French Linen or Battleship Gray?

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.

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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:

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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. IMG_4379.jpg

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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.

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Here is the finished product:

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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:

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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!

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Just imagine how cool this will look once the room is painted!

-K

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