How to paint thrifted, yard sale, or flea market furniture!


Angela Statzer

This big black box in my living room has neverrrrr been my favorite.  It was part of a bigger piece that we have slowly gotten rid of.

Angela Statzer

Saturday morning.

I’ve received a lot of emails lately with questions about painting furniture.  Those emails got me thinking about this piece I picked up at a yard sale this past summer for $18.00!  Yes $18.00, it had twenty on it but I’m one of those people who always asks for less.  Hate me.

Angela Statzer

Love this chalk paint by Maison Blanche Paint Company!  They have perfected the color robin’s egg blue!!

Angela Statzer

I love chalk paint because it eliminates all the prep steps.  When I decide I want to do something, I want to do it right then.  I don’t want to plan it or clean it or sand it.  I want to paint it.

Angela Statzer

I have always had a hard time with waxes.  Is that a word?  Waxes?  Like foxes.  Which reminds me what the heck is up with that song, What Does a Fox say??????  My kids walk around here all day long singing that awful song.  Next thing I know I have it stuck in my head, ding ding ding ding da ding.  Hot mess.  Woooow back to wax.  I even threw out a whole can of dark wax from another company and swore I would neverrrr use wax again, just sticking with the glaze.  But when I saw this light brown wax from Maison Blanche Paint Company, I had to try it.  It was soooooooo easy to use!!!  It was completely mistake proof, I actually liked the waxing part!

Just two coats of paint, wiped on the wax with a soft cloth, let it dry for an hour, and buff!

Angela Statzer

You can see the difference that the wax makes here.  Wax mutes the brightness of the paint, adds dimenson and gives it that aged, antique look!

Angela Statzer

Saturday evening!! Just in time to watch the Vols get killed. again.

painted furnitureMy neighbor came over to look at something and saw this sitting here with no knobs.  Guess who had 20 something extra knobs at her house that she wasn’t using! score!!!  I have the best neighbors!

old books

Piece of wood from my fire pit, old books from mamaw, big coffee table books from yard sales.old books

Free tray from same neighbor (which she bought at goodwill) and ikea planter with fake succulent plant.  I did use real dirt.  Can’t kill dirt people!!!!!Angela Statzer

Angela Statzer

Craigslist, thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, auction and estate sales,
friends and family.
·         Fill in holes with wood puddy.  Let dry, then sand using fine grit sand paper.  Repeat.
·          Electric Sander or Sand paper:  Knock off shiny finish, and rough up so paint will stick.  Sand down scratches, dents, chipped veneer, and knock off old flaky peeling paint.
·         Kilz Spray primer:  Use on a smooth finish if you don’t want to sand.  Also use if you are going to paint a piece white, it will cut down on the number of coats.  Good to use if piece is not solid wood.  Spray piece and let dry.  Lightly sand with fine sandpaper
·         Purdy Cub XL is a great brush that lasts a long time.
·         Paint:  Behr paint, interior satin, premium plus ultra (Home Depot) or chalk paint.
·         Dip brush halfway in and then wipe on backside of edge to get rid of excess paint.
·         Long strokes, 2-3 THINNNNN coats of paint, drying for 3-4 hours in between.
·         Lightly sand in between each coat of paint.
·          Store paint brush in a plastic baggie in refrigerator in between coats of paint.
·         Clean brush with warm water and BBQ brush.
·         Always distress before you glaze or wax.
·          Tear off piece of sand paper or use electric sander for really distressed pieces.
·         Sand areas that you want to look distressed.
·          Mutes the brightness, adds dimension, and gives paint an aged look.
·          Apply thinly with a soft cloth.  Let dry about 15-45 minutes.  Buff with a soft cloth.
.          Comes in different colors.  I love Maison Blanche light brown wax.
Chalk Paint
This is the only way I will paint furniture now!!
If you are going to use chalk paint, forget the prepare step!!!!!
1.       You do not have to sand. The paint sticks to any surface regardless of the finish.
2.      You do not have to prime.
3.      Chalk paint takes less coats and dries faster.
4.      Chalk paint is more expensive but saves you a ton of time and money on other supplies.
5.      Chalk paint distresses easily and beautifully.  Sands off in a powder instead of peeling off.
6.      Check out Maison Blanche chalk paint!
Now go and paint something!  xoxoxox  Angela
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17 Responses to How to paint thrifted, yard sale, or flea market furniture!

  1. Gwen November 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Oh yes!!! I like this taller cabinet and it looks good in your new house, don’t you think? Gone is your Bohemian look but I still love the artsy sophisticated look you are doing. Love that fake cacti with real dirt!!! (At first I thought it was a styrofoam cup of leftover rice but the close up shows how pretty the ikea planter looks on the tray)… Maybe I’m craving Spanish rice. But you must be proud of ALL the work you’ve tackled lately. I know I am proud of our great Miss Button!!

    • angela November 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      ahhhhhh thanks Gwen!!! So you think my Bohemian look is gone!?!??! Hmmmmm I don’t want my bohemian look to be gone. maybe I need to work on that for both of us!!! Also I went back and looked at the photos and you are so right, totally looks like a styrofoam cup!hahahaha!! You crack me up and I love getting comments from you. Totally make my day!
      Happy Friday

  2. Sara Lewinski November 8, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Love it girly! One thing I am learning about the blog world is that writing about home décor and DIY lends to changing your house on a daily basis! By the way I wanted to respond to a past comment about Dexter. So not surprised that you watch that and totally crazy that your bro and sis in law look like Dexter and Rita! They so do need to be them for Halloween. I am just waiting for that last season to come on DVD and totally dying to see it. No pun intended! TeHe. After finally getting to see it I may be shooting you an email about how it ended! Have a great weekend!
    Your long lost sista, Sara

    • angela November 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Sara!
      Yes you are so right!!! I started my blog 3.5 years ago and it has pushed me and motivated me to try all sorts of stuff I am sure I wouldn’t have gotten around to. Sometimes I finish a project lots quicker just because I know I want to post it!! Such a great motivated this blog!!! and I get to meet people like you!!

  3. Melissa Sanders November 8, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    Love the new piece and color. You always make refurbishing furniture look SO easy! I need to find something similar to your find to use as a Keurig table for our office at work.
    Great job as always!!

    • angela November 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Ohhhhhhh Keurig table! That’s what I need for my sewing room! hahahaha!
      lots of love

  4. christina britt lewis November 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    beautiful! you are so great at bookshelf styling too. love it all!

  5. maria November 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Wow! That looks beautiful! Love love the color of robin’s egg blue!! You are so good at this, and you inspire!! Thank you for sharing!

    • angela November 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you so much maria! Such a sweet note of encouragement!!!

  6. Kim November 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    So odd question, but I have to ask…do you think you could use this chalk paint to paint kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts? When we bought our house we were stupid enough to not realize the wood on the doors and drawer fronts was completely unfinished wood. The previous owner had started the project but not finished it. My hubby did polyurethane some of them not all and now 8 years later I have to do something to make the stupid kitchen look better. Of course taking down the ridiculous vine wallpaper that is over other ridiculous wall paper will work wonders for the space as well. Just wondering what I can do to help the ugly space…thanks!!

    • angela November 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Oh yes Kim!!!!!! You should contact the girls at Maison Blanche company! I am sure they would be happy to answer all your questions but as far as i am concerned I would most definitly use this paint to paint cabinets!!!
      lots of love

      • Kim November 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

        Thank you so much!

  7. Rhondi November 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi Angela
    I am painting some chairs with Annie Sloan chalk paint today. While I was taking a short break just now I decided to visit you and you have a post on painting! I haven’t tried Maison Blanche yet, but I think when I have used up all my paint I’ll give it a try. That robins egg blue is a beautiful color. It looks really good against the wall color.

  8. Carlene W. Rudd November 11, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    Wow! I’m impressed! You totally nailed it! You did a great job on that table. It looks way better than how it was. The white distressed look is way better. Good thing that you decided to paint it and give it en entirely different look. I guess, chalk paint is really better compared to other types of paint.

  9. Alicia November 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Oooh, I love your room, all the little decor touches make it extra special!

  10. Pam Waser November 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi Angela! Love the idea of no prep with the chalk paint. I was wondering if you have ever tried the chalk paint from Home Depot, as it is less expensive. I was wondering how the quality compared. Thanks!


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