How to Paint Bedside Tables with Chalk Paint

You can do all sorts of things with chalk paint. Paint bedside tables, for example. Continue reading to find out more.
How to Paint Bedside Tables with Chalk Paint

Last update: 28 January, 2021

You can give a new life to your bedside tables and change the style of your room with chalk paint. It’s fun to do crafts at home with just a few materials.

How to paint bedside tables with chalk paint

Chalk paint is becoming more and more fashionable, even though it’s a product as old as the paint we usually use.

Its recent popularity is because it has a different finish and is versatile. In this article, we’ll tell you how to paint bedside tables using this type of paint.

What you need to know about chalk paint

Materials for the chalk paint technique.

First of all, chalk paint is very interesting. It’s paint made up of a chalk or plaster (calcium sulfate) base, among other minerals. In ancient times, it was used to paint walls and furniture, as water was added to powdered plaster and mixed well.

Although it continues to be manufactured for the same purpose, many brands add acrylics or other additives so that the paint yields more or doesn’t fade over time.

However, it’s important to pay attention to the composition of the paint before buying it – the more plaster it contains, the more authentic the finish will be.

Another issue to keep in mind you can find chalk effect or chalk finish paints that only imitate the original.

Chalk paint is easy to apply, and best of all, it achieves a smooth, shabby chic finish, perfect for lovers of that style. And not only that, but many people use it, for example, to prep furniture and other decorative objects.

Chalk paint is suitable for any surface and material due to its good adhesion. That is why it’s used on wood as well as stone, glass, metal, plastic, melamine, and fabric. It’s not recommended for outdoor use and neither for the bathroom nor the kitchen, as it isn’t resistant to humidity.

How to paint bedside tables with chalk paint

A person painting a piece of furniture.

Decor, DIY, and bricolage lovers are all perfect candidates to use chalk paint. This is because it has the option of renewing the look of any piece of furniture or object. You should use this paint if you want your room to look old or rustic.

Perhaps you have some old bedside tables that you bought at a flea market or ones you inherited from your parents or grandparents. Or maybe the furniture in your room is old and you’d like to give it a new look.

You can give your furniture a second life, such as your bedside tables, with chalk paint. To do so you’ll need:

  • A good quality medium flat paintbrush (the kind that doesn’t lose its bristles)
  • Colored chalk paint
  • White chalk paint
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Wax for finishing

Steps for restoring a bedside table

A brush with brown paint on top of a wooden surface.
  • Remove any kind of dirt or chemical residue from the bedside tables. You can use a brush, a dry cloth, or a sponge.
  • You can use wood putty if there are areas that need repair and also cover any holes or blemishes.
  • Give it a coat of the color you chose and let it dry.
  • Repeat the process, but with the white chalk paint. Mix 25% of it with water.
  • Once it’s well dried, rub the entire surface with the sandpaper and strip the white layer a little so that the color below is more noticeable.
  • Lastly, give it wax coating to give it a slightly brighter finish, and also to make the chalk paint last longer.

The good thing about painting two bedside tables is that you can paint one while you wait for the other one to dry. We recommend you use gloves and a newspaper to avoid staining the floor, also, open all the windows.

You can paint any furniture or object you have just by following these steps. It’s very simple, you don’t need to be an artist to achieve amazing results. Give your home a breath of fresh air with chalk paint!

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