Thursday, January 24, 2013

Free Furniture and Chalk Paint

Always enjoy getting a piece of free furniture to upgrade, favorite thing activity.

First project a bedside table with shelf and drawer. Bottom is stamped May 11, 1960. Finished view below.

Cleaned then painted it with 3 coats of CeCe Caldwell Simply White Chalk Paint.

Tried a new 'finish' over the chalk paint this time - MinWax Polycrylic, water based, easy clean up, dries hard. Good finish over the white chalk paint without yellowing the white.

The little bedside table was in the 'free' area out behind a thrift store. 

Second project .... 

Had the paint out and the table covered with newspapers, so worked on a cute but roughly built little cupboard.

Its been around for so long I decided to try out white plus stencils. This is the finished view.

Used CeCe Caldwell Simply White Chalk Paint. Added stencilled numbers and bees with a small round sponge on a stick and CeCe Caldwell Black. Dabbed paint off the sponge a bit before using it on the stencil. Finished with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Natural, buffed.

Sharing with

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  1. Love Love them. What a fun project!!! I need to find me some freebies! Thanks for the tip about polycrylic. I almost bought some one time one time.

  2. I'm always looking for free furniture to repurpose. Your pieces turned pout lovely! :)

    PS- Thank you so much for joining in my first link up!

  3. Both items look stunning, but I think the cupboard is my favorite.

  4. hi Joy ... that little cupboard is really cute and I think the white paint and stencils are a great improvement. Good job, but you always do good. I just bought some Min-wax Wipe-on Poly and have used it on a couple of things and like it very much. Just use a soft, lint-free wag. No odor.
    Take care. Stay warm.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  5. The little cupboard is unique nice job in giving new life to your projects.

  6. Great Job... I always love your after pieces, especially since you always show the before...a major repurpose. thanks for the share...

  7. Beautiful job--such a cute little cupboard!

  8. What a great makeover you did. I really like it. I appreciate you stopping off in Texas today as well.

  9. I love your little cupboard. It reminded me that I have a little cupboard up in the attic. It's supposed to rain through the weekend so I think I might be using your cupboard as inspiration for mine.

  10. Oh so cute! I just don't have the patience for these kinds of projects but wish I did!

  11. Both pieces turned out great and who doesn't love a freebie!

  12. I love a freebie. Both of these pieces turned out beautifully.

  13. Again Joyce, you did fabulous! Thanks for sharing the before and after pics! It always makes the stories you share more awe inspiring! Have a wonderful weekend! Kelly xoxo

  14. Both projects turned out great! I love the stencils!

  15. Beautiful! Here from the POP party, have a fabulous weekend :)


  16. Hi there! I just found your blog while searching for what finish to use over white chalk paint. I'm painting my kitchen cabinets, and I was initially planning to use the soft wax, but I'm rethinking that now that I've tried out the wax on a practice piece. I can't imagine waxing (and buffing) all the cabinets - especially up by the ceiling. Would you recommend the polycrylic for cabinets? Did you use the brush in the photo to apply it? Any tips/tricks? Thanks!

  17. Love what you did with each piece, Joy. I ordered my first can of chalk paint this week. It's so expensive (at least the Annie Sloan version is) that I've held off. But I want to paint the oddball pieces of furniture in our bedroom, so I'm going to give it a try!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  18. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I really appreciate that!

    What exactly is the benifit of chalk paint? I have some old furniture that I want to distress and I'd like to know before I take paint to it!

    Did you prep yours by sanding?

  19. Great makeover's Joy, love them both!

    Happy week to you!

  20. Looks awesome! I love chalk paint and need to find some of this Cece stuff. Is it expensive? You did a great job with both makeovers!

  21. Looking great!
    Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  22. What beautiful makeovers! I love how they both turned out, the chalk paint looks great! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a wonderful week!


  23. Those are both very sweet little pieces, I enjoyed seeing what you did to them.

  24. I absolutely love that chest! What an awesome piece and it looks great in white!

  25. I just love the chalk paint, so pretty! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series - "Create It Thursday." It's live now!

  26. I love the white you used on this piece of furniture.. It's beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.



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