I’m venturing into new territory for me here. I’ve decided to splurge on Annie Sloan Chalk paint and transform a little Victorian table into a colorful masterpiece!
I’ve been making my own chalk paint for a while now and it works OK, but isn’t as smooth as I’d like. I’ve stuck mainly to neutral colors like Bistro White, Soft Gray, or Vanilla, and then used either stain, mixed up a glaze, or used a dark wax to give the piece an antique/aged finish. In my first experiment in non-neutral colors, I wanted to try the Annie Sloan palette and see what a difference it would make.
So, here is the little table I planned to transform. It is an antique, Victorian era table, with vintage wheels, some carved detail on the legs, and a cute scalloped edge along the shelves.
The wood on the table wasn’t anything extraordinary and I thought stripping and staining it would still give me a rustic-looking piece. I wanted to refurbish this into something more refined and elegant.
I prepped the table by puttying any cracks and lightly sanding it. I then cleaned it thoroughly with a rag and a spray cleaner.
The color I chose for the table is called Duck Egg. It is a beautiful blue, a little more turquoise than tiffany. I painted the table with one coat, and it covered beautifully. I have to admit, the Annie Sloan paint is so much smoother than anything I’ve conjured up myself. The color choices they had were gorgeous. The hardest part was picking out a color from a palette full of vintage colors.
After the paint had thoroughly dried, I lightly sanded the edges and a few areas to lightly distress the finish. How much you distress a piece is really a matter of preference. I don’t like to take off a lot of paint. I prefer to distress in a few areas that help define the lines of the piece, along the edges.
I used Minwax dark furniture wax to give the table a nice antique and smooth finish. I’ve tried the Annie Sloan wax and use their clear wax frequently however, I found that I like the Minwax finish just as well and it is more cost effective.
I’m really pleased with how the finished table looks. The beautiful color is soft and warm, and looks great in a room with dark wood furnishings. I’m thrilled with the finish. I have to admit that it was worth the higher cost for the chalk paint. The paint was smooth, dried fast, covered extremely well, distressed easily, and saved me a lot of time not having to use primer on the surface.
What do you think of the finished table? I was striving to convert rustic to elegant.