Chalk Paint ~ Vintage Side Table Up-do!

chalk paint Plaster of Paris recipe

I am excited today to tell you about my latest adventure with Chalk Paint! I have been meaning to try out this latest painting craze.  I love that there is no sanding, no priming, just slap on the paint and your done! How could I resist? First I researched a ton recipes and ways to apply it. The brand names of chalk paint are tough to find where I live and I really wasn’t into spending the big bucks to have it shipped to me.  I found a slew of different ways to make this glorious paint. I decided to go with the Plaster of Paris version, only because it was pretty cheap and I happened to pick it up while shopping one day.

Below is my recipe! You may have one of your own that is a bit different but I thought I’d share mine, since I really loved the results I got from it.

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

Materials: Chalk Paint (see recipe above), paint brushes, white matte latex paint for trim, sand paper, Miniwax Finishing paste (Lowes), small brush for paste, rags and new hardware.

Remove any debris or dirt from item to be painted. Remove any old hardware. Paint two coats of chalk paint mixture using strokes going in the same direction. I let the paint dry for about an hour then I used coarse 80 sandpaper and shabby-ed her up on the edges. Let the paint dry over night. Apply the paste with a short brush, let sit for 10-15 minutes and then buff with a clean rag. (Follow  directions on package). I did two coats of paste to get a nice sheen. You will have  a lot of paint left over, adding that extra cup of plaster/water combination really makes for a lot more paint. Just store it in a clean container and you can use it again.

paint a table with chalk paint

tiffany blue chalk paint

Side table chalk paint

Isn’t she beautiful!! She looks so snazzy in Tiffany Blue!! Love, love, love her!! Not bad for a $3. vintage side table I found abandoned in a cart at a thrift store! I bet whoever left her there, never knew how cute she could be! I am really impressed with how the chalk paint came out. Definitely going to be using this paint again and again.

I also put together the gallery wall in the above pic. It’s been a long time coming, but I finally got around to hanging everything up. More on that “Gather” sign too, coming soon. So stay tuned.

Click for the Gather Sign tutorial post.




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36 thoughts on “Chalk Paint ~ Vintage Side Table Up-do!

  1. Hello Greetings from Vancouver, B.C.!
    Love your site and thankyou for sharing your chalk paint receipe…I have been in chalk paint heaven! 4 very satified clients…and yippee no sanding.
    One request…do you have any tips for photo taking, you have such great pics! What type of camera is used?
    Thanks so much!!! Jan in no natural sunlight rainy Vancouver

    1. You are so sweet! I am glad you found my recipe helpful~ I am in love with chalk paint as well! I got a new digital camera for Christmas. I have the giant photographers version with the zoom lens and all, but to tell you the truth I just am not savvy enough use it, so my husband does! lol! So he bought me a great small digital camera that I pretty much point & shoot. It is a Sony Cyber-Shot 16.2 megapixels. I live in NC, my house is surrounded by a bunch of trees and it’s always overcast. I have a tough time with my pics too. But this camera is awesome!!! I was taking around 30 to 40 pics with my 5 year old digital camera and now I take about 15 or less. I am also getting a Photographers light box for my smaller crafts for those rainy days. I hope this helps! Thanks for following!

  2. Thanks for sharing your “recipe” with us and the very cute table that you painted with the home made chalk paint…just darling. I saw your post over at the T.G.I.F. blog party.

  3. Thanks so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.

    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  4. Really, just perfect! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Artsy Girl. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. Hi Kim,
    My name is Elise and I have a blog called WTFab! My blog focuses on a number of categories such as Fashion, D.I.Y., Travel, and food. Your articles are great and your how to’s are really helpful. I would love for us to follow each other, and maybe even potentially collaborate on some feature articles for each other’s blogs. Let me know what you think and you can check out my blog at

  6. Very cute. Wish I could find a cute end table like that for my daughter…I know it’s out there.
    What is the name of the blue you used and where did you get it? Is it called “Tiffany Blue?” Thank you so much for the recipe.

  7. Very cool! I think your recipe looks great 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I am excited to try it!! I also love your wall and the vignette on your “new” table!!
    Have a great day!
    What Meegan Makes

  8. Oh, this is super cute, I love that shade of blue! I made my own chalk paint for an end table project too, and the most awesome thing about it is how much farther your paint goes than with regular paint, don’t you think? 🙂

  9. What a cute little table & I’m loving the Tiffany blue paint!! Great job on your gallery wall, too! Yes, please do share about the Gather sign! Did you make it? I love it!! Blessings!

  10. Love your website! I am a DIY kind of gal, too! I found your blog through Mom Bloggers Club and I am so glad I did! My blog is Living Life Wright and I hope you will come over and check it out. I’m on Facebook: TinaJoyceWright and on Twitter: @tinajoycewright.

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