Today I was supposed to be sharing an antique buffet I’ve been working on. But, for the life of me, I haven’t been able to get pictures of it.
I do all my photos outside because I prefer natural daylight, I have a small house for staging furniture and I think it’s more interesting than a lot of indoor photography. But outside hasn’t been kind to Wisconsin this Spring. At this moment in mid-April, there are blizzard-like conditions outside. Booooo!!!
So instead, I am throwing it back to a project I did before I started this blog almost a year ago. I bought these tables off Craigslist for $25 for the pair. I am usually down to purchase a matched set of tables. They sell quickly for me. Also, these had cute little bun feet and those unique rosettes in the top drawers.
This project was also done before I started using Dixie Belle chalk paint for the vast majority of my projects. The color is Really Teal from Sherwin Williams, and I mixed it into chalk paint using Christy’s recipe here.
If budget is a concern, mixing your own chalk paint is definitely the way to go. You can get calcium carbonate from Amazon for about $6. And you can get a sample sized jug of latex paint from Sherwin Williams for about $7. Compare that to $40/quart for some commercial chalk paints, and it’s a steal!
Here was my “mood board”, showing the materials I planned to use.
The tables didn’t need any repairs, so I cleaned them and dove right into painting 2 coats of my homemade chalk paint with a light sanding in between. I chose not to distress them because I wanted a little more of a glam look. Instead, to add a little more depth and variation, I used antiquing wax. I applied it with a wax brush in the recessed areas and around the edges, blending it in with some clear wax for a more durable finish as well.
The drop pulls were new from Hobby Lobby, but the knobs were original I think. The pop of antique gold against that deep teal is the touch of glam I hoped for.
Last, but not least, I staged them with a couple old books, concrete bunnies and moss balls. Pretty sweet, right? They sold quickly to a young lady for her college apartment.
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