{DIY} Chalk Paint & How I Turned an Old Dresser into a TV Stand

Yesterday, I wrote about a few ways you can [use vintage furniture in your
wedding-decor) decor. The thing about vintage furniture, however, is that
often when you buy it, it needs a little sprucing up. In fact, I won’t buy it
any other way, because I just love the look that chalk paint _(not to be
confused with chalkboard paint)_ gives it! The problem for me is the cost of
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. As much as I love it, it’s a little too pricey for
me. Luckily, you can make your own with two simple ingredients — latex paint
and plaster of Paris!

### 1. Mix Your Paint.

To be honest, my method of creating my own chalk paint isn’t very scientific.
However, what worked best for me was to **mix about 4 parts paint with 1 part
plaster** until the mixture is smooth. You can make as much or as little as
you need, depending on the project.

### 2. Paint.

The great thing about chalk paint is that you don’t need to sand your project
before-hand. Just paint right on top of whatever finish it currently has. The
project I’m going to show you below took 2 coats. The dry time will likely
depend on the paint you purchased. I’m impatient, so I waited about an hour
between coats. After the final coat, let it dry completely. I’d say overnight.

### 3. Distress.

What I love about chalk paint is that it’s so easy to distress to give it a
vintage yet refined look. All you have to do once your paint is dry is gently
sand any areas you want to look distressed.

### 4. Wax.

Once you’re finished, it’s essential to seal your project with furniture wax;
just follow the instructions on the wax you purchase.

### Ready to see my project?

I grabbed this vintage dresser from Craigslist for a mere $20 and turned it
into a new TV stand by removing the top three drawers _(it was missing one to
begin with)_ and refinishing it with the technique I told you about above.
Here’s a closeup on the distressing I did on the drawers.

I must say, I might be a little addicted to reviving old, worn-out furniture
like this. **Have you taken on any chalk paint projects?** Whether for your
wedding decor or your home, it’s a great way to add new life to old pieces!

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