This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
I want to share a fun furniture makeover with you today and an awesome tip for making your own chalk paint from regular latex paint! But first, I want to introduce you to my new favorite spot for affordable, good quality furniture at an affordable price. Because, there’s not much point in making chalk paint if you don’t have something to paint!
Have you ever heard of CORT Clearance Centers? If you have one near you, you’re in for a real treat! CORT Clearance Centers offer affordable, premium quality furniture that costs up to 70% less than purchasing new. They offer a full range of furniture for the home including living room, bedroom, dining room as well as office furniture and decor items. During my recent visit, I found headboards for $30 and a stunning settee for $249. Bargains!
You all know I love a good deal, but there’s no point in spending money on discount furniture that’s going to fall apart in six months. That’s where CORT is different – the furniture is affordable but not cheaply made. We’re talking real wood, robust stitching and good quality fabric on couches, etc.
If you’re just starting out in your first home or apartment, CORT’s “home to go” packages are even further discounted and are great option to affordable furnish your home at a great price.
AND through CORT Certified, they guarantee that if any product is found to be defective within 90 days of purchase we will repair or replace it. You can’t beat that, right? Last week I made a visit to my local CORT Clearance Center in Brighton, MA (I go frequently – because they get new deliveries twice a week and the good stuff goes quick!). I’ve been looking for a nightstand for our guest room but haven’t been able to find anything I like. Luckily, I found one at CORT that was perfect!
OK, I say perfect but I didn’t particularly care for the veneer. However, it’s a solid piece of furniture with a really nice shape to it so I knew I could make it look awesome with some paint. I also found these awesome candleholders. They are really solid and heavy, have a beautiful design to them but I wasn’t particularly digging the shiny coral color. Again, I knew that a bit of paint could completely transform both of these inexpensive, high quality items and make them look a million bucks.
Here’s the fun part – I made my own chalk paint to paint these guys. Did you know that you can do that? I used a product called BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder, which is basically a powder that you mix with whatever latex paint you want to transform into chalk paint.
I knew I wanted to paint both the nightstand and the candleholders white, so I just grabbed some white ceiling paint that I already had on hand and mixed everything together according to the directions. It’s so simple!
PLUS, you can just make enough for one project. I made two cups of paint which was plenty!
Didn’t I say these candleholder have a beautiful shape? They look like beautifully turned wood…except that they’re not! But that’s the look I was going for. Already, the matte texture of the DIY chalk paint was so much better than the shiny finish they previously had!
The nightstand also got 2 coats of paint…
Look at this thing! It’s a beauty! It just kind of got lost under all that black, don’t you think? When the paint had dried on both the candleholders and the nightstand, they both got a little more TLC. I wanted to give the candleholders a farmhouse look to complement the chalky finish, so I applied a tiny bit of my favorite dark antiqueing wax and buffed it in. And just like that, they were transformed!
Don’t they look like wood now?
Finally, my newly painted nightstand had a date with some sandpaper to add a little character.
This method of distressing is really easy – using 120 grit sandpaper, literally just sand away some of the painted finish around the corners to expose some of the wood (or veneer) underneath.
And just like that I was able to transform a not so attractive piece of furniture into a star!
The plan for this guy is the guest room upstairs, not the living room like you see. But y’know, I’m 9 months pregnant and I needed to take photos. It’ll get moved up there this weekend :-)
And let’s not forget the candleholders! My new fave decor pieces!
Why don’t you check out your local clearance center? You’ll never know what gems you’ll discover while you’re there!