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How To Rehab Old Furniture Using Chalk Paint

Coffee Table decor in the living room - the chalk paint totally transformed this piece and lightened up the room

With all the hype going around the internet about chalk paint and how you can easily rehab your old furniture using it, I had to get my hands on this so called genie in a bottle. So, I set out on an adventure to see if it really is as easy and foolproof as everyone says. I am so excited about my first chalk painting experience and am thrilled at how I turned my old coffee table from drab to fab!Learn how to transform your old dark furniture with chalk paint. I took this dark cherry Haverty's coffee table and painted it with Americana Decor primitive chalk paint.So, this is what I started with. In her younger years, this coffee table was an amazing and expensive piece from Haverty’s, but she was in desperate need of a facelift! On top of that, we moved into our new home and I changed all of my decor and this no longer fit into my new design aesthetic. Instead of going out and spending a fortune on a brand new coffee table, I wanted to dive into a DIY project and save a ton of money in the process!

Chalk painting is all that and then some, and I am now on a chalk painting binge! Anything I can find in my house is subject to being reinvented by this decorative paint that requires no sanding or priming before application. It has great coverage, dries incredibly fast and is assured to revitalize just about anything from furniture, to lamps, and everything in between.Chalk Paint - Furniture Makeover - Crockpot Empire - Kim BishopThere are so many techniques to using chalk paint, but I stuck to ‘chalk paint for dummies’ on my first attempt! It took three coats and this is the first coat in the picture above. In one weekend, I have a brand new coffee table and one that looks like a completely different piece of furniture! Making the piece lighter, also lightened up the room and makes the space feel so much bigger. Can you believe the transformation?! It looks better than I had anticipated it to.Coffee Table decor in the living room - the chalk paint totally transformed this piece and lightened up the roomAnnie Sloan is the original “boutique” brand created 20 years ago and comes in a multitude of beautiful colors. However, it does have a high price point and can only be purchased at specialty stores. I was excited when I found out that two of my favorite stores, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby, carry a brand called Americana Decor that come in colors that are perfect for my decor. I chose Primitive for this coffee table makeover, which is a very light beige with a gray undertone.

American DecorTo add some glam, I picked up some DecorArt sparkly metallic paint from Hobby Lobby in Champagne Gold and painted the trim and knobs. This was exactly what it needed to make it fab! I just love how it makes the details pop and brings elegance to the piece. Metallic gold elegant finish paint used to put finishing touches on my chalk paint coffee table rehabThe details of the coffee table using chalk paint to transform and the metallic gold paint that brings out the edgesHere’s a secret for you savvy shoppers! Pull up Hobby’s Lobby’s website on your smartphone and never buy anything that’s not on sale without flashing the 40% off coupon to the cashier! Or you can easily print one out from your computer at home, so you always have one on hand!

This was such an easy project and every time I pass by it in the living room it makes me smile. I promise if I can do it, so can you! Now, go pick a piece of furniture, buy some chalk paint and make a transformation that is just as fabulous!

Kimberly Bishop Crockpot Empire Signature

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4 Comments

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    Connie
    December 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, what an update! You brought that table into this decade. Now all the pretty details pop.

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      Kim Bishop
      December 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much! I have been wanting to try this for so long and it lived up to my expectation and then some!!!

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    Jennifer Britt
    December 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Great job!! I have so many pieces of furniture that I want to reprint with chalk paint, but I’ve just been too intimidated by it…and afraid of ruining a piece of furniture!! You have given me confidence to give it a try!!!

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      Kim Bishop
      December 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

      I promise it is so simple and all it takes is time and the energy to use that paint brush! Make sure to use a really good paint brush like Purdy. The first coat can make you wonder if you just ruined it, but hang in there because the third will make you oh, so happy you did!!!

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