Thursday, August 23, 2012

flea market table makeover

As promised, here is my other painting project--a small flea market table
that I picked up for $5 two years ago, here.
It was a lovely vintage looking green,
but now that the floors are painted a sage green
the table had to change.
It seemed the perfect project to try some DIY chalk paint ~ so here's what I did:

  1. first I scraped away any flaking paint and coated the table base with some primer...I probably didn't need to since I was using chalk paint, but the primer was handy
  2. I mixed up my chalk paint using an 8 oz sample container of Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Sparrow to which I added 2 tablespoons of NOW brand calcium carbonate powder  {I mixed the powder with a tiny bit of water first, so there would be no lumps, then I stirred it into the paint}
  3. I only applied one coat, and it covered well
  4. I sanded lightly to distress it a little
  5. then I rubbed on some clear wax, buffed, and followed with a darker Walnut shade of wax to age it a bit
It turned out just as I hoped, and I was able to stay within my frugal budget.
Those little sample paint pots go a long way--there is still plenty left for several
more small projects.
And, as I don't have much invested, I won't feel so bad if I decide to change the color in a year
or two  :)
Hope you're having a great week everyone.  
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  1. That is a cute table and a great deal too. I love picking up the sample pots when Home Depot has them on clearance for $1. They are great for small pieces, signs etc.

  2. I think that little flea market table is so cute! The thing reminds me of a child's table, I once place 'tea party' at a table quite similar on my Granny's back porch!

    I love what you've done with it. Pat

  3. Thanks so much for the instructions--especially using the sample containers! They're just the right size for most of my projects. Your table is lovely!

  4. Wonderful project, your table looks amazing. Thanks for the chalk paint recipe, I will have to have a try at that. Linda xxx

  5. Where did you find the chalk paint recipe? I've been thinking of buying the expensive stuff, but I'd rather make it---I even have the calcium carbonate already!

    1. Sara, there are several recipes out on the internet--just google diy chalk paint or chalk paint recipe--some use non-sanded grout, some use plaster of paris, and some the calcium carbonate. The exact measurements seem to vary a little, so I just started with 2 tablespoons of the calcium could probably use more to get a chalkier effect....Deb

  6. I'm feeling very inspired to visit some yard sales/flea markets and buy some paint!

  7. You truly amaze me. I don't know where you find the time to do the things you do. I really like what you have done with the table and your other finds are lovely. I only recently (3 months ago) came to your website/blog and am so glad I found it. I was in a wonderful knit shop in Northville, MI and they had made up a few of your waffle dishcloths. Gave the pattern with purchase of cotton yarn. I try to check out your blog about once a week and look forward to the e:mails. I have been making up lots of the dishcloths to give as gifts w/handmade soap. Hope they like receiving as much as I like knitting...Mary Lea

  8. I've seen the pricey chalk paints at some of the local shops, but I didn't know you could mix up your own. Cool! I'll have to give it a try on an old bedside table in my daughter's room.

  9. Hi
    I just dropped in again to read through some old posts. I always find inspiration.

    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

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  11. I love what you did with this little table and it looks very nice in your living room. Your floors are very pretty! xx

  12. I love your chalk paint projects! I will definitely have to try making some for an unfinished bookshelf that I have. Did you use Benjamin Moore Sage green for the floors? I recently saw some painted in that color in Country Living. They look amazing!


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