How To Quickly Beautify Any Piece Of Old Furniture
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 fell 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.
Do you love shopping at flea markets? I do too. I always find a gem just waiting to be unearthed. It’s so much fun transforming these gems into beautifully high-end pieces that are sold at high prices in designer shops around town. Now, 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 of the shop 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. 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 it’s dirty, old, and grungy charm and left it untouched for years – until now.
As you can see, it has beautiful rustic charm – well, it still does! I kicked up that rustic charm to the here and now and I’m so thrilled with the results.
You can basically 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 need a deep sanding, it’s always good to carefully look your piece over for any rough spots or damages that might need some sanding before you start painting.
This table was in need of 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!
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After the sanding, I wiped it off with a damp cloth to get rid of 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 this color blue. It’s the perfect blue for just about everything! You can order this paint as I did on Amazon here Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, Treasure
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.
Then, I decided to mix some of the turquoise paint into the grayer paint in the center to add some tonality. I think it worked out great. I carefully dabbed some of the paint and used a damp cloth to blend it to my liking.
I also made sure to only use one coat of paint as I wanted to keep that antique look.
After is was good and dry, I used some sandpaper to rough around the spots that would be naturally distressed with age.
I loved the results! Now, it needed something special – something that says spring, summer, and flowers!
I decided to use the 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 are going to 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
Gently pull the flowers off the stem and 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 is perked up for the summer blooming with beautiful color, and my entire front porch is transformed!
I hope you get inspired to transform a piece of furniture in 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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