Monday, September 12, 2011

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Before and After Table

I have been on the hunt for a small table or bookcase for the landing at the top of our stairs. This area has been a bit of a challenge because although the wall is large the space available is a moderate size, so whatever piece I put here cannot be too wide, otherwise it juts into the walking path. Originally, I tried a huge oil painting, and that looked good but once I installed my art wall the painting did not match. Then I thought of  a mirror but the mirror sort of floated and looked a little strange.

 Another idea was a bookcase, which I loved because the house is overrun by books but again space is a challenge, and the bookcase stuck out too far. 

Eventually after several incarnations I located this small table, it was an ugly orange brown color so I decided to paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I used old white and just lightly distressed the edges, it is hard to see in the photos but it turned out great. After a few accessories and candles were added I was finished. I was very happy to have the candles in the recent storms, these two hurricane candle holders were instrumental in lighting the hall during the recent power outage from hurricane Irene.

I love how easy this paint is to work with! And of course to distress. I would recommend however wearing a mask, there is a lot of dust from the sanding.

I love how this table turned out and am happy with the space...for now.


 I have also painted a few mirrors to try here above the table to take up some of the blank space. I will show you those later this week.

Update: The tile did not go in last week, I won't go into the details but hopefully they will go in tomorrow. Unfortunately, the big 4 x 7 foot hole in the eating area will be there for a bit. Still waiting on the insurance adjuster.


  1. Looks like you found just the right touch with the table painted white. I also LOVE those hurricane candles.
    Have a blessed day~

  2. Thank you for your visit to my blog and good luck with the transfer paper! Looking forward to seeing what you create with it!

    Your table looks great! Boy, we're all scoopin' up that chalk paint, arent' we? Annie Sloan is doing well! It's a great product!

  3. Oh Elizabeth,

    THIS LOOKS WONDERFUL!!! I did the same thing with an old library table I found this summer at a yard sale. I did not use Anne Sloan's paint, but all the same, my table really came out like yours, with some distressed spots and I am so happy with it! DON'T YOU JUST LOVE TRANSFORMATIONS????

    GOOD JOB MY FRIEND! And I can't wait to see the tile job!!

    Happy day, Anita

  4. how gorgeous! what a satisfying project.


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