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Friday, August 22

Side Table Makeover: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Side Table Makeover

I'm not a handy person, but am pretty darn proud of myself for my first furniture makeover! A little back story: I bought this side table at a Goodwill in Tallahassee while I was at Florida State (Go Noles!). It was $25 and in fairly good shape, so I couldn't say no. Well, long story short, after graduating in 2009 and moving all over the country for five years, it sat in my mother's garage collecting dust and scratches and probably a spider or two. Now that Tyler and I have moved in and decorated our new apartment, I thought it was the perfect time to take this project piece and make it into something I love.You can see more of my interior decor inspiration on my Pinterest. See more interior decor on the blog.

Vintage Side Table Makeover
$25 Side Table from Goodwill, before its chalk paint makeover!

Vintage Side Table Makeover
Vintage Side Table Makeover
Before the Makeover: Lots of scratches and dents, looking pretty worn out.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I first saw Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a visit to Adjectives Market. Up until then, I was completely clueless as to how to achieve that shabby-chic, worn-in paint look on a piece of furniture. I did a little bit of research (via: Pinterest) and decided it seemed easy enough to try on my own.

Now, here is a little disclaimer. Altogether, the supplies to paint cost around $150 - paint, brushes, rags, sandpaper, etc. And I suppose for $175 I could've bought a pretty kick-ass side table ready-to-go. But I have plenty of paint left after this project.

I like that I was able to customize it completely. A furniture makeover has been something I've wanted to do for a long time so it was pretty rewarding doing this project!

Tyler and I decided to go with English Yellow. Our living room is pretty neutral and I have been wanting to use pops of color as much as I can.
What You Need: Chalk Paint, Soft Wax, (2) Paint Brushes, Sand Paper in a Fine Grit, Rags or an Old T-Shirt

Drawer Knobs, Screwdriver

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow


I'm going to try to make these steps as simple as possible because it took a lot of reading in a lot of places to find steps to what I feel is a pretty simple process. You can see all the steps in the captions below.

Side Table Chalk Paint Makeover How-To
Step 1: Paint directly onto furniture (no need to sand or prep). Use 1 or 2 coats, depending on the desired effect. For this project, I did two coats. Let each coat dry for 20 minutes.

Side Table Chalk Paint Makeover How-To
Step 2:Once paint is dry, use fine-grit sandpaper to give a weathered look on the edges. This step is optional, but I love how it gives the furniture a vintage detail. Sand as much or as little as you want.

Side Table Chalk Paint Makeover How-To
Annie Sloan Soft Wax
Step 3: Wipe down sanded furniture with an old t-shirt or soft rag to remove any dust and sanded paint. Use Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear to seal the chalk paint. Soft Wax also comes in dark for a more antiqued effect, but I used Clear for this project because I liked the color we chose without the antiqued effect.

Step 4: Let the coat of soft wax dry over night before buffing.

Side Table Chalk Paint Makeover How-To
Step 5: This step is optional, but I chose to replace the original drawer knobs with more "vintage" looking ones that I found at Home Depot. World Market and Anthropologie are also really great places to find vintage looking knobs. Do this step after the wax and paint has dried completely.

Side Table Chalk Paint Makeover How-To

The Finished Product

I'm so in love with our "new" side table and so glad I decided to take on this project. All-in-all, it was super easy. All of the tutorials I had read seemed to over-complicate it, but I found that if anything, it was only time consuming. The end result is so rewarding and I'm glad we went with such a bright color. Don't be afraid of color! At least, that's what I'm telling myself.

A few things to note - I have read on several blogs that the entire curing process takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks so we will have to be careful when putting anything wet on our table. Use your coasters, ladies and gentleman! I will be waiting a few days before I put anything on our table just to make sure the paint is completely set.

I'd love to do more furniture makeovers in the future, but for now I'm enjoying my very first project piece who looks quite at home in our apartment.
Learn more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint here.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover How-To


Luxury Apartments Lady said...

I love yellow, it's such a sunny colour! I think you did a great job with this.

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