I love to have items in my house that have stories and meanings behind them it really makes them so much better than something that came off a boat from China. So I was thrilled when my mother-in-law gave us the kids table my husband had played at as a child. The table was even more special because it was purchased for him by his grandma Lucy. I’ve witnessed all of the kids in the family using it for eating, coloring, and playing games. As the youngest grandchild in the family, it is finally my daughter Brooke’s turn to use the table. Despite the beautiful history of this table, the enormous amount of wear and tear on it has taken it’s toll and it was really in need of some updating (and let’s be honest if its going to be in the middle of my living room for the next five years I want it to look better than this). Sometimes even the best things in life need to the chance to tell a new story, so I decided to give it a make-over with some chalk paint.
This was my first go around at chalk paint and prior to now I never understood why chalk paint was so enticing. So why would you want to use chalk paint instead of regular paint? First, chalk paint is amazing because it allows lazy people like me to paint something without sanding anything (something I detest doing because I despise the feel of sandpaper, the sound of it on wood and the dust that comes along with it). Second, chalk paint covers like a dream. In three quick coats this table and chairs were done. I’d go as far to say it was really more like two and half coats at the third one was was more just touch up. Finally, chalk paint is very versatile because you can get many looks from rustic shabby shic look to a more polished modern finish. I have to say after one experience using chalk paint I’m a big fan.
Here is a closeup up the before picture on the chair.
Here is a picture with one coat of chalk paint. I used Annie Sloan’s chalk pain the color of Florence. Turquoise is the color I am currently obsessed with adding to our house. The chalk paint is super thick so you may want to thin it with a bit of water and put coats on sparingly (not super thick coats) for best results.
Finished Chair with three coats of chalk paint and one coat of clear wax.
I love how this little set turned out and the bright pop of color it adds to our living room.
Best of all, Brooke loves her new little table it is her new favorite spot for snack time, coloring and having parties with her stuffed animals!