Craigslist Furniture Makeover for Beginners With Chalk Paint

Pretty Distressed
by Pretty Distressed
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7 Days
This video tutorial is a great guide for beginners wanting to test out furniture painting and gel staining without stripping. This is a great technique to try out on furniture around the house or something cheap from Craigslist or Goodwill.
It's always best to start small when trying out refinishing for the first time. You don't want to ruin grandma's dining table or your bedroom set. Finding inexpensive items from Goodwill or Craigslist is always a great idea. I got this table for free from a neighbor who had bought a set off of Craigslist and only needed one table. My friends and family know they can always offer me free furniture!
For this project, I used  General Finishes Gel Stain in Java for the table top and  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White for the body. I sealed the entire piece with  General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. Don't let the staining portion scare you. It's a lot like painting. There is no need to completely strip the existing finish. There is a little cleaning and sanding involved, but it's a lot less messy and time consuming than stripping the entire top. I really love General Finishes products. They have become some of my favs lately.
There is no distressing in this project. It's a really smooth finish for a more clean, modern look. And since I used the General Finishes top coat to finish the entire piece you don't need to wax. I know that scares some of you.

All the details and product links can be found in my  video tutorial. Go check it out and subscribe to my channel before you leave! I've got lots of fun plans for upcoming videos. And you can always leave me a comment if there is something you want to see! 
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  • Sandra Carr Sandra Carr on Jan 26, 2022

    That is what I will be doing with my desk also I am glad you video tabes this makes things understandable!!!