DIY Entertainment Center Makeover With Chalk Paint

Well, it had to happen eventually. As a home and garden blogger, I am bound by the Blogger’s Code (cue ominous monk singing) to use chalk paint on something bigger than a picture frame.
It also helped that I was getting really tired of my entertainment center. It was time for an entertainment center makeover!
Now, I’m not saying it was absolutely horrible before… I mean, I did buy it this way, so this means that I really liked it at some point. But I tend to tire of furniture quickly, which is helpful for the blog, but not so much with my wallet. At least it’s very in to refinish your furniture instead of tossing it and buying new stuff.

I should also mention that it is laminate wood, so though it looks okay in the picture, it was looking pretty rough in real life (and not in a used, distressed vintage sort of way… more of I ran into it with the vacuum cleaner and the cats peed on it sort of way).
Here’s what I used for this project:

•One gallon Speed-Cote latex semi-gloss in white

•5 1/3 cups plaster of paris

•1 lb Minwax paste finishing wax – regular (no added color)

•FolkArt Home Décor Wax – antiquing wax (dark brown)

•Wax brush

•3″ paint brush

•detail brush

•round metal file for distressing (you can use sandpaper)

•soft cloths

First, I removed the doors and all hardware. Then, I mixed the semi-gloss paint with the plaster of paris. The measurements above are a 3 to 1 ratio. I was ready to paint! What I wasn’t ready for is that it would take FIVE FREAKING COATS of paint to cover up the darker color and keep it bleeding through.

After the first coat, the plaster of paris started forming tiny clumps whereas there were none when I started. The only thing I can figure is I didn’t mix it well enough and left a clump of plaster on the bottom of the can which got mixed into the paint later. Because of this, I had to scrape the little clumps of paint off the entertainment center between each coat of paint. Did I mention I had to do five coats? And now I had to scrape everything down between coats?

Lesson learned: when making homemade chalk paint, mix it really, really, really well.
Before Antiquing Wax
Now it was time for the antiquing wax. I’ve never used it before so I really didn’t know what I was doing, but it turned out pretty good despite myself.

Then came the fun part- distressing! And it really was a lot of fun to take out my frustrations after having to do all that painting and scraping! Needless to say, I got sawdust shavings everywhere.

Lesson learned: don’t do this again in the house. That’s what the garage is for. Well, that and cars.

All in all, it was a great learning experience, and despite the multiple coats of painting and scraping, it was a lot of fun to do and it turned out awesome! Which I’m really glad it did, because after all that work, it would have really sucked if it didn’t!

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  • CASS CASS on Aug 29, 2015
    What is "chalk paint"?

    • The Painted Hinge The Painted Hinge on Aug 29, 2015
      @CASS Chalk paint is a paint that is thicker than average paint and has a "chalky" feel to it when dried that gives the project a vintage look. What's great about it is you don't have to sand the project you are going to paint. It is also easier to distress and antique with wax than average paint.

  • Judy G Judy G on Aug 29, 2015
    Great job! I would love to find a piece like this to make over.