3 Tier Table - Done-zo!

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.
I added one more coat of chalk paint then got serious with my sanding and started to bring through the orange base coat.

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.


  1. Great job! I love the DIY Plaster of Paris chalk paint. It worked great for me too. It's a very sweet table. You should definitely link that up to some parties.

  2. WOW! What an awesome transformation! I love the re-do! Turned out nice. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. so sweet! and i love the little owl, too! :)

  4. I love all your thrifting! So, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award. Congratulations! Stop by my blog for the details. Angela

  5. Love how it turned out...I am going to have to try that chalk paint out soon!


  6. Great job and a wow....Nominated for Liebster congrats...

  7. Your table turned out great, what an improvement! Just found your blog and have enjoyed browsing thru, you find the best stuff! Yard sales here have been pretty slim. Not giving up though! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit me!

  8. What a cute table and successful first painting project!

  9. What a darling little table. Beautiful job making her pretty again. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Funky Junk. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-4.html Wishing you a grand Sunday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Love it! It turned out fabulous. What a useful piece too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  11. such a cute, cute project!! After you paint your first piece of furniture...you'll want to paint EVERY furniture in your house :)

  12. Hi there, New Follower here, Debbie Doo's sent me and I love your table...funny because I swear I have your table's first cousin in my house...I also just finished painting it today and my little green thing (new color) was abandoned at my neighbor's trash on trash day =0) Our tables are lucky they found a nice new homes :0)

  13. Beautiful transformation - loving the red peaking through!
    Your newest follower - would love you to visit and follow back

  14. Great job on your first paint job! Amazing that the table and everything on it was only $10!! I'm following now! :)

  15. The coloured ones are a ton of fun… but the classic painted white wood version has my heart.
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