DIY Nightstand Makeover Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I made over some nightstands I bought from a used furniture store and I couldn't be more pleased with the results! (But there were definitely some lessons learned along the way...)
First, I fixed all the hardware on the nightstands making sure all the handles were screwed in tightly.
The water stains were pretty atrocious so I decided to sand them down...
But in doing so, I learned that it was a wood laminate top instead of solid wood, so I couldn't stain the top like I had wanted to. But at least by sanding it, it removed all of the imperfections and created a smooth surface to be able to paint.
Next I prepped the nightstand for painting.
I chose "Pure White" Chalk Paint and started painting...
This is what it looked like after the first coat of Chalk Paint. It didn't cover as much as I had heard it would, so I was a little disappointed. I painted a second layer and it still wasn't fully covered like I wanted it to be.
Then I realized that the water stains were seeping through the chalk paint, and no matter how many coats you put on them, they will still show through. So I ran to Lowe's and bought Kilz Primer (multi-surface stain blocker) and painted the primer over the chalk paint. Total waste of time painting the chalk paint first--but lesson learned.
Then added another layer of Chalk Paint and it was much better looking!
This is what the nightstand looked like after 4 coats of paint (eek!) :)
I used the clear soft wax and waxed a thin layer over the whole nightstand and then I distressed the edges with sandpaper and LOVED the look of it!
It's a subtle difference, but really great looking when you see the detail up close :)
And that's it! I'm so happy with the way they turned out, and the look great in our bedroom. :) I'd love you hear about your stories using Chalk Paint so comment in the section below! Thanks!
Published December 23rd, 2014 5:06 PM