weekend warrior – upcycled rolling cart

Lately I have a new hobby.  On top of creating art, going to art shows, teaching classes, and everything else – I am obsessed with upcycling furniture pieces using chalk paint.

Like seriously obsessed.  It is a problem that might require some intervention at some point.

For now, however, my art booth and my home are benefiting from this addiction.

DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture

This is a very basic project – one that I would recommend to any first timers.  I wanted to share this one so that you could learn the basics of how to use chalk paint to create something “new” for your home.

I am going to share another project this week that is a bit more advanced – still easy, just a bit more time consuming – that’s all.

For this project, you need:

Now, here are the steps – I am breaking it down to the most basic form for the beginners who might need help for their first project.

  1. Clean your furniture piece.   DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  2. Take a course sanding block and sand down any areas that are high shine and/or covered in lacquer. The paint will stick better and last longer if you sand it down.           DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  3. Wipe off all of the dust with a damp paper towel.     DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  4. Paint your first color onto the area that you have chosen.     DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  5. This is where I panicked the first time – the first coat… it looks streaky and uneven and you are worried you made a mistake.  You didn’t.  Just keep going – you’ll be happy you did!                                                                DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  6. Add a second coat once the first coat is dry.     DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  7. Go in now and add your second color to the remaining areas.   DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  8. Allow that coat to dry and add a second coat.     DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  9. Once the entire piece is dry, take a fine grit sanding block and distress the edges where you want it to look worn.  A little or a lot – it is your choice.    DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture
  10. Apply dark brown creme wax (or any of the other colors of your choice – I like the brown) with a brush.  Let it sit for a second or two and then wipe it off.  Let it sit for a day or two before really putting it through it’s paces, but otherwise you’re good to go!   DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture

I am so happy with how this cart turned out!  It will be a great rolling bar, candy cart, and so much more!!!

And, it was only $10.00 at the local thrift store.  A little paint I already had, and it is brand new and ready to roll!  How great is that?!?!?!

I hope you have as much fun with your project as I had with mine.  And, more projects to come!

Happy Crafting!

DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture

DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture DecoArt Chalky Finish paint upcycled thiftshop furniture


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