Saturday, May 18, 2013

Perfect Little Greige Side Table

I might have a new favorite color of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  French Linen.  I'm in love...

Last week, I went to a fantastic estate sale.  I could have easily spent 3 hours there.  The entire upper level of the building was stacked antique furniture.  AMAZING!  Luckily, for my wallet, my hubby kept texting me to see where I was & how much longer.  I only brought home a small pile ;) This was one of my finds.

The top was a little rough. Perfect for painting.

 When using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you don't need to sand or prime, so a painting I did go.
One nice coat of French Linen.

Then I taped off stripes on the top and painted them a creamy white that I made mixing Annie Sloan "Pure White" with a little bit of French Linen mixed in.

I always have the best luck when I remove the tape when the paint is still wet, just proceed with caution.  I also decided it needed a pop of the creamy white color on the bottom, so I painted the cross braces the same cream color. Then I let it all dry and went to work distressing with 150 grit sandpaper and then 220 to smooth things out. Once smooth, I gave it a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax and buffed to shine. 

Some close-ups...

 If only I had a place for this one... ;)

Do you have a favorite "go to" color you usually end up painting things in your home?  I always lean toward grey-based blues and greens.  My husband actually said I wasn't allowed to paint anymore rooms in the house green. We'll see... ;)

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Coral Pink Stenciled Side Table

I found this beauty at an online garage sale.  Isn't she pretty?  Not so much...

I gave her a good sanding and then mixed up some homemade chalk paint using this recipe.  I went with chocolate brown because I planned on doing some distressing and I wanted the dark brown to show through the coral pink.

Then I forgot to take pictures... Sorry :(

I mixed up another batch of chalk paint using coral pink paint instead and gave it one coat and let dry.  Then I used a set of Martha Stewart stencils on the top and the shelf below.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Pure White" for the stenciling because it was handy.  Then I distressed using 150 grit sandpaper and then 220 grit to smooth it out.  I used Annie Sloan clear wax and then a little of her dark wax in the grooves to make it look aged.  Then another coat of clear on top and buffed with a clean rag.

This table is for sale on my facebook page.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

My Blissful Space Giveaway!

Check out my friend, Crystal's blog, My Blissful Space... She has great ideas and tips for organizing, home decor, etc. She'll even come organize for you!  Plus, she's doing a great giveaway! Check it out!