I found this beauty sitting next to the dumpster in the alley behind our house. Even though I knew I couldn’t use it in my house I had a great plan in mind of how I wanted to change it up and find a great home for it. I love the two toned projects that use paint and stain or various colors of paint. I have never done a two toned project so I figured this end table was the perfect item to experiment.
Not only was a two toned project new to me but so was making my own chalk paint. I love the look of chalk paint and I have used it on various projects, such as this Recipe Stand. However it can be a little pricey and limited in colors. Since I was already going for cheap I thought why not keep the trend going and take a chance at making my own chalk paint.
This project was very inexpensive to makeover; dumpster end table FREE, and $3 paint. Everything else I had on hand.
Sand paper in various grit
Paint – I used Valspar Bistro White from Lowes
Paint – Gray paint – left over sample paint
Stain – I used Rust-oleum in Dark Walnut
Plaster of Paris
Glaze – I used clear mixing glaze from Valspar, Lowes
First I started out by sanding the table to help get the stain and sealer off. I used 150 grit. Next I wiped and cleaned off the table. Then I attempted to stain it, but apparently I didn’t sand the table down enough and the stain wouldn’t stick. So I went with plan B. I made a mixture of the Bistro White paint and the gray paint and added water making about a 1:1 ratio paint to water. Any white or gray paint will work to create this mixture.Then I painted this mixture on specific areas with a paint brush. I left it for about 30-60 seconds then I wiped it off with a t-shirt. Once this dried I stained the white/gray washed sections with the Rust-oleum Dark Walnut Stain. I applied the stain with a t-shirt and waited about 30-60 seconds then wiped it off with a t-shirt. After the stain dried I repeated the process with the white/gray paint and water mixture, and the stain again. Allow time to dry between coats. I love the look with the multiple layers of paint and stain. As a final coat I mixed the white and gray paint again but this time I mixed it with a glaze 1:4, paint to glaze ratio. I applied the glaze with a brush, let it sit for 15-30 seconds then wiped it off with a t shirt.
My homemade chalk paint was a recipe that I got from a paint employee at Home Depot. The recipe read as follows:
1/2 cup Plaster of Paris
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups of latex paint
Mix Plaster of Paris with water, once dissolved add the latex paint and stir. Apply 2 coats, letting the first one dry for about an hour. Apply wax. Apply a second coat of wax.
Since I was working with a small area I cut the recipe by thirds and even smaller to work with the size of the project. I had to play around with this chalk paint recipe. At times I had to add more plaster to thicken it and other times I made it too thick and I would add water, and at times it would get clumpy. The consistency worked best when it was thick and smooth (sorry that is the best way I can describe it). Best advice is to work with it until you get it the consistency you want. When it mixed well I loved the way it turned out. When it was clumpy I didn’t love it and later had to lightly sand those areas off. I ended up applying about 4 coats total. Depending on the area to be painted the amount of coats will vary. I also painted the drawer pull.
After the paint dried I decided it looked too chic and I wanted to add a little shabbyness to it. I sanded the chalk paint areas of the table in certain spots and sanded the drawer pull as well. I used 80 grit sand paper.