A family member gave me the most amazing piece of furniture. It is a console table that is long (over six feet long) and thin (8 inches wide) and is finely crafted pine with 24 square drawers. The piece is in great shape, given that it has been around a long time and took a long journey from Texas to Wyoming. And, it is absolutely perfect for my craft room! So, I had to give it a table makeover!!
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I decided to give chalk paint a try on this table. Martha Stewart has some beautiful colors of chalk paint, in a size that is perfect for this project! After all – buying a quart of chalk paint seems like a waste! I was able to get two 8 ounce bottles of Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor Paint, one in linen and one in charcoal. I used most of the linen paint but didn’t even use one-fourth of the charcoal! This ended up being a very budget friendly project!
The beauty of chalk paint is that it does not require much preparation. I cleaned the table with an all purpose cleaner, and let it dry. And then, I began to paint! Chalk paint is thick and adheres well to most surfaces, making for an easy furniture make over. No sanding or stripping required. <YAY>
What I used:
- Martha Stewart Crafts Chalk Paint – Linen
- Martha Stewart Crafts Chalk Paint – Charcoal
- Painters Tape
- Quality Paint Brush
- Drop Cloth
- Satin Varnish
- Sand Paper – 220 grit
How to Paint
I painted directly onto the wood surface, choosing to make the drawers and all the wood surrounding them linen. I painted the top of the table charcoal. Everything got two coats of paint with 24 hours between each coat. My plan for this table is to use the table top to hold my Cricut Maker machine and my serger, so I need the top surface to hold up to a little use. I considered using wax (as recommended on the Martha Stewart Crafts chalk paint bottle) but ended up using an interior/exterior water based satin varnish that will provide more protection. Again, the top got two coats, with a gentle sanding after the first coat, and 24 hours to dry between.
I took the original drawer pulls and gave them a marbled effect shown here. This blog post describes how to make the marbling.
I absolutely love how this table has transformed. And I look forward to sharing my next project with you! Let me know your thoughts on chalk paint projects you have done!