Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Annie Sloan chalk paint on a dining table

A few weeks ago Josh found a perfectly good pedestal table sitting by the dumpsters around our apartment building. He brought it in thinking that I might want it, and I did. As soon as I saw it I thought instantly that I would paint it white. I've seriously always wanted a white pedestal dining table and have always coveted the ones I saw in the stores. We've been living without a dining table for a so long, it's embarrassing. We didn't have one mostly because we've moved around a bunch and knew that buying a table meant that we'd have to move it, the dining table always seemed like the last thing we really needed. But I'm officially done with not having a table and life is good! 

So how did I fix it up? I started researching the process of painting a dining table and got overwhelmed. I wanted to paint it but I didn't want to do a crappy job. Plus the table needed to be durable. Sanding, stripping, priming, painting, and then a polyurethane finish seemed to be what I needed to do to make it last. I was intimidated and felt lazy. I told my sister in law about how I wanted to take on this task but I hated the thought of doing all those steps (and then waiting in between each step before moving on to the next). She mentioned to me Annie Sloan paint and I was intrigued. 

Annie Sloan chalk paint literally coats and sticks to almost anything without the need to sand or prime. You literally slap it on and it sticks and covers. It leaves a matte finish that's velvety smooth. I was so impressed. I did 3 coats but honestly could have stopped at 2. I just wanted to make sure E V E R Y T H I N G was covered (and a part of me was really in disbelief that only 2 coats of chalk paint was all I needed). After I was done my coats (I waited about 4-5 hours in between coats - it dries crazy fast!), I waited 24 hours before I waxed it. I used Annie Sloan clear wax and an old white t-shirt. I took about a palm size of wax and rubbed it in with the t-shirt. Once I covered everything from top to bottom, I let the wood soak up the wax over night. The next day the table wasn't tacky anymore and was dry and smooth. THEN, I waxed again. I actually did this cycle about 4 times because I wanted to make sure the table was super protected. I knew Wyatt would be eating off of this thing and would be the center of our home. 

Now the cost of Annie Sloan is not cheap. Plus you can't get it at big retailers. I actually looked up Annie Sloan retailers in my area on the official Annie Sloan site. I ended up finding Knot Too Shabby in Glendora, Califorinia, an antique store, and bought everything I needed from them (also, the store is insanely awesomely adorable and I encourage everyone in the SoCal area to check it out). I paid around 38 dollars for a 1 liter pot of paint and 26 dollars for the wax, which is pricey, but I really think it's worth it. I didn't even use HALF of the paint or the wax. I could literally paint and wax another table with the left over Annie Sloan. This paint goes a really long way.

And that's it! I'm really pleased with how everything turned out and I'm super in love with this table. 

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