A Big FAT Paint Transformation - and a Giveaway (valued at $2700)!

Mar 7, 2016

Navy bookcase painted with FAT Paint | Ramblingrenovators.ca

I'm super excited to share my latest DIY project and an amazing giveaway (valued at $2700!) today! Read on for details.

The FAT Paint Company reached out recently to tell me about their new collaboration with interior designer Amanda Forrest, who you might know as the home decor expert on The Marilyn Denis show. One look at Amanda's collection of six bold and fun colours and I was ready to give FAT Paint a try. I've never used a chalk-style paint and I was curious: would FAT Paint be easy to apply, get as much coverage, and be as durable as my tried-and-true latex paints?

photo by Tracey Ayton
Luckily, I had just the project to put FAT Paint to the test. I picked up this bookcase at the Habitat Restore for a measly $25. It's going to the cottage but needed a bit of work.



FAT Paint promises to go on smoothly, distress easily, and finish flawlessly. I gathered my tools: paint in a dreamy hue, Navy State of Mind, FAT wax, a natural bristle brush, lint-free cloth, and sanding block.

First step was to give the bookcase a good sanding. Then, I wiped it down a warm wet rag, and then with the lint-free cloth.

How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca

Next, I applied the paint in long strokes. The paint went on smoothly and the brush strokes dried evenly.

How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca

After one coat, the bookcase looked like this:

How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca

I applied two coats of paint about an hour apart. It got too cold to continue working in the garage so the next day I brought the bookcase inside for the rest of the process. 

Next step was to give the bookcase a light distressing. I didn't want the piece to look overly aged, so I just sanded lightly on a few corners and edges.

How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca

Then I applied the FAT wax. A small natural bristle brush is great for this step, allowing you to get into the corners and grooves. I buffed the wax with a soft cloth, applying a bit of pressure and rubbing in a circular motion.

How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca

Here's the finished result!

How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca
How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca
Navy chalk style FAT Paint with brass catch latch | Ramblingrenovators.ca

The bookcase looks just as I hoped it would. It has character and depth. The wax adds a nice dimension to the piece, softening the matte look of the paint and providing some highlights. I added a beadboard backing painted in some leftover light grey paint, and a brass plate catch.

How to use chalk style FAT Paint on navy bookcase | Ramblingrenovators.ca

From brown and broken down to blue and stately. I'm really happy with the results of the FAT Paint and can't wait to try it out on other pieces that need a bit of character.

*GIVEAWAY*

Now it's your turn to give FAT Paint a try! One lucky winner will win:
- the entire #AFxFAT Paint collection in pints
- a 200g jar of FAT wax
- a pair of tickets to the National Home Show (catch Amanda on stage on March 19th)
- and a full room makeover consultation with Amanda herself.

That's a prize valued at $2700! Enter below.


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