Super Style Your Space | The Chalk Paint Experiment

Hi, everyone! The new year is fast approaching, and what’s exciting for me in 2015 is I’m moving. I’m leaving the farm and sharing a house with a friend in the ‘burbs. While I’ll be living in a much smaller space, I’m excited about decorating and making my new bedroom and bathroom truly my own. Here on the blog, I’ll be showing you my stylish transition to my new place. Will there still be outfit photos? Of course – but now you’ll also be able to follow my DIY adventures. I’ll try out Pinterest tutorials, and you can see the good, bad, and ugly of all my attempts to be handy!

My first major project will be painting a furniture set I’ve had since I was a teenager. It’s been stored in a garage for about 10 years, a little rough around the edges, but not in horrible shape. While I’m going to paint the larger pieces (dresser, chest of drawers, and headboard) after they’re moved, I decided to start by painting a small nightstand to see if I like the paint colors I picked. Here’s the before:
chalkpaint1I haven’t finished it yet, but I can show you a couple of pics of the progress I’ve made. I’ll give you a full tutorial later when I work on the whole set. What I can say now is creating this chalk paint look involves lots of sanding and using a screwdriver in a completely unexpected way!

This is my first go at using chalk paint, and so far I like how easy it is to use and all of the options I have to be creative with colors! Here is the nightstand after the base coat of paint:

Paint color: Treasure by Americana Decor, dry and sanded

Paint color: Treasure by Americana Decor, dry and sanded

I want the set to have an old, weathered look so I used a darker paint color to give that effect. Here are the finished drawers for a sneak peek of how I want the final product to end up:

Darker paint color: Relic - Americana Decor, sanded and sealed with Creme Wax

Darker paint color: Relic by Americana Decor, sanded and sealed with Clear Creme Wax

So far, so good! I’m looking forward to the whole bedroom set being complete as well as picking coordinating bedding and decor. I also think my small space solutions will be helpful to all of you looking for a little extra storage for all of your clothing, shoes, and accessories. I need your help, too! What ways have you made extra room in your place? Let me know in the comments. Until next time…make yourself at home!

6 thoughts on “Super Style Your Space | The Chalk Paint Experiment

  1. Lei-Loni says:

    I love DIY. I use to have a business building wood furniture, so it was fun playing with power tools (safely of course)! Can’t wait to see the finished product. 🙂

    • says:

      Cool! I didn’t know that about you! I hope the whole bedroom set turns out well. If anything, people can learn from my mistakes 😉

  2. Amanda says:

    Looks great! I painted some old furniture blue too a couple of years ago and am so happy I did! Such a fun, cheap change! (I was inspired by some nightstands I saw on Urban Outfitters that I didn’t want to purchase at $140 each, so I just made my own and they turned out even better than the ones I had been oogling over!)
    Hope you have a great Christmas! Can’t wait to see how the rest of the furniture turns out!
    Xo Amanda |

    • says:

      It is great to save some $$$. I’m paying more to move the furniture than I am to paint it! Merry Christmas to you, too!!!

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