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Vintage Effect Made Easy

By: Amber Kemp-Gerstel
August 25, 2017

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Vintage Effect Made Easy

If you’re anything like me, you’re a smidge intimidated by layering paint. Maybe it’s because of that one project where you didn’t follow the instructions and ended up with a mess….or was that just me? 

For today’s project, I’m venturing into the world of layering paints and let me tell you, this is so easy to do! I used a combination of the DecoArt Chalky Finish and Vintage Effects. For a modern girl like me, the result had a slightly distressed look but still clean and contemporary. Just my style. 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash 8 oz - Turquoise
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Refreshing
  • A wood crate
  • Hair pin table legs – you can pick these up online or in some hardware stores
  • A foam brush
  • A lint free cloth


Let me take you on a little tour of how this easy wood crate side table came together.

Apply the Chalky Finish paint directly to the wood crate. This paint is GREAT! It dries quickly and adheres beautifully. Even if your surface has a slight sheen, Chalky Finish will work wonders!


Before applying the Vintage Effects paint over the Chalky Finish, dip your foam brush into a bit of water. This will result in a thinner, more muted finish.  If you prefer a bit more boldness from your Vintage Effects, skip this.

Apply the Vintage Effect color with the foam brush, then use a towel to gently wipe off some of the color you just applied. With this technique, you’ll achieve a muted wash of color that is still discernable, but blends nicely with the Chalky Finish beneath.

See what I mean? You can see those pretty swipes of Turquoise Vintage Effects, but they don’t take over! I love the way this turned out.

Be sure to visit Damask Love  for more projects and to learn more about Amber Kemp-Gerstel.


I love this small storage table for some of my books. You can fit anywhere .I will be making this. I love the color.

Debi Linn

October 23, 2017

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