Using Chalk Paint in Gray

A Chalk Paint Color In Elephant


Happy Tuesday everyone!

If you have been following along on the blog, then you know that I do a lot of projects with paint. Spray paint, chalk paint, wall paint, you name it, I don’t care,  I will paint it! I use paint a lot because it’s a really inexpensive, budget friendly way to change or update things that you already have and because I hate to waste things that are no longer working for me.

My latest bright idea and paint project, was to change the color of a wicker chest I have had for several years (and through at least a couple of houses) that I store extra quilts in.

Nothing wrong with it (ok, maybe it was a little beat up) I was just bored with the brown. I am so sick of all the brown in my house y’all.

This is the ho-hum before:


I wanted to change it to a faded, vintage-ish looking gray, so I used an inexpensive matte finish chalk paint in Elephant (how can you not love that!) with a tiny amount of a creamy white called Plaster. I picked these up at Walmart for about $5 each.


I painted a layer of gray, dry brushed on a tiny bit of the white and then did another coat of the gray.

When the painting was done, I brushed on, then wiped off a light layer of clear wax.



I like this paint color a lot but it’s a VERY matte finish. If you are looking for glossy, this is not it. I also like that it was super cheap, and I used very little, so there is plenty left over for other projects.







I will be sharing on these great blogs:

 My PinterventuresPractically Functional

Life with LoreliLittle Red Brick HouseBless’er HouseMila’s Little Things, In the New House

My Paper Craze, Handy man Crafty womanFrom Evija with Love, The Honeycomb HomeIvy and Elephants 

Three Kids and a Fish, Crafty Allie, Lehman LaneVintage Paint and MoreTip Junkie, The Dedicated House

String Town HomeFunny Polkadot GiraffeSavvy Southern StyleCarolyn’s HomeworkMy Craftily Ever After

Sparkles of SunshineLou Lou Girls, Just Another MomCostal Charm, Between Naps on the Porch, Skip to My Lou

Smart Party Planning, Curly Crafty MomCedar Hill FarmhouseHuckleberry LoveDwellings The Heart of Your Home

23 thoughts on “A Chalk Paint Color In Elephant

    1. Thanks Erlene! I wazs so happy to find a low priced cxhalk paint with a great color selection! not every project needs the expensive brands!

  1. What a great idea! I saw a wicker chest like this on super clearance for $40 and I wanted to scoop it up but I hated that it was in a black finish. Wish I had thought of using chalk paint! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!
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  2. Oh my! This looks so incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We love partying with you and we appreciate you stopping by! Please take a minute to stop by next week, so we can pin and tweet your new creation. The party starts on Monday at 7 pm! Have a great Monday! Lou Lou Girls
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  3. Karen,
    Great way to update your wicker quilt chest, dear friend!!!
    LOVE the Elephant Gray with the Pumpkin hues!!!
    I can only imagine how gorgeous this piece will be at Christmas!!!
    I’m alright with brown in my decor, but Heaven help me the the
    yellow~orange of oak in my home. . .it’s really getting under my skin!!!
    Hm~m~m. . .paint, you say??? I’ll think on this!!!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring!!!
    Wishing you a wonderful first week of Autumn!!!
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  4. My love affair this year is with GRAY…LOVE IT…and this really turned out fantastic…I have a vintage wicker suitcase that I want to do the same. Thanks for the inspiration I get from you so often.:)
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  5. The wicker chest looks great! Don’t you just love that paint? I used the Plaster color on a tabletop and was so surprised at how well it goes on and covers – was especially surprised that it’s available at Walmart. Now I’ll have to try the Elephant shade. Your project turned out awesome and thanks for sharing!
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    1. Hi Jenna! I love Annie Sloan too! I thought that I would try this stuff because it was a great price and they have really good colors. I liked it just fine but it was hard to tell on the wicker how it would be on wood, but I would be willing to try it!

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