Friends, I have big news for you. I just recently used chalk paint for the first time ever. I know, I know – where have I been?! Well, let me tell you. This stuff is seriously amazing and I’m never going back. I understand the craze now! A few weeks ago, I found a really well-loved (and kind of gross) table base that had beautiful intricate details. I knew that with some love and a new wood top, it could be a really dreamy piece. See below for the before and after and the steps I took to recreate this buffet table!
- Chalk Paint
- 150 and 220 Grit Sandpaper
- (6) 1 x 4 x 72″ Pine Boards
- Wood Stain
- Wood Glue
- Face Mask
- Eye Protection
- Ryobi 18V Brad Nailer
- Putty Knife
- Power Sander
- Power Drill
Step 1 – Assess Damage and Begin Cleanup
This table base was sitting on the side of the road near my house, and when I saw it I knew that I needed it. Even though the veneer was peeling and decorative pieces were falling off, I saw the beautiful buffet table that it could become.
As you can see in this photo, I had my work cut out for me to begin with. I began by peeling off all the flimsy veneer – it was almost completely falling off anyway. Since I painted this piece, the smooth surface under the veneer was optimal anyway.
After pulling the veneer off, I took off some of the decorative pieces, like the appliques you can see above. There was also some decorative trim running along the bottom support that needed to be reattached. I did this with wood glue and my 18V brad nailer.
Step 2 – Sand Minimally and Paint
So the magic about chalk paint is that it covers blemishes like they were never there, making sanding only necessary on really rough surfaces. I used my power sander with 150 grit sandpaper to knock of any dirt and peeling paint. I then painted the whole table base in two coats of Valspar Chalk Paint. The color I used is called Moonstone Ring.
Step 3 – Attach Top Boards
Before attaching the boards for the top of the table, I added a scrap piece of 1 x 8 on top of the center support posts in order to bring them to the same height as the outer edges.
I then placed the 1 x 4″ boards on the top of the buffet table, evenly spaced, before gluing and nailing them down with my brad nailer. Before I could stain, I sanded the whole top and all edges with 220 grit sandpaper.
Step 4 – Stain and Enjoy!
After a coat of Espresso wood stain on the top, this beautiful buffet table is finished! I absolutely love how it turned out. Projects like these remind me why I named my blog From Dust to Glory!