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Chalky Finish Second Chances Contest Runner-Up – Kelly Stradling

By: DecoArt
September 9, 2015

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Chalky Finish Second Chances Contest Runner Up     Kelly Stradling
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Post completed by Kelli Stradling as an entry to the Chalky Finish Second Chances Contest.

Please help us congratulate Kelli for her creative repurposing of this old TV console. And what a cute model she has! As the second place winner, Kelli will receive $500 cash and $500 in DecoArt product (of her choice)!

Tomorrow we will announce the grand prize winner... stay tuned!

I first started working on this old hand me down piece over a year ago. It belonged to my husbands grandparents. The TV has not worked for years, but it held sentimental value because of the hours they spent together watching it at their beautiful cabin retreat. When I first started working on it I lacked any inspiration. Frustrated, I left it half finished and ugly.  I needed a second chance to finish it and it needed a second chance at beautiful functionality.  This was my first time using a chalk paint and I am so glad I took the opportunity to try it because now I am hooked. The Chalky Finish "Treasure" color was just the inspiration I needed!  It was so easy to use. Now I'm happy, and the TV is finally as beautiful as it was always meant to be.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Treasure
  • Americana Decor Creme Wax 8oz - Clear
  • Paint Brush
  • Coordinating Fabric
  • Tension Rod
  • Sand Paper
  • Old TV Console


Wipe down the furniture and clean off any dust or dirt. Remove all hardware. (To remove the insides of an old Console TV unscrew the back panel, and carefully disconnect the wires and screws holding the TV tube inside.  Remove it cautiously and discard in accordance with your local laws. This step will take about 30 minutes but does not require any special skills or equipment.)

Instruction #1 - Console TV before
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With a brush or roller paint the cabinet with the Chalky finish paint. Two coats  for optimal coverage, let the paint dry completely between each coat.

Instruction #2 - TV console chalky finish process photo
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After the paint is completely dry you can do any sanding or distressing desired.  Look for any paint drips you may have missed and sand those down even if you don't plan to distress.  Wipe the dust off when you are done.

Seal the paint.  You can use clear wax or varnish. Paint the sealer on, or rub it in with a lint free cloth. If you want to antique the piece, use a clear wax first, and then the darker wax on top wiping it off as you go until you get the desired look.

Replace any hardware, reattach the back of the console, and add any personal decorative touches such as pillows, or curtains to finish it off!

Instruction #5 - AmericanaChalkyFinish-ProjectComplete
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See more of Kelli's process and photos over at her blog, K's Craft Shack!


As usual, Kelli has done a great job on the doggie house. Thei little "Dobbie" is already enjoying it. Good going Kelli, Love you Memo.

Colene Wells

September 9, 2015

Wow! What an honor to be chosen from so many amazing entries! Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!


September 9, 2015

Congratulations Kelli! What a cool idea and such a sweet bed for your sweet fur baby! Best wishes Jackie P Neal

Jackie P N

September 9, 2015

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