I have been busy, busy, busy around our new house! From trying to organize all of our belonging, to painting the crap out of anything and everything that has a surface!
Speaking of painting, I have found a new obsession that is Chalk Paint. Not the kind you buy, but the kind you make yourself (obviously!). This stuff is pretty much magical. It allows you to paint wood furniture without sanding it. Oh, and the best part is, if you end up hating the color you picked (guilty as charged) you can paint right over it without any sort of sanding! Can you see why I am obsessed?!?
First up, for my chalk paint experiment, was a lovely oak kitchen table that fits perfectly in my kitchen (Thanks Beth & Tony for the donation! :D) . I loved the oak color, but thought my kitchen could use a little pop of color. I found a fabric swatch that had a pretty Chartreuse color on it that I thought would work well in my kitchen. So, I took the swatch to Home Depot and had them color match it. The color was spot-on! I was thinking of painting my chairs AND my table this color but decided against doing the table. I didn’t want to give anyone a stroke from the intense Chartreuse color! So…I decided to refinish the top of my table and paint the base an off-white color.
I took pictures of my table before it underwent its transformation, but I recently got a new phone and lost the pictures. With the help of Google, I was able to find an image that looked identical to my table before I redid it. This was my first time ever painting and refinishing furniture. Thanks to my mom, Marcia, for walking me through the process! It took some patience (which I rarely have), but I am super happy with the outcome of my project. I now have a ton of other projects that involve chalk paint-no surface is safe!
Have you ever used chalk paint? Did you have a positive experience with it?
Supplies Needed For Chalk Paint:
– Semi Gloss Paint
– Plaster of Paris
– Plastic cup
– Plastic Spoon
Supplies Needed to Refinish the Top of Your Table:
– Wood Stain
– Paint Brush
– Furniture Wax
– Steel Wool
– Sander and Sandpaper
– Plastic Gloves
To Paint your chairs and bottom of your table:
Step 1: Wipe down all of the areas you are going to paint to remove any dirt or dust.
Step 2: I used the Chalk Paint instructions from this video, and they worked like a charm!
Step 3: I did 2 coats of paint on both the base of table and all of my chairs. Once everything is dry, you are going to go over your table base and chairs with your finishing wax. After you let it set for a few minutes, wipe it off with a rag (this will help protect your furniture). I also added new felt floor protector pads to the bottom of my chairs.
Step 1: To refinish your table, you will start with sanding it down. After you have sanded it down and it is nice and smooth, wipe it down with a wet rag to remove an dust.
Step 2: Start painting on your stain. Paint it on, then wipe it off. I ended up doing about 5 coats of stain to get my desired color.
Step 3: Once your stain has dried, take your varnish and brush on a think layer. Let this dry close to 24 hours. Once it is COMPLETELY dry, rub steel wool all over your table getting it nice and smooth. Apply another coat of vanish. I did four coats of varnish. The last coat, I did not use my steel wool. I left it nice and shiny.