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 How to Update Worn Out Furniture With Chalk Based Paint

Before explaining how to update worn out furniture with chalk based paint and create a collector’s item, I would like to talk about recycling. I find that most of the furniture that you see discarded on the side of the road has usually already undergone a transformation that leaves something to be desired. It may need some love and the person who had done the initial refurb thinks that there was nothing more that can be done with it.

I have often wondered when is the time that I should let go of a piece of furniture. After restoring these two bedside tables, I decided that there were so many options for bringing a piece of furniture back to life that it’s worth saving those old, chipped desks.

Here are the steps to update worn out furniture with chalk based paint.


For this restoration, which was more time consuming because of the extensive damage, I had to remove several nails then add glue in a few places. I also had to rebuild the water damaged base and repaint the whole thing. With all the flaws, it was impossible to make them look perfectly smooth again so, I opted for an aged and worn look.

Steps to follow

First, I started with a good sanding and then I applied the paint. The three colours that I chose for this project were Zen, Ballerina and Kiwi.

I have no secret for the application of the colours, I went with my gut… which means that I used 1 brush for each colour, and I one colour at a time as I pleased (You can watch the video of this transformation).

Finishing touches

Afterwards, I sanded to age the furniture. Sandblasting the paint is also a good technique to give it the aged look that we love so much. Given the condition of the interior of the drawers, I filled the holes and painted the interior black to freshen them up.

I am very happy with the result since a few brush strokes have completely rejuvenated these drawers.

In Conclusion

I really had a lot of fun painting these two bedside tables. They have a unique look that reminds me of small craft shops that I had the opportunity to visit during my holidays in a small, picturesque village.

Do you like this original look?

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