DIY with Chalk Paint

Oct 6, 2020 | Misc

I was recently chatting with a new interior design client when a project of hers stirred up memories of my own DIY project with Chalk Paint. Despite loving all things building and construction – including all the finishes and home decor, I’m not that handy with tools – and especially not so with a paintbrush.

I also don’t like the idea of having to sand back furniture. The sound is akin to nails down a blackboard. Yes, I’m that old and I’m wincing even as I imagine the sound.

So with this in mind, I went trawling through my now-defunct family blog to find some information about my DIY Chalk Paint project. As some of you may know, I’ve moved house a number of times. This project was completed at our last house but has survived the move.

The idea for the project

So how this project came to be: In between two of our house builds, we rented for about 8 months. This console entry table was inherited from a display home and we used it in our rented home. From memory, we may have even screwed our TV to the top of it.

Old timber console in need of some love

It had marks on top, possibly from the TV we used on it.

When we moved, I decided I liked the shape of the console but wanted to give it new life with some paint. As I said earlier though, sanding and painting wasn’t in my repertoire of skills.  The idea of using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint came from bloggers who were, at the time, using it to restore furniture. They made it look easy! It appealed to me because even though it was a bit more expensive than normal paint, it required no priming or sanding and no second coats – right up my alley!

I’ll add here that my husband was ready to dump the console entry table after we moved, and was very skeptical of my plans to paint it. He knows I’m not a handywoman by any stretch of the imagination. But I had faith in the paint…

The process
I got my brother and husband to pull off the old handles, help me source new ones and put them on after the painting was done. I could have attempted this myself, but hey, the painting was a big enough job! Yes, the painting. Turns out it’s not so easy to coat a piece of furniture with a lot of hard to get to places, even when using Annie Sloan’s paint. I’m obviously not a natural painter either but I wanted a little of a distressed look, so my dodgy painting kind of helped that aim along.

I wish I had taken better photos at the time. I also wish I had taken note of the paint colour. Annie Sloan has some beautiful Chalk Paint colours and from memory, out of the three similar colours on her website, I think this was the Duck Egg Blue.

Finishing touches
After I painted it, I applied a coat of wax to take away the chalkiness and give it a smoother finish. At this stage, my husband still didn’t like the piece or the colour. He likened it to mould (I think that’s a bit far-fetched) and said it was definitely distressed – and calling out for help! Such a comedian! 

Just after the console was waxed.

Finished DIY Chalk Paint project
I was pretty happy with the finished product. And my husband ended up loving it too. It not only stayed in that house, but travelled to our new one as well.


DIY chalk paint console


The photos below are of the table in my previous house and current house. I’ve already changed the painting twice and may change again soon.

I actually also have some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a white shade that I’ve carted here from a previous home, but haven’t yet used. Wondering what I should do with it…

What would you restore with Chalk Paint?


Get your Instagram on

After Kate’s earlier mentioned money talk, the conference closed with the effervescent Jade Warner from Small Business Growth Club talking all things Instagram. Jade’s presentation was a great reminder that transformation and story telling is still a social media honeypot. People love to see how other people, products, places and just about anything have changed. I particularly loved Jade’s advice about the more Instagram surfaces (feeds, stories, reels, lives, DMs) we appear on, the further our reach.

Let’s get physical

Kate Toon provided a conference experience unlike many others. Coffee cart, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, after conference finger food and drinks, beanbags and massages. But even with all of that, she realised her speakers were giving us a lot of information and that our brains had a lot to process. So in the afternoon she surprised us a with a special guest – Lizzie Williamson from Two Minute Moves. Lizzie told us her story and demonstrated that even for those of us who hate exercise (not mentioning any names), two minutes of movement a day can be a game changer for our mental health. She had us up moving and dancing to Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical and it definitely helped our mindset. We were refreshed and able to concentrate for the last of the afternoon sessions.

Gifts and prizes

Attendees were also spoiled with a whole range of gifts donated by businesses in DMC. I was lucky enough to win two gorgeous prizes – a mini hamper from Bundles of Luxe thanks to Natasha Sutton from First Impressions Media, and a linen table runner and soap from Sue McGary of French Affair.

I also went home with gifts from Nick’s Digital and event sponsor True Green. And if that wasn’t enough, Kate also gave us Masterminders a box of Digital Marketing Collective goodies.

Award winners

It’s amazing to think that Kate Toon also organised awards around this conference. They’re a lot of work and many generous people gave up their time to read and judge entries. Thank you to head judge Erin Huckle and everyone else who participated.

I was a finalist in the Service Based Business of the Year Award (how cool is that?) but I couldn’t be disappointed in missing out when I saw the calibre of the other finalists. Well done to all finalists. A big congratulations to Beck Confrancesco from Marketing Goodness for being runner up and Nerissa Bentley from The Melbourne Health Writer for winning. Woo hoo! So well deserved. Both these women have always been extremely generous, sharing their knowledge and helping me be better in business. So I was thrilled to see both these first time award entrants get rewarded for their hard work and success.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners in the E-commerce Business of the Year awards as well. Was thrilled to see Nikki Filia from BeBangles, whose beautiful bracelets I was wearing, awarded runner up. And congratulations to Sue McGary from French Affair for taking out the win. What gorgeous products.


Digital Marketing Collective

This blog post is merely a recap of two very value-packed days at the Digital Marketing Collective Conference 2023. The overwhelming feeling at the end was not only that we got so much useful and practical information to help our businesses grow, but that we had met so many amazing humans.

Kate Toon has an uncanny ability to gather together the best of people. The Digital Marketing Collective is made up of a diverse range of service based and e-commerce business owners. Imagine having a safe space to learn, grow, make mistakes and be supported. Come join us. Full disclosure – the link below is an affiliate link but I would never recommend a group that I wasn’t myself paying to be a part of.

Join Digital Marketing Collective

P.S. If you want to see more photos and videos from the Mastermind and Conference, head over to my Instagram highlights after you join DMC.

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