I found Little Yellow at the Salvation Army. If you don’t live in Alaska, you can easily find a piece like this for really cheap or free. If you do live in Alaska, it’s $15.99. The upside is that I’ll be able to sell it for more up here than I would somewhere else because furniture is harder to come by.
To give you an idea of the ridiculousness…
For the last year I’ve been using almost exclusively gray, brown, white or light blue, so I decided to branch out. I envisioned a really rich color for this side table/nightstand/accent table. If you are just starting out refinishing pieces to sell, you may want to start with neutrals. Using a bold color can mean waiting longer before it gets sold or having to sell it for a lower price. It can also end up being the exact piece someone is looking for if it’s really unique, so it’s up to you. If you are going to take a gamble, it may be best to do it on a smaller piece.
*A note on sanding: With chalk paint you don’t need to sand (but the first coat does go on better if you do). I have a few pieces of furniture that are larger that I did NOT sand or prime at all and used chalk paint on. I’ve had them for years and they have held up well (but they have to have a protective coating on top). For a dining table or something that gets a ton of use, I would definitely sand and prime. For something like this little table, you don’t have to sand and prime.
- Plaster of Paris
STEP 1: PICK AND MIX YOUR PAINT
These were the two colors I wanted to try. I painted some samples (I say painted, but I really just wiped them on with my finger so I wouldn’t have to clean a paint brush) onto the leg. I forgot to get a picture before I sanded the paint down, but this is just to give you an idea of how I compared the colors.
Salty Dog (who names these?) was too primary blue-ish. Deep twilight had too much gray (still really pretty, I just wanted a little more blue on this). The 50/50 mix ended up being just right.
If you don’t like any of the colors you have, try mixing your own. I always have craft paints that I use to alter the shades of the paint until I get a color that I like. If you’re doing this, MAKE SURE you mix enough to cover your piece. What you see below in the foil was enough to do 2 coats on the table (3 on the top).
If you don’t want to sand and prime, mix your own chalk paint. Find the recipe here.
STEP 2: DRILL ANY HOLES FOR HARDWARE
I forgot to do this before I painted the first coat, but you can do it the right way.
First, measure the width of the surface I wanted the handle on and marked the middle. If it’s a knob, just drill in the middle. If it’s a handle, dip the areas where the screws go into lightly in paint.
Using your pencil marked that shows you where the exact middle is, press the handle against the furniture.
You can see the 2 circles that were created by the paint. This shows you exactly where to drill. (The little vertical line is where I marked the middle).
Drill the holes.
STEP 3: PAINT FIRST COAT
Brush on paint and roll to remove brush marks.
I like using the “Doors and Cabinets” rollers.
When you’re brushing on the paint, make sure to get in all the crevices first, then move on to the bigger surfaces.
Flip it over and paint the top.
STEP 4: PAINT SECOND COAT
Follow the same process of brushing and rolling out, getting the crevices first. Make sure to look at each part you’re painting from many different angles so you can see if there are any parts you missed.
STEP 5: APPLY 2-3 TOP COATS
The easiest thing is to use a spray paint top coat. You can use wax, but it’s not as protective. You can also brush on poly, but it’s easy to mess up a project this way. This makes it so easy!
STEP 6: ATTACH HARDWARE