I have been seeing things painted with chalk paint all over Pinterest and finally had to see what all the hype is about. I had a nightstand that my mother-in-law had given us with a set of furniture for our spare bedroom. Since I turned our spare bedroom into an office, I had some homeless furniture.  I needed a little more storage in my office, so thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a chalk paint nightstand.

Here is the “before.”  The nightstand is a solid piece but didn’t match any of our decors.  To give it an update to match my office decor, I decided on some new pulls and a new paint job.  Hobby Lobby has a pretty awesome selection of pulls and they put them on sale for half off regularly.

I found a recipe to make your own chalk paint at Live Love DIY and decided to use that.  To make your own chalk paint, mix 5 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 2 cups of matte interior paint and 2 tablespoons of water. Combine the ingredients and stir well. It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. The paint will even out when you brush it on.

A couple of great things about using this chalk paint are that it goes on beautifully without the need to sand and it dries quickly.  Making your own makes the color choices endless.  If they can mix it as an interior paint at your local home improvement store, you can choose it.  Clean up is very easy, too!

Chalk Paint Nightstand 1

First, I took out the drawers and took off the pulls.  Then I lightly sanded that area because there was a little dent where the old ones had been.

Wipe off any dust or cobwebs, then paint away!  {I applied two coats of paint.}

When you paint with chalk paint, it is recommended that you finish with a wax coat.  It is suggested that you apply a coat of wax to your piece yearly.  You can buy a wax specifically made for chalk paint (I picked some up at the paint counter at Home Depot) or you can use Minwax. Make sure your paint is completely dry, then use a *lint-free* cloth to apply the wax.  Then simply buff it and you will have a nice seal and subtle sheen.

Once you are all done with your paint and wax, put on the new knobs.

Place the drawers back into the nightstand and admire your new, custom piece!

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Chalk Paint Nightstand 2

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