Recently, I have had the urge to either sell or repurpose everything in my house! Ha! Like, seriously though. I want to paint my kitchen cabinets, my dining room table, I want to find an old media cabinet to make new… I pretty much want to purge anything in my house that has that dark finish. I am over it.
|My new table, after the makeover|
Hubby and I had talked about how we wanted to get a different table to sit in between our recliners. The one we had was ok, but we had it since we first got married, and it was pretty warn.
|Our old table|
It was bigger than I had liked- and the finish had some flaws, it was warping, and just needed an overall makeover- which I was going to attempt. Then, one night as I was leaving my parents house, my mom asked me if I wanted my Great-Grandpa’s cigar table. She didn’t have a place for it any longer and was going to stick it on the back patio- and I saw a little shimmer of potential!
Here is what I liked about it. 1) It’s a family piece, he built it with his own two hands and I feel like I have a little piece of family history here with me. As I was sanding I could smell his cigar smoke coming out of the wood. 2) I love that there are three shelves, so not everything has to be sitting out on top. 3) It was smaller and less intrusive than the other one.
|The table in the middle of the sanding process.|
I decided to go with Annie Sloan paint. I hadn’t used it before, but everyone talks about how easy it is and how there isn’t any prep work needed. I had to sand it a little because there was a clear laquer on it that was peeling off in strips; I didn’t want pieces of that to get stuck into the paint. Then I went to a local supplier and chose Aubusson blue. I wanted an almost navy color and this seemed to be the closest.
I was a little surprised when I got this color after the first coat. It was much lighter than I though it would be. I liked the color, but I have almost this exact color on my walls, and I didn’t want it to match. So I headed back downtown to pick something else up to mix with it during the second coat.
I gave it a light sanding, then decided to give it a second coat of the Aubusson mixed with ASCP Graphite. Then I gave it a wash in Graphite with some water- I wanted some darker accents.
|After both coats of paint and the wash, before the waxing.|
I loved how quickly it dried. I was waxing it within the same day as I
painted it. Before waxing I roughed it up a little to let some of the
natural color come through.
I gave it a good coat of wax, let that dry, then waxed it a second time and buffed it till it was pretty and shiny!
Here it is in it’s place- much darker than it was after the first coat- which I love!
I am SO happy with the way it turned out!
I would do the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint again in a second! It was easy to use, and although it seems pricey- it goes a LONG way- I just used a little sample size for this makeover. I also loved that there are low VOC’s so I could paint inside and not have to worry about what to do with the kids.
Here is another final shot- see the color on my walls? And please… ignore that little pouty face- she had just told me that she was sad because I wouldn’t let her have something… she perked right up though! 🙂 She usually does.
Have you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint before?
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