It doesn’t have to be painstakingly difficult to transform an old or even a new piece of furniture in your home. You can make the magic happen and easily!
Do you have some furniture that’s been itching for a makeover? Let’s face it, we’ve all bought furniture that we’ve either fallen out of love with, or our tastes have changed, right? Well, you don’t have to live with that eyesore anymore! With the advent of chalk paints, it’s never been easier to quickly transform those pieces from tragic to magic.
Beautify Any Piece Of Old Furniture
Do you love shopping at flea markets? I do too. I always find a gem just waiting for renewal. It’s so much fun transforming these gems into beautifully high-end pieces sold at high prices in designer shops around town. You don’t have to pay for these beauties anymore – you can easily transform one yourself!
I found this little end table one day while the hubby and I were driving back from Maine. It was a beautiful drive filled with good food, beautiful scenery, and loads of roadside antique shops. We pulled into this shop with much excitement as every piece along the outside kept pulling me in deeper and deeper to explore its hidden treasures.
And there it was – this adorable little end table. I knew it was older than dirt and that I had to have to it. It had everything I wanted – charm, portability, and potential. So after negotiating a price, it was in the car, and on our way, we went. It sat on my front porch and used to showcase my beautiful spring and summer flowers. I love its dirty, old, and dingy charm and left it untouched for years – until now.
Rustic Charm Beauty
As you can see, it has a beautiful rustic charm – well, it still does! So I kicked up that rustic charm to the here and now, and I’m glad about the results.
You can transform any piece of furniture you have lying around begging for a pick-me-up redo! Yes, it’s little, but it now has a big transformation.
Here’s how I transformed this little gem into a memorable, colorful, magical plant stand that I’ll cherish for years to come, so stay with me!
Firstly, decide if your piece needs sanding or not. Even if it doesn’t require deep sanding, it’s always good to carefully look your work over for any rough spots or damages that might need some sanding before you start painting.
This table needed a good sanding – so I let it have it! I love my little Black & Decker sander. It’s the perfect size power tool to get the job done!
You can get one from Amazon at a great price with the BLACK+DECKER Random Orbit Sander with Smart Select. After the sanding, I wiped it off with a damp cloth to remove all the dust and debris. Now, it’s ready for the paint!
You can use any chalk paint you like. I decided to use two shades of blue paint to get the vintage look I was after.
I love the color blue. It’s the perfect blue for just about everything! In the color Treasure, you can order this paint as I did on Amazon here Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint.
Use your imagination – the center panel was naturally darker than the rest of the table, so I thought adding a deep more vintage shade of blue would look great.
Mixing Paint Tones On Old Furniture
Then, I decided to mix some of the turquoise paint into the grayer color in the center to add some tonality. Next, I carefully dabbed some of the paint and used a damp cloth to blend it to my liking. In addition, I also made sure only to use one coat of paint as I wanted to keep that antique look.
After it was good and dry, I used some sandpaper to rough around the spots that would be naturally distressed with age.
Of course, I loved the results! Now, it needed something special – something that says spring, summer, and flowers! So then, I added flowers from an artificial hydrangea flower stem I had around the house. It’s always good to keep these things around as you never know when you will need them.
I pulled the flowers off the stems and used some Mod Podge Decoupage Matte Finish paint. You can also find it on Amazon here Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish. Next, I gently pulled the flowers off the stem and made sure to remove any signs of plastic.
Place the flowers where you want them, brush both sides of the flower with the Mod Podge and make sure they adhere to the surface nicely. They will look white until the paint dries – then it dried nice and clear.
The results are beautiful! I then decided to give the entire top one coat of the glaze to give it some additional protection. It has a nice matte finish to it and will keep the flowers shielded from the inclement weather.
My plant stand looks great for the summer blooming with beautiful color, and my entire front porch looks so festive!
I hope you get inspired to transform a piece of furniture into your home or garden. It’s a magical way to bring beauty and color back into a forgotten or new piece of furniture.
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