Budget Decorating: How to Turn Ugly into Fabulous without sanding and on a budget!

blue side table chalk paint DIY
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Budget Decorating: How to Turn Ugly into Fabulous

without sanding and on a budget!

My husband and I made a decision out first year of marriage to get out of debt! Although we are not completely there we are well on our way and helping others get out of debt as well. We got so crazy we paid off 30,000 in just 11 months! We are far beyond that now! But it just goes to show what you can do if you focus your time and energy on it!

How on earth did you pay off 30,000 in 11 months?

We did this by establishing the four pillars of a debt free person in our lives. Read here for more details. This meant we learned how to budget, how to build an emergency fund, save money, and increase our income! This little blog has even helped us earn some extra money to pay off debt!

The Four Pillars of a Debt Free Person

 

We just moved into a new rental and since our priority is to pay off debt as fast as possible we don’t have the luxury of new furniture. We had to do what is called budget decorating! This means we had to get clever with what we have. My aunt was going to toss out an old side table but instead I grabbed onto it. I don’t have much free time so I couldn’t take on a large project with stripping and sanding. Instead my secret is chalkboard paint!

Budget Decorating: What do you need?

1) Desired chalk board color

2) Chalk paint/ wax brush 

3)paint cloth or old sheets

4) Furniture Wax to Seal Paint 


How to refurbish an old ugly side table on a budget

 

1) clean the furniture thoroughly.

 

Make sure there is no dust or debris because it will show in the paint.

blue side table chalk paint DIY

blue side table chalk paint DIY

2) Choose your desired paint.

 

I only found a few options at my local HomeDepot but online there are far more options to choose from. Depending on the size of your furniture you will need to about 8 – 16oz. I only used about 8 oz for two side tables. I little goes a long way!

 

blue side table chalk paint DIY

Sea Breeze

Antique Pink

 

Egg Shell

Blue Suede Shoes

Mint Julep 

Butter Pecan 

Mimosa

Red Clay

There are lots of colors to choose from!

3) Start with Light Coats:

 

Starting with a really light coat cover the furniture from head to toe. You will want to do a very light coat to avoid clumping. Note: it will not cover completely with the first coat. Do long even strokes. Let the paint completely dry before applying a second or third coat. It is best to sit over night, however depending on the climate it could take only a few hours.

4) Repeat Step 3 until Furniture is completely covered

 

5) Apply Wax

Once the furniture is completely dry you will want to apply a coat of furniture wax to seal and protect you new beautiful piece. When applying the wax you can use a wax brush or a lint free cloth. Be sure to apply evenly and coat the entire piece.

 

6) Decorate!

Now for the fun part. It is time to decorate and brag about your awesome find!

 

blue side table chalk paint DIY

blue side table chalk paint DIY

blue side table chalk paint DIY

Free Budget Form Here!

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Download the same budget I used to pay off $30,000 in just 11 months!!!


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15 thoughts on “Budget Decorating: How to Turn Ugly into Fabulous without sanding and on a budget!

  1. To see the potential beauty in an old piece of furniture is a skill! I love the idea though… It’s all about recycling! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  2. That’s such a great idea to use chalkboard paint! I did kind of love the old flowers of the table, but in this way it’s clean and modern to fit any style! Beautifully done!

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