Do you shop at thrift stores? For a long time, I didn’t shop in thrift stores, because I thought I wouldn’t find anything that I wanted. But after seeing lots of other bloggers sharing their thrifting finds I was inspired to give thrifting a try. So far my favorite thrift store is Goodwill. I’ve tried a few other thrift stores, but in my area, Goodwill has the best prices.
Earlier this year while looking in Goodwill I came across a sturdy wood dining chair for only $6. Before seeing this chair I had been on the hunt for a chair that I could use for my desk. But everything that I actually liked was more than what I was willing to pay for a chair for my desk. So, when I saw this chair at Goodwill I was thrilled to find it for only $6 since it was in a great condition.
It needed some new paint, but I enjoy painting furniture so I was excited to take on a new project. While I enjoy painting, I don’t like the idea of sanding furniture. So I set out to find a paint that would require little to no prep. And thanks to Google I learned that chalk paint was just what I was looking for. When using chalk paint all you need to to is clean off your item with a basic cleaner and you are ready to start your project. No sanding, deglossing, or any other prep is required when using chalk paint.
So I headed to Michael’s in search of some blue chalk paint. Since it was right around the new year and I was thinking about what I wanted the mood of 2016 to be. Blue is a calming color, so I thought it would be nice to start incorporating more blues into my home decor. I decided to buy the Americana brand of chalk paint in the color Legacy.
I washed my chair with some Murphy Oil Soap. Then after the chair dried, I painted the chair with two coats of paint. Next, I used Americana’s Soft Touch Varnish to seal the chalk paint and to add some gloss. Overall, it was a pretty easy process and I think the chair looks great.