(Psst… for a tutorial on mixing chalk paint, go here: https://afromartha.com/how-to-mix-your-own-chalk-paintnew-video/)
Ever since discovering how to make my own chalk paint, painting furniture has become so much easier and so much fun that I actually want to paint, instead of wishing for a magic wand. Here I have another piece that I painted in one evening. The Hubs needed a side table on his side of the bed instead of the ugly cumbersome tall dresser that inhabited the space, not that he cared. The man could live in a pile of rubble and still wake up whistling a happy tune. I on the other hand, need some visual balance.
This side table is one that I picked up from the side of the street for the best price of free! The table had nice metal drawer slides seem to just sing as they slide out. I could tell it was well constructed and sturdy, so I knew it was worthy of being refinished. I already had the paint, brushes and plaster of paris, so all I had to do was mix and paint. I caved in to the distressing trend since distressing is so easy and fun with chalk paint.
Before – a little beat up and kinda grody right?
After – presto fabuloso!
This time I sprung for the Annie Sloan clear soft wax finish. I purchased the wax because I couldn’t find a good alternative locally. I spent a good week searching for Briwax or Trewax locally before it hit me that DUH, Annie Sloan is sold locally. In my search for thriftiness and just plain DIY stubbornness, I sometimes end up wasting other valuable resources: time and effort. Sometimes you just spend the money. I do consider the wax a good buy, since a little goes a long way. I barely scratched the surface when I used it on this end table.
I applied the wax with an old t-shirt. The instructions say to use a brush, but a t-shirt worked better for me. I put on a light coat and just rubbed/buffed it in. The wax gives the table a nice soft velvety feel to it.
I did consider switching handles but decided to stick with the original. For one, the holes are already there and fit perfectly, and it’s so dificult to match holes with new handles. I also feel that the handle style compliments the dresser and stands out more now with the new paint color. In the future I may chalk paint the handles too. (yes, you can do that!)