Chalkboard top Coffee Table

26 May

So I found this super cute coffee table on Craigslist for $15 (originally listed for $25 but I managed to coax her into it ;). Unfortunately I forgot to take a “before” photo (such a noob mistake), but it has a glass pane on top. I had big ideas for this piece and started working right away; I discovered this tutorial for using Vaseline over the base coat for a super chippy effect.

So first I mixed my chalk paint using Behr’s Astonomical as the first coat, I wanted something black but not too black and this color was a perfect shade of charcoal-blue.

Behr’s Astronomical

First I painted my table with the base color, paying close attention to the areas which will later be rubbed in with vaseline. I didn’t really care too much about application, just slapped it on like so.

I then waited for it to dry (it only took an hour!) and started to apply my petroleum jelly in areas that will naturally wear in over the years. At this point I wasn’t sure if I should apply a lot or a little. So I did more in some areas and less in others. Now in retrospect I wished I would have applied a lot less, I am not a big fan of super chippy effects on furniture.

I used Vaseline but any cheaper brands of petroleum jelly will work.
Apply to corners and edges!

I then painted over my table with Annie Sloan’s Old White. I used an inexpensive flat brush because i didn’t want to get vaseline all over my more expensive brushes. Immediately I could tell that the paint was being repelled in the areas that were coated with petroleum jelly. It was so exciting! I knew that sanding this piece later will be a cinch.

The paint is being repelled by the Vaseline.


Honestly, being my first try it wasn’t that horrible looking, but once the table was dry I knew i had made a huge mistake applying too much Vaseline. Sometimes less is more in this case ya know?

No fear! All I had to do was wait until the table was dry…sand off the vaseline and then just paint a finishing coat over the top right? WRONG. Even with a second coat of paint, the color still won’t take!

At this point I was starting to panic a little. I had no choice but to make the best out of what I had, a very strangely chipped coffee table that looked awful.

The legs looked awful!

Changing my strategy, I decided to go with dark wax hoping that it will draw attention away from my horrible black/white coffee table. I applied a coat of Minwax’s clear wax, waited 15 minutes and then applied a layer of dark wax. I didn’t have a round brush on hand so I opted for a flat brush. As I applied with the flat brush I swirled it in a circular motion, adding some pressure in the corners and accents.

Put some pressure into those crevices!


First coat of dark wax.

Like I said before, I love Minwax because it gave furniture a light golden color. It isn’t too heavy and it fills in the wood grains very well, my table was actually looking very good after the second coat!

Second coat!
Beautiful edges
I love the golden glow off the white.

I actually fell in love with this table after adding the dark wax. It made such a huge difference and immediately I could tell that I will be waxing many pieces from now on.

I used a hand held blow dryer to speed up the drying process and to also create cracks in the paint.

Unlike others, I didn’t wipe off the dark wax with a rag. I just applied two coats using a brush, and left it to dry. This is why I love Minwax, the color goes on light enough that you don’t need to buff it out too much.

The second part of my plan involved the glass top part of this table, I went and bought some chalkboard spray paint. I then took the glass pane and gave it two coats.


Give it multiple coats!

I waited for everything to dry, put those pieces together and sealed it with some polyurethane!

Saved by dark wax
Beautiful legs!

I’ll be drawing on this table for weeks to come! 😉

New Love

18 May

When I first discovered furniture painting, my mind didn’t immediately go to all the crazy things I could refurnish in my house. Instead, I thought about all the sad lonely items that are thrown away, discarded, and destroyed each day in our country. Items that could have otherwise been renewed, redeemed and revived. The idea of transforming something old into something new again gave me a strange kind of hope, perhaps I was projecting myself a little bit through my art projects? Either way it is a beginning of a journey that has brought me a lot of happiness and satisfaction. It is no longer just a weekend hobby, it has become a passion of mine. My house has become a haven for homeless furniture, my clothes are covered in paint, and my porch is cluttered with paint brushes. Yet being the neat freak that I am, I find myself enjoying the “artistic” mess.


This was my first project, a sad lonely table that had beautiful shape. I was rather nervous at first, I have no idea what I was doing! Either way, I just told myself to paint and so I did.

I mixed up my own version of chalk paint using the 1 plaster of paris to 2 paint ratio. The color went on so smoothly and finished so cleanly that I knew this would be my default technique.

I decided my colors were going to be Harvest Brown for the body and Grasshopper wing for one of the drawers. It’s funny because there is technically only one drawer while the other one is purely for show. I had to use tape to separate.

By the way, I’ve discovered that DIY chalk paint dries extra fast! This table was ready to be distressed within one hour. Amazing.

I was impressed by my taping skills the very first time, go me!

I used Rust-oleum rubbed bronze spray paint on the handles!

After everything was dry, I started to distress the table and drawers with 220 grit sand paper. I wanted to try something different instead of making both drawers the same.

The next day I sprayed some gold metallic paint into a can, and using an artists’ brush, I carefully drew some gold lines on the handles and the distressed parts of the table.

This made it so that when the light touches certain distressed parts of the table. It would give off a golden gleam. I am obsessed with anything gold so this part was totally necessary! 😉

Here is the resulting table!