You’re not alone! It’s everywhere. And it’s such a fun way to quickly bring some life to something a little staid and dated. This summer I got my hands on a piece of furniture my mother gave me when I was in highschool. I can’t believe how long it took me to admit I loved all things vintage! We had never updated it. It had sticky drawers that were difficult to slide (try rubbing the tracks with wax paper) and chipped veneer in some places. After milling it over for a while, I decided to skip patching the veneer and to just let those places add to the flavor and age of the chest.
For this project, I just wiped the piece clean and waxed the shell of the chest where I was keeping the wood natural. For this type of work I usually use Howard Feed-N-Wax. Just rub it on in a light coat and leave it for 20 minutes (if it’s thick and hard to spread, warm the bottle under a little warm water from the sink or let soak in a bowl of warm water). Then buff off the excess with a soft cloth. This is not a sponsored post, I just love this stuff, it is all natural and it even smells good!
The drawers each received 2 coats of DIY chalk paint made from a pale blue latex paint I had leftover from painting the walls. DIY chalk paint is not chalkboard paint, it’s a paint you mix yourself that has a chalky texture that goes on without sanding or stripping the furniture before painting. It’s also great for pieces that you may want to sand a bit to give a more antique roughed up look.
There are plenty of recipes for this on the Internet, I use: 2 cups of paint, 4 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris, and 2 tablespoons of warm water. I have a paint stirrer attachment for our drill (get one, they cost around $2.50 and are life changing!). I usually mix up the Plaster of Paris and warm water, then add in the paint and mix some more. Try it out and add ingredients as needed…
Too thick or gritty (it will be thicker and grittier that normal paint)? Add water. Too watery and way too thin? A little more Plaster of Paris and paint.
And this paint will thicken as you paint, so just keep a little water near you.
The drawers all received 2 coats of paint and some light sanding to bring out the details of the piece and then I finished them with the Howard Feed-N-Wax and the original hardware.
Loving this look? Check out the two-toned pieces at Painted Lark, I’m sure they’ll be more coming soon!