For those that follow me on Facebook, you may recall my serendipitous introduction to the lovely studio, Chalk It Up Norcross. Chalk paint has a variety of uses, not just for chalk boards. It allows one to easily paint and distress furniture (with no sanding and priming to begin with-WOO HOO!). Anyway, to make a long story short, I signed up for and completed an introductory class on chalk painting at Chalk It Up Norcross. It was fun! I bought some of the chalk paint with the intent of using it. On what, that remained to be seen. Soooo, I kept an eye out for a piece of furniture that I could, well….chalk up! Then I remembered my parents had a small, old table in their basement. They weren’t using it and it was in need of being re-done. Perfect! They kindly allowed me to have it so I could put my new skills to use. So here is what the table looked like before:
….and this is after:
I’m pretty happy with it! I love the aged, distressed, ‘looks like someone dunked the whole thing in a vat of coffee’-look to it. How’d I do it? Here’s a visual run down of each of the steps I took over a period of days:
I did not sand nor prime the table. I pretty much plunked it down and started painting. I first applied some pink chalk paint. I knew I wanted this as a layered accent…to sort of make the table look like the table was painted pink at one time.
I let that dry completely and I then applied a layer of off-white chalk paint over the entire table. Chalk paint is very thick and you can see that it covered the pink paint and pre-existing, mottled dark stain as if neither were ever there.
I let that dry completely, and then applied a clear wax the whole table. I let that dry and I then buffed it out with a clean cloth. The clear wax seals the paint, protects it and, once buffed, give it a nice smooth shine. I tried to capture that sheen in the below pic:
The next step may seem a bit radical for such a nice white table, but I distressed it. I sanded down the areas that I assumed would be worn over time. Basically outside edges of everything. I wanted those areas of pink paint to show through too, which you can sort of see in the pics below:
The sanding was the messiest part of the whole process. I thought the wax would cut down on the dust, and perhaps it did, but I was still covered in chalk dust after it was all said and done! Twas totally worth it though. I liked the look it achieved. I ain’t done yet tho! The next step was to clear wax…again. And buff to a shine…again. I’m not posting a picture of that since it really didn’t look very different from what you see above.
The step after this is where it gets dramatic. I applied a dark wax and buffed it out, which resulted in the (somewhat) final product. TA DA!
Now, I say “somewhat” final product because I need your help. I’m thinking about embellishing the table but am having trouble deciding on that. Here are the options:
1) Apply a black dogwood/bluebird motif (hard to get the idea with the white background, so try to picture it just as black):
2) Apply warm/inspirational motif:
3) or leave the table as is
So, what do y’all think? Should I go with option 1, 2 or 3? Please let me know, either by posting here or on Facebook. I’d love to know y’alls opinions!