Recently, we moved to a new home. I am one of those weird people who loves moving because it presents the opportunity to redecorate my space.
Originally, I wanted to replace most of our old, dated and run-down furniture with newer pieces. I’m so glad that we decided to refurbish our old furniture instead. Doing so allowed us to achieve a custom look while saving hundreds (maybe even thousands) of dollars.
I used to think that repainting furniture would be extremely difficult because you had to sand, prime, paint and seal ever part. Shout out to my close friend Freya for debunking this myth for me and showing us how it’s done!
Apparently, chalkboard paint is the way to go… no really… for everything. If you are a DIY’er, this is a life changing hack.
Chalkboard paint requires no sanding and no priming. It is perfect for painting over furniture that has a lot of flaws because it’s thicker, buildable consistency naturally fills in most scratches and marks.
Using chalkboard paint allowed my friend and I to paint seven pieces of furniture in a matter of days.
Today I am sharing how you can paint any piece of furniture and take it from drab to fab in just a few hours.
- Chalkboard paint in the color you want (I mixed gray and black for the charcoal color you see)
- Top-coat (I used matte clear, but they also offer a glossy finish)
- Synthetic brushes
- Paint stir stick
- Plastic to protect the ground where you are painting
- Replacement knobs (if applicable)
- Set up your work station
- Clean off whatever you are painting
- Stir or shake the paint very well
- Apply 2-3 coats (I usually do 2 full coats and then a 3rd coat for touch-ups)
- Apply top coat
- Attach any knobs or hardware that you took off
Tips & Technique:
- The paint will dry very fast. Work quickly, blending the paint with your brush as fast as you can. This will help avoid any clumping or irregularity in strokes.
- When applying the top coat, don’t over-brush. It clumps very easily, so less is more.