DIY with Chalk Paint

May 12, 2015


Chalk Paint

This is a Do It Yourself tutorial on chalk paint. Find your ugliest piece of furniture and prepare to see it come to life but first let me tell you a quick story. I have always wanted to do this, ALWAYS. I never knew how and I WASN’T about to spend A BILLION dollars on chalk paint when I KNEW I could do this myself. I love me some deals so I was on Craigslist. Somehow I found this lady selling shabby chic furniture she had created so I looked her up on Facebook (stalker, I know). I contacted her and asked her if she would offer a class, or teach me how the heck to do this. I offered my photography skills as a trade. We met up at Starbucks and she was a real lady! HA! Super sweet, down to earth, and easy going. Just a piece of advice- if you are going to do this, make sure its done in public. Confirm that this is a real person, and let someone know where you are going (hubby knew the whole situation). Finally we set a time to meet up. I went to her house and we painted!!! We spent the whole afternoon, chatting, laughing and sharing stories. She told me to bring my two “ugly” pieces I had been talking about. Side note: When Dre and I got married I threatened to throw these suckers away but I saved them. I mean literally SAVED THEM and now they look like beautiful expensive pieces!!! So now I have a new friend (Melissa) and an understanding of how to make ugly pieces beautiful. Guys- its an addiction. Once you paint one piece its ALL OVER. You will want to buy everything you see! Also, the uglier the better.

1) Find ugly furniture

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2) Rough it up with some sandpaper
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3) Take off the knobs & handles

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4) Spray paint those bad boys on top of cardboard
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5) Mix up some calcium carbonate with water
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6) Add the color of paint you want
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7) Paint 2 coats on your furniture with enough time to dry in between
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8) Don’t forget the drawers
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9) Lightly go over areas with sandpaper to distress it then rub n a dab of Minwax Finishing Wax to soften the scuffs and take away what the sandpaper leaves behind
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10) Put your hardware back on
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11) If  you want that old look add some brown paint and rub it in.
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 . . .and BAM- beautiful chabby chic chalk painted pieces
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Don’t want to spend the time on this project but still want a nice addition to your living room?
Contact Melissa & follow her on Facebook!!! This girl’s got skillz.

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

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