Friday, July 15, 2011

My first piece of painted furniture!

I have officially painted my first piece of furniture.  And I lived to blog about it!

Even though I am a complete novice, I felt confident that Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint was fool-proof.  Every blogger has been going on-and-on about it.  I watched a short demonstration at On-a-Whim in Lucketts, VA.  I even watched how-to videos for both painting and wax.  And most convincingly was the fact that with Annie Sloan's, you don't have to prime, you don't have to sand - you just slap that paint right on and wah-lah!   

The table I decided to paint I picked up last week on my trip to  Community Forklift.  The best part is I only paid  .... drum roll please..... $10!! 

Here is the before: 


I had to look past the 3 inches of dust that covered this lovely lady, but when I saw her curves I instantly saw her potential!  Look at the curves on those shelves!!


Not to mention the detailed curving on the tops of her legs!


The top of the table had a gold design painted around the perimeter.  It had to go. 


For this table I used Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint.  



The directions on the can said that most times only one coat of paint was needed, but after finishing the first coat I felt like this piece needed another.  Also, I used a brush for the first coat and I didn't really like how streaky it looked.  So I ran back to Home Depot and picked up a roller.    

After the second coat of paint dried I waxed her, sanded her here and there to distress her, and then re-waxed the distressed areas.  And now her new career is a table next to my front door!

Here is the after:  (disclaimer - I am NOT the best picture taker!)


I put two linen-lined baskets on the shelves, perfect for holding keys, mail, dog leash, etc.  


Side view.  I will probably put some flowers in a ball jar on top. 


This picture shows the red bucket I got *for a steal* from an antique store in Hallowell, Maine.  I love this chippy red bucket! 


 And that is it!  It was easy and I am happy with the results!  I painted another piece right after this, and I will share that in the near future.  :)  

This curvy table was shared in Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday, My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday, Perfectly Imperfect's All Things Furniture,  Common Ground's Vintage Inspired Friday, A Beach Cottage's Good Life Wednesday, Southern Hospitality's July Thrifty Finds, The Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday, and Passionately Artistic's Linking Party.




14 comments:

  1. Wow you did great! love it!

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  2. Love the lines of this table--great makeover! I just browsed through your blog and congratulate you on starting a blog. I'm a fairly new blogger, too, and it's a fun journey. I'd like to share one tip on the ASCP that I never read anywhere. It makes a HUGE difference when using AS paint brushes versus regular paint brushes. The chalk paint goes on in such a smooth thin coat with the AS paint brushes, and you'll use much less paint. Oh, and I'm your newest follower.

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  3. The little table looks great! And the baskets are a perfect fit. Thanks for your kind comment on my postcard table!

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  4. The table turned out wonderfully! the shelves are great with the baskets, just perfect!! thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

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  5. What a unique table... you did a lovely job...
    Your red bucket is really great, too!

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  6. This turned out beautifully! Bravo! Love the curves on that hot table :)

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  7. I really like it! I can't believe this is your first painted project - it looks great!

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  8. Your table looks great! I love the color and the little bit of distressing!

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  9. Thank you for all of the lovely comments! :)

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  10. The table came out great. And I love that bucket!

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  11. Great transformation on a great little piece of furniture! LOVE the red bucket as well! :)

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  12. wow this is amazingly great redone...
    I'm inviting you to add this to our linking party at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/american-pickers-with-linking-party.html
    Have a great weekend,
    Maggie

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  13. Hello! I'm visiting from Thrifty Treasures. Your table turned out great! I am new to blogging and new to painting furniture, too. My link is #44. I haven't tried any chalk paint yet but I'm thinking about it.

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