After lightly sanding the whole piece (the manufacture of the paint said that it was not necessary but I do it to reassure adhesion ) , I applied two coats of Shabby Paints. I used Marine Blue on the top and Cali Taupe on the bottom. I love this chalk paint because I only had to wait 30 minutes of drying time between each coat. I recommend that you use one of the round chalk paint brushes to apply the paint because it holds the paint better glides on smoother. I put a giant tablespoon of paint on a paper plate and worked off of the paper plate. This kept me from drying out the jar of paint. Wet your brush before you start painting. The paint will glide on and go further.
I think I can make it so I'm constanly proving to myself that I can!