When my grandmother gifted Tootsie with a complete bedroom suite for her Big Girl room, I thanked her profusely and quickly loaded it up in Honey’s truck.
As soon as we were out of the driveway she turned to my mother and asked, “What color is she going to paint my bed?” 😉
Mema will be happy to know that I have no intention of painting the bed. But the nightstands?
How could I resist adding a little bit of color to all that maple wood? Besides too much brown makes my head hurt!
The before picture… well built, very brown laminate.
And the oh so pretty makeover!
While I might not paint Mema’s bed I couldn’t help myself with these nightstands. DIY Chalk Paint to the rescue!
Step 1: Mix Up the Chalk Paint
DIY Plaster of Paris Chalk Paint Recipe
Blend 1/2 cup plaster of paris with 1/2 warm water until completely dissolved. Stir in 1 cup latex paint of any color.
I love this paint! It goes on smooth and creamy with great coverage.
Step 2: Give a Light Sanding to Your Piece
Most tutorials say you don’t have to sand at all with chalk paint but I wasn’t taking any chances. Just because Tootsie’s a sweet little girl doesn’t mean she isn’t hard on furniture.
Step 3: Paint Two Coats of the DIY Chalk Paint
I am lazy so I barely let my first coat dry before slapping on a second. But I did let the paint cure for 3 days before I placed anything on top of them or applied a coat of wax.
Step 4: Apply a Protective Coat of Wax
This is important! You need a coat of wax over the newly painted piece to protect it.
The only wax I have ever used is Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. It has worked great on all the DIY chalk paint pieces I have painted.
Simple scoop a small amount from the tin and rub it on with a soft cloth. Making a wad of the fabric worked great applying the coat of wax.
After the wax dries for a few minutes, buff it to a sheen. So pretty!
The baby blue paint adds the perfect touch of color to her bedroom.
The painted nightstand also looks great with the newly recovered lampshades!
I’m half way through My #1 Goal for the New Year: Transforming Tootsie’s Bedroom into a Big Girl Space.
Big Girl Bedroom Action Plan:
Add family history with photographs.A Gallery Wall – Generations of Love Layer the space with pattern and color.Paper Pinwheels ~ Wall Art on a Budget & DIY Lampshade Makeover Use what I’ve got! Thank goodness for hand-me-down furniture.DIY Chalk Paint Nightstands
- Create an inspiring place to play.
Only a few more projects to go! Thank you so much for following along as I make our sweet girl’s room a space to smile about!
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