Would you be able to see the potential in these yard sale tables? One is a large coffee table, one is an end table, and one is a sofa table. All with caning, missing the glass inserts that were originally included in this 1980’s set. I picked them up for $30 for all three!
I started with the coffee table. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, but it was an EPIC FAIL. This is the first time I haven’t been pleased with the outcome using Annie Sloan, but I think the tables had a lot of furniture wax built up on them, so it kinda seeped through the two coats of paint I applied. Not acceptable. And I decided I wanted a glossier finish on the coffee table. So I lightly sanded it and put two more coats of Benjamin Moore’s White Dove in a semi-gloss finish.
Perfectly perfect! I LOVE my new coffee table, even though I had to use four coats of paint. Still a bargain when it was all said and done!
You can see the newly-painted end table in the above photo, as well. For that piece, I lightly sanded it FIRST, then painted it with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue. I finished it off with a coat of clear wax and a buff. I love the slight sheen.
Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue with Clear Wax
It turned out great, with no furniture wax bleed-through. I haven’t painted the sofa table yet – I don’t really need the piece, so I might save it until I have a client who needs it. The lesson here is that if you have an old piece of furniture that may have decades of furniture wax on it, it may need a light sanding before using Annie Sloan paint. If you notice bleed-through in spots after one coat, go ahead and lightly sand it (and dust completely) before putting on another coat.
If you get a chance, check out the latest Benjamin Moore ColorChats blog where some of my work is featured and I’m quoted a few times in Leah Rosch’s article about taking the stress out of choosing a new color palette for your home.
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