West Elm Ottoman Look Alike + make your own Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I sent out a teaser on Facebook that you would LOVE the post today! A few weeks ago I had you help me decide which coffee table to choose. We chose the RH one for storage purposes, but then remember when I told you we found an ottoman at Salvation Army that looked just like it. Well here she is, costing $25.

and here is the West Elm one for $349:

and here is ours done:
So we have been buying Annie Sloan chalk paint for a year now and have LOVED it, but we are cheap thrifty and when we discovered this genius at Elizabeth & Co. who can turn regular paint into chalk paint, we almost peed our pants with excitement. And to add to that, we had a buy one gallon of paint, get one free from Crafty Beaver! That’s like 6 times the amount of Annie Sloan paint for the same price, SCORE! 

So the recipe is for chalk paint is:
1. 2 cups of paint (we chose dark grey in a flat finish)
2. 4 tbs. of Plaster of Paris
3. 4 tbs. of Water

You should mix the plaster of Paris and water first and make it into a smooth pasty finish. You can add water if it doesn’t go smooth. Then mix it with the paint and stir really well.

Next we removed the piping from the cushion.

And then we painted the beauty.

Here she is drying. It dried so beautifully. It was our first try with the new paint and we could not be happier!!!!!

Then we took the fabric and laid it on the floor and put the cushion over the top. we pulled the fabric taught and staple gunned it on. The fabric was West Elm fabric we got extremely discounted. It is beautiful!

Then we flipped her back over and reattached the bottom.

Next I used furniture wax and then dark wax stain to give it dimension.

We put it in our living room to see how awesome it would have looked, but now it is on Craigslist to find another home with people who love her 🙂

And now best of all, the project only took a couple of hours (including drying time) so we had lots of snuggle time with the love of our life 🙂 Look at that toosh!

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  • you two are miracle workers! you ARE!

    i love it. i have been making my own chalk paint as well but not being careful about measurements other than 2/3 paint and 1/3 plaster of paris.


    smiles to you and hope you’ll visit soon.


    September 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    • Thanks Michele! Love the ring you have featured today 🙂 Have a happy week!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:02 am
  • I wish you lived in Denver – we could do all sorts of fun projects together. 🙂 I was about to go buy lots of chalk paint, but now you have me rethinking that plan. Hmmm.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    • I know Anne! That would be fabulous! Try out the mixture, super easy!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:03 am
  • oh that came out so pretty, too bad you aren’t keeping it, it looks fabulous in your space. visiting via Homestories AtoZ.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:25 am
    • Thanks Laura. Look forward to reading your blog every morning! Homestories didn’t feature it did they? Just from the link party right?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:02 am
  • Wow. Love it. Oh to be young again and redoing furniture!!! You have the best ideas, but I think little Wells’ toosh was the best creation of all.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  • It’s beautiful. What a transformation.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm
  • This is amazing! I’ve been swooning over that same ottoman from west elm and just itching to try to recreate it. This is a definitely a tutorial I will be using to help me with that. And I can’t wait to try the recipe for chalk paint. Thank you for sharing!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm
  • It really looks amazing! Great job and I’m your newest followers!
    Danielle @ The Retail DIYet

    September 19, 2012 at 4:25 am
  • Like this one better than the expensive one!

    September 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm
  • omg, baby butt. so cute. love this makeover, and yours is even better b/c those casters make it so much more interesting!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm
  • I’m so loving this! You did AWESOME! I’m featuring you today! XO, Aimee

    it’s overflowing | simply inspired home living

    September 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm
  • This ottoman turned out so good! The fabric is perfect! One day I WILL find the perfect piece on CL to turn into an ottoman. I will not quit looking. 🙂 Great job!

    September 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  • Great job! Love the depth you added with the waxing. I didn’t know you could make your own chalk paint with plaster of paris??? Do you still avoid the sanding and priming like with chalk paint? Thanks for the tips.

    Cute toosh too :0)

    September 23, 2012 at 1:02 am
  • Now why would you want to go and change that beautiful piece?! No, just kidding, lol. I love love love the transformation and that fabric is beautiful!

    September 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm
  • Very nice. Is there any reason in particular why you painted it with chalkboard type paint? Does it wear better against kids & pets?

    January 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    • Hey there! Chalk paint is actually not chalkboard paint. It is paint with chalk in it. It is an adhesive and helps paint stick to the furniture so it doesn’t peel off. It also enables you to paint the furniture without having to strip off the poly from the piece. It saves a load of time 🙂

      January 16, 2013 at 12:36 am
  • Did you sell it? Aaaaaaah. I love it. Let me know — alliferguson (at) gmail (dot) com

    February 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm
  • L Schlieder

    Do you have to use the Paris of Plaster brand or can it be a different brand? I’m wondering if the outcome would be different if you used a different plaster brand?

    January 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

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