Furniture Rehab · Painted Projects

Chalk Painted Stand – A Makeover


I found this stand at a Thrifty Shopper that I don’t normally get to frequent last summer. It was only $4.99.  The top was very rough and someone had carved a flower in one of the legs, but it is solid wood and made very well.

I gave the top and the leg with the carving a good sanding, wiped it down well, and then set out to chalk paint it (I am so in love with chalk paint right now…I know, I am a late bloomer).

I have a good supply of Folk Art chalk paint, although I just recently found a new product that I absolutely love and will be sharing that in the next couple of weeks as I try out more of their colors and product line.

Folk Art is the first brand of chalk paint that I have ever used and it is perfectly fine for smaller projects, but as I try more brands I am discovering what brands work better depending on the type of project.  Folk Art is very easy to find, inexpensive and comes in a lot of colors, but coverage can be an issue depending on the type of surface you are working with.   I also wrote an article on how to make your own chalk paint, which I prefer to do on larger projects, or when I want a specific hard to find color.  You can find that article here.

I chose a color called Savannah for the outside.  It is a nice blend of light brown with a bit of a gray undertone.  It took two coats of chalk paint, lightly sanding between coats using 220 grit sand paper.  I noticed that since the top had to be sanded down to almost bare wood, the grain raised up quite a bit after the first coat of paint, so sanding was a must for a smooth finish.  I used Vintage Mustard for the inside.  Right now I am really drawn to 2-toned and even 3-toned pieces.  Not sure how well they will sell, so I will have to wait and see on that.


I think the new paint color helped the little details on the front of the stand to really pop out.  They were almost invisible with that dark stain.  Before I waxed, I distressed some of the edges using a sanding sponge.  I’m not sure of the grit (it just says medium on the box).


This is the first time I have tried distressing with a sanding sponge, to remove some of the paint to create an aged look.  I recently came across another blogger that likes to use a damp cloth to rub away the chalk paint before waxing, so I look forward to trying that in the future.

I used two coats of Folk Art Clear Wax to protect the whole piece, inside and out after the final coat of paint dried for 24 hours.  I let the wax dry 24 hours before buffing and I can still see some brush strokes from the wax.  I haven’t noticed that before with this brand of wax, so maybe the color is enhancing it somewhat, I don’t know.  The finish feels baby smooth to the touch and has just the right amount of wear around the edges, so all in all I am pleased with how it turned out.  I think this little stand would work well next to an occasional chair or even as a nightstand in a guest room.  I’m pretty sure its original purpose was to hold a telephone and a telephone book inside the cubby.

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