Good afternoon lovelies!
So I finally pulled the trigger. I have had the same kitchen table since college. It was actually the table that my parents had in their kitchen when I was a kid. It has sentimental value, of course. But I have never been a huge fan of the color/style. I had decided that I was going to have my brother build me a farmhouse table for the space instead. I even downloaded the plans and had started picking out stain shades. But once I got into the process, I kept going back to this old, shot-out table. It really does mean a lot to me to have this table that I spent so much of my childhood sitting at. After thinking about it, I decided to give it another shot. I wanted to give it an update and finally decided on painting it with French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I found a retailer that is near me and picked up a quart and a small can of the clear wax. The store I went to was an absolutely adorable place called ‘Chalk It Up’ in Norcross. Check them out: Chalk It Up.
Below is a before shot:
You can see it was an almost yellow stain on there–not the style I had envisioned for my home. The French Linen is an almost taupe-y vintage style color that I immediately fell in love with.
This is after the first coat. After getting this one on, I was starting to get nervous. More than vintage taupe, it was coming out (as my sweet husband put it) battleship gray. Awesome.
After two coats, my furniture was still obstinately gray. I was freaking out now. Finally, after 3 coats, it started to look more like I envisioned.
Here is the finished product:
It’s still grayer than I envisioned, but I’m thinking some of that is due to the hideous green paint color currently occupying my walls. Hopefully soon, we can have a chance to get a new color in there.
My project for this week is to switch out the light fixture above the table to this beauty:
It’s from World Market and is a steal. The plan is to paint the room a more neutral color, get a black sideboard with some cool art above, switch out the light fixture, get a bench for one side of the table and move two chairs to the ends of the table, get a sheepskin rug for the bench, and possibly get a kilim rug for under the table. Yea. I’ve got a long way to go. But, at least this is a step in the right direction.
By the way, I wound up hanging my new print next the back door. Check it out!
Just imagine how cool this will look once the room is painted!