My tried and true method when refinishing furniture involves a little bit of preparation and then a whole lot of sanding. I can end up sanding a piece of furniture 8-10 times by the time I am done with it because I like to sand in between every coat. Yes, it is crazy time consuming, but for all of my hard work I am rewarded with a durable, professional looking finish that I am totally happy with.
I have a recent problem that I think I may have found a possible solution for. Lately I have had to move my painting projects into my laundry room in the basement because it is too cold outside to paint. My only issue with refinishing furniture inside is all of the dust it creates. I have enough dust flying around my 70′s era home already; I don’t need to add any more to the mix!
So what’s a furniture-painting-lovin’-clutter-clearing girl to do? How about trying out some DIY chalk paint?
For a long time now, I have wanted to give Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a try. I have drooled over many beautiful chalk paint transformations all around Blogland. I do have a local supplier of ASCP and one day I would like to try out the “real deal” to compare it with the DIY version, but for this project I decided that I wanted to give homemade chalk paint a try first. I have loads of paint in the basement that I need to use up so this was a win-win situation for me.
I’ve had this little hall table for a long, long time. I originally bought it from a local furniture store and spent way more money on it than I would like to admit. Oops! This was way back before I realized that I could find used furniture for next to nothing and then give it my own special touch with some paint and new hardware.
I really liked the style of this table but the finish and hardware were in need of updating. So here’s what I did:
I first gave my table a good cleaning and then painted it with two coats of DIY chalk paint. I did not sand or prime at all before painting. The paint recipe that I used originally came from Dear Emmeline. I modified her recipe slightly which I have shared below.
My Modified Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe:
1) Mix together 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water until it has a smooth consistency.
2) Add mixture to approximately 1 cup of eggshell latex paint. Stir well. Add water as needed if the paint becomes too thick.
The first coat of my homemade chalk paint covered really well. One coat would have been enough because I planned to give my table an aged finish anyway. Once my paint dried though I couldn’t help but notice how gritty the finish was. I never have had this problem with latex paint alone. I could not leave it this way and put another coat of paint over top so I had to give it a good sanding before moving on.
One thing I noticed is that this finish distresses really easily. For this table though I only wanted a bit of distressing so I decided to give it another coat of paint to cover up what I had done.
The second coat of paint easily covered up all of my previous distressing. This time I was lighter handed with the sandpaper and I found that the majority of the grittiness was removed except for in the recessed areas of the piece. Those areas required much more work to get them smooth.
After sanding, I gave my entire table a coat of medium gray glaze using the dry brush method. Then I distressed all of the raised areas on the table using 220 grit sandpaper.
Something was still missing! Bring on more glaze!
This time I made up a glaze using a mixture of dark gray craft paint, black craft paint and glazing medium and then I applied it to the carved areas of my table. I wiped of the excess with a damp cloth. Much better don’t you think?
If you look really closely you can still see some of the gritty texture here and there in the recessed areas but no one besides me is going to notice it unless they put their eyeball up really close to my table. Ha!
Next I gave my table a quick sanding with 400 grit sandpaper and removed the dust with a tack cloth before moving on. The finish on my table now felt so amazingly smooth to the touch. Loved this!
For protection, I gave my table three coats of Minwax Polyacrylic topcoat in satin.
I am so happy with the way my table turned out! I will definitely be trying out this paint again!
Honestly, my only issue with this paint was the grittiness of the first couple of coats. I still needed to sand some to get rid of the bumps. I think next time I use a less ornate piece of furniture so I don’t need to be as nitpicky.
One of the best parts of using this paint is that it cost me nothing to make. I already had all of the supplies in my basement and pantry. Another thing that I noticed is that when sanding there seemed to be less dust produced with this paint. It mostly fell to the ground instead of floating around in the air. Clean up this time around was much easier for me.
I also replaced the hardware on this table as the original wooden knobs were too small for my liking. I stopped at my favorite hardware store Lee Valley and picked out these solid brass ring pulls in an antique brass finish.
When I brought them home and put them on my table they were just too bright and shiny for me! To tone them down I decided to give them my aged finish.
You can use this finish to age any cabinet hardware needing a makeover. As you know, replacing hardware can be expensive. Instead give it a new look for next to nothing.
Step 1: If you’re using old hardware, make sure that it is free of any grease or grime by washing it in soapy water. Rinse it well and leave to dry. Lightly sand all surfaces of your hardware with 400 grit sandpaper. Add a small amount of creamy-gray (or the color of your choice) DIY chalk paint (see recipe above) to a clean rag. Work the paint into the crevices but leave parts of the original finish showing through.
Step 2: Again lightly sand your hardware smooth with 400 grit sandpaper. Remove any dust. Add a small amount of Spanish Copper Rub n’ Buff to your fingertip or a clean rag. Rub a light layer over the raised areas of your hardware leaving some of the creamy-gray layer exposed. Protect your hardware with 2 coats of matte Mod Podge (light usage) or two to three coats of clear topcoat spray (for use on furniture).
I love to use Rub n’ Buff. To check out some of my other makeovers using Rub n’ Buff, click on the links below.
This past week I have been slowly starting to decorate my house for the holidays so my table received a little bit of holiday cheer too.
What furniture makeovers have you done lately? Have you ever tried DIY chalk paint? What did you think of it?
On the flip side, I hope to share some of my holiday decorating with you soon. Stay tuned!
Until next time,
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