Amazing friends, I have done it! I have finally put together a video on how to paint furniture using chalk paint! I get a lot of questions about chalk painting furniture, and although I have a very detailed tutorial on my blog for How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint, it’s always so nice to see it in action! Not only am I sharing how I paint furniture with chalk paint in the video, but also how I sand my pieces after! One of the most asked questions I get is how to minimize brush strokes, so I’ll be sharing all the tips I have for that in the video also!
These tables that I scored for only $10 each were the perfect candidates for my chalk painting tutorial:
I had purchased a desk at the thrift store and was driving around to the back to pick it up when I spied these stacked outside. They must have just been dropped off:
I told the guy I was interested in them and was expecting him to tell me that I needed to wait until they were processed, but instead, he asked me how $10 a piece sounded. (I hope I didn’t just get him in trouble!)
SOLD! I paid the man and shoved them in my car as quickly as I could and was on my way!
Today is also Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! The second Tuesday of every month I get to join four of my favorite treasure-maker friends to bring you trashy makeovers! Be on the lookout for their makeovers at the bottom of this post!
Here is what these tables really looked like up close…
Pretty trashy! They definitely haven’t been living their best life. The tops were in terrible condition and the rest of these tables were so dirty. The insides of the drawers were a mess as well!
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If you were to paint over a surface that has areas of stain that are chipping, you would see all those imperfections in your paint finish. To smooth the tops of these tables out, I sanded them down with my rotary sander using 120 grit sandpaper first, then 220 grit sandpaper.
That sander definitely earns its keep around here!
I cleaned up all the dust with my shop vac and gave them a good wipe down with my Walmart brand wipes. That is all the prep I did.
Here is how one of these cuties turned out:
It is a very soothing, coastal blue.
And here’s that video I promised!
How to Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint Video Tutorial (How I sand after included!):
If you have any trouble viewing this video, see it on my YouTube channel HERE.
It was a tad long, but I wanted to give as much information as possible!
Here’s Everything you need to chalk paint furniture:
- Cleaning wipes or White Lightning cleaner
- Chalk-style paint (I used a 50/50 mix of Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg Blue and Cotton. You can find my DIY Chalk Paint recipe HERE.)
- Good quality brush (My favorites are this Purdy brush and this Dixie Belle brush (the 2″ Mini Angle Brush)
- FrogTape for taping off any areas that need to be protected
- BOSS by Dixie Belle* (comes in white and clear)
*This is only needed if you get the dreaded bleed-through or suspect you will get bleed-through. (usually antique mahogany and cherry pieces)
To sand after painting you will need:
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Foam sanding sponge (an old one is perfect for wrapping the sandpaper around)
- shop vac with brush attachment
- Clean soft cloth
I shared all the tips I have for getting a smooth finish and how I sand my pieces after in that video. I mentioned in it that I would link a few other videos below, but you can find all my videos in one place at the “My Videos” tab at the top, or by clicking HERE. That includes how I apply the clear coat in satin to seal using a sponge applicator and my video for how I line drawers with fabric.
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You can see how smooth the surface is after using the tips I shared in the video:
When the paint was dry, I added part of this stencil to the top:
I held the stencil in place by spraying the back of the stencil with spray adhesive first. Then I used white craft paint applied with a small flat brush to fill it in, brushing away from the edges as much as possible. It took three coats and then I removed the stencil right after the third coat went on. I showed in the video how I sanded right over the top with 220 grit sandpaper to get a super smooth finish.
I decided to paint the sides and the insides of the drawers on these pieces this time because they were in pretty sad shape. Normally, I would only paint the fronts. The inside got a couple of coats of white paint since the fabric I planned to use had a white background…
Because the fronts of these drawers were curved, I used some wrapping paper to make a pattern for the fabric to line the bottoms.
Then I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat set to cut the pieces out…
Any guesses where I bought my fabric?? Ya’ll know I love TJ Maxx and HomeGoods drapery aisles for my home decor fabric.
These curtain panels were $19.99, so I got almost five yards of fabric at 50″ wide! I must love ya’ll if I did math for you!
I had plenty left and I know I’ll use it on future projects as pretty as it is with this color:
I don’t know if anyone noticed, but the original handles were on upside down. I removed them and painted them in two coats of Cotton. I distressed them a bit and gave them a quick spray of Rustoleum Clear Spray to seal.
And yep…I did them both! Twins!
Remember my Summer sign that I made out of an old dirty Porch sign from my Haul of Shame? I made it the easy way! No fancy cutting machines required.
Oh how I love Summer! I love how this sweet set turned out!
I hope that if you watched the video, you found it helpful! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments if you have any at all!
I redid these two very similar tables several years back:
See how this set turned out HERE!
I can cross two more pieces off my list!
If there’s anything you missed, you can catch up below:
My next project piece is this flatware box…there’s one in every haul, right??
UPDATE: Check out how this flatware box looks now HERE! It might be my favorite! 🙂
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