Antique. Old, Country. Shabby Chic. Call it what you will, it is that old fashioned, shabby yet classy, pretty, whimsical look, the look I love.
Im not wealthy, I dont have a bucket load of spare cash just hanging around (sadly). What I do have is the ability to try. I also have the ability to fail, often spectacularly.
I wanted an occasional table to put beside my couch, something upon which to rest a cup of tea, or a vodka, depending on what the day has dealt me. I had an idea what I wanted, but thought it was not achievable on my budget. Then I found out about Chalk Paint. Gotta love Youtube!
Im cheap, ok! Really, I will go to the extra effort so I can save a penny. I found out about Chalk Paint, then I found a recipe to make my own. Next step was shopping for supplies. $1.04. Yes, you read that right. Expensive hay. I already had a bag of lime in the shed – I use brickies lime because it is powder fine (you can also use plaster of paris if you like). I also already had paint brushes.
Next stop – our local recycle centre. The centre is actually a shop set up at the local rubbish dump. The council go through junk people dump, stick it in their shop sell it to people like me 🙂 I wasnt sure what I would find, but was stoked with what I did find! I found this ugly little brown table. Really, it truly is ugly. It was $5. Yes, it is ugly….but it it sturdy and I had a vision!
Chalk Paint is amazing. It requires minimal preparation. All I needed to do was wipe the table down with a wet cloth and wait for it to dry. Then, I got a pot of paint, added the lime and watched it turn into an unusable clump. I think I added too much. That was disappointing, it was a really pretty pastel pink. Not to be put off, I tried again, with a second pot, a kind of grey colour. It worked.
I painted the table. It took about half an hour to dry then I painted it again. Chalk Paint has a rough, gritty texture. Im not sure if it is supposed to, but mine does. I liked the look of the table, but not the feel, so back to Bunnings for a can of varnish – $15. I put on 2 coats and was stoked! I have used less than a quarter of the tin of varnish and half of the pot of paint. This is what I ended up with.
Sorry about the thumb in the corner!
Grand total, approximately – $8. Yes, I am stoked. I love it. It was cheap, looks cute and serves a purpose. My tea or vodka fits perfectly.
Chalk Paint – sticks to anything, or so I am told. More projects to come!