I finally tackled my first furniture painting project -- the three-tier table I got at a garage sale for 3 dolla dolla bills -- one dolla for every tier.
The before picture:
Pretty as is, but I was eager to paint! I've been reading all about the amazingness that is chalk paint; no sanding needed, no priming needed, can be applied to most any surface, works great on furniture, sands well, distresses well, cooks your family dinner, gives the kids a bath...
Everyone who has used it swears by it! Despite all that, I wasn't ready to drop $40 on a quart so instead I tried this easy DIY chalk paint tutorial from I Heart Nap Time. I messed with the measurements a little and did 1 part plaster of paris to 2 parts paint and a little bit of water. It was so easy that the hardest part was just getting to Home Depot to buy the plaster of paris.
I started out by putting on a quick, messy base coat of Tibetan Orange by Behr. This was just going to show through a tiny bit under the white top coat so I wasn't worried about painting it on perfectly. To make sanding easier at the end I added a thin layer of vaseline to a few small spots.
Quick tip for painting the legs -- stick a push pin in the bottom! Tip via Chica and Jo via Pinterest.
Next, I put on the first layer of chalk paint. It went on really thick and very rough looking...
But after lightly sanding it down it was nice and smoooooth.
|C was interested in helping me for approximately 8 seconds.|
Quick review -- start to finish.
The distressing got a lil' crazy so I ended up having to go back and touch up a few spots with white. Here it is all done up.
|Thrifted pottery barn clock - $1!!!|
|Thrifted books - $2. Owl votive - $1.|
|Thrifted white vase - $3.|