This week has been about painting and upcyling a few yard sale pieces. This was my first experience with chalk paint. I made it by mixing 2 1/2 tbl. of Dap Plaster of Paris with 1 tbl. of water, then adding it to 1 cup of paint. I mixed it all in a disposable dish with a snap on lid so that I could store the leftover paint. I was very impressed. It went on nice and left a very smooth finish. Because this adheres so well, it eliminates the need for sanding and priming. Then I tried Annie Sloan’s clear and dark furniture wax to seal it. The dark wax worked great for bringing out all the detail and I finished up with the clear wax. I like the wax but I don’t like the harmful odor. When I’m ready to buy more I will be shopping for one that is more eco-friendly.

Supplies to make chalk paint

Supplies to make chalk paint

I found this beautiful antique dresser at a yard sale (and I forgot to take a before picture, oops). It was in such great condition, that all it needed was paint. This was my first try with the dark wax, and I was impressed with how it showed off its beautiful details.

Upcycled Antique Dresser

Upcycled Antique Dresser

The next piece was this vintage TV stand. I thought it would make a great bench, so I started by adding a board to the back for support. Time to paint. I knew I wanted it red so I started with a base coat of grey. I have found that using red always takes several coats unless you start with a grey base. The fabric for the pad was cut from a twin size Pottery Barn duvet cover, also purchased at a yard sale. This bench would be handy for a mud room but would also be great in a boys room. And the casters make moving it very easy.

TV Stand Repurposed into a Bench - Added Back

TV Stand Repurposed into a Bench – Added Back

TV Stand Repurposed into Bench - Primed in Gray

TV Stand Repurposed into Bench – Primed in Gray

Finished Bench Repurposed from Antique TV Stand

Finished Bench Repurposed from Antique TV Stand

This beautiful antique table with the fantastic legs did take some sanding to get the scratches and nicks out of the old finish but look how pretty it is all cleaned and chalk painted a nice bright white. As usual with an old piece, some blotches showed through after the first coat, but the chalk paint did a great job covering it after the second coat. The grey zebra print on the top, was applied by using a Jan Dressler wall stencil. This table also has a drawer and would make a great statement in a home office.

Upcycled Zebra Painted Table

Upcycled Zebra Painted Table

The last was this fun little three tiered side table made by Ballard. It was a very nice piece, it just need a little zip to it. I had my doubts that the chalk paint would cover over this high gloss finish without sanding and priming. Ok…I was wrong (first time). After a couple coats of the light blue, then I added the grey to the top, and used the same color for the stencil design. This is such a versatile piece, and casters on furniture is always a plus. Imagine it as a fun bar cart in the den, storage in the bathroom, nightstand in the bedroom, or just a fun side table.

Round Three Tier Side Table

Round Three Tier Side Table