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!
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.