Chalk paint is the new rage in upcycling old pieces of furniture. Annie Sloan is a famous brand of chalk paint, but there are many out there. Click here to watch a video about how they describe the process and the benefits of using chalk paint. Visit our other chalk paint projects here. NOTE: I didn't use Annie Sloan paints here.
I used one ArtMinds Chalk Paint True Red and one Art Minds Antique Wax for the finish. It was purchased at Michael's. This one red container was all that was needed for this red chalk paint end table. I only used one antique wax container too. And, I still have some leftover for another future project. Many people choose other lighter colors for this project, but since my furniture in this room is dark cherry, I didn't want to have the piece stand out.
How to transform a shabby end table?
My favorite part of this project is that there is very little prep involved. I didn't need to sand the table. I just dusted it off, wiped it with a wet towel, and then dried it. Then I began to paint. I purchase special brushes for this project. They are short bristle brushes. Brushes range in price. I recommend going for a midrange brush because the bristles are less likely to fall out.
The below picture is what it looked like when I painted on the True Red paint. It was not quite dry, but you can see how it covers. I pulled out the drawer so I could paint the front of the drawer separately. I liked doing all the areas you can see. So I didn't turn the table over and do the bottom. It wasn't necessary on this piece because no one would ever see the underside of the table.
The paint said to wait two hours before adding the wax. I was surprised. Only two hours? I painted a desk years ago and had to wait a half a day before it was completely dried.
Then, I added the antique wax and then wiped it off right away. The longer it stayed on the paint, the harder it was to get off. The point of the wax is to make the streaks on the paint and add a nice light coating. This results in an old painted furniture piece without the mess of sanding or chipping paint.
You can also add a clear matted coat finish to it if you want. The clear matted coat is great for pieces that will be exposed to wet areas. I added this step to my next two projects but planned on going back and adding the matted coat to this one as well.
The Transformation of the End Table
Drum roll, please. The image below is what it looks like now. This red chalk paint end table project took one day. However, I couldn't put anything on it for one week after to make sure it was completely dry.
Update: I have been using this table in our living room for years now, and the chalk paint is still holding up pretty well for the wear and tear of the living room.
What do you think? It turned out exactly the way I envisioned it. It's so lovely when DIY projects turn out the way you want them to. I hope this inspires you to try upcycling your worn and loved items. Please leave any questions or comments in the comment section below.
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