I usually stick to appetizers and dessert creations.
.....But after buying a new house, and some real soul searching on the type of styles I really like to decorate with I realized I fall somewhere between a cozy cottage and farmhouse (farm sinks...be still my heart!). All the stuff is SUPER cute and I couldn't wait to decorate.
Then I saw the price tags!
These things are NOT cheap. I decided to give repurposing furniture a chance and try to be a DIY kinda lady. I have NEVER taken on something like this so I wanted to start pretty low-risk....
so, I found this beauty on Craigslist for $30. After sufficiently confusing my husband and father in law with my vision they went to pick up this lovely piece for me...
This monstrosity is a terrible color, and originally had a center door and glass panels on the sides. and UGLY! Jud removed the door, the glass panels and the hardware. (Already a majore improvement!) and I patched the holes from the hinges with putty and let dry.
Then I had to figure out how to paint this beast. I had read a few great online tutorials that I had discovered through Pinterest about distressing furniture (I even made a pretty inspired "hutch makeover" board) and learned about a magical concoction called chalk paint that translates into you did not have to do ANY sanding. AT ALL. This was right up my alley.
When I went to the Home Depot and asked for chalk paint they kept insisting what I was looking for was chalkboard paint. Nope. After some self-doubt and finding a knowledgeable employee to help me he led me to the chalk paint selection. Crazy expensive Martha Stewart $10 tubs of chalk paint that were only 8 ounces. I was not about to spend an arm and a leg on this stuff and I knew there had to be a better way!
Right there in Home Depot paint aisle I did a major "no no" and found the info I needed from Lowe's. This tutorial is amazing---> Instructions to make my own chalk paint!
These instructions were SUPER easy to follow and took all the intimidation right out of it. I decided to make the chalk paint of out Behr's "Stone Fence" and just jump into my project.
Here is the cast of characters I came home with after spending an hour in just one aisle of Home Depot (while my poor husband sat in the car with sleeping kids):
- paint buckets/pail (for chalk paint you do some mixing and stirring so a bucket is the way to go)
-1 inch paint bruch ( that little sponge one you see ended up unused and returned!)
-A medium grade sanding block (I didn't even know what that meant- so I bought "80")
-Tack cloth (ended up returning this and using good old dish rags for dusting!)
-Finishing Wax (I ended up chickening out on the wax and exchanged for clear, satin finish, water based polycrylic to paint on as a sealer)
-respirator (I am pregnant after all!)
- Plaster of Paris (to make all that chalk paint glory)
- and flat, interior paint in your color of choice (again, I used Behr "Stone Fence") Chalk paint goes a long way so all you need is a quart- AND I had leftover paint.
I followed the Lowe's instructions to a "T" and went at it last Saturday!
couple hours later...
The great thing about chalk paint is it is very easy to distress afterwords. So, I didn't worry to much about getting it PERFECT. I tried my best but felt okay about the occasional smudgy spot or brush streaks.
The whole painting and mixing process probably took only about 2.5 hours and only one coat! I let it dry overnight and decided to distress.
I took my shading block, and respirator, and went at it! I was a little nervous at first but it just took some elbow grease and I LOVED the look! That hideous brown took on a cool shade of gold when distressed.
It hid blemishes so well and I will feel 100% better when my kids ram into it on their ride on Buzz Lightyear car ;)
It took two coats of Polycrylic to seal the thing. Word of advice with the polycrylic...The first coat I put on way, way too thin. If you spread it out quite a bit it dries very streaky. I definitely did a much thicker second coat. You don't want to swipe the brush too many times. It's kind of like working with Elmer's glue. Sticky and drippy. Just go slowly and make sure you take care of drips as they happen!
We let dry for the day and brought it in!
SO happy with how it turned out!