My parents were generous last year and gave me an old table to use in our dining room.  A table that I ate at as a child.  I’m not big on sentimental things, but it’s fun having this piece in my house.  However, after having it here for a while and trying out a few different tablecloths, it just simply wasn’t working for me.

Have you heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?  The Nester introduced it to me a few months ago.  It is fantastic.  What’s so great about it is that it takes away almost all the necessary steps for painting furniture.  No stripping, no sanding, no priming required!

I thought that this paint would be the perfect solution to my table woes.  So off I went to Lowes to get the rest of the supplies I needed.

Here is a picture after the first coat of paint. {Remember, no primer, or sanding…}

Here is a close up… one thing about this paint is that you will most likely see brush strokes.  It goes on pretty thick, and dries rather quickly.  So you have to move fast.  But I kind of like this look, it feels more comfortable to me. If that makes any sense.

Here it is again after the second coat of paint.  All of these steps so far I did in one evening.  Isn’t that fabulous?

After I applied the second coat, I wanted to wait a day to let the paint really dry.  And although it’s not necessary, I wanted to sand the table top a little just to make it smoother. So I waited, and sanded the next evening with a fine grit sanding block.

Which meant I was ready for the last step: applying the wax.  Annie Sloan also makes a soft wax that is SUPER easy to apply and leaves a nice, soft finish to the piece of furniture your working on.

That picture up there is what my table looked like in between waxes.  Two coats would definitely protect the paint from chipping or fading, but who has time for all of that?  So the table became a holding area for about a week until I could return to do the finishing touches.

And the finished project!  I had a lot of fun with this one.  The table turned out better than I could have planned for, and it brightens up my dining room just enough.  I will definitely be using Annie Sloan paint again.  And I am excited to experiment with different colors and textures.

And PS ::: see those folding chairs around my table?  They have a bright future ahead of them.  Stay tuned!


3 thoughts on “How I Changed My Dining Room

  1. reeve

    yay! It looks so great and I really love the globe on the table…never thought of that before?! I have plans for my folding chairs too…do you think we have the same ideas?


  2. Courtney Laib

    It looks great Karrie! I’ve sooo been wanting to paint our dining room table white too, and I think you just gave me the courage to do it! And it sounds like chalk paint is the way to go. Thanks for sharing!


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