Hi there, everyone! Have you ever started what you thought was going to be a quick little project and it just drug on forever? Well, that’s what happened with this chalk painted night stand that I recently completed. And although it’s finished enough for me to photograph and show you, I’m already thinking that I need to do one more thing to it.
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So I purchased this old end table/night stand at the auction over a year ago. What attracted me to it (other than what I paid for it-$5) was the carved detail on the door. I think that painting these pieces with carving like this really brings out the beauty. Plus, I liked that it had a little storage space and I’m always looking for storage anywhere I can find it since we live in a small home.
Now, I’ll have to admit that this piece was in a little better shape when I originally got it. It had been sitting in the storage building until one day, about 2 months ago, I placed it on the deck, thinking that I would get started on it that day. But it sat outdoors overnight, and it came a shower and got wet.
So the veneer on the top peeled off, leaving this rough wood. In the meantime, we got a new storage building, and while we were working on the interior, Leo used the night stand to prop some shelves on it, and the little night stand got rained upon a few more times. It was in pretty bad shape at this point and I even considered trashing it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
So a few weeks ago, I pulled out the paint (Glidden-Swiss Coffee) that I had even purchased a year ago, and mixed up my own homemade chalky finish paint. First, I put 5 tablespoons of plaster of Paris into an old container and mixed it with 3 tablespoons of HOT water and stirred, stirred, stirred until it was well blended. Then I poured in about 2 cups of the paint and thorough mixed it all together with a paint stick. Why do I mix my own chalky finish paint? Because it adheres very well and saves me from having to remove the previous finish as well as saving me a little money.
After the paint had thorough dried, I gave the piece a light sanding and then applied a layer of Annie Sloan clear wax. I absolutely love the durability that the clear wax gives a piece of furniture, and although the wax is a little pricey, it’s well worth the money. A little of it goes a long way. I can testify to its endurance because I have a table on our front porch that I waxed almost 2 years ago. It gets rained upon and the hot sun from the west beats down upon it, but the finish still looks great.
Then I brought out the Annie Sloan dark wax which I just love to add to my painted pieces of furniture because it helps to “age” a piece instantly. Just take note that if you’re going to use the dark wax that you put on a layer of clear wax first or you will have a huge mess on your hands!
Now I normally use a soft cloth to apply the dark wax, but because I wanted to get the wax down into the carved areas, I used an inexpensive parts cleaning brush to push the wax into those little areas. Then I used a cloth to wipe away the excess. Then I applied the dark wax to the entire piece and let it dry overnight.
The next morning I buffed it with a clean cloth and let the piece sit for a few days because I was trying to decide if I liked the color. Well, after a few days, I decided that I didn’t like the way the dark wax made the pretty paint look dirty! So I painted the entire piece again, leaving just a little of the dark wax in the indentations.
It looked much better to me! So the next step was to add some knobs to the door so off I went to our local Lowe’s to purchase some.
And I got some bronze ones to match the bed in the room where the night stand was going. Once I put the knobs on, I realized that I didn’t like such a contrast in color. So the next day I went to Lowe’s again (our closest Lowe’s is about 14 miles from our house!) to get some small wooden knobs that I could paint.
So then I was able to move the night stand into the guest room. And do you remember the rough top? I just threw a doily on the top of it for the time being, but I’m thinking of getting a piece of white marble cut to fit the top. Wouldn’t that be the icing on top of the cake?
This cute pillow came from my friend Ann’s shop Sutton Place Designs. I don’t think she has any of these left, but she has some gorgeous Christmas items in stock.