Turning something old New Again with CeCe Caldwell Thomasville Teal #diy

I’m not your average arts fartsy person. In fact growing up I hated doing crafts of any kind, let alone thinking of painting something. But when we moved to our new home just this past month. I wanted a fresh start. The stuff I have is old, and I mean old. Like this desk for instance.

I got this desk in mint condition from my aunt when I was sixteen years old. It once had a beautiful veneer on it. But over the years it got banged up, shifted around and at one point, I was thinking of sanding and painting it. You can see where I started sanding on the top and one of the drawers. But it was just too darn difficult with that finish. So when I moved my mom told me to finally junk it. But I just couldn’t do it. 

CeCe Caldwell comes to the rescue with her Chalk Paint!

Now I know I’m behind the times when it comes to chalk paint, being that I’ve only just discovered it. Boy am I glad I did, too. Two names came up when talking about using this type of paint. One was Annie Sloan. The other was CeCe Caldwell. DIY furniture enthusiasts will tell you their preference for one or the other. I just wanted to get my hands on some that didn’t require me driving to Langley to pick it up. That’s where Annie Sloan chalk paint can be purchased. I also wanted something a little more budget friends. That’s where CeCe Caldwell comes in. 

Meet Thomasville Teal (Brand New Color!) 

In redoing my home I wanted something that would go with my country floors. They are a knotty type look and my kitchen cupboards are white. One color that has always struck me is teal, but could I be so bold as to paint a piece of furniture this color? I have always been used to black, white, brown. Never would I have thought of bold and bright colors for my living room and dining room. Oh how wrong I was.

I headed down to Spruce Collective here in Abbotsford on Montrose Ave after discovering they are a major retailer of CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint. The girls there were so extremely friendly and helpful. When I walked in and saw their cashiers desk in Thomasville Teal, I immediately fell in love and knew exactly what color I wanted for my desk.

Working with Chalk Paint is everything they say it is. Some say it’s pricey. Okay it might be. One small container of the teal racks up $45 bucks. But it goes a long way if you use it right. Adding water to the paint is a must. The paint is so thick, almost like glue. You need to water it down and spread it out. One canister finished not only my desk, but two chair cushions, coffee table top and wooden top to my baker’s rack and there’s still a tad left over for touch-ups. That’s pretty great in my book and worth every penny.


What Can I Paint With Chalk Paint?

You can paint anything with Chalk Paint. One thing I love about CeCe’s Chalk Paint is it’s totally green. You can eat it if you want and it’s completely safe. Non-toxic, No Voc’s and No Solvents. It has no scent which I love as I had to paint indoors so there were no yucky fumes to worry about giving me a headache. And it dries remarkably fast. My desk only took me 3 days to paint, distress and finish. It really is amazing stuff!

Finished Product!

I picked up some new knobs at Habitat for Humanity. They are wood and silver and I love them. They cost me .50 cents each. I love the distressed look of the desk and how the color makes the room pop. I can’t wait to get to and finish my baker’s rack, entertainment unit and coffee table, and for everyone to see the finished product. But for now the desk will have to do!

Tell me what you think!



  1. Christina February 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Your desk looks beautiful. Great colour choice too! Can’t wait to check out your posts on your blog.

  2. Christine Street August 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Thank you again for being such a wonderful writer that you take your readers on an adventure with you time and time again. This is beautiful and it is exactly what I have been missing for my refurbishing projects.I just didnt know it until now,even knowing where to get it locally is great.

    1. Jodi P. Shaw - Site Author August 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

      Oh yeah for sure and their prices are great Christine, should keep you busy for a long time. Thanks for being a reader we appreciate your valuable input and for being here <3

    2. Jodi P. Shaw - Site Author October 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Christine, sorry not sure how your comment got lost. Just wanted you to know we appreciate feedback and comments from all our readers. I’m glad to have given you inspiration. πŸ™‚

  3. caryn s November 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I never knew that chalk paint was so versatile before. Love the makeovers especially the desk!

  4. Andrea B. November 25, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Loving the transformation!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author November 26, 2014 at 1:14 am

      Thanks Andrea!

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