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DIY Chalk Paint Coffee Table

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So my latest project is a coffee table that I picked up from a thrift store at a stellar price. Being that it was solid wood, had some character and was in pretty decent condition I was super excited to take it home. I have actually had this table for over a month now because I bought it right before we moved into our new place, and I was trying to figure out what sort of transformation it should take on. The original plan was to sand it down and give it a driftwood stain but I ultimately decided to take on my first DIY chalk paint experience instead.

DIY Chalk Paint Coffee Table

Here are some before photos:

Chalk paint coffee table. Here is my first attempt at homemade chalk paint so I could skip the sanding and get to painting right away! UpcycledTreasures.com

The color I chose was some grey “oops paint” from Home Depot. To make the chalk paint I mixed 3 parts paint with 1 part Plaster of Paris and 1 part water {Side Note: Make sure the water is SCALDING Hot as this will make a HUGE difference} I actually mixed the Plaster of Paris and water really well first before adding in the paint. The beauty of chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand down the furniture before you paint it which is one of reasons I was eager to test this method out.

Chalk paint coffee table. Here is my first attempt at homemade chalk paint so I could skip the sanding and get to painting right away! UpcycledTreasures.com

I first painted the table white so that when I distressed it later, the white would show through. Here is a photo of the table painted white:

Chalk paint coffee table. Here is my first attempt at homemade chalk paint so I could skip the sanding and get to painting right away! UpcycledTreasures.com

So I am incredibly impatient but have to admit that I was really proud of myself for letting the paint dry for 4 hours before painting the grey coat on top. Unfortunately I painted it late at night and forgot to take photos of it painted grey. I blame that on the patience thing. In the morning I was so excited to start distressing it that I forgot to take photos of it again. Woops. Guess I’ll have to work on that. Haha. So here are some photos of my first DIY chalk paint coffee table all finished:

Chalk paint coffee table. Here is my first attempt at homemade chalk paint so I could skip the sanding and get to painting right away! UpcycledTreasures.com

Chalk paint coffee table. Here is my first attempt at homemade chalk paint so I could skip the sanding and get to painting right away! UpcycledTreasures.com

I’m pretty happy with the result and will definitely be transforming some of my other treasures with chalk paint. What do you think? Have you worked with homemade chalk paint before?

Comments

  • Well that turned out gorgeous Katie! Love the white peeping through!
    So the white and grey were both mixed as chalk paint? It’s the same recipe I use to 😉

    May 25, 2013
    • Hi Courtney! Thank you so much, I really liked the way this table turned out and it was fun too. Do you use a different chalk paint recipe now or use the real stuff? I can’t wait to test out the real deal chalk paint, as well as MMS milk paint 🙂 Have a great weekend!
      ~Katie

      May 25, 2013

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