A four poster bed DIY chalk paint makeover…
Let’s talk about DIY chalk paint. But first, I gotta tell you a crazy story…
The other day, while driving home, I passed a hitchhiker on the roadside. This forlorn fellow was clearly down on his luck. It was one of those moments when you think, “Gosh, is there something I can do to help?” That’s when I hear my wise mother’s voice in my ear… “Don’t you dare think about stopping the car, Heather!”
As my mother would undoubtedly tell you, I am, by nature, a rules follower mostly. But I am also a massive pain in the arse…and it was that stubborn streak that made me pull to the side of the road that day.
I picked up the hitchhiker.
Here he was:
A little rough around the edges, perhaps. Certainly a lot down on his luck. But definitely full of potential and wanting a little bit of a break to come his way. We decided to give this guy a little hand. It started with some repair work.
There were parts of the frame that were chipping and fractured, so that got addressed. In the middle of the headboard there was some ornamentation that had clearly broken off, so we got out the jigsaw and reworked the top piece a bit.
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Then came the DIY chalk paint. I know I said DIY, but I kinda outsourced that job this time around…
You see, this is one of the things I *LOVE* about chalk paint…it’s so easy to do, and so forgiving, that ANYONE, even this guy…yeah, the guy who can’t even put his pants on the right way…even he can re-finish furniture with this stuff!
I’m not even joking.
Here’s what you’ll need to tackle your own chalk paint project…
DIY chalk paint supplies:
- chalk paint (for this project, we used Annie Sloan Antibes Green)
- chalk paint brush
- clear furniture wax (Annie Sloan clear wax)
- wax brush
- sandpaper, various grit levels
- slightly damp rag for dust removal
Love it! Please tell me whether you’ve ever tried chalk paint on fabric. I want to do blotch paint fabric on a chair but sceptical.
Hi Dorothy! I personally have NOT tried chalk paint on fabric. Only latex. You can add a fabric additive to regular (latex) paint so that when it dries it helps the fabric stay fabric-y instead of hard and crusty…I’m NOT sure if you can use it with chalk paint, but it’s worth looking into! I have sat on a sofa once where the upholstery was painted with chalk paint, and it was pretty crusty/hard…not soft, that’s for sure. But perhaps they didn’t use a fabric additive. I guess I’d say, if it’s your favorite chair, don’t do it. But if it’s something not used a lot, then maybe proceed? You should probably test it on an old pillow or something like that to see if you could live with the feel of it after the paint dries. Let me know if you try it!! Heather
I have a thing for green! And I’ve always wanted a green bed for myself. Still searching for the perfect one to refinish. But, yours as solidified it for me! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up to Friday’s Furniture Fix. Pinning and tweeting it this week!
I love this! The green is a great color. What is on the walls in the boy bedroom? I love it!!!