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Nightstand Chalk Paint Tutorial

I’ve been sitting on the fence for a while about starting a blog.  I don’t know about you, but for me it’s downright overwhelming and a little confusing.  I actually got my page set up…kind of, then I would work on it for a while, get frustrated, and leave it for weeks before I came back to it.  Well, last week I posted two little photos to my Instagram page.  These particular posts were photos of a nightstand that I had refinished with chalk paint.  This also happened to be my first attempt at creating a faux reclaimed wood top, and surprisingly, it came out really well!  Sooo, all that to say I got a TON of comments requesting a tutorial, and it just so happened that I had a second nightstand to refinish. That, my friends, was the little push I needed to get this thing going.  So, I guess I should say thank you, and as promised, here is that chalk paint tutorial.  Enjoy!

Here we go!  Let’s talk first about materials.  Feel free to use any brand of chalk paint you like for this.  My favorite just happens to be Annie Sloan, and that is what I used to refinish my nightstands.  You will need the following items:

  • White and gray chalk paint.  With Annie Sloan products, that translates to Pure White and French Linen, respectively.
  • Clear and dark waxes
  • A fine sandpaper block
  • A soft bristle paint brush
  • A wax brush (*Just a note about wax brushes, if you’re going out and purchasing one, you will want to soak it in water overnight to remove any loose bristles before you use it.  Getting those stray bristles stuck in you wax is no bueno!)
  • Clean, white cotton cloths for blending and buffing.  A couple of your husband’s old t-shirts would work perfectly for this :).
  • A paper plate and plastic spoon (Not pictured)

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