Our family has TONS of furniture passed down over the years on both sides of our family. While it is nice to get
free family heirlooms, it’s sometimes hard to blend some of these pieces with your more current, modern furniture. I’ve found a lot of the pieces are a dark wood and my style is definitely LIGHT and BRIGHT COLORS. One solution to this problem is painting the furniture. I know, I know…believe ME… I had that same pang of guilt thinking of painting a piece of furniture that belonged to my grandmother, let alone my GREAT grandmother. BUT, lets be honest–painted, shabby chic furniture is totally in! So why not make the family furniture CUTE and functional?
I have two end tables in my new family room that came from my maternal grandmother’s “formal” living room. I’ve been wanting to paint them for awhile now, but haven’t brought myself to buy a sander, primer, and paint. I recently got together with one of my best friends from high school and she told me about this amazing new paint product called “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint“. At first I thought she was talking about actual chalk board paint, but after further discussion she told me it was a paint that you could use to paint furniture and there is absolutely NO prep work! She had me at “No prep work”. Yes, you are reading this correctly. That means NO sanding and NO priming!
My aunt Susan and I found an adorable shop in Orange, VA called “Shabby Love“. The owner, Hanna Kappes, does workshops using the Annie Sloan Chalk paint, so Susan and I signed up and did it last weekend. You are allowed to bring one piece of furniture that you can carry and they supply the rest (brushes, rags, paint, etc.) I of course took some pictures along the way…..
I brought one of my end tables from my family room and Susan brought a chair that belongs to my great-grandmother’s kitchen set.
You don’t have to sand your furniture before painting, but both of our pieces had a very glossy finish, so we sanded it a little bit to “rough it up” . This will cause the paint to absorb a little better, but its not required!
Susan and I both decided on a gray color called “French Linen”. I decided to do the top and the front of the drawer/cabinets in a cream colored called “Old Ochre”. We ended up doing two coats. How many coats you do is up to you depending on what type of coverage you want. A little bit of paint goes a LONG way though!
You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. The paint dries surprisingly fast. Do not hold the hair dryer too close to the furniture or it will cause the paint to have a “crackled” look, which looks pretty cool if that’ s the look you’re going for. Otherwise, keep that dryer at a safe distance.
Once your last coat of paint has dried you apply the clear wax using a clean rag. You rub it in small circles around the whole piece. It is very similar to waxing a car! Once you’re finished waxing you take another rag and wipe off the excess or “buff” the furniture until it is smooth.
One of the last steps is sanding to give the “shabby chic” look. You want to sand on any edges that would get worn after many years of use. This of course isn’t a requirement, but I love that look! Once you’ve finished sanding you re-apply the wax to the sanded areas. You finish with another wipe down or “buff”…….and then you’re finished!
In the class we also learned that you can use this paint on pretty much ANYTHING from outdoor furniture to stairs and kitchen cabinets. It really is that versatile!
I love that I can enjoy a piece of furniture from my grandmother, but also have it fit with the rest of my decor. What do you think?
What a fun day! I can’t wait to paint my other end table. Do you have any pieces of furniture you’ve been wanting to paint?