Hi Creative Home friends!

We’re back to share our most recent furniture makeover. We love a good makeover, and this one is personal. 🙂 Our mother recently remodeled her kitchen, original to the home they built in 1983, and decided to replace the dining room table that was in the adjoining room, previously belonging to her late mother. I was honored to take it and give it new life. This table has been through the ringer while surviving not only ourselves and our 7 siblings as children during the summers we visited our grandparents in Virginia, but most recently the past few years in our parent’s house with frequent visits from our 30+ nieces and nephews. It didn’t need much, but I was excited to bring it back to life! Here’s a little peek at the “before” in all its boring glory!

Chalk paint table BEFORE | www.lollyjane.com

To get started, I sanded down the top with 80 grit sandpaper. It took me 4 sheets but was worth the outcome!

Step 1- Sand the top | www.lollyjane.com

I have never used chalk paint before, but it’s all over Pinterest so I decided to give it a try. I followed the formula from this site but modified it as I didn’t have any colored paint on hand, and “running to the hardware store real quick” where I live is an hour round trip…. so, I improvised. I have a huge supply of acrylic paint, so I snagged my favorite color, Bahama Blue in DecoArt Americana, and decided what the heck, let’s give it a whirl!

DIY chalk paint in any color formula | www.lollyjanecom

Before painting, I dabbed some black acrylic paint on the areas where I wanted the dark “distress” to show through after sanding. You can see how I did this on my two-tone barstool makeover.

TIP: Pre-paint underneath final coat of paint for "distress" to show through | www.lollyjane.com

I mixed the formula to make chalk paint then added 2 ounces of my acrylic paint. It wasn’t as bright as I wanted, so I added another half bottle or so until it was almost the color of the Bahama Blue.

Mixing chalk paint | www.lollyjane.com

I painted 2 coats of homemade chalk paint onto the base of the table and let it dry an hour in between the coats. I hand sanded the areas I wanted the black to show through, then used my hand sander for the lines on the legs. I looooove how it turned out! After a few coats of furniture wax to protect it from my littles, it is complete.

Sanded chalk painted table | www.lollyjane.com

My Nana Anne’s table stayed in the family but is now spruced up!

Table painted with chalk paint

You could hardly see the gold feet on it before, and now I love how prominent they are. Such a pretty piece! Can hardly wait to finish painting the chairs white to complete the set. Stay tuned! 😉

Chalk painted table | www.lollyjane.com

Check out our other furniture makeovers! xoxo

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