Hey guess what? You’re getting a before and after from ME today! I know, I know, pigs flying and whatnots. Well, if you follow me in Instagram (betterafterlnz) you may have seen the $14.99 Goodwill table I scored a few weeks (ok months) ago.
It was kind of gross. My husband was not thrilled.
Well, it sat in my garage forever until the kind folks at Annie Sloan Unfolded offered me a chance to try out their Chalk Paint® decorative paint, in my choice of colors. Exciting! Though I was a Chalk Paint® virgin, I’ve seen duck egg blue successfully used in bloglandia hundreds of times, and thought it might look nice with my gray walls, so I decided to give it a go.
I sanded and stained the the tabletop nice and smooth, but wasn’t about to spend forever on those legs, which were coated in some sort of neglected waxy lacquer-like substance. Luckily, the premise of this paint is that you can skip the sanding and priming steps and get straight to it.
Tada! What do you think? She’s worth a little more than $14.99, I hope! I used Kona
stain by Rustoleum on the top, and buffed it up to a soft finish with Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
. The Chalk Paint® was awesome to work with, I was shocked at how well it covered. In fact, I even had to water it down a bit.
Psst: Want to see what it really looks like in real life?
Ha ha! I don’t normally have it tastefully styled with books and candles. No, this is where I keep this MASSIVE houseplant that I brought home from my Papa’s funeral last June. It’s sentimental and reminds me of him, so obviously I can’t bring myself to part with it, but man that thing is starting to take over the house.
Hey, here is one more project from me. I’m on some kind of roll! I wanted to add in a little more of duck egg blue
in the room, so I made this sign out of an old piece of plywood and a stencil. There is a little heart on Arizona, if you can tell. The white color also is also from Annie Sloan and called old white
(I forgot to take a before… this is the back!)
Even though I didn’t distress the table, I wanted to really rough up the sign, just to see how the paint performed. I’d heard many times how great Chalk Paint® it is to sand down and distress, and I was thrilled with the results.
And a couple more beauty shots, just for funzies.
If you are interested in learning more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® decorative paint, here are some links for you!
Have a great weekend friend!