Last week we partnered with our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (if you’re unfamiliar with this amazing resource read more here) to host what we lovingly called our Ugly Furniture Party.

We invited the locals to join us for an evening to show them how easy it is to transform their ugly furniture into something worthy of their home. Some brought their own pieces, others purchased something at the ReStore that evening. I know I saw a lot of things that I would love to paint! It’s such a great place to find treasures and unloved furniture just waiting to be revitalized!

We had a great group of novices that had never tried, or even heard, of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®…so we converted them! We jumped right into painting after a quick tutorial and Q & A, and everyone took to this paint like a fish to water!

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Several ugly lamps on this table…yes, even those can be painted!

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Lydia shows that two thinner coats work better than one thick coat, especially when working in a cooler room, the paint was taking forever to dry!

headboard painted with chalk paint

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Now she’s got it!

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Halfway through her paint job she decided that she didn’t like the original color she chose, Provence. Great thing about Chalk Paint, it’s so easy to change! Just paint right over your original coat, even over wax if you’ve already finished it.

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Jodi dutifully working on her lamp…there was a set of 3 matching ones, so she picked one and her daughter did another. They used the third to show before and after, what a difference!

lamp before and after

Here’s the before (behind) and the after (in front). She used Paloma for the body, Graphite for the base, and Old Violet for the shades. You’d hardly believe that it used to be an ugly brass lamp!

outdoor furniture with chalk paint

Love, love, love Greek Blue with the original bright orange fabric seat! Dorothy says this is probably going on her sunporch, I think it’ll look great!

end tables with chalk paint

Duck Egg made this boring, chipping, latex painted table come alive!


We’d like to thank the ReStore staff and volunteers for letting us crash your back room, and everyone who attended the party, for coming out and learning with us!

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