I had my current side tables since the early 1990s when we purchased our first home. I wanted round tables instead of rectangle tables. I also wanted them to be painted to match or coordinate with my painted wall.
I had been looking for a while, not finding anything finished that I liked. Last spring I found a set of unfinished side tables online that I really liked. I paint found items, so I could do it right?
When I opened the box, I became intimidated. It seemed overwhelming, plus I wanted to do them right. They weren’t something I was going to sell, but actually be in my own living room. So they sat in my garage all summer. As a matter of fact I painted nothing the entire summer. I just couldn’t get past my intimidation.
Finally in September I knew that the weather was going to start getting cold. I do not have heat in my garage. I need to get them done. One Saturday while my husband and boys were gone I pulled them out and started painting.
I used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, Louis Blue. It was a close match to my wall. I loved that I didn’t have to sand or use a primer. I also knew I wanted dark table tops, so I stained them. Then I got intimidated again. I wasn’t sure how to finish them. A new business in town, Eco Chic Boutique, was holding their first chalk paint class in town. I jumped on the chance to learn some new ideas about painting. I learned about their clear Soft Wax. I grabbed some and came home to finish my tables. Big M helped me put the tables together.
I am really happy with how they turned out. They are little taller than I would prefer but after enjoying them in our living room for a couple of weeks, we have adjusted to their height. It feels great to know I finished this project, and we all love it. Now I am trying to figure out what else I can paint.
Have you used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint?