Junk Monkey Paint: Have you ever heard of it?
A friend of mine repeatedly encouraged me to go visit a local shop, Sonia’s Shabby Chic, to check out their Junk Monkey paint, DIY treasures yet to be transformed, and finished pieces of furniture that have been distressed. I had tried a few times but either it was closed or I had my kids…..so I would pass the shop with hopes of stopping in someday.
Finally, the stars aligned and I was able to drop in to the shop. I was introduced to Junk Monkey Paint. The owner has made her own chalk paint and named it Junk Money which I thought was a pretty fun name.
I purchased a jar to see how it compared to other Chalk Paint that I’ve purchased. I liked the simplicity of paint being sold and stored in a mason jar. It was $7.00 which I thought was very reasonable. It also was available close to my home and in a variety of colors.
I found a great table among her treasures that was the perfect size for my office so I purchased it as well. Equipped with a new jar of paint and a piece of furniture that needed some of that new paint, I was ready to tackle another DIY project.
It is a fact that I like to paint furniture and I love the distressed look. I’m not a fan of natural wood surfaces so I try to find furniture pieces that have good bones. I also look for pieces that will look even better with a bit of creative elbow grease.
This table was fine; it just didn’t fit my style or home decor. I loved the table. It has three sides that fold down independently which makes it very versatile and a fun piece.
Here is the beauty about using chalk paint (homemade or store bought) over latex paint.
- You will not have to prep your furniture (no sanding required)
- You don’t need primer. Two coats of chalk paint and a coat of wax will do the trick!
- The fumes are typically less than traditional paint unless you used latex paint in your homemade chalk paint which I’ve seen in some recipes.
- It dries much quicker. Most projects are normally dry and ready within 2 hours.
I used the left over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I used on my piano (which you can read about here) as the base of this project. I knew I wanted a French-inspired look in the office and this shade is perfect to achieve that look.
I used Junk Monkey Paint as a second coat to achieve the distressed look. Using two similar colors in the same color palette is a great technique for distressing a piece of furniture.
There are several different ways to distress furniture:
- You can add another shade of color to a drying coat of paint in patches. I did this with this table.
- You can paint a surface one shade as a base coat and another shade as a top coat then use sandpaper to rub off a layer in specific spots to look worn.
- You can paint a surface with a one color then go back and add another shade of color to specific edges or spots. I did this when I painted my dining room hutch.
- You can use castor oil under your base coat in areas then as you paint the surface the paint will crackle. This is a technique that I used when painting my headboard with Milk Paint.
I like this style of distressing furniture and Junk Monkey Paint was perfect for this project.
The distressed look isn’t for everyone and it doesn’t fit some home decors but it is fun to try if you love DIY projects. Grab yourself an old piece of furniture that you don’t care about and send me a picture of your before and after project.
I’m also offering classes that you can host in your home. I will provide ways for you to customize your project which will make great gifts for weddings, graduations, and Mother’s Day gifts.
Contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning how to distress a piece of furniture. I will gladly discuss the details.
I found that I really liked working with Junk Monkey Paint. I have used it in a few projects and a little paint goes a long way.
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I hope that if you are local to our area that you stop in and visit this store. If you like DIY projects, then you will like what you find and pick up a jar of Junk Monkey Paint today.