We are happy contributors for Jordan at Fun, Cheap, or Free.com. Have you checked out her site? She’s amazing, energetic and full of practical money saving ideas! We were thrilled to share this project on her blog a few weeks ago. Here we go!
Hi! It’s Melanie again from Find it, Make it, Love it! Steffany and I have been so excited about Jordan’s “Focus on Change” theme for this month. We think one of the most fun ways to mix things up in our homes is to change furniture! We are here to show how to easily transform a piece and how to do it for way less than you might think. We’re talking about making your own Chalk paint. First, Chalk paint is NOT the same as Chalkboard paint- Let’s chat real quick about the perks of DIY chalk paint:
- Much less expensive than the name brand.
- Can use any color you want.
- It dries super fast.
And best of all…..
- No sanding required!
It’s true, no sanding required! As long as the furniture does not have a heavy lacquer finish, this paint will stick! We have painted dressers, tables, nightstands and even a piano with no sanding!
If you’re following along with Jordan’s 30 Days of Change Challenge, we’ve got you covered for at least 3 of the challenges! Ready!?
This is a table Steffany snagged from her Grandma, it was headed to the dump if you can believe it! We fell in love with it’s geometric top and curvy legs–gorgeous! We have decided Grandma furniture is a perfect way to acquire beautiful furniture to give new life to. Thrift stores and Yard Sales are also great ways to score some fabulous pieces! (Check out Jordan’s Yard Sale tips HERE, and HERE. Also check out some of our other thrift store furniture transformations HERE, HERE, and HERE.)
Now for the DIY money saving chalk paint recipe:
What you need:
- 1 cup Latex paint
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Plaster of Paris
- bowl for mixing
Here’s a couple helpful tips: if you’re painting a small piece, just buy the sample size of paint from The Home Depot for about $3-it is exactly one cup! Plaster of Paris can be found at Walmart for around $5 a box, and a box will last a long time. So for under $10 you’re on your way to a fabulous furniture update!
Here’s how to do it:
With such a cool hexagon top, we wanted to do a little something special. We taped around the outer edge to start our design. Then used a ruler and pencil to lightly draw lines from corner to corner. This gave us a guideline for the rest of the design.
When painting with stencils, whether it’s an actual stencil or just painters tape, be sure to paint from the edge of the tape inward. This will prevent the brush from pushing paint under the tapes edge. Perfect lines are a big deal on a project like this!
What do you think?! We know there’s something sitting around your house that could use a fresh new look, we say change it up! 🙂
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