtle.
Faux Wood Finish with Golden Ash
This is another faux wood finish on the tops and drawer fronts. I continue to use a technique I learned from Shannon of Black Sheep House. First, I painted a base of Mud Puddle and let it fully dry. Then, I used an applicator pad to quickly apply a coat of No Pain Gel Stain in Golden Ash over the paint.
Next, I took a 4″ deck brush to drag across the surface in the direction of the grain. Lastly, I quickly dragged a whisk broom across as well. Dragging with the different texture bristles gives the wood-like graining.
The gel stain needs a good 2 days or more to dry before sealing. I departed from my tried and true satin clear coat this time, and used Gator Hide instead. It gives a beautiful eggshell sheen, and it’s super durable. Gator Hide was out of stock for quite a while, and I forgot how much I like it!
I used the Foam N Dandy 2 inch brush to apply the Gator Hide. So far, I’m loving the Foam N Dandy for top coats. It leaves a smooth brush-stroke-free finish, with very little effort.
The hardware is the original hardware, exactly as it was. If you enjoy this piece, please remember to Pin this project for inspiration!
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