A DIY Chalk Paint Project
When we moved into our townhouse last year, one of the things I really wanted was a little kid's table and chairs for our daughter. I spent over a month looking for a cheaper alternative to the PotteryBarn Kids table I found, but I didn’t love anything as much as the PBK version.
A few weeks later I was at Goodwill dropping off boxes and thought, I’ll just stop in and see what they have. Would you believe it, there was a kid's table and chairs! It was exactly what I was looking for, and everything about it was perfect, except for the color.
So, for $14.99 I was the proud owner of my new find. I figured I would just paint it to get the look I want, and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out. I’m also really glad I didn’t buy the expensive PBK version when this one ended up being perfect. Aren’t thrift stores the best?
What You Will Need
Power sander, or a sanding tool
Old white T-shirts, cut up into sections
1 – To start, I gave everything a light sanding using my power sander with 220 grit paper to sand each piece. Then I wiped each piece down to remove any sanding dust, grime, and dirt.
2 – After sanding and cleaning each piece, I painted the chairs and table using my chalk paint in linen white. I painted two coats of the white chalk paint, and went over any spots that seemed a little thin with a third coat.
3 – Next I cut up pieces of my husband’s old white T-shirts (or you can use whatever old rags you have on hand). I sprayed a little bit of the smoked glaze on the surface, and using pieces of the rag, I wiped the glaze across the top until I achieved the right textured gray color. I worked in small sections, which made it easier to create the look I wanted to achieve.
I used the linen white chalk paint to tone the color down when it got too dark. And whenever I saw a really light area, I darkened it by putting the glaze onto my rag and wiping it until I achieved the right gray texture I wanted. I’m really happy I chose this route for my daughter’s table! The end result is perfect, and the color does a great job of hiding small imperfections, especially since this table receives some abuse.
4 – Finally, I used the Polyvine wax finish and brushed on 2 coats to seal the paint. The protective top coat works great and it’s easy to keep clean too.
And that’s it!
All in all, this was a quick project for me. It only took me 4 days to complete, and most of that was drying time. The decorative glaze look can be used on any piece of furniture, and I love the way it turned out. Bonus! The table looks fantastic in our living room.
Let me know if you give this technique a try! Or if you’re searching for a similar look, check out my DIY kitchen table post. It just might be what you’re looking for.
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