This was a fun and easy project. A really fast one. We did NOT feel like sanding anything since we were working on our kitchen table, indoors, so that made this a chalk paint candidate. For Sure. Here's what you'll need:
- Latex Paint (or Chalk paint if you've got it, if not, see the DIY Chalk Paint Post)
- Plaster of Paris (if you're doing the DIY chalk paint)
- Plastic to protect your work area
- Cup to Mix paint in
- Tools for removing hardware (probably just a phillips screwdriver or flathead)
- Sanding Sponge (distressing)
- Wax (we used Watco Satin Wax)
- A piece of old furniture!
So you're ready to paint, moving right along huh? We chose to make our own chalk paint, which is especially handy because we can do this chalk paint recipe to any color we want, instead of just those provided by chalk paint companies. (Disclaimer here for you chalk paint company lovers: I have nothing against premade chalk paint, this is just handier for me!)
"WAIT!" You might be screaming, "You didn't sand!" That's right. No sanding. Hate it. One of the amazing aspects of ye olde chalk paint is that you don't need to sand. It sticks beautifully to even glossy surfaces like this one, which is a huge time saver. It's also super soft when it dries....
Let it dry completely (we did 24 hours) then you can start to sand! I recommend a sanding sponge, I used a medium grit - and just start rubbing here and there. We wanted the distressed look, if you don't - skip this step and head to waxing.
If you're wondering if sealing is necessary, imagine me shouting YES. It is. You need to seal that paint in something, whether it be wax or just a clear coat of polycrylic. It's very absorbent paint due to the plaster in it, and if one jerk at a party sets just ONE drink down on it, you'll get a ring. I don't know this personally, but I've heard horror stories. But not with wax! See why it's important? Save your future self the work!
Here we are, all waxed up and hardware reapplied:
this ol' post.
See how easy painting furniture can be? A little here, a little there, you'll have new pieces in no time. What furniture in your home will you be giving new life to? Remember, if you're lazy like me, consider the chalk paint... it's so rewarding, your hands will be happy you didn't force them to sand their beauty away.
Oh, if you're new around here and are wondering about that hutch in the background, all the deets are right here: The Great Hutchy. And if you spied the triangle pattern table we are working on top of, that's here too: Triangle Pattern Tabletop.
Alright, I'm off to wrap a chandelier in Jute. More on that soon-soon-soon. Have a great one!
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