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Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chalk Painted Hexagon Table - Everybody's Doing It!

Before entering the wide world of blogging I had - believe it or not - never heard of chalk painting furniture.  I really wanted to try it because I had refinished (stripped and varnished) exactly ONE piece of furniture in my life and swore never to do that again - YUCK!

A while back I ran across a post describing the makeover of this hexagon table.  
That's a cool table!  It was my INSPIRATION!


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Also, cool - I have a hexagon table tossed into the corner of a guest bedroom. 

Not so cool - I made it over with map wallpaper a bazillion years ago for my son's bedroom and when he left home I tossed it in an unoccupied bedroom and left it looking like this.



Let this be proof that I'm no stranger to repurposing a piece of old rejected furniture.

In this case I'm going to make it over the second time.  Since I already had this little table I figured it's a good candidate for my first chalk paint project.  If I mess it up - no big deal.

I removed the old wallpaper, washed it down, removed the hardware and taped off the slate top.  I sanded it lightly all over.  Part of the the table it real wood and part is laminate.  I'm guessing there was some molded decorative plastic on this at some point, but if I remember correctly it came to me like this.  My table doesn't have the detail like my inspiration table or the cute legs. But it's free since it was already sitting in the corner.



I made my own chalk paint by adding plaster of paris to my paint and I applied three coats.  It's called Toasted Marshmallow but it is REALLY white.  It darkened a little when i waxed it, but I think next time I will choose a less bright white.


I distressed the edges. I got a little more paint off in some places than I meant to when the table was on it's side on the rough surface of my patio. Oops!  And of course that area was in the front!  I learned to be a little more careful next time.


I don't like to paint good quality hardware so had planned to leave the knobs as is with a just a good cleaning.  But they didn't clean up very well and I was already thinking how good they wood distressed with that flower in the center. So I painted them and then sanded some of the paint off - I think they turned out well.

I used a Minwax finishing wax and it made the surface nice and smooth.

It is finished?  Probably not - I'm considering a french decal and some feet.  Anyone know a good source for french furniture decals?


Yeah for chalk paint!  It really is easy and fun to repurpose furniture using this method.


Much Love & Laughter,

Laura








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9 comments:

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I think it turned out really well! I didn't even notice the "oops" either ...

:)

Linda

twelve-O-eight said...

Your maiden chalk paint voyage looks wonderful! Love the before and after.

Tanya :)

Debbie said...

LOVE it!! I had never heard of chalk paint before blogging either. I had long painted and waxed though. I love the look.

As for decals, go to Carol's blog The Polka Dot Closet (it's on my sideboard if you want to click to it.) She also has an online shop and sells waterslide decals. Plus, she uses them all the time so you can get great ideas. She's one of the most talented gals in blog land.

Debbiedoo's said...

Nice job! You did a fantastic job. I like the hardware painted too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

I had never heard of chalk paint before blogging either! I hope someday to do something like you have done with your beautiful table - it looks awesome and I love how the knobs turned out! Good job!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Great way to salvage that piece, Laura. Personally, I like the heavier distressing, so your "oops" looks good to me. You can make your own French decals. Go online to The Graphics Fairy, find what you like, and print it out using clear Waterslide Decal sheets.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Stephanie said...

Cha;l paint has been a new discovery for me too. Now I'm painting anything and everything! You did a great job on your table.

Sooner Laura said...

Thanks for the tips and kudos. I will check out the decal sources. I've also considered some wood deco pieces painted black to match the slate top. I'm sure it will transform a little. I've also considered painting it blue. Time will tell!

Morena Hockley said...

Great job! The Graphics Fairy is the place to go for free scripts and images. I will be followingyou, fellow Texan. Lol. Would love to have you visit my blog! http://morenascorner.blogspot.com/