A Fun Furniture Makeover and Two New Painting Recipes To Boot

I found these darling end tables on Craigslist.
They had been painted and looked kinda cute as is, but you know me…
That’s me…always embracing change!
Here is what they looked like the day I picked them up.
They were a good find.
I decided to keep them neutral and hand-mixed a
pretty grey-green color.
I decided to try a new recipe for DIY chalk paint I discovered from a blogging buddy of mine, Jessica of Dear Emmeline
You see, I love chalk paint and it definitely has its benefits, but cost is not one of those benefits.  At $36 a quart without the cost of shipping, it is quite expensive.
Well, you know me…I am a thrifty gal.
It is my life philosophy.
So amixing I went. 
Here is the recipe I used…
DIY Baking Soda Chalk Paint1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup flat paint
This recipe is SO EASY and if you are like me,
you already have these ingredients at home.
I was S-O-L-D!
It worked so well.
I will use it again and again!
It painted the tables with two coats first.
 I didn’t need to sand or prime first.
Once the paint dries, you will feel it has a gritty texture. 
You will need to sand your piece afterwards so it
will feel smooth to the touch.
Another thing I liked about this DIY chalk paint recipe is that it distressed like a dream. 
It distressed like BUTTAH!
I am not a big fan of distressing. 
I love the look it creates, but I dislike all the
elbow grease involved.
This was EASY to distress.
You will just have to try it for yourself.
Here is how the tables came out with my DIY chalk paint:
 Aren’t they sweet?
They are lightly distressed and I used a new concoction on them.  Keep reading to find out more…
I love the original handware.  So pretty.
  You can see the cherry wood peeking through where I distressed the piece.  I like the contrast of green and red. 
Very cool.
I lined the drawers with some pretty wallpaper.
That is a nice finishing touch.
I am a BELIEVER in homemade chalk paint! 
 If you are not sure, try it yourself and
let me know what you think.
On a side note, I also tried a new concoction with
these tables with you may be able to
see on this shot:
A blogging friend emailed me with a cool idea I wanted to try.
I don’t know what I will call it, but the overall effect it created
was one that could have been created with a glaze.  What I
mixed was this:
A dallop of Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax

A dallop of Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax

A generous squirt of Mineral Spirits
I mixed these ingredients up and VIOLA!
A cool glaze-like substance was born.
Here is my creation:
I love dark wax, but sometimes when applied it goes on too 
dark or too splotchy.  I wanted to have the look of the
dark wax while thinning it out a bit.  I know all you
type-A people are going to ask for more precise
measurements…I am very sorry as I am not a precise measurer. 
I just throw stuff together.
It works for me.
I then used a smaller brush to brush it all over the piece and then wiped it off with a damp cloth where it looked like it has been applied too heavily.
I adore the effect it created as you can see. 
It allowed the piece to look aged.
Before I used the  mixture, the tables were a pretty,
but light and boring green.
After, they looked aged and rich and the color was
 much richer. 
They had nice depth to them.
I love the effect.
You may want to try this too.
Have a blessed night everyone!
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  1. I love what you did with the tables. I have been wanting to try a DIY chalk paint recipe, especially since the real thing is so darn expensive.

  2. This is great, thanks for sharing! I’m one of those suckers who pays the 36 bucks a quart so I’ve been meaning to try a DIY version!

  3. they turned out great Stacey! i’m glad you tried the recipe….so worth the cost difference! that wallpaper is the perfect compliment and what a great idea to create a wax glaze. did you put another coat of wax on top or was your glaze your topcoat?

  4. Wish I knew about the baking soda to make chalk paint before I spent money on a large box of plaster of Paris to make some. I hope my method works well!

  5. What a beautiful colour, they look terrific. I use the Plaster of Paris chalk paint recipe, but will have to try this one in the future. I love the wallpaper idea to line the drawers. Do you just paste it in like regular wallpaper?

  6. Looks great. Love mixing the dark wax with the mineral spirits.

  7. the end tables turned out beautiful, i love the color you achieved!

  8. Hi Stacey,

    I tried a similar recipe for my DIY chalk paint side table. I too found it gritty but you’re so right that it sanded and distressed easily and felt so soft when I was done. My only problem was it was that my table had lots of detail and it was impossible to get the grit out. Then when I glazed my table it was even more noticeable. I think next time that I use this paint I will use it on something less ornate. It is so easy to use though and not so messy when using in the house.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful tables.


  9. Can’t wait to try the DIY chalk paint! Nobody in our small rural area sells it, so I would have to pay costly shipping if I ordered the real stuff!

  10. Absolutely awesome. Can you use the Chalk paint recipe with semi gloss paint or satin paint? Also did you mix the baking soda directly into the paint or did you mix it first with water into a paste and then mix it into the paint? Thanks for sharing. Those tables are so beautiful. Love the color combination too.

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