I have a small area between my couch and recliner that needs a table. Most tables are just too large for that space, but I had some old TV trays that would fit perfectly, so I decided to see how I could take one of these ugly things and transform it.
This is what I started with. Actually, this is after sanding it a bit, forgot to take a pic before sanding, but it looked much the same. Definitely needs some help. My husband had left it outside, so the surface is rough from being rained on. Not a problem for what I have in mind though.
I love chalk paint, but don’t love the price, so I like to mix up my own recipe. I usually eyeball it and it turns out just fine, but here are the dimensions for those of you that like a formula:
1 cup paint–I like flat
2 Tablespoons plaster of paris
1 Tablespoon water
Pretty simple, and it works well for me.
Some Benjamin Moore paint I had leftover from painting my living room worked perfectly for what I wanted to do. I had Classic Gray and Snowfall White, so that is what I used. I began with the white.
Here is my tray after the first coat of paint. Still pretty streaky. Personally, I have never used store bought chalk paint, so possibly it coats better than the homemade variety, but I don’t mind adding more layers since it costs much less to make, and it dries very solid.
And here it is after 4 coats. I probably could have stopped at 3, but added a fourth. And then I sanded it a bit.
I actually like it solid white, but since I wanted a little more character, I decided on vertical stripes. I searched but didn’t have any painters tape handy, so I used some cheap duct tape I had laying around that didn’t have much stick to it. I don’t recommend this, as it required some touch-up, but since it was for my own personal use, I went for it instead of dragging three kids to the store. I started at the edge and put three strips across. Then I removed the middle one and placed it next to the third one to measure my space. I continued all the way across.
This is what it looked like when I finished taping it–I was surprised it was the perfect length!
I began my painting, removing the tape as soon as I was done with a stripe. I didn’t want perfect, as I prefer my stuff on the rustic side.
This is what it looked like before I did any touch up. Painters tape probably would have prevented this part.
And this is the after. I took a stencil of the letter K, and mixed up some paints I had to paint it on. It still needs a little touch up, but I was excited to post and didn’t want to wait.
After I finish all my touch up, and maybe a bit more sanding, I will seal it. I haven’t decided what type of sealer I will use. But I love the finished product so far.
Quite a difference from the before.
Not bad for free. 🙂