Hello, and welcome back. This week I am showing you a table I made-over using chalk paint. I had something totally different planned for this week’s post, but, well, not everything always runs as smoothly as one would like. Nope.
I had planned on displaying a small wooden recipe box that I had transformed into something new and pretty. Well, let’s just say ‘pretty’ was not the end result. I was actually struggling with this small project in a big way. Pout. I was really excited to transform it but I’m not sure it was ready to be done. So I have tossed it to the side in a fit of sadness (pathetic, hey?) and continued with something else I had been working on.
So this week I am going to show you a small side table project. It is my second attempt at chalk paint – my first being my failed recipe box – and if you follow me on Instagram then you know I was very excited to try out this stuff. Thankfully, this attempt went much smoother.
This table has been hanging around my house for some time. I was actually really close to getting rid of it, but had reservations because it was my grandmothers. Honestly, it isn’t something I remember from her place but it’s just nice having something of hers around and now be able to put it to use.
I wasn’t sure at first that I actually liked the table – I had troubles seeing past the colour and those little bumper rails around the top. Not sure the purpose of them. Maybe to contain your drink if you spill it? Hmm. Once I realized I could easily unscrew them I started to see something new from the entire piece. I removed the rails, filled the holes and got down to painting it.
It’s so much nicer now! I used Rust-Oleum linen white chalk paint and was happy to find a small sample size at Wal-Mart so that I could try it out first. I did attempt to make my own paint for the previously mentioned recipe box… ugh! That did not go well. I will try again at some point because so many people seem to love their home-made recipes but I will need to recoup from the tragedy of the whole situation first 😛
There is no fancy distressing or anything on this one. I kind of like it just the way it is. It looks so clean and pretty.
I think it will have to go in my living room beside my chair. We’ve needed something there and this is the perfect size.
See in the drawer… this is some fabric I had lying around from a project I will show you later on. I really like the added punch of contrast and the nice surprise when you open the drawer.
The little plant holder on the top was a quick little thing I did using the chalk paint as well. This metal planter is from the Dollar Tree and I painted it the same white colour and sanded over the words so they stood out. The plants in it are from IKEA. Fake of course. I can’t keep real ones alive to save my life. It is something I used to be good at but that was before kids. After that I had to choose… plants or kids 😛 Of course I chose my cuties.
In the next week or two I will have a big project to show you. It is the one that uses the fabric and I am very excited about it. It just needs some finishing touches that I am trying to pull together.
So have you struggled using homemade chalk paint before? Mine was clumpy/gritty. Any ideas on how I could fix this?
For more ‘before and after’ photos check out these posts
Laundry room reveal here.
How I made my own built-in window bench here.