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
2) Rough it up with some sandpaper
3) Take off the knobs & handles
4) Spray paint those bad boys on top of cardboard
5) Mix up some calcium carbonate with water
6) Add the color of paint you want
7) Paint 2 coats on your furniture with enough time to dry in between
8) Don’t forget the drawers
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
10) Put your hardware back on
11) If you want that old look add some brown paint and rub it in.
. . .and BAM- beautiful chabby chic chalk painted pieces
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.