June 15, 2015

DIY Makeover: How I Updated the Look of an Old Plain Chalk Pedestal

I have this cute white pedestal with an intricate weave design around it and have been with me for about 8 years now which means, time has weathered away its look and aged its appearance. The poor thing look pathetic now but I didn't have the heart to toss it away. Which in turn means, it found itself on my creative table and got itself a total makeover.

If you've got one like it, then check this very easy DIY project to give your own dull, ugly-looking chalk pedestal a needed makeover - all you need is paint!

Before and After

Materials needed:

White paint - glossy
Acrylic Paint - Citron Green and Cucumber
Medium size watercolor brush (nylon bristles)
Medium size paint brush 

1. Before applying your first coat of paint, make sure to brush off any chalk and dust residue on the pedestal you're working on. 

2. Apply your first coat. You'll notice that some of the chalk might rub off when you start painting. That's normal. To prevent it, make sure to brush lightly since you're working with a material made of chalk.

In this project, I applied the accent colors first. This way, if I smear the paint beyond the pattern, I can easily cover it once I apply the white paint.

3.  Using the watercolor brush, apply the Citron and Cucumber accent colors on the weave design then apply the white paint to finish the job.

In this project, I used Americana water-based paint. I like this paint because I can add water to it to control the viscosity of the paint. It also makes the paint easier to apply. Apply 2 or 3 coats for each paint until desired color intensity is achieved.

4. Let it dry for a day then use as you please.

My pedestal now stands proud and pretty on my stairs second floor landing.

If you like this project, please share it.  Also, send us a picture of your completed project so we can brag about your fabulous work. Happy DIY-ing!


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