A few months ago (hmmm actually several now that I think about it), someone posted in one of the neighborhood Facebook buy/sell groups that they had old windows sitting out on their curb, and they were free for taking. WHAT?! I was so excited.
I love our windows turned picture frames, and I’ve always wanted more old windows for other DIY projects. I was thinking we could do something with them on the side of our garage as kind of ‘wall decor’ for our patio. I didn’t have an exact idea yet, but I knew I needed those windows.
I hopped in my car to pick them up. When I got there, the lady was dragging a side table out to the curb, too and said I could have it. Yes please! I knew I could paint it.
Well the windows have sat untouched in the garage for quite a while … you can see them in the background here of that distance arrow sign project we did a few months ago:
I did finally paint the table a few weeks ago though!
Which, ironically, actually brings us to today’s theme. It’s time for another There for the Making – The Zero Dollar DIY Challenge. Sarah from Flourish & Knot gets a bunch of us together every other month with the goal of putting together a DIY project using only what we have at home already. (You may remember my St. Patrick’s Day wine bottles from the first post in the series.)
I think all of our husbands love this challenge more than we do, because it forces us all to do something with these random side-of-the-road finds, wine bottles, extra paint, all that other ‘stuff’ we all hoard in the name of future projects!
Well here’s the beautiful side-of-the-road table now. You’d never know it was homeless, would you!?
And can we talk about that wood crate?!? I bought three of them at Marshall’s the other day, and I am obsessed with them. I’m going to use them as shelves in our new place in Illinois. (Update on our move coming soon, I promise. We’re just finalizing a few things. Thanks to all who have reached out and asked!)
I typically use Country Chic Paint’s clay paint for my furniture makeovers (you can see them all here), and it’s definitely a favorite paint of mine, but I wanted to try DecoArt’s chalky paint just to see what else was out there in terms of furniture paint, and I’m a fan!
It’s a bit thicker in consistency than Country Chic Paint, but the painting process is really pretty similar. Plus I’m happy with this gorgeous gray color.
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Supply list for painting a table:
- Paint, here’s the color I used.
- Drop cloth
- Stir stick
- Paint brush
- Small paint brush
- Natural Wax
- Wax brush
- Lint-free cloth
How to paint a table the easy way:
1. Wipe down your table.
My table was covered in a layer of dust and dirt, so it needed a good wipe down.
You don’t have to worry about sanding or priming with chalky paint.
(Ignore that purple table in the background. That was another new paint I was trying that I wasn’t so impressed with… I’m repainting it another color now.)
With everything going on right now, painting this table felt really good. I swear painting is like some kind of mindless therapy. It just feels good to pretty instantly see something transformed from blah to gorgeous.
With chalky paint, I always paint with brushstrokes going in the same direction. The paint applied really easily over both the wood and the gold trim on the table.
To get in some of the crevices, I used a smaller paint brush to make sure all of the wood was covered.
I went with two coats to get good coverage, although DecoArt says one coat usually covers most pieces.
3. Distress (optional).
I feel like I don’t distress pieces as often as others who use chalky paint, but sometimes I just like the look of a fully painted piece. It just depends on the decor style you’re going for.
Distressing is easy though. Just take a sanding sponge and rough up the piece, especially along the edges. If you sand off too much paint, you can always paint a bit more on. Basically, you can’t really screw it up!
(I talk more about distressing furniture pieces in this blog post about my old desk if you’re interested.)
4. Seal the table with wax.
Let the paint dry for 24-48 hours before applying wax.
I bought a Country Chic Paint wax brush recently, and it’s definitely worth the extra price. I’ve used cheaper wax brushes before, and they’re just not as sturdy.
Swirl your brush around in the wax container, then apply the wax to the table using circular motions. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe off any excess wax.
Wax needs to be reapplied every six to 12 months. On pieces like an end table that see a lot of use and items being placed on top, I’d stick to that. On pieces I don’t use as often, I have to say I wait a bit longer between resealing. It just never quite seems to make it to the top of my to-do list.
And again, can we talk about how fun these rustic crates are!?
The book open on top of the table is this one by domino, and if you love looking at pretty decor pictures, you’ll want a copy, too.
Get the look:
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Remember to check out the other ladies’ projects, too for more no-spend DIY projects. Spring seems like the perfect time for all of us to clear out all the ‘stuff’ we’re keeping for future projects!
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