Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Adventures in Chalk Painting My Table


Over the past 3 years, this Savers table has gone from a distressed creamy white color slapped on by moi, to a crayon covered and scratched surface. The brown stain I used to distress the table had been worn down from frequent Fantastic rubdowns. 



Now know this. We use our table for way more than eating. Proof above and below. It's craft central, a learning station, a game board/card playing/puzzle space, and a messy, kid friendly kind of place. We are not gentle with it. Actually we are gentle with very little around our house. 



Knew I needed to repaint it since it was looking wayyyy more distressed than intended, and wanted to do a better finish on it so messes would wipe off a little easier. 

As is this is the first step to many a project, I Pinterested and internet searched.
Found these pics I liked. 

ballard designs

restoration hardware (I could have this one for just $1,295 ;)

this one was on my pinterest 'tables' board


 Before I started straight away with the repainting, I thought I'd try to strip the table down to just the original wood. If I could find it. It would be so nice to get the look of the restoration hardware table, yet was doubtful/hopeful I could get to that thousand dollar distressed oak look.
Yet I sanded. A lot a lot. And then I had Isaac use this paint stripper spray stuff. It was super messy, but it worked well.







While I was in this starting over process, I also tested the chalk paint to see how I liked it.


We could get some spots to look more 'distressed oakish', but lots of the table just looked like a dark stained wood table. Not close enough to what I was looking for. Sorry, Ike, for the constant mind changing habit I have.


So that's when I decided I better go with painting it. I'd been wanting to try Annie Sloan's chalk paint for a while. Can't believe I waited so long. But that part of the story is for later in this rather long adventure...


You see, while I was deciding on which paint color to go with, I went on my weekly trip to Savers. And guess what I found. 


 

Marked $100, but with my handy ole 20% off coupon, it was $80 for whole set, table and 6 chairs. 

Had to buy it. Maybe it would work in my dining nook where we craft/eat/play/LIVE? It had a cottage type feel I really liked.
If it didn't work, I was sure I could resell it on Craigslist. 


Got it home. Tried it in our room for about a week. Isaac was thrilled I had him rearranging furniture several times so I could 'decide' which direction I wanted to go ;) He is a TROOPER, I tell ya. We had our round table out on our back patio while we tested out this farmhouse style table (with a beautiful leaf that was stored underneath and everything... man it was a find!). I liked it. But, ultimately, I decided that our round table is a better fit for our squarish eating area. The rectangle Savers one was so pretty, and provided more surface space to eat/work/live, but I just kept wanting that familiar circle shape back under our light fixture.

I sold it on Craigslist for $180 in one day. Guess I should have asked for more. But it was still a nice profit. I'd like to go into the business of finding bargains and reselling them for a bit more. It would be such a fun way to make money. Yet, I'm afraid I'd either turn myself crazy with disorganization, or turn into a hoarder.

So now back to painting my round pedestal table.....


I chose the color 'coco' in Annie Sloan's collection. A brownish gray color. The chalk paint is way fun to use and is perfect for an imprompt-a-crafter like myself. Plus, the White Goat store that sells the stuff is a few blocks from our house. It's pricier than regular paint (con), but you need less than you do with other paints (pro). AND it looks just like what I want it to look like with no prep work and little finishing work. Huge perk.
Since this project, I have painted at least 5 other things with the chalk paint. Including that black hutch piece you see in the same room as our updated table.
Maybe those chalk paint projects could be future blog posts as well.




All I did was paint one and a half coats of the CoCo straight onto the table. 
Isaac-- hide your eyes. 
All that sanding and stripping was totally unnecessary. This paint would work well on just about any surface. 

This chalk paint is virtually odorless. Or at least much less strong smelling than normal paint. Which I really really liked. After it dried for 24 hours, I used the Annie Sloan clear wax to rub all over it. I read several blog posts to see how to do this step right. Basically, I just used an old soft rag to wipe a thin layer on the table and then I'd kind of just wipe it off gently. Seems like I did it right. Probably could have gone with a cheaper wax, but I splurged for the AS stuff. Really liked it. I think I'll try adding some brownish stain to it in the future to see how it looks when I make it darker and rub it on to distress a different piece.

Finally, after 24 more hours, I had Isaac put on a coat of this lacquer sealer stuff. I had been told that if you use the piece a lot and if it would be getting wet frequently, that I'd need to seal my chalk paint job to keep it lasting longer. Ummm, I'd say that we use our table often enough to qualify for needing that sealer stuff. Major understatement. 
This product was recommended by Katie on this blog.
Found it at Hope Depot. On the label, it had some harsh chemicals and warnings, so Isaac wore gloves and handled this part. He just painted a thin coat of the stuff over the top surface and edges of the table. 


And here is my finished table. It looks all nice and organized and tidy in these few pictures. We had a dinner party at our house this past weekend, so I was motivated to get this project done. While it was tidy for all of about 24 hours, I took these pics.

I had two of these chairs sitting in our living room area. I really liked them and their slipcovers I had bought a year or two ago on clearance at Ballard Design. Been mad at myself for not buying 4 of the slipcovers when I had the chance, because ever since I would envision how cute 4 of them would look around our round table. Lo and Behold, I found them on eBay a few weeks  back. So excited!!!

Now, I have 4 of them :)) I donated 4 of the other old wooden chairs to Savers, and got 3 coupons in return. Which we all know I will happily trade in soon.

 The slipcovers slip off easily for me to wash them. They also hide spills, crayon markings, and crumbs remarkably well. 

That pretty much concludes my Adventures in Chalk Painting our Table. 




I also hung some plates on the wall. Still trying to decide if I like them there. And that big wood piece above the window/built ins, I'm trying to decide what to put on it. It's been blank for a long long time... ever since I rescued it from laying on the side of the road. 

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I'm thinking I may find some rustic metal letters like the ones above (or like the ones on the Park Hill Home sign) and put a word on it...SMITH maybe? Or maybe a key word from one of our favorite Bible verses? It'll hit me one day.


Here the kids are this morning, adding syrup stickyness to our newly chalk painted table with our festive Jack-o-lantern pancakes. Glad I know how easy it will be to repaint the surface after another 3 years of abuse.

Happy Halloween! 
I'm hoping to be post our costume pics tomorrow.

~morgan





4 comments:

Lauren said...

It looks great! But let me assure you, that although everything says you don't need to sand or strip for the AS chalk paint. I have found that to be untrue. I painted my dining table without sanding or stripping, and it took four coats (which they claim it should not), and you can still see where the original veneer finish was "not great" and a tiny bit raised. I should have sanded. I did like the paint because of the odor-lessness, but I wish I would have gone with my gut and sanded well. Now, I have VERY nice paint and wax over a not nice base. And I have a feeling we'll have to get reacquainted fairly soon.

Morgan Smith said...

good to know, lauren! i have painted a couple of other things since this table and have had good luck without sanding, but they were naturally 'roughened' up surfaces so maybe that's why. i'll know if i have a shinier/slicker surface i'll need to sand first :)

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