DIY Projects

Bringing Furniture to Life with Chalk Paint

When Ryan and I closed on our house we were given some furniture from his dad and step mom (that we are SO grateful for!) All of it was black or dark wood and I love white. So I decided to redo them before we moved in. I was so excited to be able to paint some more furniture for our house.

If you have always wanted to redo a piece of furniture but you are too nervous to do it I promise it’s not hard and it’s not scary! It’s super easy and fun so here’s how you do it…

I loved the size and shape of these end tables but hated how dark they were but chalk paint can always fix that!

I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint in Linen White and I got it from Home Depot. I love this chalk paint, it’s cheaper than Annie Sloan and Valspar so it’s great if you’re on a budget! I have used it for everything, from furniture to wooden signs.
Before being able to paint I cleaned off the tables, took off the doors, and taped off the top. Ryan gave me the idea of keeping the top and door the dark color. I was really nervous about it but in the end it turned out perfect and I’m so glad I took his advice!


The great thing about chalk paint is that normally there isn’t much prep work needed. Most of the time you can just start painting. It’s smart to test a spot on the back of the piece you’re doing to make sure the paint doesn’t react with anything. If it does react it’ll turn a brown tint and you would need to sand, strip, or prime the piece before painting. If it doesn’t react you are good to go!

I did two coats because after the first coat it was streaky and some of the wood was still showing through. (Don’t panic when your first coat looks a little messy, it’ll get better with the next coat!) Sometimes you might need a third coat depending on the color the furniture was and the color you are painting it.

Once the paint is dry you can move on to the fun part…..distressing! This is where you can add your own style/spin to the piece and really have some fun with it. (You can get your sandpaper here).

Once the second coat was dry I took sandpaper and sanded down the parts that I wanted distressed. I personally only like to distress the edges. Some people like to heavily distress and sand off big chunks of paint but I like it to be a little more subtle. This is totally up to you and what you like so take it away! Don’t be afraid with the sandpaper, if you don’t like how it looks you can always repaint over it and try again. This is also a good time to sand down any drips of paint you may have missed while painting.


After distressing it’s time to seal it. (Make sure you wipe off all of the dust from sanding first.) I used Valspar Sealing Wax. For wax finishes you can use a rag or a brush to put it on, I personally like to use a brush. Then you take a (lintless) rag and wipe off the excess wax. Be sure to read the directions on the back of the can! 


Once the wax was dry I was able to take off the tape and put the the doors back on and they were ready to go. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out! The contrast of the dark brown and the white ended up being really pretty and look amazing in our living room.

I have fallen in love with redoing furniture. It’s so fun to see how you can take something that is dull and boring to something bright and fun! I love having a creative outlet that I enjoy to do. If you have a piece of furniture that you have always wanted to redo I highly recommend going for it. It can be nerve wracking at first but in the end if you don’t like it you can just sand it down or put more paint over it! That’s the amazing thing about chalk paint. And I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed once you give it a shot.

I’d love to see some pictures of your favorite pieces you have redone or pictures of pieces you want to redo! 

If you have any questions about painting furniture feel free to ask me!

Wife. Dog Mom. And a lover of DIY projects, coffee, and a good bottle of Rosé

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