Chalk Board Table

I love to find furniture curbside!

That translates into, “found items that someone else is planning on throwing away”.  Of course, my poor kids get anxious any time we drive by someone’s house on garbage day and there’s furniture at the curb and they notice me slowing down a bit…Too bad for them!  What do they think the minivan is for, lugging around all their hockey equipment?  (Well, it is but the added space is a bonus for me and my furniture “finds”).

Found this during the summer.

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Just sitting there, ready to go into some landfill somewhere.

I had to do a lot of sanding and filling in on the top because it was pretty dented and nicked up.

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Oh my, not looking very pretty.  Lots and lots of wood filler.

I had planned on painting it gray and sanding and restaining the top brown, but alas, things didn’t work out that way.  (Best thing about curb-finds…when you mess up, you don’t feel that bad because you got it for free!)

I ended up painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and then using the clear and dark wax to bring out the details.  I like to use a little water with the ASCP because I feel it goes on better, not so thick.  The great thing about ASCP is you don’t have to prime it.  Yay!

I ran into some problems along the way…all that wood filler I put on!  Of course I sanded the top smooth, but couldn’t get it stained right because of all the wood filler that showed through.

So I thought I could paint the top brown.

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Yeah…no….didn’t do it for me.

So I got an idea…chalk board paint!

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Doo dee doo dee doo….

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I like the way the waxes brought out the details better, don’t you?  It definitely needed it.

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So then I decided it needed something more and stenciled “Don’t Forget” on top.  I figured I could use it by the front door to write myself notes since I’m notorious for forgetting something on my way out each day.  I used freezer paper, my computer, and printed out the words.  Then used an exacto knife to cut it out and paint it on.

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Doo dee doo dee doo…

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Still a little wet here…

Finished product…Viola!

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Never miss an opportunity to tell them

you love them!

I’m really going to try to link up to Miss Mustard Seed’s fabulous Furniture Feature Friday!

Peace!

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I’m linking up to this great party!

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