Last weekend my mom agreed to help me with my kitchen table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint. We sold our old table due to the fact that it was falling apart and only had four chairs. With our family growing, I wanted a table that had more chairs so we can have enough room for our family and for when we have family or friends over. Luckily, my mother in law found this very sturdy wood table for us and it was FREE! I immediately starting searching on Pinterest for the perfect look and I found this picture here, and this tutorial here for how to do it.
My mom has been using Annie Sloan chalk paint for about a year now and loves it. What’s nice about it is you don’t have to prep at all!! That’s right…no sanding or stripping. Plus it doesn’t have an odor which makes it even better. I had no idea the work it would take to do this table but we got it done. My mom did most of it, I am not gonna lie. I am not as fast as her and somehow perfection flows out of her when it comes to doing projects, cooking, finding great deals on Craigslist… the list goes on. Annie Sloan chalk paint is not cheap but I decided to invest since my table was free and I knew the work I would have to do if I ended up staining it, and that is too much of a pain. I am absolutely in love with this table! Some of you have asked for instructions for how to do this yourself. You can do this on all furniture that I know of. I am even going to use it to paint some old picture frames of mine.
You can buy Annie Sloan chalk paint in some stores. I think Black Lion carries it. I bought it at a little vintage antique shop near my mom’s house. You can also buy it online.
Here are the supplies you will need and you will want to follow the tutorial I found here.
- Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Pure White
- Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Paris Grey or French Linen (I used Paris Grey, French Linen is a little darker)
- Annie Sloan Clear Wax
- Annie Sloan Dark Wax
- A soft bristle paint brush
- A black sponge brush (if doing the dark wax to make it have a grey wood feeling to it)
- Clean, white cotton cloths for blending and buffing. (A couple of your husband’s old t-shirts would work perfectly for this 🙂 )
- Plastic to put down so you don’t get paint on your floor if doing it inside
We started with the chairs first. I used the Pure White on them and did two coats, then applied the clear wax to them. Here is a great tutorial on how to apply the clear wax. We just used a white cotton cloth to apply it and a clean one to wipe off the excess. It’s up to you if you want to do the brush or just cloths.
Then we flipped the table over and did the bottom of the table in Pure White with two coats and then applied the clear wax.
Then it was time for the best part, the top. We painted the top with two coats of the Paris Grey and then we put on the clear wax (the tutorial above did the dark wax first, we switched it up). After that dried for about 30 minutes, we put a small amount of dark wax on a paper bag and lightly dipped the black sponge brush in it and dabbed it on the brown bag to get the excess off. Then my mom lightly and carefully started to brush the wax with the grain of the wood and would use a wipe cloth to rub it in to create this really cool grey “wood” look.
Then we were finally done! It took a total of about 6 hours. It was a lot of work, but it was soooo worth it to me. I hope this helps. If you have any questions, let me know. This will not be my last Annie Sloan chalk paint experience. I hope to use this on many future projects. See below for the before and after photos.