July 23, 2012

Chalk Paint Coffee Table

A few weeks ago, my husbands cousin called me up saying she had an old coffee table she didn't want any more but it was sturdy, and I could have it if I wanted to paint it up. It was love at first sight. :)

I am a sucker for anything with curvy legs, not sure why. I could tell it had definitely been "loved" over the years and needed a good sanding. Later on I learned that this table has made its rounds through our area. It has been in at least three different homes including my in laws. It has survived many years of use, and lots of kids.

Here is a blurry picture of the underside of the table. Gotta love little surprises :)

I was so looking forward to my chance of experimenting with homemade chalk paint. I bought a beautiful cream color called "cottage white" and got to mixing.

I tried at first to follow a recipe I found online for the chalk paint, but I was not getting the results I wanted, so instead I just mixed my own. I put a little bit of Plaster of Paris in a dollar tree Tupperware and add a tiny bit of water. You don't want to put too much water because its really hard to undo without making a huge batch. Then I mix in my paint until I get the consistency I want (which is somewhere around pancake batter) then get to work!

I love how this table turned out, see...

The heavy distressing gives it that old farmhouse look I love.

So here is the before and after.



I learned a lot of lessons with this piece, mostly involving Polycrylic. If you need any pointers just let me know. So what do you think?


  1. Love ...looking for the exact table to do the same.

    1. Well this table is available in my shop, and it would save you the work of doing it yourself!

  2. Beautiful! I love curvy legged pieces too. Infact, I just sold mine today. You can see it on my blog if you'd like. Thanks for sharing!

  3. so much prettier!

    found you via MMS and hope you'll hop over and follow.