Sep 2, 2014

End Table Makeover Using DIY Chalk Paint

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Hello friends!

Remember when I showed you my newly painted end tables in my Living Room Updates post?

Well, now I get to share with you the awesome DIY CHALK PAINT I used for my END TABLES MAKEOVER and absolutely loved!

After researching different chalk paint recipes, I finally landed on this one from The Happy Housie and decided to give it a try!

Let me give you 3 reasons why I am so excited about this DIY CHALK PAINT:

1. It's so inexpensive and easy to make! Okay, that was two reasons in one so I cheated a little.

2. There is no prep work required when using chalk paint so painting a piece of furniture goes by relatively quick! That and no sanding and no priming makes this gal so happy!!

3. It gives the most flawless finish I've ever seen any paint lend. Ever.

All in all, this was the easiest and fastest painting project I've ever done! And not to mention, I love the results!

Another reason you might love chalk paint is how easy it is to distress a piece of furniture. Although I didn't distress my end tables, I did distress a frame I painted with this chalk paint and it was so easy to just sand off the paint in the areas I wanted distressed!


1. Latex paint (I used my leftover Behr's Dolphin Fin that we painted our bedroom in)

2. Plaster of Paris (only $6 at Home Depot)

3. Water (free!)


1. Blend 1 part Plaster of Paris with 1 part water. Blend VERY well!

2. Once your Plaster of Paris and water are mixed thoroughly, mix in 2 parts latex paint. Just mix until all ingredients are well blended together.

So the ingredient's ratios are 1 part Plaster of Paris, 1 part water and 2 parts latex paint

example: 1/2 cup Plaster of Paris, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup latex paint. can store your chalk paint (just like any other paint) in a mason jar!

Oh...and a little goes a loooooong way!


1. Even though prep work isn't required, give it a good clean with soap and water to eliminate any trace of furniture polish and dust.

2. DO NOT get discouraged after the first coat! It will look splotchy and uneven but trust me, it gets better and better with each coat.

This is how my first coat looked like and even though I read that it would look uneven, I still kind of freaked out a little.

3. Wait for each coat to dry completely before going in with another coat and also lightly dust between coats so that you don't get dust trapped in between the layers of paint.

4. Feel free to lightly dust between coats to smooth out any roughness or imperfections. I only had to do this to one of the tables and it didn't' take too much time.

5. I used both a foam brush and a good quality bristle brush and my favorite was the foam brush. It just gave such an even application.

6. Seal your piece of furniture, either with a wax or polycrylic. I chose to go with the Polycrylic in clear satin since I wanted a longer lasting sealer.

I waited 24 hours before sealing my tables.

The clear satin polycrylic gave it the perfect finish! I didn't want my tables to be glossy but I also didn't want to leave them as is (matte) and them chip off easily, so this was just what I was looking for.

I cannot get over how fabulous my tables now look! It's like having a new set of end tables in my favorite neutral, light gray!

I'm so happy I finally got around to trying a DIY chalk paint recipe! It really was fun discovering this super easy way to paint furniture!

Have you tried chalk paint? How was your experience?

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Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I've really been looking forward to this post! So glad to hear about a homemade chalk paint recipe that really works! And no sanding or priming? Count me in!! Your table looks fabulous! I used that polycrylic on my newly stained kitchen table too and it's held up great! :) Thanks for sharing, friend!

Vel Criste said...

Great tutorial Selene! I'll keep this in mind for sure! thanks!

Lena said...

I've never tried chalk paint before. how durable is it? Like, would it work for the hairs that get a lot of use? Your tables look great, by the way.

Bethany said...

Your table looks awesome! I think I would have freaked out after the first coat too. :)

Abby Lawson said...

Ooh I've always wanted to try DIY chalk paint, but I've never been brave enough! What did you use to mix it? I'm afraid to use my Magic Bullet or blender bc then I'd worry about using them for food again. Your table turned out beautifully, Selene! Thanks for sharing!

~Abby =)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Bethany! I'm glad I kept going even though the first coat didn't look too promising! It really does end up with such a smooth and flawless finish!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Abby!! It was so much fun making it and finally trying it out! Glad I ended up loving it and didn't end up a total fail. I actually just mixed it with a wooden dowel and had no issues with clumps whatsoever. The plaster of Paris is very fine :) Hope this helps friend!

Unknown said...

I absolutely love the easy of work here. Would be trying this surely – if I can make the chalk paint. It’s still better than sanding and priming all day. I’ll nail it!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks again Bob! Yes- it sure does beat having to do all the tedious prep work!

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Val @ Love My DIY Home said...

I made my own chalk paint using baking soda and loved how it turned out. We painted a rocking chair in medium brown Walmart paint. Your tables turned out well. Good job.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Val! Isn't it cool how there's so many DIY chalk paint recipes out there? It took me a while to choose which one to try! Good to know the baking soda one works well too! Have a great week!

Christine said...

GREAT job Selene!!! It looks perfect!!! And I love the color!

Unknown said...

They look so good! I can't wait to try this chalk paint, thanks so much for sharing!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Madalyn!! Let me know how you like it!

Seeking Lavender Lane said...

This is so great! I just bought plaster of paris to make my own chalk glad I came across this to see how easy it is!

@Seeking Lavender Lane

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