We have another chalk paint transformation on the blog for you today. Recently we installed a television in our office above the fireplace and I wanted to add a coffee table to this new area. I tracked this one down on Craigslist for $20 and decided to chalk paint it.
The coffee table itself is pretty simple. Although it's not an antique, using chalk paint makes it look like it is. Side note: I especially liked that the coffee table had a little shelf underneath to store remotes and small items. As someone who hates clutter this was a nice bonus.
We recently visited an antiques building (check out The Mills in Peabody, MA if you are ever in the area) where I found inspiration for this project. We stumbled upon a dealer who works with chalk paint and really had a great conversation with him about the pieces he does. I saw a few techniques he used that I wanted to incorporate in this piece. First, little hints of color coming through underneath the main color and second, smoothing down the surface with sandpaper before finishing.
To get some hints of color coming through, I had to first paint a base color. I opted for Chateau Grey which is really more of a green color that matched the walls in the office well.
Next I painted on a coat of our main color. This was actually left over from another project and is a combination of Old White and Cocoa. This is probably my favorite color that I've mixed together so far!
Now when we were at the antique warehouse we couldn't help but notice how smooth (and very not chalky) some of the pieces were. I had to know the secret. Turns out, if you sand down the surface with fine grit (think 1,000) sandpaper before waxing it really smooths down the surface. I decided to give it a try on this piece and boy can you tell a difference. Both the chalk and the smooth finishes look great- don't get me wrong- and it's really about the look that you're going for. But I think this is a nice trick to use if you're looking for a more shiny, smooth finish.
Once the entire surface had been sandpapered, I used a cloth to put on a layer of dark wax. I let this sit for an hour or so in order for it to sink into the surface a bit. You can really leave the dark wax on without applying the clear, soft wax for up to 24 hours.
Last but not least, I applied a coat of soft wax. The soft wax is so great because you can actually use it to take off some of the dark wax and create the exact look you're going for. If you find the dark wax is too heavy of a look for you, just use the soft wax to rub away the dark.
Check out the up close picture below too. Can you see the little hints of green coming through on the edges? I used sandpaper (100 grit) on the edges to bring out the bits of green and also create a more distressed look.
And there you have it. By repainting this piece that I picked up for only $20 and using chalk paint I already had at the house, I was able to create a gorgeous new piece for our home. We can't wait to kick back in our reclining chairs with some snacks on the coffee table, a fire going, and a good movie on the TV.