Painting furniture is not only fun, but it instantly upgrades an older piece of furniture and creates a one of a kind piece of furniture which will surely get many compliments. Today, I’m sharing several Beautiful DIY Chalk Painted Dining Room Ideas for Inspiration to paint your existing dining room table set, as well as offer ideas on thrifting for one so that you can also DIY paint your own dining table using chalk paint.
Why Chalk Paint
If you like painting or DIY, you’ve perhaps heard people mention chalk paint every now and then. So you must be wondering what chalk paint is and when you should be using it. The answers to your questions are here. Chalk paint is a cosmetic paint recognized for the chalky texture it has. It is a common choice for providing antique or chic appeal to furniture and interior decorations. Chalk paint would be the perfect paint for individuals who wish to add personality and antique appeal to their house since it can simply be weathered. With no requirement to sand any furniture except when there are places that have to be smoothed out. Chalk paint doesn’t require much effort to apply or clean, which means you’d definitely be able to use chalk paint error free.
Aside from the matte texture, chalk paint varies from regular paint in numerous ways. One advantage is it will not need any preparation. Chalk paint can be applied directly over basically all the clean and dry surfaces you would paint on. You can put chalk paint on a surface even if they’ve already been painted. As a result, DIYers prefer to use chalk paint for old objects with cracks and also plenty of detailing, because the paint glides on easily, including over coats of paint. Furthermore, chalk paint won’t leak as much as normal paint due to its viscosity.
Thrifting For A Dining Table If You Don’t Have One
Do you want to try DIY chalk painted dining room table project, but you don’t own a table that you can use? There is really no reason to be concerned. When you thrift about and are ready to look for the ideal one, you may easily discover a dining room table that is perfect for you.
When thrifting, several places to look for a dinner table are on Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, 5 Miles, Offer Up, Craigslist, garage sales, estate sales, consignment shops and also local thrift stores near your home.
Whether you’ve done shopping online in the last decade or not, you’ve undoubtedly heard of eBay. Many people were skeptical at first, but it gradually gained the trust of a large number of individuals. eBay was among, if not, the first of its kind, which explains its current prevalence.
eBay allows you to buy almost anything, and many people don’t know that eBay ads for furniture could be the finest discounts you’ll discover with what you’re searching for. When you need a fair bargain for a dining room table to use with this fun DIY project, then eBay is a fantastic place to look.
Many individuals are underestimating the power of Facebook Marketplace. Nevertheless, it’s getting more common to purchase and sell any type of furniture there, making it an excellent choice for a place to buy the dining table you’ll use with this simple DIY project. Don’t worry too much since Facebook Marketplace isn’t difficult to use, all you’d need is just a Facebook account. It’s also simpler to converse with sellers there.
Deciding on Paint Color and Amount Needed
When choosing the appropriate dining room color palette, aim for a hue that creates the ambiance of the area. Because this area will be used for visitors, festivities, and transitory use, this should reflect your entertainment style. Because you won’t be in your dining room for long, go strong with coloring to create an exquisite and striking atmosphere. Lighter colors also work nicely; neutral colors are welcoming and comforting, darker colors are timeless and classic.
It is entirely up to exactly what color you think you should paint the dining table. It is indeed your house, and this is your DIY project. When it doesn’t appear right, you can simply repaint the table. It’s really that simple and it doesn’t take a long time. You can spend your final evening moments getting lost in your new project or a weekend, taking your time.
A typical can of chalk paint can normally cover close to 150 square feet according to the label. Although, it depends on how thick the coatings are. If you’re painting a dining room table, then 1 pint should suffice. Being extra cautious, you must always plan for a worst case scenario and get more than you think you need.
Prepping Your Existing Dining Room Table Set
Image from: Anderson + Grant
Clean up the top of the table using a moist cloth to remove any dirt, lint and grime before applying your chalk paint.
Apply chalk paint over your dining table. Because pine sometimes does have a yellow-orange hue, you might have to paint on a second layer of paint, especially if you’re choosing a light paint color compared to the wood.
Allow your table to completely dry before adding a coat of a water-based polyurethane, top coat, or furniture wax. Both acts as a sealant and protection against oils, water stains, etc. Be sure to read reviews on protective polyurethane’s especially with lighter paints. I know some can be yellowing. If you like the look of the chalk paint without a top coat or wax then do nothing because any top coat or wax will slightly deepen the color.
Another want to protect your tabletop is with a custom size glass piece or even a clear tabletop protector, such as this one below.
That’s all there is to it if you want to paint the dining table using chalk paint. It is indeed easier than it sounds, but you’ll have no trouble doing it. The entire process may be completed with very little exertion and in a short amount of time.
Furthermore, if you want to prolong your newly refinished table’s life, effectively remove spills and clear blemishes with soap and warm water, however avoid using harsh chemicals.
DIY Chalk Paint Recipe
Image Credit: Love Our Real Life
It’s simple and inexpensive to make your own using Plaster of Paris, any water-based paint of your choice, plus just a little water. I recommend getting paint in person if you can or order paint samples before purchasing. Below are the instructions for making homemade chalk paint. I also included a YouTube video tutorial below that is pretty simple to follow using this recipe.
Items Needed: Carton of Plaster of Paris, Choice of Latex Paint, Water, Chalk Paint Brush, Mixing Bowl or Jar with Cap, Mixing Stick, and a sponge or towel for easy clean up.
- Inside of a single-use cup, 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris. All plaster lumps should be thoroughly mixed.
- Next, mix in roughly a tablespoon of lukewarm to heated water to break the Plaster of Paris powder down.
- The next task is to add the dissolved mixture into 1 cup of water-based paint and mix until thoroughly combined.
Wait for several minutes to examine how well the plaster of Paris reacts with the water-based paint.
In summary, the paint is now ready to apply. However, water-based paint hardens and thickens over time, necessitating the use of additional water so I would try to use it all in once setting or within a day or so if sealed properly.
Furthermore, different companies sell water-based paint in a variety of viscosities. No need to worry though, it’s a simple repair.
If the mixture is too viscous to distribute, simply add some water to achieve a spreadable consistency.
This chalk paint mixture might be a little too thin or runny at occasions. To thicken the mixture, add more of the plaster of Paris using less heated water. Simply ensure that the Plaster of Paris completely dissolves before incorporating it into the paint.
Before and After DIY Chalk Painted Dining Room Table Sets
Below are a few more Before and After photos of DIY chalk painted dining room tables. This completes Beautiful DIY Chalk Painted Dining Room Ideas for Inspiration and I hope you’ve been inspired!
Images from: Sarah Joy
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