Creating an Antique Look with Chalky Finish Paint



I'm in a "let's freshen up the house with paint" mode.  The next victim:
my Ikea Markor sideboard.  

This photo doesn't do it justice, it is a really beautiful piece and I've struggled again with the concept of painting over real wood; however, the knotty pine thing is over for me! I think this piece will look gorgeous if I find the right paint treatment.  So time for homemade chalky finish paint experiment #2!  (To see experiment #1 click HERE.)  

This time I used a ratio of 1 cup paint to 1/4 cup Plaster of Paris.  I only mixed in enough water to take the lumps out of the PoP before mixing it into the paint - exactly like adding flour to gravy!  I'm using a custom colour to achieve an antique ivory look.  My inspiration piece - from Pinterest of course!

www.modernkitchensideas.co.uk/2012/03/14/kitchen-sideboard/

I love the faint distressing, it looks old but not beat up, just what I want.

Things went much better this time, the paint still scratched but not nearly as much as my first project.  I'm so happy with it - and I haven't even waxed it yet!





For my paint colour, I started by mixing a very pale yellow together with some BM Lenox Tan and then added some Raw Umber from my acrylic paints until I got a warm ivory.  After two coats of paint were dry, I mixed  Lenox Tan with 7 drops of Raw Umber.  I used a slightly wet rag dipped in the paint to wipe all over the piece, always wiping in the direction of the wood grain.  I had to keep wetting the rag to get the look I wanted and it turned out AWESOME!! 

My kitchen doesn't get much natural light, so it's really difficult to get a great photo.  Hopefully you can see the variation in colour on this shot:
                  BEFORE                                                             AFTER

No contest here!  Hands down the piece looks a million times better painted!!  Very happy with this homemade chalk finish paint experience.  And the rough, chalk-like finish smooths right out with a light sanding so it feels nice to the touch as well.

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86 comments:

  1. Agreed, hands down a whole lot better. Great work Anne.

    Do you think it will still scratch once you wax it? I'm considering this route to redo a table.

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  2. I like it better than your pinterest inspiration. That wood top makes it! Don't you just love IKEA. I think I would have gotton married there if I could have. Yep....married and my wedding registry all in one place :)

    blessings,
    karianne

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  3. Nice work- it turned out beautifully! Where did you learn how to do this? I've got a bunch of dressers to fix up and I don't know the first thing about painting furniture.

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  4. Anne,
    Looks so much better.I know it is hard to paint wood.But somethings are meant to be painted.Now it looks more up to date and you can see the details.Bravo you did a great job!
    Anne

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  5. I agree, it looks so much better! You did a wonderful job...Love the color! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love how this turned out. It looks like Pottery Barn now. It's beautiful and I love how you decorated above it as well!

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  7. What a great job Anne. What a difference it was nice before but it now looks like a million bucks.

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  8. It looks so elegant. great choice in color!

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  9. I love it!! It looks almost exactly like the inspiration. You nailed it! I'm so glad you linked it up to this week's party!!

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  10. Not only is the cabinet beautiful, but I love your vignette. The whole picture is lovely. Talk to you soon, Lori

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  11. Gorgeous! I agree wholeheartedly. The original piece was beautiful but the paint just gives it a whole new life.

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  12. You have a beautiful buffet. I like the paint technique and how it softens it and makes it cottage-y. I also like the changes to the decor on top of it.

    via CACc
    Pat

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  13. Great transformation! Love the wood top.

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  14. Anne, Just wanted you to know that you were the second highest viewed on Simple & Sweet Fridays. We featured you on our blog. Thank you so much for visiting and love to hear your creative ideas.


    Jody

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  15. OK, this one ROCKS! Fantastic Job Anne!! I love my vintage home, but it's kind of sad that most of my furniture is already built in!

    Thanks for stopping by my Blog! I'll let you know which stainless tile I pick and how it works out. Might take a bit though ;o) <3

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  16. It sure does ROCK! Love it and it looks like a new piece! Thanks for sharing the tips on the chalkpaint too!

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  17. Love, love, LOVE!!!

    When will you be delivering it to my house?? :-P


    XOXO

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  18. I agree 100%. What a great transformation. I have a few of these pine pieces myself and hopefully will get around to tackling them one of these day. Great job!

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  19. Very lovely.......don't you just love Pinterest. I love it :) stop by for a blog visit I'm your newest follower.

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  20. It turned out great and so much more affordable than buying the chalk paint premade. Blessings, Tammy

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  21. This is awesome! What a dramatic difference. I will have to try making homemade chalk paint myself. Glad it worked out better this time. Practice makes perfect!!
    I would love for you to come link up at my Thrifty Under {$50} Friday party!! Hope to see you soon!

    XOXO,
    Rachel

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  22. Anne--wow! what a difference some paint makes! You really worked magic on this piece.
    beautiful!
    gail

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  23. Simple & Sweet Friday linky party up and running, hope you stop by.


    Jody

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  24. Anne,
    Your sideboard looks gorgeous with the chalk paint on it. I LOVE it, good for you!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  25. I love your site! You have so many neat things!

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  26. Amazing! Looks so light and bright and pretty. I've yet to try chalk paint...looks like I'll need to add it to my list of "must do's"!

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  27. I agree with you. It looks better painted! Fresher and brighter.

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  28. Anne, your piece came out great, love the new look. Looks like a more expensive chest now! Waxing always finishes off painted furniture nicely! Thanks for stopping by, Laura

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  29. This is awesome. Looks classic but elegant. I really love how this turned out. Great job! :)

    ~Lisha


    p.s. I found you through Lori's blog at bleak2unique. I'm your newest linky follower! if you want you can linky follow me back at onehouseonecouple.blogzam.com :)

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  30. Wow! It really came out beautifully! You would never know it came from Ikea...which reminds me, I am way overdue for a trip to that store! Have a great weekend!
    -Shelley

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  31. This came out so great, I'm pinning it! I love the look of aged white furniture. Love love it.
    Karah

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  32. I love it! Your finish is amazing and I adore those little drawers! Nice job :)

    Have a great weekend
    Deborah

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  33. This is a great re-do just the way it is!

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  34. This is an absolutely beautiful piece! Just found your delightful blog. All I can say is "Beautiful Eye Candy!" I'm looking forward to your future posts, your blog is amazing. Your newest follower, Connie :) Come visit my humble blog. My welcome mat is always out, maybe you'll decide to follow me too.

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  35. I agree with everyone, I just love the handles you chose, they are perfection.

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  36. Love it. I would dearly love to do that to some of our knotty pine pieces from the 1980's. When we move to the 'dream' house, I think it will happen. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Anne,
    Looks outstanding...happy to hear that you homemade paint worked well for ya.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  38. Wow I love how this turned out! It's nice to see another blogger from BC! I have the dresser and armoire from the same Ikea series which I have been thinking about painting. You've inspired me - thanks!
    Elisa
    home sweet nest

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  39. Wow - this turned out great! My daughter has a pine dresser that she's thinking about getting rid of...I'll have to send her this. Great job!

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  40. It's beautiful!! I would have had a hard time painting over the wood too, but you're definitely right, it looks fantastic.

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  41. It turned out beautifully! Please come share at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/04/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-18.html

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  42. LOVE it! I've been stalking CraigsList to find something I can paint and refinish! Great job!

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  43. Wow, I think you have inspired all of us to go find a piece of furniture and do the chalk paint dance on it! Your piece is amazing. YOu really did a great job. Plus how you decorated it and did the vignette so perfectly. I love it. I get inspired by Pinterest too....Great job.
    Blessings,
    Debbie
    Happy Easter!

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  44. now this make-over is truly amazing!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! : ) hugs from your newest follower : )

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  45. Yes it does!!! That paint job made it a totally different piece of furniture! Beautiful!

    I love the wood top too!

    --Katie

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  46. I have a giant knotty pine armoire in my living room that I am so over ... this paint treatment could be my solution. I'm going to pin this for future reference ...

    :)

    Linda

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  47. I love before and afters! This turned out so cute. It looks so fresh and cottage-y. Thank you for linking up Anne!

    ♥Linsey

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  48. Very nice - I have a similar project I just finished using ASCP - not brave enough to make it just yet.

    - Lori (foxdowney5.blogspot.com)

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  49. I love free standing kitchen cabinets. Great work. I just love it. I have quite a few pieces I would like to give this treatment to when we move to our 'dream farm house'...sigh..... Anyhow they are knotty pine pieces from the 80's so won't matter if I paint them. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Wow - first of all I am impressed that you made your own paint and mixed such a great color!

    The Ikea piece looks amazing - what a great transformation!

    Makes me want to run out and buy some chalk paint!!
    Kelly

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  51. I love it! I have a dresser from Ikea in my bedroom I've been wanting to do something to. It's just plain white and needs a little sprucing up! I might have to give this a try! Stopping by from The Shady Porch

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  52. This is amazing...you are amazing. This really came out fabulous. Now I am truly inspired. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  53. I too am a don't-paint-over-real wood lady, but you're right that this is no contest. It looks amazing, and totally custom.

    I just recently used ASCP for the first time painting over (the horror!) real wood bed frames for my girls' room.

    I had to come and visit you after I discovered you said EXACTLY what I had planned to write on Carrie's post about the salvage yard.

    Cheers!
    Camille

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  54. A beautiful transformation...I also love the new vignette above the chest..You did such a magnificent job!

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  55. I have a very VERY ugly dresser I was thinking of throwing out but since the drawers all work great and it is very heavy made I may just paint it. I have been seeing all over Pinterest so many ideas and really think I might be able to fix this thing.

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  56. Gorgeous! What a transformation. And I love that you linked it to so many parties. That will totally give us something to talk about during "group". ;)
    ~Elena

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  57. Hi Anne, thanks for the high five over at Karianne's!! WOW, what an amazing difference. the ivory color is perfect, completely changes it up!!

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  58. Thanks so much for stopping by highpointcircle and leaving such an uplifting comment. I had to return the visit and wasn't disappointed! I love you sideboard with your homemade chalk paint. I must try this, but like you I sometimes stutter when I think about painting my wood furniture. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  59. Girl you got it going on!! Love the paint job and the copy cat thing. I love the new look of your piece. Great job.

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  60. love the paint effect, well done! painting timber white or light is so satisfying. following on linky.
    x

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  61. This did turn out great - I love it!! You are rockin' that homemade chalk paint. Thanks for linking up!

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  62. beautiful!! I bet you just love it!

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  63. So happy to have discovered your lovely blog. I love the new finish on the chest! You did a great job and I have learned a few things fron reading the post. Thanks for visiting my little blog. I am now following you as well. Happy Easter!

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  64. Very nice!!

    Please stop by and say hello at my blog as well at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com and become a follower if you aren't one already.

    Happy Thursday!! :0)

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  65. Great job. Your buffet was nice before but I like the new look sooooo much better.

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  66. I love this! You have the best projects! I thought I was following you already.. but now I am for sure!

    Thanks for linking up to my party last week! I am sharing this on my facebook and twitter.. be sure to grab a button! :)

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  67. I think your piece turned out fantastic. I have just one question. Did you add the POP after you had mixed your custom color? I'm older, so I get easily confused....lol! Great job!
    CAS

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  68. Yay! You're a feature today!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/04/features-latest-and-greatest-26.html

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  69. Beautiful--I have playing with the homemade chalk paint as well, I am loving the results!

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  70. Anne it turned out perfect! Thanx for coming to THT!

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  71. This is such a great project! I hope you will come link it up at the Pinworthy Project Link Party going on now over on my blog, Just Us Four.

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  72. Featured your buffet on Show Off Saturday this week!

    Love ya!!

    http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/04/show-off-saturday-9.html

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  73. Wow! what a lovely piece! You did a wonderful job on the new paint and love how it all looks with the little shelf on top.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  74. So glad the homemade chalkpaint worked better for you the second time around. The sideboard looks great. Congrats on your feature at The Shady Porch.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  75. This turned out beautiful! I love the two tone look with the wood top. I need to paint a few pieces I have sitting around-- I just need the time. :) You are being featured- the post should be up tonight. :)

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  76. Very pretty piece!
    I am looking for things around my home as well :o)
    I really like the pulls with it too!
    I am so glad you came by to link up to the party at Embracing Change!
    Please come back this week again! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  77. Anne, I saw your project in one of last week's linky parties and thought I commented on it, but guess not! It really turned out great- a real complement to the inspiration piece. I've been making my own "chalky" paint, only I use calcium carbonate because the texture of it is so much finer than POP or grout. works like a charm. I recently re-did a desk and posted about it. So, did you change back to the old interface or change the e-mail address in your profile? Don't know why things would change up all of a sudden. Weird.... I'll pop over again soon. :-) Sue

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  78. Lovely transformation!!

    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  79. Hi Anne,
    Thanks so much for linking your gorgeous transformation with us at Ivy and Elephants. It is a feature this week! Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  80. that`s amazing! I did the same transformation. You can see mine here: http://myshabbychichome.blogspot.com.es/2011/06/buffet-before-and-after.html
    I am happy to follow you and see what new things you hanging on your blog.Have a nice day!!!

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  81. I love it! I also looked at a cabinet I had for almost a year, when I finally decided to take the plunge and paint it, it was the best decision I've made! I love mine too! Great job, it pays to take a risk!
    Susan

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  82. Did you have any trouble with the knots bleeding through the paint? Did you primer it first?

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    1. Kristie, I didn't use primer and the knot holes do not show through. I used two coats of chalk paint and sanded lightly after the second coat dried - still no knot holes!

      Cheers!

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  83. Hi Anne! I love this fabulous transformation so much that I am featuring it today at the Get Your DIY On Challenge! Come by at 7pm EST to grab your button and bring along a holiday sign project if you have one to share! Hope your weekend has been awesome:)
    ~Krista

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