Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY: Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover

When I moved to Orange County last November, I hadn't a stick of living room furniture, except a bookcase (arguably the best piece anyway). I scored big when a family friend needed to get rid of the furniture in their den in preparation for a move across county. Less than three hundred dollars for a couch, loveseat, coffee table, and two end tables! The stuff isn't necessarily my style, but I wasn't going to complain. I had nothing.

I was originally thinking about re-staining the matching coffee table and end table (which I currently use a TV stand) a darker espresso finish. I was intimidated by the prospect--I've never done it before, and I knew it would be a lot of work and a lot of sanding. Then I discovered Annie Sloan's chalk paint. (Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, which is also really cool!)

Chalk paint is amazing because it requires no sanding or priming beforehand. And you can put it on just about any surface! There are also a ton of different ways to use it to achieve the look you want. Be is not cheap. But the ease of use and time it saves is worth it. Plus it looks great when it's finished!

I decided to paint my coffee table and end table in shades of pink, inspired by the pillow covers my BFF got me years ago in Spain. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is available at different retailers throughout the United States (and Canada and Europe). I found mine at La Casa Verde de Granada in San Clemente. If you're in South Orange County, I recommend it--so much fun to walk through!

The goods... The soft wax goes on after the paint is dry. There's also a dark wax, which looks really great if you want to give a piece an aged appearance.

Here's my red and white paint. I made two mixed shades of pink. The gorgeous red is Emperor's Silk and the white is Old White.

Here are the before shots of the coffee table and end table/TV stand. One of the great things about these pieces is they also function as storage space, which is great, because my apartment lacks in that area!

Work in progress! I painted the coffee table a bright pink (equal parts Emperor's Silk and Old White) and the end table a softer shade of pink (1 part Emperor's Silk, 3 parts Old White). I also used the softer shade inside the drawers and top storage of the coffee table. Likewise, I used the brighter pink inside the end table drawer and cabinet space. Seriously, you guys, the hardest part of this entire process was disassembling the coffee table. This paint is so easy to use!

Look how pretty! I love the matte finish of the paint. It's amazing what just paint can do to totally change the look and personality of a piece of furniture.

A little peek inside...

Let's not forget the end table/TV stand. It actually looks a little darker in these photos than it is in real life.

And lastly, the pillow that inspired it all.

I had so much fun with this project, I wanted to go buy all the other colors and find other things to paint! No worries, I have restrained myself. But I'll probably do a few other little painting jobs in the future to update some other pieces of furniture that have seen better days.


  1. Can I just say that I love the furniture and I love that the pillow from Spain, the runner from Chiapas and the Pewter bowl from Guadalajara all made the shots! :) Love ya friend!

  2. Haha! I didn't even think of that! Pretty amazing...Pieces of you are all over my living room, Dom. Just wait till I get the cute little painting from Greece up on the wall! :)

  3. Furniture looks great! By the way...that store looks like a place I would love!

  4. It's such a fun store! I had no idea what I was walking into and ended up spending time just looking at all the cool stuff. :)

  5. Great work! Even if pink is not my favourite color I like the furniture painted.

  6. Believe me, I surprised even myself when I opted for pink! :) But it works great with the room and some other items I have around.

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