Monday, June 25, 2012

Console Table Makeover

I found this gorgeous little piece at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago.


I was determined to make my own chalk paint. Have you heard about the wildly popular Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint? It sounds like it is amazing stuff…but also super expensive.

The redeeming qualities it has -it adheres to things without prior sanding or priming –it can be distressed easily and beautifully.

Like I talked about in this post, I had been doing some research online to find a recipe for DIY chalk paint. I discovered this tutorial and decided to give it a go.

The color? YELLOW

I went to our local Menards to pick up the supplies. I bought one of the sample size paints and had them tint it to Crazed Corn (at least I think that was the name). That was $3.

I bought a four pound container of Plaster of Paris (that was the smallest they had) in powder form. I believe that was around $6.


I used an empty plastic container to dump the paint sample into. I then started adding the Plaster of Paris a tablespoon at a time.

I just kept stirring until it was all combined and close to the consistency I thought I wanted. I also put in a splash of water to thin it out a little.

I painted two coats. This is how it looked.


And a close up.


Very chalky and pastel looking, right?

At this stage I had already taken a fine grit sanding block and went over some of the edges and places that would get worn naturally.

I was ready for the wax. Problem was, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I read online not to use MinWax, but that was all I could find. They recommended using BriWax but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

So, I decided I would try Annie Sloan’s Wax instead. I knew a store that stocked it in Zeeland. But when I got there, I found out they didn’t anymore.

Instead they had a new line of products from someone else named Ce Ce Caldwell. Here is her website.

I grabbed a sample size of her Light Aging Wax.


It was easy to apply. I left it on for a few hours. Then wiped off the excess with a lint free cloth.

Here is what it looked like when first applied.


You can tell the legs weren’t waxed yet. Ha!

Then wiped off.


And the completed piece.





I think it turned out great for my first try.

I intend to try to make more chalk paint in the future.

Now I have to decide- keep it or sell it? Not sure yet.

Thanks for looking!