How to Effortlessly Transform Your Old Furniture with Chalk Paint

Transform old furniture with chalk paint

transform your furniture with chalk paint

Hi there! I’ve got to tell you how this all went down. See, the thing is, I’ve renovated a lot of furniture in my day. Renovate? Is that the right word? Maybe not. Refurbish, restore, revamp, overhaul? Rehabilitate, redevelop? This is the God-Given talent that I have of thesaurus-ing a word to death, until it is such a moot point, that no one even remembers the original word that we started with. Another one of my God-Given talents is my ability to invent words that don’t actually exist. Such as the aforementioned “thesaurus-ing.” In the moment, I toyed with the idea of “thesaurizing” too. Now that’s a good one. I gotta contact Webster and see if I can get that one added in. Anywho… I’m gonna roll with “transform” cause it just feels to me like an episode of “What Not To Wear.” I’m going to transform this frumpy, mom-jean-wearing, mullet-haired chair into a real thing of beauty! Now, don’t get all up in arms. I have nothing against a good pair of Mom Jeans or the occasional mullet from time-to-time. So, as I was saying, I have transformed a lot of furniture in my day. And  I don’t know about you, but to me, it always seems like you have to do SO much work before you can get to the fun part! A while back I wanted to paint an old dresser that we had in our basement. By the time I was done removing the hardware, sanding the dresser, cleaning the dresser, filling any cracks and/or holes with wood-filler, letting it dry, sanding again, cleaning again, priming the dresser, letting it dry, priming again and drying again…. it has now taken me approximately 67 nap-times (fellow Momma’s feel me right?) and I haven’t even gotten to the fun part yet. So by then I’m just kind of annoyed and over the project and wishing I hadn’t taken on the endeavor to begin with. That it, until I stumbles upon Chalk Paint!

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teacart before

teacart in progress

We cannot be friends if you are currently judging my yellow and lime green kitchen floor! I’m fully aware that it’s an issue, and no, the Brady Bunch does not live here.

Which leads me to my discovery of the most amazing furniture transformation product in the Whole Wide World (remind me to tell you how old I was when I discovered that that was not what www. stands for)! So last month, my husband and I decided to do a little revamping of our dining-room.  So I have a beautiful floral sign that my sister got me for my Birthday and I decided to kind of base the dining-room feel around that sign. I picked a beautiful aqua color and we spruced the place up. Well, not the whole place, just the dining-room and we did so damn good, that the rest of the house now looks like a dump and I’m overwhelmed by all of the things on my to-do list (anyone remember the Brady Bunch kitchen floor?) and I just want to spend all of my time sitting at the dining-room table pretending the rest of it doesn’t exist. Ohmygosh, I get off on tangents don’t I? Sorry! So I have a beautiful dining table and a matching sideboard (don’t know if that’s the correct term at all, but we don’t want to get me started on my thesaurizing again!) It’s a dresser that matches the table that I store all of my Grandma’s china in that I have never, ever used. So the table and the “sideboard” were given to me by my Grandparents and are very special to me. They are made of a beautiful cherry wood. Then I also have a large mirror and a teacart that are very similar colors of wood. I decided that it just was too much dark wood and I wanted the table and sideboard/dresser to be the main focus. I decided to transform the teacart and the mirror. Enter, my discovery of The Most Amazing Furniture Transformation Product in the Whole Wide World!

What you need to create one-of-a-kind unique pieces in a single afternoon.

Now, I’ve been rambling for days and you just want to hear about the good stuff! So here goes. I usually research different projects/ideas/products for days and days before I commit. But this time, I was at Lowes wandering around while my husband looked at GOD KNOWS WHAT for 3 hours, and I saw a can of Valspar Chalky Finish Paint. When I read the back of the can, the directions consisted of 2 steps!

1. Brush paint onto clean, dry surface. Apply 2+ coats for full coverage, waiting 4-8 hours between coats.

2. After paint has dried, brush on clear sealing wax in small sections, using a soft rag to quickly and gently wipe away excess wax for a subtle glow that helps preserve the freshly painted look.

SOLD!!!! No sanding and priming and filling and cleaning and sanding more and cleaning more and priming more! Sold, sold, sold! I wanted the teacart to be bright, I was thinking a bright blue. So I bought a can of the paint in a color called Theatre Wrap. At the time I was a tad disappointed that there seemed to only be 8 or so colors to choose from, but I later saw on Valspar’s website that there are about 40 to choose from! I also bought a can of Valspar Sealing Wax that is considered Step 2 to the process. There was also a Step 3, which was Valspar Antiquing Wax, but that antique look was not what I was going for, so I didn’t purchase that one. So that’s all I purchased for this project! One can of paint and one can of sealing wax.


The best product to transform the old, dated furniture you already have.

The next day, during naptime #1, as I won the Mother Of The Year award and set my 4 year old son up in the living room with a movie, a drink and some popcorn, I got to work! Now the only tiny bit of prep that I did, is that I removed the little wooden rails that were on the bottom of the cart. For years I have dusted (a whopping twice a year) around those rails, so annoyed with them and their ability to trap the dust in, never realizing that they were only attached by wooden pegs that were resting in little holes on the bottom shelf of the cart. I removed the rails and used some spackle to fill the holes in. I waited a half hour and lightly sanded over the spackle and you could no longer see the holes. I also removed the two handles that were on the side of the serving tray that lifts off of the teacart and the 2 tiny knobs on the front of the drawer. Now, after the holes were spackled, I stirred the paint and put one coat of Theater Wrap on the teacart. Now, I began to panic because as soon as the paint started to dry (which is quite quickly) the color just did not look good with the wall color at all. In fact, after I put the first coat on and it dried, I carried the cart in to the dining room and put it against the wall and it appeared to be THE EXACT SAME COLOR AS THE WALL. Now I’m not sure about you guys and I’m not a professional decorator, but I’m pretty sure that a piece of furniture that is an identical match to the paint on the walls, is not the look you should strive to achieve! The small 16 ounce can was $25, so I wasn’t running to buy a new one. I have to note, that although the color was not what I was after for the dining-room, it was a beautiful bright blue and I can’t wait to use it on a different piece! Also, I immediately loved the chalky finish of the paint. It is very matte, like chalk of course and its a little rough to the touch. But I could tell with one coat that it was going to be the most perfect texture and coverage. So I did what any desperate DIY-er would do, and I googled to see if I could add another paint to the chalk paint in order to get the color I was hoping for. I found a few testimonials stating that one of the beauties of the chalk paint, is that it is so versatile and that one can is able to do many different projects just by adding some normal latex paint to it to change the color. I had originally wanted a bright blue, but now I decided I wanted to go lighter. I was afraid the addition of the latex paint, would cause it to lose it’s wonderful matte/chalky texture, but it did not at all. I added white latex paint until I got a light sea foam green that was so beautiful. I painted a 2nd coat on the teacart (not waiting the recommended 4 to 8 hours between coats, cause hey,  I’m a rebel) and by then it, was time to actually participate in being a Mother again. The baby was starting to wake up and the kids like to eat dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, so there’s that. And not to mention that I walked in to the living room to find that my son had gotten my husband’s goose decoys out…

Hank and Decoys

this is Hank. Hank has the most interesting life of anyone I know. He hangs out with goose decoys in his spare time. You will hear a lot more about Hank in the future!




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