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!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.There 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.Annie 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.
To 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. Here’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!