Fixer Upper fans, this one’s for you!
A few weeks ago, Magnolia reached out to see if they could send over a little goodie box o’ happy mail. I said, uuuummmmmm does this mean Jojo and I are now besties then?? YA. Send ‘er on over, BFF, along with my half of our split-heart best friends forever necklace, K? 😍🙌🏻❤️
(In other words, I said sure. Could you tell I was excited? I mean, I know they sent these kits to other bloggers, but JUST LET ME PRETEND for a minute, okay?!? 😂😉)
Inside the package (hand-addressed, I’m sure, and mailed directly to me by my gal pal Jo, NBD…) were all kinds of Magnolia goodies! Apron, bag, chalk paint made by Kilz in “Shiplap,” finishing waxes, Magnolia paint brushes, and a signed copy of The Magnolia Story. A book?! Yep. Good ol’ bestie Joey knows ol’ Er pretty well, huh? 😂
Today during kiddo nap time, I whipped out all my Magnolia supplies and got to work chalk painted the cute wooden crate they’d (ahem…SHE’d) included in the package! Just me, my DP 10, the chirping birds, and a little crafty project to pass the afternoon. Happy place, anyone??
First up, let me just say that this chalk paint isn’t cheap, especially when compared to brands like Rustoleum that you can grab from Walmart. That’s probably the biggest con about the line…however. ✋🏼 OH my word, this stuff is amazingly THICK!! I’m talking thick like those weirdo custard places that insist on awkwardly presenting you with your ice-cream order with the cup tipped upside down to show just how thick. 😳 Ya. It’s like THAT kind of thick. Look, I even tipped my paint brush over for ya, a la custard-style…and no drips! It’s the consistency of pudding, which means this stuff goes a looonnnggg way. I barely used anything, and this little crate was covered in no time. Therefore, even though the price tag is higher than some chalk paints you can find at big box stores, I’ve never seen anything like this consistency. On the same token, if you DON’T want super thick coverage, you can thin the Magnolia chalk paint out with just a tiny bit of water to create more of a white wash finish…which makes the can of paint stretch that much further!
While painting, I noticed that there wasn’t much of an odor to this line, and I looked it up to check and see – yep, low VOC’s. That can’t hurt anything, plus I loved the matte finish and perfectly creamy white Shiplap color.
(Right is one pass with one dip of the brush | Left is tip of brush dipped in a bit of water for white wash look)
I painted one coat, walked away for a few minutes, came back to find it totally dry. Went ahead with the second coat (although I really don’t think it needed it. Habit, maybe?) Next, I used this handy dandy little wood block sander to rough up the edges and around the handle. I like to distress pieces where one might find naturally occurring wear and tear: corners, the edges, around handles, etc. Distressing in small areas also opens up the paint and wood grain to later receive a touch of their dark wax, further enhancing that worn-in, vintage vibe.
After sanding, I wiped down the crate and went over the whole piece with just a little bit of the Magnolia clear wax. They recommend sealing with the clear wax before using the darker wax, and I’m glad I did. The clear wax helped me be able to more easily wipe away excess dark wax on spots I didn’t really want darkened, and this clear wax hardly had a smell, either!
Finally, I used the tiniest bit of their Aged Finish dark wax, and I worked it into crevices, nicks in the wood, and any areas I’d roughed up with the sand paper. Now, this stuff STINKS. I’m not sure if all dark waxes stink, but, because the chalk paint and clear wax didn’t have much of an odor, I was taken aback by the dark wax smell. However, once dried, the smell went away! And note….a little of this stuff goes a LONG way.
Overall impression of Magnolia Home Chalk Paint and Wax:
–Chalk paint is on the expensive side, BUT it is extremely thick and can cover SO much.
–I like that you can add water to thin it out, but that it STARTS out thick. You can’t make other cheaper brands thicker, so I’d rather start with that thick consistency and thin as needed per project.
–Chalk paint and clear wax hardly had any noticeable odor, however dark wax smelled during application. Once dry, no mo’ stink!
–Kilz brushes by Magnolia were niiiiice. Super dense, very soft, and I didn’t notice any shedding during application.
–Color range: while I can only speak to using the color “Shiplap,” Magnolia did include their chalk paint color range, and it’s pretty impressive! It’s like all the most popular Magnolia Home paint colors converted into thick, pudding-like chalk paint. Worth the investment, I think.
There ya have it! While I did receive this package o’ Magnolia yumminess for free, I think I’d be ready to drop the cash for another color in Joanna’s (my bestie….duh) chalk paint line. Like I said, that thick consistency spells C-O-V-E-R-A-G-E for days, making the money worth it, in my opinion. The waxes were a nice addition to the line, however I didn’t notice anything all that crazy different about their quality or coverage. The aged finish wax DID go a long way, however. Overall, I was impressed with the paint and would use/buy again!
Hope this helped if you were considering ordering some Magnolia Home Chalk Paint by Kilz in the future! Have any of you tried this brand of chalk paint and/or wax? What did ya think?
Have a happy Wednesday, buddies!