Thursday, February 7, 2013

My First Furniture Makeover with Homemade Chalk Paint

Reading all the buzz about chalk paint urged me to finally start and finish this furniture piece. I used the Plaster of Paris recipe and some white paint I had.  The only reason I tried chalk paint is because so many bloggers swear chalk paint is life changing and that sanding and priming is not needed when you use it.  I was game :)

I started with this, it had all the drawers, but I wasn't planning on using them.  Those drawers became 2 more projects, one here.

And this is what I ended up with!  An improvement for sure!!

This sits in my entry and I have a basket assigned to each kid where they can put their shoes.  Their backpacks fit nicely behind the closed doors and my entry is far less cluttered than it was with a bench there!  

I chose to finish it with a polycrylic type product, I will wish at some point that I had done more coats, but I was impatient.  I wanted to try my hand at waxing for the finish but I could not find clear wax in my town and I didn't want to delay this project any longer.  I did have bleed through in a small area or two, but since I was distressing it, I did not think it looked bad. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Any solution to the bleed through with white chalk paint?

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  1. Really pretty. Love your blue jars and great storage up cycle:) Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. What a Cinderella moment for this it!

  3. Chalkboard paint, I think, is the must-have paint for houses! Not only does it allow your kids to write anywhere, it also hides the old scratches that your furniture has. Isn't that pretty amazing? Plus, it has a wide variety of pastel colors too! By the way, I love the transformation of your cabinet. From the old house furniture that needed to be thrown out, you made it into this white gorgeous home item that looks brand new! You did a great job!