Hallway Table Makeover

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!
Before I had my daughter, I worked for a digital scrapbooking company in their home office.  Below the main office, there was a warehouse that was rented out by a furniture store to hold their stock.  Occasionally they would have a sale on pieces that were slightly damaged or missing parts and they would invite us to come and take a look.  It was during one of these sales that I found a cute little wood table for about $20.  It had a couple of tiny scratches on the top but was otherwise in perfect condition.  So I bought it and brought it home to my husband who looked at me like I'd bought the ugliest thing in the world.

We had recently moved into our current home and I thought the table would look nice in the hallway due to how narrow it was.  And it fit perfectly!  The only problem with it was the color, which was a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish tint to it.  I had grand plans to paint it but it just sat there in the hallway, boring brown and mismatched with all our other furniture.

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Fast forward five years.  I was looking at this little table one day and I got the itch to paint it.  Like, that day.  So after getting myself and the kids ready for the day, I loaded up and drove to Walmart to to buy some chalk paint.  I knew I wanted to use chalk paint because I didn't want to have to worry about prepping the wood for painting.  When I got to Walmart, I found the brand I was looking for, but the color I wanted was completely gone.  As in, all three sizes were cleared out.  Someone else must have beat me to the punch.  So, I got back in the car and drove to another Walmart (I live within 5 minutes of two stores) and thankfully found two bottles of the color I was looking for.  Phew!  (I used Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint in the color Agave.)

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

When my son went down for his nap, I took the table apart in my front room and put all the screws in a bag so they wouldn't get lost.  Then I laid out some painter's plastic in the garage and started painting.  I just used a regular stiff bristle brush and tried to make the strokes as even as possible.  Everything dried fairly quickly so by the time I was done with the first coat, I was able to start on the second coat.  Once it was dry, I brought it inside and put it back together.

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

The next day during my son's naptime, I took the table outside and used some sand paper to distress it a little bit on some of the corners and edges.  Nothing too extreme but just enough so that if someone looked closely at it, they would know it wasn't just a scratch on an otherwise smooth table.

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

And that's it!  I put the table back in the hallway and pulled out a white vase and some pink flowers and placed them on top.  I love how simply changing the color of the table added so much brightness to the hallway.  I did the same thing with an old cabinet door that I turned into a sign and placed above our kitchen cabinets.  New paint makes such a huge difference!  (See the cabinet door turned sign HERE.)

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Use chalk paint for a quick furniture makeover without the prep work of sanding!

Now I just need to find a new runner to complement my new table.  Anyone have any suggestions on great places to find one?

30 comments

  1. Wow, it's so cool how paint can transform a piece of furniture — Looks great!

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  2. LOVE this color! I love a good furniture transformation!

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    1. Thanks Falon! I have this color scattered throughout my house because I just love it.

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  3. Love this transformation! I just bought white chalk paint to rescue a playroom table that has seen better days! I saw a bunch of fun runners at Homegoods :)

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    1. Thanks Shahla! I'm sure your little playroom table is going to look awesome with a new coat of paint. And thank you for the suggestion! I'll have to check out Homegoods.

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  4. Super cute and great color! Always love me a makeover.

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes all it takes to refresh and old piece is a couple coats of paint.

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  5. I love the color you chose. This turned out great!

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  6. I wish I could put something this bold in my house! I love that color but can't stray from the neutrals. :) :)

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  7. I love redoing furniture!! This turned out great!

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    1. Thanks! It's always a little nerve racking to redo furniture but I'm always happy when I do. :)

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  8. Oh wow! You really nailed it - nice work. I'm so inspired - I am decorating our new apartment as we speak and this is a fantastic idea for some of our boring furniture to make it bright and beautiful. Have a great week!

    Xo,
    Elise
    www.bellemeetsworld.com

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    1. Thanks so much Elise! I'm glad you got some inspiration from my little furniture makeover. It's amazing what a little paint can do to refresh old pieces.

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  9. Absolutely love the color! I have a number of projects just waiting to get painted and roughed up a bit! Great job!!!

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    1. Thank you Kristen! I always have a number of projects lined up but I love it. Good luck!

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  10. I love the color! And anything distressed is my kind of furniture 🙌🏻

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    1. Thank you! I love the distressed look too.

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  11. I love what you did to that table. It looks so much better and I love that color!! I did my first chalk paint project a few weeks ago and now I am obsessed!

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    1. Thank you Sabrina! This was my first project using chalk paint, but now I'm hooked! The fact that you don't have to sand beforehand makes refinishing furniture so much easier.

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  12. Love that new color! I've seen some controversy about chalk paint lately (some people aren't fans), but I personally think it's great!

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    1. I had no idea there was a controversy around chalk paint! Oh well, I'm just going to keep using it. ;)

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  13. You did a great job and I love the color!
    Best,
    Kelly

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  14. Love the color and distressing. It's completely transformed and looks so beautiful.

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  15. Sooooo pretty and a great color choice :)

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    1. Thank you! I love the color and I have it scattered around my house so it ties everything together.

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