I love finding old out dated items and turning them into something that is updated and modern. For a lot of my trash to treasure finds I use my DIY Chalk-like paint recipe.
I found these leather top end tables at a garage sale and knew they would have a great future with a little paint.
I had already started to sand the tops of the leather when I remembered I forgot to take the before picture. I get so excited to start a new project, I sometimes forget the before photos. The tops were in great shape but the leather look is outdated, so I decided I would give them a coat of paint along with the rest of the table. I made my own chalk-like paint for these tables.
I want to give you a few things that I have learned along the way when making your own paint mixture. I use warm water to mix into the plaster of paris, this helps to properly dissolve the p-o-p. I measure the plaster of paris and place into a disposable plastic container . I slowly add the warm water to the plaster of paris and mix thoroughly until I have a pancake thickness to the mixture. Pour your 2 cups of latex paint into an air-tight container, (store the paint for future use.) I have started to drain my plaster of paris mixture into the latex paint container. I find doing this removes any chunks of p-o-p that were not dissolved properly. I do this by placing a screen mesh over the paint container and hold that in place with a rubber band wrapped around the top of the container. Make sure you cut the screen mesh large enough to have a concave dip in the screen so the p-o-p mixture does not spill over the edges of the container. I am talking from experience here!
I used 2 coats of my DIY chalk-like paint to cover the tables completely. For those who want to know I used Sherwin Williams color #SW7018 Dovetail to make my chalk-like paint. I used Frog Tape Shape Tape Painting Tape, Chevron Design, 1.81 Inches x 25 Yards, 282549 to achieve my chevron pattern. You could make your own chevron pattern, but I decided my time was worth buying the pattern tape. I than mixed a lighter color version of my chalk-like paint and dry brushed that on top of the chevron tape. This gave the tables a distressed white washed look. Once I removed the tape, the darker gray color showed through just how I was expecting it to.
I did leave some sections of the table with the darker grey color to give more interest to the tables.
I have to be honest and let you know that the above aging look happened all on its own. This is what happens occasionally with dark cherry wood. It will bleed through and the paint starts to crack. They make an adhesion paint that you can use prior to painting to prevent this from happening. I loved how this happened on its own and I could not have planned this better.
You could achieve this crackle look by using a product called antique crackle. You can read about how I have used it to repurpose old windows.
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