Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Furniture Lived Happily Ever 'AFTER' & DIY Chalk Paint

When last we met my furniture painting was
 looking grim, but that story has a 
Happy Ending!
Buffet After
Buffet Before
 First we sanded the top.
 I wanted the top stained dark and the bottom
distressed shabby white.
I stained it using a can we had in the garage.
 Minwax English Chestnut 
The previous post on the beginning of
 this project is HERE.
 I improved on the chalk paint formula and 
it was easier to apply.
Chalk Paint
2 T unsanded grout
2 T water
1 C flat latex paint
Combine the grout and water until smooth.
Stir in the paint. Mix more as needed.
 The flat paint is Behr from Home Depot. 
The color is Benjamin Moore's Cloud White
A Mary Emmerling favorite.
 I started distressing using a block with 150 sandpaper.
 The chalk paint makes it very easy to distress.
 A little here and there.
 Hitting the edges and corners.
 We applied several coats of natural
Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to the top.
 Larry buffed between wax applications with 
 a buffer attachment on his cordless drill .
A light protective sheen. Very smooth.
Then we moved it into place.
 It's in the dining room niche.
 That's the original hardware. 
I cleaned it with.....
I'll show that in another post. Click HERE.
 I added two Waterford lamps I was using elsewhere.
A little silver for sparkle and a blue and yellow
vase that I thought brought out the colors
in the oil painting.
 Here's the space before.
Here's the space after.
To make me even happier about my little $39
thrift store server, I found this picture
 of a Ballard Design server for $1,249.
Saving me $1,200!
The Ballard piece is a reproduction of 
a Louis XVI sideboard server. A knock-off.
That makes mine a.....knock-knock off!



  1. Fantastic results! It looks so special in your niche. Thanks for walking us through the process. I think that you have it down. Cherry Kay

  2. Love, Love, LOVE this! I also appreciate your sharing the process and the outcome of a happy ending. The space looks warm, welcoming - perfect!

  3. I LOVE this piece and love how it turned out too!!!! It is perfect in your niche too! XO, Pinky

  4. Your niche is a knockout. Your server turned out absolutely wonderful - I really think you were right to leave the top wood tone. Thanks for sharing the details - beautifully done.

  5. Well, I love your knock-knock off! It's prettier than the Ballard Designs picture. The accessories are perfect. Love the lamps and the oil painting is fab!! Great job!

  6. Your paint job looks great and it looks fantastic nestled into that alcove.

  7. find that you've got a knock-off after feeling good about the restoration job was really the icing on the cake! Looks just lovely in it's new home, Rita.

  8. This turned out beautiful! I'm about to paint a table and I'm really loving the 2-tone look. I hope you'll stop by sometime. :)

  9. Beautiful paint transformation! And I love the blue painted niche!

  10. fabulous transformation! It looks right at home in your dining room!
    Here visiting via Southern Hospitality.

    Have a great week!

  11. Stumbled onto your blog and love the transformation of that furniture piece. It looks like it was meant to be there. Nice job!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the blue paint color in the niche!! Would you mind sharing what paint it is? Thank you lots!

    1. I found a quart of the royal blue paint color for the niche in the bargain bin at Home Depot for $1.00. I don't know the color name.

    2. I would have loved to use that color!
      I'll have to check my local Home Depot, although I don't think I'll get as lucky! So kind of you to respond--thank you.

    3. I had Home Depot do a color match from the stir stick I had saved. If you give them this number 632612200687 they can pull up the formula in their computer. I wish you didn't have your reply to email blocked so that I could get in tough with you.

  12. What a great transformation!! I love the way it turned out and how it completely changed the look of the space!

  13. Rita, I've been searching for just such a piece because I've been eyeing the Ballard piece myself. Love the way this turned out. Wonderful piece and perfect for your space.

  14. It turned out fabulous. I love it and it looks amazing in it's new home. Great job and super find. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  15. WOW, what a transformation! You did a wonderful job and I'm just crazy about the finished product. Great job :)

  16. Absolutely beautiful!

  17. Hi Rita! I love your cabinet and how you gave it new life by painting it! It looks wonderful in the little alcove! :) Just lovely.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Rita, Love how that turned out, how u have it staged, and being that cobalt is my fave color, love your wall color! It all goes so well together.
    I have made tons of chalk paint with the plaster of paris recipe. I think it's better. 2:1 ratio (paint-PofP) mix the p of p with hot water before adding to your paint. Smooth as can be. Try it sometime!

  19. Your paint project turned out beautifully! Now... the big question ... would you do it again? I am up to my EARS in painting projects now and trying to convince myself that I love doing it.
    Yeah, I do. Love doing it. Keep repeating that ... I love it, I do....

    But I will say your piece was WELL worth the work! It looks perfect in that setting, too.

  20. It is a fantastic transformation. You did a great job on it. That space looks fabulous now.

  21. Great job and way to save soooo much money!
    Thanks for linking up and feel free to grab a button and share the contest with your readers. :)

  22. What an amazing makeover. You nailed it! Love that you have a inset area that the piece fits perfectly into.

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