A few years ago, I bought this table, it’s twin and a coffee table that matched at a garage sale for $25. Not being able to pass up such a good deal, I brought them home where they have rotated between the garage, the living room, the den and the dining room, never quite finding a home. Now my house is definitely an eclectic mix of styles and colors depending on my current “inspired mood” and the most recent estate/garage sale or curb alert finds, and even though I have a country farm type dining table with fat spindle legs, I just didn’t like these tables! Annie sloan and my own DIY chalk paint to the rescue.
I made my own white chalk paint with three parts leftover white paint and one part Plaster of Paris mixed with a little water. I used three coats of the white paint mixture on the legs (not easy painting spindles) and bases of the two end tables. Having recently bought a quart of Annie Sloan “Provence” to use on a previous project (see archives) and having half of a can left, I used two coats of Provence on the tops. I have to admit Annie Sloan’ s paint went on easier and covered better than my DIY version but mine is cheaper. After the paint dried I applied Johnson’s Clear Paste WaX and buffed it to a soft, smooth finish.
Voila, I now love the tables!
Next weekend I’ll do the coffee table…