Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nightstand Makeover {Homemade Chalk Paint}

So, I feel comfortable admitting something to you guys. Since we are such good friends and all.

I am a furniture hoarder. 

It's true. I'm like an industrious little squirrel--always on the look out for another yummy looking nut to stash away for a later time. I may not even need the piece of furniture, but if I like it, I will get it. {Much to my husband's dismay.} I may need an intervention.



In the case of this small side table, I picked this up at a Goodwill while in Austin for a Texas bloggers meetup over a year ago. Thank goodness this table is so little or it may have been evicted from the garage much sooner. As soon as I saw this petite table, I had to have it. I love the pretty legs {great gams!} and the little back splash.


There were a few marks on the top of the table and something had eaten through the varnish {nail polish remover can do that} but I knew that wouldn't matter once I painted it. {I have a really hard time painting antiques but this table is definitely not an antique.}


I bought the table to use as my daughter's nightstand and since I was getting close to finishing her big girl room, I wanted to knock this project off the list. I am doing her room in blues, pinks and greens. There is a lot of pink and blue already but not a whole lot of green so I decided to paint the little nightstand a pale shade of green.


A few months ago, Jill shared her DIY chalk paint recipe with us and I liked the idea of being able to pick any color that I wanted and make it into chalk paint. I ended up using the Plaster of Paris recipe {3 parts paint to 1 part Plaster of Paris} and it worked so well!

 

I honestly couldn't tell a difference between my homemade chalk paint and the more expensive chalk paints. It covered really well and has a nice, matte, chalky finish.



After a couple coats of wax, the table was done! My daughter was really excited to have her "little green table" up in her room.


And I am really excited to have one more piece of furniture finished and out of the garage. My husband concurs. 



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12 comments:

  1. I've always been too afraid to make my own chalk paint, but seeing how fabulous your nightstand turned out, I might have to give it a try! So cute! :)

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  2. Love the green! So vibrant and fun. I just finished painting an old nightstand too. I went with bright orange but yours is lovely.

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  3. I didn't know you can make your own chalk paint. That's a huge improvement! I love it... Thanks for linking up at #MerryMonday!

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  4. I love this! I have just started using chalk paint, I love it, but like you, I hate that it is so expensive and that you are limited in what color you have to choose from. I will have to try making my own. I love the color you chose, what color is it? We would love for you to join us at Party in Your PJs.
    Kim
    http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/2014/07/rustic-half-bathroom.html

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    1. Thanks Kim! The color I used is Behr's Celery Bunch. I love how fresh it is without being overly green, if you know what I mean. :) And I will definitely make my way over to your party! Thanks for the invite!

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  5. Beautiful!! I can't believe the difference. I love it. I will have to try that chalk paint. How do you wax it? I would love to know what wax and the process. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I used Annie Sloan's Clear Wax {I still had about half a can leftover from previous projects} and I simply rubbed it in, then wiped it off. I did three coats, waiting a day between each application. At the end, I buffed it really well, so it is really smooth and very soft. Hope this helps!

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  6. Gorgeous! I need to do this. Pinned. Sending love your way! Lou Lou Girls

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  7. Lydia, it's such a sweet little table. Love the new look! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wed party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/08/the-round-up-from-before-and-after.html Hope to see you again tomorrow at the party. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring my nightstand! Woohoo!! :)

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