So now that you are caught up on my life as of late (we moved in case you missed it) I can start to share all the exciting, new, fun and sad things we are experiencing since relocating.
One of the things that I had longed for when living downtown, was a little more space. Not necessarily more square footage (in our new house, we actually only have about 400 sq. ft. more space) but a different kind of space.
Our downtown home was one level with two bedrooms, a main kitchen/dining area, a living room, two bathrooms and a small office room. Our new home has three levels, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a finished basement.
What this means is that we all have more places to spread out to, including an entire room (with windows yay!) devoted to crafting, sewing and office work. It’s really my dream come true. We also have a garage and driveway and an unfinished part of the basement that all help to contribute to my first chalk paint project.
SPACE TO WORK
Now that I have a few spaces to work on “dirty” projects, I have taken full advantage. One of my first and favourite projects was refinishing a console table, that funny enough, I tried to sell but couldn’t. It really is true when “they” say it can be a blessing to not get what you want.
This table is made of really high quality and was purchased in one of Toronto’s trendy furniture stores on King West, so I hesitated to let it go, but alas, it was the completely wrong colour for our new home so up for sale it went.
When I just was wasn’t getting the price I felt it (the table) deserved, I decided I was going to keep it, and use it to fulfill a dream, and that was to refinish a piece of furniture all on my own.
COMPLETING MY PROJECT
While I realize that I am not the first (nor the last) to share a chalk paint project, I do hope that this post will provide inspiration for you to refinish that table/chair/dresser etc. that you’ve been hanging onto to do just that. It was a fun and rewarding project.
Steps to Chalk Painting
Thankfully chalk painting is a fairly easy and straight-forward project to complete. Here is how I did it and what I used:
- Decide upon your piece of furniture/item that you are going to refinish
- Select your brand and colour of chalk paint that you’d like to use
- Measure the square footage of the piece you are painting and buy the corresponding amount
- Note: if you plan to distress your piece, you may want to put one colour on the bottom and another on the top
- You do not need to sand your piece first…just begin painting
- I used a small paint brush because I liked the look of brush strokes as I felt it helped make my piece look more weathered
- Let the first coat dry, and decide if you will do another coat (I ended up doing three)
- After you have applied all of your coats, let it dry overnight
- Move your piece to a well ventilated area and begin sanding – sand the entire project with a very fine grain sandpaper
- If you are going for a weathered/distressed look, you will also want to use a heavier grain sandpaper and really use some elbow grease – focus on the edges and corners of your piece
- After you have completed all of your sanding, it is time to apply a generous layer of wax – this will help to keep your surface protected
Here is a great video that you can use for more inspiration and more detailed instructions: Refinished Night Stands with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint by iamlikehearted.
Chalk paint is easy to work with and is water soluble which makes clean up a breeze. It is also an incredible product specifically designed for furniture that can be used on almost any surface. You also get a nice shabby-chic look or a weathered beachy look which what I was going for to fit into our new home. It’s an easy project with a dramatic outcome.
I got my paint at Benjamin Moore but there are many places that you can find it. If you have any questions about my project, please feel free to ask.
Have you chalk painted before? Do you have a piece of furniture that you’re itching to refinish?