DIY-ing furniture sounds like a big task to take on. It doesn’t have to be though! Chalk painting furniture exceeded my expectations in the ease of application and finished product.
- Chalk Paint
- Wax or sealer
- Plastic Drop Cloths
- Extra Rags
- Highly Diluted Vinegar
My parents were getting new bedroom furniture and asked if I wanted their old set. This set is the one they bought when they were first living together, so I couldn’t pass it up. They were cute pieces that I thought could look great with a coat of paint! The pieces were a mixture of hardwood and laminate. As I started researching how to paint furniture, I read about the sanding and stripping that the process could involve… until I discovered chalk paint! I came across a local shop that sold Annie Sloan chalk paint and also sold painted furniture as well.
I can’t speak for other chalk paint brands, but the Annie Sloan chalk paint was amazing to use. I didn’t do any prepping of the furniture besides cleaning it with some diluted vinegar. New to painting furniture, I was unsure of how much paint I would need. This paint goes pretty far! I bought a quart of paint in the color Coco, and after painting these three pieces with two coats each I still have 1/3 of the can left!
I also purchased the mineral wax in white. This wax seals the paint and makes the pieces look finished. It comes in several colors – clear, white, black, and dark. I chose the white wax because I wanted to lighten up the paint color a bit, and the white wax is also good for creating a distressed effect. The combinations of wax colors on the paint are endless! My store had samples so I could see the effects of the different wax types on my chosen paint color. I applied the wax to the painted furniture with cheesecloth (lots of cheesecloth) in circular motions, covering small areas at a time. If I applied too much, I tried to smooth and thin the wax out with an extra paintbrush or cloth. It worked well to use one cloth for applying the wax and then a clean cheesecloth for working the wax in to the furniture. Warning! This stuff is a hazard to inhale, so I highly suggest purchasing a mask as well.
Here is the finished product! I used the dresser as a TV stand in my old apartment (yes I had blue carpet…). I absolutely love the outcome, and as far as painting furniture goes, it was fairly foolproof! The Annie Sloan paint price-tag was definitely worth the ease of the process.
I would love to find another character piece of furniture to paint- maybe next time in a pop of navy blue with gold finishes. If you are looking for used or vintage furniture on a budget and don’t have a local thrift store, I highly suggest using the app/website OfferUp! This app allows users to buy and sell their belongings, while communicating fully through the messaging feature on the app. This means no giving out your phone number to strangers 🙂 It is super easy to use and getting a discount on an item is always fun!