Side Table Makeover {Annie Sloan Chalk Paint}

So by now you know that I’m in love with chalk paint. I basically shout it from the rooftops whenever I get the chance. It totally transformed my fireplace, and is now helping me to makeover my dining room, one furniture piece at a time. The first piece I tackled is this old Ikea table that we bought when we were first married. Even though it looked fine with our barnwood organizing bins, I was so over the warm wood tone and ready for a change!

I chatted with Shaunna about some different color options and decided on the gorgeous Aubusson blue as an accent color.
I seriously would kiss this paint if I could….and it wasn’t so messy. I love that you don’t have to prep the piece at all before beginning to paint.. Because of this, I had a regular paint shop going on in my kitchen a few weeks ago…

Once I finished painting, I decided I wanted to add a little more depth to the piece, so I brushed on Valspar’s Translucent Color Glaze in Mocha, focusing on the cracks, bumps and holes in the wood.
It’s a bit scary, but immediately you can see a difference. Basically, you brush the glaze on, let it sit for a minute and then wipe it off with a lint-free cloth (I used an old t-shirt).
Shaunna recommends that you use wax before distressing and adding a glaze, but oops! I didn’t know that before I tried it. As I was wiping off the glaze, the paint came with it! Ahhhh! So then,I had to repaint and reglaze. Ugh. So…. paint, wax, then glaze and distress!
Finally, once the paint had dried, I waxed the entire piece in order to protect it from damage. I used this method  and it helped me tremendously and worked like a charm! This wax is unbelievably smooth, goes on like butter and goes a long way. I’ve never tried the other brands of furniture wax, but now that I’ve tried Annie’s, I don’t think I ever will.
I made sure to let it cure for the specified time before setting anything on it, and then got busy decorating for Fall. Now for a slew of pretty pictures….
I can’t get enough of this color. It doesn’t scream at you, but it makes a statement, you know? It’s like he’s saying in a very polite voice, “Look at me. Aren’t I handsome?”
I’m on the lookout for some late Fall/Winter decorative pillow or covers, so if you have recommendations, send them my way!
Gotta love the details.
And look! A sneak peek at my new accent wall partly dressed up! I’m still messing around with the layout of things, but we’re getting closer to the big reveal!
 I’m thinking it’s a whole lot prettier now, but let’s take a look at the before and after, shall we?


 What do you think of the transformation? I like it so much better.



  1. Michelle says

    I LOVE it!!! I am so amazed by your projects [everytime] and by how a simple change makes such a huge impact. I have heard so much about this chalk paint but I have never seen it in person. Is there a special store you have to buy it from?

  2. says

    thanks for the tip on the glaze–I was about to do a similar technique on a secretary desk and would have wound up repainting too! Whew BTW where on the east coast are you? Im at the jersey shore!

  3. says

    The table looks beautiful. Another thing that caught my eye is the wall that sneaks into the picture of the table from the side view – the one with the J, K and ampersand and picture. Did you ever do a post on how you did that? I’d be interested in checking it out. If not, that’s okay. Thanks!

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