Welcome back, dear friends!! I’m still working in the yard but have moved onto a project on the side involving our garbage cans. (Sounds exciting, I know!) I’m just about finished and can’t wait to share the big reveal!!
Today, I’m sharing a favorite thrift store makeover from last year that includes a video on how to paint furniture using chalk paint! I get questions almost daily 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.
Let’s get to it!
These tables that I scored for only $10 each were the perfect candidates for my chalk painting tutorial:
I had purchased this 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.
SOLD! I paid the man and shoved them in my car as quickly as I could and drove away!
Here is what these tables looked like up close…
They definitely hadn’t been living their best life. The tops were in terrible condition and the rest of these tables were so dirty. Even the insides of the drawers were a mess.
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If you were to paint over a surface that has areas of stain wearing away like you see on these tables, you would see all those imperfections in your paint finish.
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. I used Lysol type wipes for this as this makeover was originally done pre-pandemic and those were readily available. I switched to White Lightning when I ran out and now use that for all my pieces. It does a really thorough job of cleaning. That is all the prep that was needed for these pieces.
See all the steps to painting and sanding these tables in the video below!
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.
Here’s Everything you need to chalk paint furniture:
- 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, clear, and gray)
*This is only needed if you get the dreaded bleed-through or suspect you will get bleed-through. (usually antique mahogany and cherry pieces)
Adding a Stencil
If you watched the video, you saw that I added the wreath 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 for solid coverage, 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.
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 also shared all the tips I have for getting a smooth finish and how I sand my pieces after in that video.
To seal your paint finish, you will need:
- Clear Coat in satin (Gator Hide for high traffic pieces, or Best Dang Wax if you prefer that route)
- Blue applicator sponge
I shared a video on how to apply sealer with the sponge HERE.
I decided to paint the sides and the insides of the drawers also on these pieces this time because they were in pretty sad shape. Normally, I would only paint the drawer fronts.
After sealing the blue, the inside bottom of the drawer 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…
I also created a video on how to apply fabric to drawers which you can check out HERE!
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!
Here is how one of these beauties looks now:
Such a soothing coastal cottage vibe!
And how about those drawers??
I had plenty of curtain fabric 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, distressed them a bit and gave them a quick spray of Rustoleum Clear Spray to seal.
Then I put them back on right side up!
I did do 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! And, I love how this sweet set turned out!
The makeover of these tables allowed me to cross off two pieces from that haul!
If you missed any of these pieces the first time around you can see them here:
Just a quick announcement from my Etsy shop…we have new silkscreen stencils! Four new designs have been added:
Each stencil comes with four sheets of designs. They are very similar to regular stencils except they are sticky on the back so you get really crisp lines! You can use each one up to ten times.
The next piece I tackled from this haul was this flatware box…
You can check out how it turned out HERE!
I’ve been shopping, so a brand new haul reveal is on its way!! I’m hoping to get it all photographed to share on Thursday woohoo!!!
UPDATE: I’ve got it all photographed and ready to share…see it HERE now!!
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