I love a good deal. In my opinion, it is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
So I am always on the lookout for good sales/coupons/free things on the side of the road. I have ZERO shame when it comes to that stuff. I mean, the more money you save the more money you have to buy things, right?
One of my favorite ways to save money is to find old furniture and give it new life. My apartment is literally FILLED with used furniture that I have either gotten for free or paid under $100 for.
I’m a pro.
Though, I will admit, when I first started redoing furniture I wasn’t fantastic. I have always been crafty, but redoing furniture requires a technique. And. Well. That technique only comes with practice. But that is the great thing about getting free furniture, you can practice on it, and if you mess up then you only wasted $12 on paint.
While I had always had the desire to redo furniture, it always seemed a bit overwhelming to me. But then I came across Virginia from LiveLoveDIY and she inspired me to get over my fear and just give it a try already.
Long story short: I did. And I love it.
With that being said, I thought today I would show you guys one of my furniture makeovers. Maybe it will even inspire you to find some old furniture this weekend and try it for yourself! It really is such a fun process and so fullfilling when you finish.
So here is my victim:
An old, boring coffee table with various stains that are impossible to remove – trust me, I’ve tried. Did I mention it’s Broyhill?
Prescription: Chalk Paint
I use chalk paint because it is literally SOOOO easy. It requires no pre-sanding, dries extremely fast, and is relatively cheap.
Many bloggers tend to use Annie Sloan chalk paint, but unfortunately that can typically only be found at specialty stores and hurts your wallet. Instead, I use Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. I can’t compare it to Annie Sloan, simply because I have never tried that brand BUT I will say that I have always been very happy with the results from Americana Decor.
They don’t have as large of a color selection as Annie Sloan but…
I make it work.
Onto my plan of attack…because this coffee table has a scalloped border along the bottom I decided I would play that up and turn it into a shabby chic piece. I had also been itching to play with stencils and decided this would be the perfect project try it on since it is an overall boring piece.
I first dusted the entire piece then sprayed it down with some Lysol spray. After it was dry, I started to paint it with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace. The body of the coffee table and the drawer fronts needed 3 coats, however, because I was going for the shabby chic look I applied less to the top. I wanted the brush strokes to show a bit more on the top to add some texture and dimension.
Once all of the white paint dried I started on my stenciling. I used a cheap stencil brush that I bought at Michaels with a 50% coupon and used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Timeless. This part was a bit tedious, but it was really cool to watch the piece slowly transform everytime I picked up the stencil sheet.
After that I applied two coats of Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear.
Onto the knobs…
I ALWAYS check the Hobby Lobby website for knobs, they have a huge selection AND they have 50% sales like every other week. I literally found the knobs I wanted and then waited for them to be put on sale before I ordered. Saved $10. BOOM.
And voila! The piece is complete.
Here is a FULL list of everything I used for this transformation:
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Timeless
- Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear
- Americana Decor Stencil in Distressed Harlequin
- DIY Home Stencil Brush Set by ArtMinds
- Silver Metal Flower Knob
Overall, I would say this was a pretty successful furniture makeover. It is definitely a one of a kind piece and I saved it from being crushed by the garbage truck. So, there’s that.
What do you guys think? Would you like to see more furniture makeovers? Maybe even some step by step tutorials? Let me know in the comments below!
And as always, thanks for reading xo