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Pet Bed End Table Redo

Chalk painting makes me happy.

It sounds silly unless you’ve used chalk paint to freshen up a piece of furniture, frame, or glass jar — then you know exactly what I mean.

For this 80’s end table turned kitten bed, I used the Menard’s Chalk Paint by Dutch Boy. They will tint the can to match any paint swatch you want [AWESOME SAUCE!]. It goes on fairly well, but not as chalky as my favorite brand, Anne Sloan {but like they say, you get what you pay for I guess}.

80’s End Table Meets Chalk Paint!

The inside was a nice clean brown, so I left it as is and added a pillow. From our local Hobby Lobby store I bought a couple unfinished wood pieces and painted the same way I did the end table. I applied more of the dark wax to these pieces. I nailed them on later since the glue didn’t hold. To our surprise our 2-year-old cat loves it. We find him sleeping in there all the time.

 

I HEART Chalk Painted – 80's End Table turned Cat Bed

I HEART Chalk Paint – 80’s End Table Turned Cat Bed!

1. PREP: Wipe it down or wash it if needed. Let dry while you remove the handles and hinges.

2. PAINT: I did 2 coats of paint. The first one doesn’t cover completely and that’s OK. [Let it dry for a couple hours in between coats.] The second coat takes less paint, you want to be sure to cover any spots that aren’t even and make sure it gets a complete coat. Chalk paints will show your brush strokes and texture, which can be really pretty. Using the Water Method to a chalk paint can make it smoother.

3. DISTRESS: I lightly sanded this one just enough to let the original brown show through in spots.

4. WAX: I waxed with 3 teaspoons of Anne Sloan clean wax, mixed with a half teaspoon of dark. I rubbed on and added a few darker spots. *Waxing is easier if you do it a couple hours after the paint drys why it’s still completely set. This doesn’t always work for me with a job and 2 kiddos, I admit at times it can months later before I get back to them.

I finished it up by nailing on the accents. Now I need to find something fun to do with the doors I removed…. hmmmmmm.

 

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