Chalk paint – changing the look of a coffee table

Dear Diary,

It’s been a while….yep I know, sorry!  I had a very busy end to 2016 with lots of projects and just as busy start in the new year, and finding the time to blog was tough.  Hopefully I can get a hold on my schedule and try to do a post a week again!  Well, whilst on a short break, I did some work around my place.  I am desperate for a bit of change and updating a few things in my house.  I will do a home tour soon I promise!  Ok, on to this tutorial of changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint.

Changing the look of a coffee table

My coffee table, as with many of my furniture pieces…. they are good…..really good…..sometimes too good :-p and it’s not just a matter of getting a new one.  Firstly, I hate waste and my mantra of saving and recycling has to start at home don’t you agree?  This table was bought about 10 years ago, and is solid mahogany plus it cost a pretty penny.  Beautiful yes, but my style has evolved a bit and to suit the build of my little Farm – style cottage with a bit of French flavour, not all of my pieces work so well anymore.  You know the feeling right?!  Ok, so instead of getting rid of it, and finding a more suitable style to my current look and feel of my space, I decided that the bones of this table is great, but the red monotone colour …..hmmm not so much.  Time to test some chalk paint me thinks…..

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

I have always used ordinary latex / water based paint for all my furniture painting endeavours ,  (a little old school stubborn habit) but that requires a tonne of sanding and prepping; something I wasn’t in the mood for this time round.  So I got on the same band wagon as the rest of blog land and bought a tin of Rustoleum chalk paint. I wanted a two-tone farm style look and decided that only the frame of the table was going to be painted and the rest of the wood stripped back to the raw state and change the red, glossy tone to a more subtle, darker muted farm look.

Firstly came the horrible job of stripping the old varnish off.  For this job, I enlisted the help  of paint-stripper, gloves, and some scrapers.

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

 

The trick with paint stripper is – paint small pieces, wait 5 minutes and strip that bit, THEN move on to the next small part.  Don’t try to do all at once – believe me, you will thank me for it!

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

Then I lightly sanded the frame that was to be painted……yes I know, EXACTLY WHAT I WASNT IN THE MOOD TO DO! …..but, upon reading the instructions on the paint tin, that’s what the manufacturer recommends……. and my motto is, if you are going to spend money and time, then do it right the first time! It only took about half hour so no real complaining needed 🙂

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

After stripping all the old paint, I sanded with a 240 grit paper and cleaned it off with a soapy rag a few times to neutralise the acid from the stripper and then once more with clean damp rag.

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

The chalk paint needed 3 coats and a little sanding in between coats for a super soft and streak-free look.  I used a 240 grit paper and it was really a quick once over. Covering the bottom shelf of the table ensured that no paint spills on the newly stripped wood.

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

 

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

At the last-coat-step, I sanded to smooth it out and then lightly distressed the piece.  Its your choice obviously of how much distressing you want depending on your style.  My living room is a bit formal so didn’t want a shabby chic look, just a lived-in with a teensy bit of character kinda look.

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

Satisfied with the frame, I then proceeded to coat the top and bottom shelf with a liming solution from Feast and Watson in the Parisian Dove colour ….. absolutely BEAUTIFUL product to work with.  Use a brush with fine hair to prevent streaking and apply when you have temperatures of about 20 – 25’C.  Once you have done the application, DO NOT GO BACK OVER IT AGAIN, but wait till it has dried and then re-apply if necessary.

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

I opted to seal the top with a tough clear coat as the table gets a lot of use with coffee cups ect and wanted it to look good for a long time!  Lightly sand (yes AGAIN!) the stained surface with 240 grit and seal with your choice of clear coat.  I used a water based, non-yellowing matt coat. (Cabot’s)

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

I have not sealed the chalk painted surface yet….. but will do with some Annie Sloan clear wax when it arrives in the mail soon.

I am quite happy with the result and the coffee table looks totally different, fresh and the style is much more to my taste, and now enhances the look of my farm-style dining table that has the same X pattern on the end.  (As I said, home tour pics coming soon)

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

The red is gone and I love the soft muted look of the liming wash – inevitably the tv cabinet had to also undergo the same treatment to complete the look…… domino effect unfortunately ;-p

Changing the look of a coffee table with chalk paint

There you have it diary readers, a lovely change and a table and money saved!!

What will you be updating in your homes this year?  Have fun and do share your projects with us!

Till next time

Teresa

 

Article by Teresa

Australian Interior Designer / Decorator & Photographer. I share my style, my creativity and love for all things decor.

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