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A few weeks ago we went and visited my parents in Corpus Christi. My mom and I have been wanting to get away and do some antique shopping down in CC and my husband wanted to go fishing. In CC there are some good little hole in the wall places that will really bargain with you so that you can get the best price for whatever piece you are wanting to buy. So mom and I put on our old clothes and went on our hunt. I was looking for matching bedside tables that day and found just what I was looking for… sort of. When you go into these places you have to be able to see past the “junk” that is crammed in there and have the eyes on what could be. These stores have NO air conditioning and are crammed with stuff so you have to dig through rows and rows of old furniture that most likely people have just tossed! Mom and I ran across an old vanity that was missing the middle section. All that was left were the two tables. It was still in pretty good condition but had a really strong smell of moth balls. Eesh, it was bad!! That at the cute little key hole on the front! Love it!!
So, we brought them home and I wiped the whole thing down with a wet rag and let it air dry outside. Once it was dry I then sanded the whole piece with some medium grade sandpaper using my Ryobi hand sander. The sanding created a lot of dust so I was sure to wear a mask over my nose and mouth so I wasn’t breathing in all the yuck from years past.
I chose to use Americana Chalk Paint on these pieces. I bought mine at Home Depot but you can order some on Amazon as well. I created a link of the brand and color that I chose for these pieces. Chalk paint is easy to work with and gives a beautiful soft finish. I LOVE it! I bought a Wooster Pro Nylon/Polyester paint brush with 2 inch bristles. The nicer the brush and the longer the bristles creates a streakless nicer finish on your piece. I added a little bit of water to my chalk paint to thin it out. I didn’t like the way it looked before adding the water. It just went on too thick. Be sure that when you are painting with chalk paint that you are in a cool dry space. I did mine outside at first and it dried so fast it got all messed up and streaky. I learned that you want to let your paint dry slowly so it will all gel together and leave a smooth finish. I painted two coats with 2 hours of drying time in between.
Once my tables were completely dry I used a small hand sander to sand the edges of the tables to look worn. There were also some ares where you could see a few streaks from my brush or areas that I didn’t catch and it ran down the sides. So I went over those areas with my hand sander and it smoothed the paint right up. That ended up being another reason that I loved painting with the chalk paint so much. It’s very forgiving. If you mess up you can just sand it down and repaint that area if need be. Trust me, I did this a few times.
After I got all the surfaces and edges the way I liked it I went over the whole piece with American Decor Creme Wax. The wax is clear and should give your piece a finished look. For some reasons on my tables it left yellow streaks in some areas. It was everywhere and I couldn’t figure out why it happened. Did I put too much in that spot?? I’m not sure why, but it sanded off easily and I was able to touch it up with some left over paint and you couldn’t tell the difference. My husband thought that it aged the piece even more and he liked it. I don’t know, yellow streaks just isn’t my thang so it came off and I LOVE the way they turned out.
I’m sure you noticed that I also replaced the knobs. I have a thing for crystal knobs. I just love them!! I bought these at Hobby Lobby. It seems like their knobs are always 50% off or at least reduced. But, of course, the time that I go to buy some they are FULL price! Is that not the way it goes??? And of course, I could have waited for the next sale, but I didn’t want to do that either so I bought these beauties at full price. I could just kick myself because they ended up costing as much as one of the tables that I got at the thrift store but to me it was worth it. They are so pretty!!
I love the way these tables turned out! Have you ever used Chalk Paint before? If you have I would love to hear about your experience working with it. I have two more tables to refinish and can’t wait to get started and share them with you!