chalk paint table makeover

How I Transformed My Thrift Store Table with Chalk Paint

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In the winter when the skies are grey everything feels too dark. All of a sudden it’s like the nesting phase of pregnancy, everything needs to be rearranged, and made to feel fresh and new.

My Habitat for Humanity Restore dining room set was a lifesaver! It was a steal of a deal too. But the dark color with our newly dark floors was making me go crazy.

We ventured out to the furniture stores and I fell in love with a few dining room sets. I couldn’t wrap my head around spending a $1000 on a set. Why?

Well, our one year old lab would eat at the sides probably, my cat would scratch up new fabric chairs, and my kids like to take out the Play-Doh and murder it with forks.

No worries with the Chalk paint on the table you can’t see the holes unless you squint way down close! On the old finish you saw all the holes while eating meals.

Instead I knew I had to paint it. My husband said this table can’t be sanded down because it’s not real wood.

In comes Chalk paint.

Chalk paint is a great choice for pieces without needing a ton of prep work.

I’m in a blue phase. We recently did our kitchen cabinets a deep blue and I love it. Over in the dining room when I made over an old wood corner cabinet, I choose blue hues.

Painting the dining room table and the buffet table a blue started out because it was the color paint I had left.

Five years ago I bought this little bottle of chalk paint from Walmart. I used it on small projects. Picture frames mostly. it is a blue tint. Since I started this project on a whim and did the buffet table first, I had to get the dining room table to match.

They didn’t have any of this color chalk paint at our local Walmart. I went with the next best option. A blue and a white chalk paint from Walmart would do. Each can was $19.99. You can order it online, but when I’m in the mood to get a project started I have to get it started now.

I love how it turned out and am so thrilled I only spent $50 total on this makeover.

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Materials used:

Waverly Inspirations Chalk Acrylic Paint – Crystal, 8 oz. $6.54

Waverly Inspirations Chalk Acrylic Paint – Plaster, 8 oz. $6.54

KILZ Sealing Wax for Use With Chalk Style Paint, 2.4 oz. $9.94 at Walmart. Or more on Amazon here.



Sandpaper 100 grit

Leftover Grey paint Paint From Our Corner Cabinet.

I did a light sanding before putting the first coat on. I love that you do not need to strip the wood down when using chalk paint.

This is the table before I started sanding anything. One thing I love is you can be a little messy with lines because you can blend it in. You can see on the outside edge of the white the blue is a little messy line. It blended in enough after sanding it fits the look.


When I was painting this table I started to paint around these. By the third coat of paint I was getting annoyed and wanted to be done. That’s what I did. I painted over them. I wasn’t sure what to use but I knew there had to be something to take it off.

In comes the best MAGIC ERASERS! I got the sheets from BJs, since I was doing a review for my BJs blog and they worked great! You really need to rub on it though. So much you get holes.

I’m loving blue colors in our house this year. Check out our DARK blue kitchen cabinet makeover HERE.

I wasn’t sure what I really wanted the end result to be. As I started putting more layers on and sanding I stopped when I had enough sanding. It worked for me!

You could continue to sand bigger lines or even more to give it whatever look you want. That is what I love about the layering and sanding with chalk paint you can take it down as far or as little and it still looks unique.


After you have achieved your desired look you need to add a sealing wax to keep your paint and table sealed.

I added a thin coat of sealing wax BEFORE I started painting. This helps blend the paint. The catch is you need to sand right away before the paint dries and hardens.

After sanding I did another coat to give it the final seal. According to the package on the sealing wax you can reseal every year or as needed.

Final Product

And I love the color of the final product! It gives the room a pop of color now.

I think my Christmas decor will fit nicely with it and the white look. It also brings out the white trim woodwork in the room.


I mean look how my kids already got crayon on it. I used the thin magic eraser very lightly on the crayon on the table. It removed it. I had to buff the wax it seemed again.


It is important to get the wax to cover the entire piece. Let the wax dry for 24 hours before using. We waited two days before I let anyone put anything wet on it. I’ve been using the awesome cheap brand from Target- Smartly. I use this all purpose cleaner on it. You can’t go wrong on the price!

Let me know what you are working on with chalk paint or what project you’ve tackled using chalk pain in the comment section below.

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