Table Makeover

My break from jewelry making continues, and I thought I could spruce up my work table while I’m not using it to work on jewelry. The front of this table’s drawers were white earlier, and though I didn’t really dislike that, some color would definitely make the table cheerier to look at. My sister has a few jars of chalk paint that she’d used a while ago to give a new look to some furniture in her room, and I borrowed a few of these paints for my redecoration project.

Before starting the paint job, I removed the drawers from the table, and wiped them clean with soapy water followed by clean water. I then masked the sides of the drawers. The drawers are made from MDF, and have some slight texture to them that I wanted to retain, so I didn’t sand them.

Table drawer makeover with chalk paint
Table drawer makeover with chalk paint

My first painting attempt didn’t go as I’d planned, and I even ended up with an accidental splotch of paint that spoiled the look of the piece, so I wiped the surfaces clean with water again. (This is a welcome advantage of chalk paints for clumsy new painters like me – do-overs are pretty easy.)

For my second, and final, attempt, I was a bit more careful with the paint. I also changed my original design just a little bit. I think I also got a bit more comfortable with the painting process, and the result was much better than earlier.

I painted the bottom half of the length of the drawers with a lighter paint. Then, I painted the top half with darker paint. I added a random pattern of circles to the lower half by brushing the rim of a small sized lid with bright paints and pressing the lid onto the painted surface. Finally, I added another coat of darker paint to the top half since it was still looking uneven. It’s still uneven on closer inspection, but that doesn’t matter much to me.

The advantage that I mentioned earlier – of chalk paint reacting to water even after application – becomes a disadvantage when the project is finished πŸ™‚ so I ended up applying a layer of wax on the drawers, and buffed it very slightly, to increase the paint’s staying power.

I’m pretty happy with the result, and love the new look of my table!

8 thoughts on “Table Makeover

  1. When I used to make jewellery I would have a productive year and then I would take a couple of years off to go do other creative things. A lot of creative endeavours require that, so you can get fresh perspectives. It seems there are a few people who don’t need breaks, but most of us do. Love the paint effect on your table!

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  2. It’s fun to experiment with new crafts! I love how it’s related to jewelry making, which you’re taking a break from. It’s this way for a lot creative endeavours. You take a break and wind up sprucing up something you use for the activity you’re not doing. I think it has the potential to inspire!

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    1. Thank you, Tony! I’m also trying out stuff not jewelry related at all, but since they too spruce up the creative mind which undoubtedly is jewelry related, I think you’re right. πŸ™‚

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  3. You know, Anita … the most important is knowing when you need a break and acting on it instead of staying in a slump and being morose.My friend & biz partner at Chic Chix & Champagne, Peg, has been taking a break too. In an artist’s creative world with lots of different interests, we often talk about segmenting different times for different mediums. Like 1 week Jewelry, 1 week Textiles, 1 week Knit or Crochet and etc. etc. She’s getting close to getting her gumption back though :)).

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    1. Couldn’t agree more, Alysen – I’d rather not force myself to work on something that I picked up to keep me happy. Peg and you might be on to something with the segmenting – it’d work wonderfully assuming we don’t insist on a timetable for it as well. πŸ™‚


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