Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Loving Chalk Paint AND A Winner!


Let me start this post by saying this: Sometimes you just don’t FEEL l like creating. I guess it’s kind of like a writer’s block thing.

The last couple of weeks I haven’t been feeling too CREATIVE at all. I did make a dress form last week to fulfill an etsy order and I did enjoy the process, BUT, other than that I haven’t done too much I would consider CREATIVE.

WELL…that changed yesterday afternoon. I decided to try out the paint I’ve been waiting for for weeks.

Annie Sloan’s CHALK PAINT.

I took a couple of end tables we picked up at auction a few months ago.

Alright, I didn’t take any BEFORE shots. They were your typical dark wood tables. They are extremely well made and VERY solid. Probably from the 40’s or 50’s.

Nice, but dated.


The great thing about this paint?

No sanding.

No priming.

Just the fun part—PAINTING!

I used a couple coats of the Paris Grey.

It’s a beautiful soft neutral and it really worked nicely on these tables.


Then I applied a coat of the dark wax that you can purchase at

I did a bit of distressing and then applied a second coat of the wax.

As you can see, the finish is definitely aged and worn.

I staged them both in my great room. They look pretty darn good in there.

No, I won’t be keeping them. They will be sold in the store or at The Farm Chicks Show.

I couldn’t resist cutting a few more tulips from the garden to add some pops of color to the new tables.

You’ve just GOT TO GET SOME of this great paint. It goes on so smoothly and distressing so nicely. As you sand, it just sort of “powders” off a layer of paint. Great effect.

I'm linking up to Kelli's Restored It Wednesday.

If you've never stopped by her great blog, you've just got to do it! There's some awesome projects there today.


In other news, we have a winner of the red enamel plate stand.

It’s Becky at Abbey Style Home. She is a new follower and I love when she stops by and leaves comments for me.

Congratulations Becky!!!

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway. I love having you all follow and visit.


Hope your week is going great and you find yourself doing something CREATIVE.



  1. The paints that are available now are just amazing. Unfortunately, we don't get most of them on this side of the world. The table makeovers turned out beautifully! Best wishes, Tammy

  2. Hi Cori!
    Such good news in my mailbox this morning! I'm a winner! I adore this cake stand and can't wait to put it to good use on my table!!!

    I never win anything so this is a really BIG DAY!!! Hurray for me!

    I'll be back to check out your table makeovers.
    Becky @ Abbey Style...

  3. Your tables turned out great, Cori. How did you decide which color to buy? I just found out there is a supplier in Tampa, so I'm dying to try some.

  4. The tables look GREAT! Are you sure that you don't want to keep them? I also love your family room there are several things about it that I really like. I must give this chalk paint a try :) Thanks for sharing

  5. annie sloan chalk paint is available throughout the usa now. for your nearest stockist...beautiful job with tables...note....if you use clear wax first followed by dark can manage how rustic it looks.....the dark wax will stain the paint if you don't use clear wax first....goid to know for lighter colors!!

  6. Oh, nice job on the reminds me a bit of white-washing or bleaching finishes we did in the 70s. So when is the next Farm Chicks show?

  7. These look gorgeous! I haven't bought any chalk paint yet, but I'm seriously considering it!


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