Do you have an old piece of furniture that’s ready for a pink makeover? I bought a second hand french provincial side table and dresser for $40. The bones were great, but they were in need of a serious makeover. I bought the dresser and end table to go in our daughters’ shared bedroom, so I decided to use pink chalk paint for this furniture makeover. Find out how you can easily do a furniture flip too!
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TooLs & Supplies
- Palm sander and sandpaper
- Sandpaper sheets
- Minwax stain in Jacobean
- White rags
- Foam brush
- Valspar chalky finish paint in Yards of Tulle
- Paint brush
- Valspar sealing wax
The side table and dress were in good condition, except that the tops were peeling and the color just wasn’t what I was going for.
I have tried many different brands of chalk paint, but one I hadn’t tried yet was the Valspar chalky finish paint. The color I chose was Yards of Tulle, a very soft light pink. I have done many furniture makeovers using pretty much all the different types of chalk paint. You can find all these furniture flips in my furniture makeover archives.
REFINISH the WOOD TOP
If you want to keep the wood top, the first step is to refinish the wood before painting. Remove all the old paint by using a palm sander and 80 grit sand paper. Be careful in the curves not to sand away the details of the wood.
Once all the old paint was removed, I stained the top using Minwax stain in Jacobean. I applied the stain with a clean white rag. Once the stain was dry, I finished the top using polyurethane. I applied three coats of polyurethane using a foam brush, and sanded in between each coat with 240 grit sandpaper. Make sure you remove the sanding dust in between each finish coat using a lint free cloth.
Paint the side table with pink Chalk Paint
Next I gave the entire table a quick sand using 120 grit sandpaper. I did three thin coats of the Valspar chalky paint using a small paint roller and paint brush and sanded in between each coat with 240 grit paper. Then I finished it off with a final sand using 400 grit sandpaper to make it super smooth. I applied the Valspar sealing wax with a paint brush and wiped off the excess with a lint free cloth.
AFTER: PINK CHALK PAINT FURNITURE MAKEOVER
I was quite impressed with the Valspar pink chalk paint. It went on very smoothly and there are no brush marks. The coverage was excellent, but I think the third coat was necessary to get complete coverage because I used thin coats. I prefer a modern finish so I didn’t distress the paint, but if you like shabby chic furniture you can easily distress the edges with sandpaper.
This is a perfect pale pink paint color for this furniture makeover, and think it’s well suited for a little girl’s room. To see more of my furniture makeovers, click here.
*UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, I repainted this side table and end table a totally different color. Find out how it looks now*