Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chalk Paint Retro Table Makeover

I know you might look at this little chest of drawers and not think much about it but part of the reason I love it so much is for the memories that come to mind every time I look at it.  

Growing up when we would visit my grandparent's house my "room" to stay in previously belonged to my most favoritest aunt and this table sat beside the bed.  Over the years I would admire the table and wish it was mine but never asked for it because at like 9 years old where am I going to put it?  

Things changed though when I had my own home and I started pestering my grandma to let me buy it or have it and I even contemplated stealing it a few times.  She'd hardly notice it was missing I'm sure.  Sadly her answer was always "not yet, honey".  Then one day during a visit I asked yet again and she said YES!!!  I didn't care if I was going to have to leave my son behind in Ohio I was making sure this little chest of drawers had a seat in our car to get it home to North Carolina!  

Several years later the little chest of drawers was still sitting in the same spot and had never been painted even though I had it filled with craft supplies in my office area and used it daily.  I would walk by it literally 20 times a day and the thought would cross my mind that I should paint it but I couldn't decide on the color.  I thought about gray and then I thought about green and then I thought about coral and then I thought about blue and then I thought about see my dilemma.  

I just couldn't decide on a color but then my pal Jennifer at Delightfully Noted started posting lots and lots of beautiful photos of her dresser she painted using Martha Stewart Vintage Chalk paint and I was in lve.

The only photo I have of my little chest of drawers is this one and it isn't a very good one.  I had already taken everything out of the drawers and sanded it and removed the handles and then I realized I hadn't photographed it so I raced around putting it back together so I could snap one photo.  Ahhh, this blogging isn't for the faint of heart.  The struggle is real my friends!

Still the dresser sat for almost a year and I finally bit the bullet and bought some Martha Stewart Chalk Paint in Eucalyptus and the rest is history. I didn't care for the paint at all compared to other chalk paints but the color was amazing and I knew it would pop on my black and white striped wall.

There it is!  Do you hear Angels singling like I do when you look at this beauty?
I sanded the heck out of this little chest of drawers before applying the paint which I highly recommend doing with any piece of furniture you plan to paint, especially with older pieces that have probably been painted numerous times.  
The one thing I didn't care for with the Martha Stewart paint was how many coats it needed to get coverage.  I painted about 4 heavy coats and even then I debated about doing a 5th coat.  Most chalk paints I have used aren't like that at all.  This one is also a dryer consistency and seems to drag more.  If I hadn't loved the color so much I would have switched to DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in a heartbeat but I'm no quitter so I muscled through it.
Once the paint dried really really well I used Minwax Clear Furniture Wax and did several coats to protect it from wear and tear.  Jennifer said she noticed how easily the paint chipped so I also wanted to make sure I wouldn't have to repaint the whole thing every couple weeks since I'm a little OCD and can't stand things to not be just so.  An unplanned chip of paint might send me to a padded room with me pulling my hair out.

I really debated about doing new drawer pulls but there was just something about the original wood handles that made me want to try using them.

It really is a pretty color green.  At first I was worried it was going to be a sage green color or a little too mint green but it apparently just didn't have enough coats on it.
I didn't want to paint the insides of the drawers but I also didn't want to have the drawers look unfinished when pulled out so I used DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Retro to do the sides and backs of the drawers.  This way it's something a bit unexpected when you open them.
I lightly sanded the handles and then used the Minwax on them and buffed them to a high shine and they are beautiful now!  I'm so glad I ended up keeping them instead of trying to find something different.

Jennifer says she "overgrams" her chest of drawers and now I see why because I pretty much want to share these photos with anyone that will look at them!

I'm over the moon with this little chest of drawers and love that it has such a special place in my heart because of all the memories of it in my grandma's house.
Don't mind the cords under the dresser.  Forgot about those until I added this photo to the post.  Ooops!  It's still pretty though!


  1. Your MCM table caught my eye at the Craft Frenzy Party - very nice! I especially love how you staged your photo, so well done. Pinning to share!

  2. I am crazy in love with your retro table, Lindy. You made exactly the right choice with keeping the wood handles - they're so gorgeous with the paint color. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party at Organized 31.

    1. Oh thank you so much! I too am really glad I didn't change or paint the pulls. They are so pretty now that they have been cleaned up and waxed to be shiny. Thank you for hosting a great party!

  3. It turned out so pretty!!
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    1. Thank you so much Chris! I appreciate you hosting the party as well.


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