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Do you have an outdated piece of furniture that you want to update? All you need is some chalk paint. If you want to take it up a notch and add a little more character, use a decorative napkin to add detail. Keep scrolling to see a gorgeous vanity table makeover that I bet you’ll love!
Supplies Needed to Makeover a Piece of Furniture
- Chalk paint
- Chalk paint brush
- Clear coat wax
- Lint free cloths
- Napkins of your choice
- Mod Podge
- Clothing iron
- Parchment paper
My husband actually found this table at a yard sale on his way home one Friday evening. He saw it and knew I would want it, so he immediately asked about it, bought it, and put it in the back of his truck. He was right. I absolutely loved it!!
So, I started painting!
Your first coat doesn’t have to cover perfectly, but just make sure there is paint all over, even if it’s a very light, see-through coat. You’ll want that base coat there to grab hold of that second coat you’ll add later. Now, this is my experience. Other chalk painters may have different advice.
Here it is after about two more coats.
BUT . . . . .
The table needed something. As pretty as it was, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Well, when I saw these napkins from European Excellency, I knew they would coordinate perfectly with the green! I was so excited!!
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I decided that I would use this beautiful napkin on the drawers to add in a soft pink color, which is perfect for a vanity table. The drawers didn’t even require any paint because they were in pretty good condition.
After I cleaned them off, I added the mod podge and used a sponge brush to cover the entire surface, taking care to get the edges. I was able to use the iron on method for these, so I let the mod podge dry before applying the napkin.
When you are decoupaging with a napkin, make sure you remove the extra plies. Save those plies though because you can use them for other crafts!
There were four drawers this size, so I placed the napkins at different places on each one to give them all a different look. I placed the napkin down where I wanted it, then covered it with a piece of cardstock and used my crafting iron on the cotton setting.
Just make sure to get the edges really well.
Once your napkin is applied using the iron on method, add a top coat of mod podge to seal the napkin. There will be a slight texture to the surface after doing so, but I think this gives it character. I have yet to master a napkin decoupage that doesn’t have a textured surface. If you have, please leave a comment below! I love to learn!
See the texture?
I don’t think it looks bad though.
I thought about adding rose drawer pulls, but since I used a rose napkin, the original drawer pulls worked perfectly. After a coat of the same green paint that I used on the table, I knew they would coordinate well! I used two coats and then a coat of polycrylic to seal them, since they would be handled the most.
How do you like how I’m holding the drawers pulls up? Ha! Those are clamps from the Dollar Tree!
Look at that pop from the rose napkin!!
For the middle drawer, I tried something that I’ve never done before and now I’m hooked! Instead of using the entire napkin (which I did try and failed), I cut out parts of the roses and added those to the drawer in opposite corners. Let me walk you through that.
Look how Gorgeous!!
After I took these pictures, I added a clear wax top coat to the green chalk painted surfaces. It’s now sitting in our booth at the antique store in Manchester, TN! If you’re local, come see us at American Pastimes, “A Picker’s Paradise on Hwy 41, booth #27!
Indoor, softer lighting.
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