Desk Makeover with Menards Chalk Paint; Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish Review

Menards Chalk Paint Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish Paint desk makeoverWhen I discovered that Menards carried chalk paint I had to try it out - especially since the price was only $19.97 for a quart. Don't expect this paint to be front and center in the paint department though, you'll have to walk way in back to the end of one of the paint aisles to find Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish paint. Just like the other chalk paint brands, you can choose from a great selection of colors (42 of them actually). 

Menards Chalk Paint Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish Paint desk makeoverI wanted to give this sturdy yet very dated desk that I got for a steal an updated look for our guest room/office. After checking out the paint chip sheet for the Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish paint, I decided to go with a light gray color. I followed directions and tested an area to make sure the paint did not bead. If the paint beads, you have to lightly sand the surface so the paint will adhere better. 

Menards Chalk Paint Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish Paint desk makeoverAfter the paint dried (about an hour later), my desk was purple. This was not the color I picked out at Menards. There was no way I was going to put a purple desk in our guest room/office so it was back to Menards for me for another quart of paint. This time I decided to go with white. My advice to anyone that plans on using Menards chalk paint is to take that paint chip sheet outside to look at the colors in natural light. I'm not sure if it was the lighting at Menards (it can be pretty dark back in the paint department) or if whoever mixed the paint for me possibly made a mistake, but the paint chip did not match the paint on my desk. 

Menards Chalk Paint Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish Paint desk makeoverIt was mid-July when I painted the desk and mid-July in the midwest means humidity. We ended up bringing the desk inside so it would dry faster with the A/C. I used the entire quart of white paint to cover the purple. I did not expect to use that much paint on a surface that already had paint applied to it. 

Menards Chalk Paint Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish Paint desk makeoverI sealed the desk after the paint was dry with Minwax Polycrylic Polyurethane. I prefer this to wax because it protects better than wax and does not have to be reapplied like wax. 

Menards Chalk Paint Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish Paint desk makeoverAll in all I think Dutch Boy Dimensions Chalky Finish paint from Menards is a decent product for the price. I do feel as though I used more paint than I should have so maybe the cost savings wasn't really there for such a large project and I would have been better off with Annie Sloan or Cece Caldwell's paint. 

 
1.0   Terry
1/5/2016 11:37:58 AM
You did a lovely job giving this outdated desk new life! Well done! It looks so pretty now! Have a great day! Smiles! Terry
2.0   Megin
1/7/2016 2:02:24 PM
I love how this turned out! I'm a HUGE fan of White. (I also {adore} your blog logo!) I would love for you to join us and share each week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). ~ Megin of VMG206
3.0   Bre @ Average But Inspired
1/7/2016 7:55:06 PM
Rose! I didn't know that Menards sells chalky paint. Thanks for that info! I sure hope they gave you that white paint for free since it sounds like they messed up the color the first time around. In any event, it turned out great and looks so beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing with us at The DIY Collective! We are so happy to have you.
4.0   hannah@seeingthelovely
1/11/2016 9:29:03 AM
Chalk paint is great! Glad you were able to find the right color. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!
5.0   Krista
1/12/2016 12:20:08 PM
So lovely- what a difference!! Featuring you tomorrow at Work it Wednesday - thanks for sharing it!
6.0   SONJA HANSEN
1/13/2016 11:38:20 AM
Great work! You do great work. Now, I have a question about the chair. Is that an upholstery job or a is it slip covered? I have three office style chairs that need to be refreshed, but I would rather not upholster them. I have been wondering if I could find a way to slip cover them and I am impressed with your chair. Those ties in the back would be cute on the two chairs in my sewing room. Thanks.
  6.1   Rose
1/28/2016 7:23:33 AM
Hi Sonja! The chair is actually from IKEA! I am completely useless with a sewing machine. :(
7.0   Lisa
2/26/2016 7:43:59 PM
An FYI to anyone planning to use this brand of paint - I just purchased my first quart, thought I had to choose from the 42 suggested colors, but the very helpful salesperson told me they can mix ANY color! It was a little challenging for her to find her way through the computer program, but she did, and now I have a beautiful creamy color NOT on the list of 42 choices. Also, Menards store policy (at our location, at least) is that if you are not satisfied with their paint for any reason, return it with the receipt for a full refund, no questions asked. I did return some other paint, partially used, and they very politely gave me a full refund. Yay Menards!!
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