As many of you know we just moved (same town, new house). Because I like to complicate things I’ve decided to refinish approximately 101 (slight exaggeration) pieces of furniture while moving. I promise I’m not
very crazy. I’ve tackled four in the past month so I’m doing okay so far. Here’s the first one I’d like to share with you. It’s a furniture makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White and a bit of creativity.
We’ve had this TV stand in our living room for 9 years. I’ve always thought it was an eye sore but I got really good at ignoring it. (Much like the 11 boxes stacked in my dining room that I’m desperate to not unpack.)
Back to the TV stand.
It was brown. Chipped. Scratched. At some point a candle had overheated on the top so it’s sported a big circle for years that I covered with a lamp. The final straw for me was when a latch that secured the glass in one of the doors broke. This resulted in a door having no glass while the other did. Just keeping it classy here, folks.
I knew this piece could be beautiful with a little love, elbow grease, and 1 1/2 pints of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White. A pint is usually plenty but this guy was so dark it required extra.
To start I removed the knobs and gave all the wood a quick wipe to remove any dust. I also removed the lonely remaining glass from the door.
It took four coats of paint to completely cover both the inside and the outside. I also painted over the hinges (which were brass). Why? I didn’t feel like removing them. Really. Plus I’ve painted hinges and drawer pulls (didn’t do that this time) with Old White before and they always turn out beautifully.
Now about those glass doors. I didn’t like them. I had an idea in my head about how I wanted it to look and it didn’t involve glass. I wanted to create the look of windows in the doors for a more farmhouse feel. Using some thin strips of wood I purchased at Home Depot (cut to size, glued with wood glue, and painted to match) I was able to achieve this.
After the paint was completely dry I sanded some of the corners to give it more character. I used a dry cloth to wipe off any sanding residue and then applied Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.
These rustic painted gold knobs from Hobby Lobby were the final touch.
The end result makes me smile. I think it looks like a completely different piece of furniture and is a perfect fit in the playroom of our new home.
Have you refinished any furniture using chalk paint? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?