I was recently given the opportunity to try out the new line of Chroma-Color Paint by Cari Cucksey of HGTV. Cari was looking for some people to try out her paint for free and I was happy to oblige.
I was so excited to try it because Cari is known for her upcycles and makeovers so I knew she understood all the pains and perils of getting paint to look perfect while not scratching right off of the (most likely laminate) furniture. As much as we would all love 100% wood, it just doesn’t happen all the time and when those fakey fake wood products start to look a little dull, paint can be an easy fix, if it doesn’t peel off.
I had the perfect piece to use Chroma Color on. Here she is in all her glory!
I got this mid century modern dresser over a year ago, for $99. How could you pass up those adorable tuxedo buttons? I originally planned on painting the frame white but leaving the drawers wood. I am so glad I didn’t go with white because Cari’s Mohair Blue goes so well with the wood and my wall color (Sharkey Grey by Martha Stewart in case you were wondering.) Just look at this color, it’s gorgeous!
While the sides, front and drawers are wood, the top had a thick veneer. I don’t quite understand why things are built this way, I suppose it is so the top can withstand a little extra wear, but I don’t love it. I am always nervous painting veneer or laminate because you never know if putting your keys down one day will leave you with the need for a new paint job. But Chroma-Paint says it is the surface solution, so onward I went.
Once I removed the drawers, I cleaned the dresser to remove any dust or dirt. Then I used a foam roller and put the paint on. Get this, NO PRIMER!!!! I love when I get to skip steps. This picture is after one very quick coat. I think the coverage is fantastic.
It goes on nicely and doesn’t lift like latex. Have you ever been painting furniture and you go one way with the roller and everything is fine then you come back with the roller and it pulls the paint off that you just put on?! So frustrating!!!! That didn’t happen with this.
After a second coat this baby was done. Here is a teaser.
And here is the finished product.
Don’t you just love the how the blue and the original wood go together? It’s like they were meant to be.
The finish on this paint isn’t like anything I have seen. It’s not chalky, it’s not glossy and it’s not flat. I would say it is somewhere around satin but whatever you want to call it, it’s lovely. Best part is I tried to scratch it off and it doesn’t come off. No wax, no polyurethane, no nothing and it stays put.
Chroma-Color may be my new go to paint. You can get your own directly from Cari’s website. The only down side I see is that is in not available in custom colors, but there are 15 beautiful colors to choose from so I’m sure you can find something that suits your needs.
And while we are chatting about Cari, this is us at an antique fair a few years ago. She is such a doll.
I was provided the paint for this project for free in return for my review. All opinions are my own.