With spring comes the need to lighten and brighten things up around the house… so the living room is undergoing some springy transformations right now. Lots of things in the works, one of which was painting a side table that I picked up at a second hand shop. It had interesting lines that I thought would look great painted in a fun colour, like the Mellow Yellow (by Benjamin Moore) that I had bought but didn’t use for the laundry room revamp.
Pretty simple process with DIY Chalk Paint. No need to sand first, just give your furniture piece a good cleaning with a cloth and water (and perhaps some soap if it is dirty).
Then mix up your chalk paint.
I use a mini blender to mix my plaster of paris and water before adding the paint, only because my plaster is old and I am too
cheap thrifty to buy new stuff. New plaster of paris would likely mix well with warm water just by hand…
Then get painting! I used a foam brush for this project… I ended up doing FOUR coats of this yellow to get the right colour and coverage over such a dark wood table.
NOTE: I have since done several projects using this recipe and a regular brush… the good thing about sanding your project after you finish is that it gets rid of any brush strokes (or at least it seems to have to my eye….). So you don’t have to use a foam brush to paint with this DIY Chalk paint.
Now you are ready to sand OFF some of the paint, if you want an aged look. I sanded with 150 grit paper around the edges and top as well as along the legs. Don’t mind my pathetically overused looking sandpaper.
Then WAX it baby!! I use Miniwax Finishing Paste because it was cheap and available. Seems to work fine and provides a nice protective sheen. I scooped mine out of the can with a spoon and then applied it with a soft rag… after applying go over it again and buff it off with a slightly cleaner soft rag. Make sure to use a clean lint-free cloth so that you don’t get any lint or junk caught in your wax top coat!!
Done! Let the wax dry a little and then move your piece into your room.
DIY Chalk Paint is a fun, quick, easy project that you can complete in a day or less because the DIY Chalk Paint dries so quickly! You can recoat every half hour until done!
Have you done any springy changes at your house? Painted any furniture lately? Used DIY Chalk Paint? What was your experience with it? I would love to hear from you!
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