Repurpose, Reuse, Refine….Re-whatever

Simple antique wooden chair painted whiteWhen my husband and I got married we inherited a lot of hand-me-down furniture. Most of it is in pretty good shape, but it definitely needs some updating. A new trend is painting furniture to repurpose, reuse, or refine what is already in your home (buying a vintage piece of furniture is okay too;). By no means am I a crafty person, but I can follow directions and copy other people :). Over the past couple of years I have been pinning ideas for redoing furniture on Pinterest. So, I have been thinking about painting our furniture for a while, but I just didn’t know where to start.

My mom and I have been to a couple of “barn sales” where designers sell their work and furniture. I thought man I can do this myself. So, I asked what they used to paint the furniture and I got many different answers. Some people told me they put primer and a couple of coats of eggshell. Others said they use milk or chalk paint. I had no idea what they were talking about. My grandmom asked me what chalk paint was and I told her, “You know, it’s paint that you can write on with chalk.” Wow, how clueless I was!

So, I recently bought some Annie Sloan chalk paint (I budgeted for it, because it is pretty expensive) to try my hand at refining our hand-me-down furniture. It seemed easier than some of the tutorials I have seen online because you don’t have to sand or strip the wood. I am going to try the Annie Sloan chalk paint on a couple of small dining room chairs we have. I need to start small because I have already gone over the top in my head. My mom and I have even talked about starting a business and have a name for it (Chestnut Street-Vintage Inspired Home Furnishings)! We went to a flea market last weekend and had to hold ourselves back from buying several pieces of furniture for our new business venture. I am going to try to paint the chair this weekend and will share with you how it goes. I’d rather keep my furniture and give it a face lift than shell out a lot of money for new furniture. Honestly, I think the stuff that we do have that is newer isn’t that good of a quality as our old stuff.

For my next project I am going to paint a piece of furniture using milk paint. I think I might like milk paint more because it is less toxic. Unbeknownst to me, my Aunt just painted a piece of furniture using milk paint, and it looks so good!

On a side note, I did have an amazing find that I purchased at the Flea Market. I found a vintage J Chein Nursery Rhyme sand bucket  that was $4 sand pailand is selling for $95 online! What do you think? Should I keep it or sell it online (or keep it for our business;)?