Add a pop of color to your next dessert table with this simple Chalk Paint® table tutorial! It’s the perfect way to change things up from your regular old tablecloth or table runner. Thanks to Annie Sloan for sponsoring this post! While the post is sponsored, I really do love the paint and all opinions are 100% honest and my own!
Today is my 30th birthday. And I can’t believe it took me 30 years to paint my first piece of furniture. THIRTY YEARS. Granted, I was doing a lot of other awesome things like growing up and sky diving and having a kid, but after painting a table with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan this week for an upcoming party, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. To be honest, I was intimidated by the idea of painting something. I loved my watercolor class at SNAP but watercolor painting is one thing; painting furniture is a completely different story. Luckily, Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is perfect for beginners like me or for the most accomplished DIYers out there.
Before I show you how easy it is, let me first tell you about this table because you guys, I spent weeks looking for the perfect table. I am not one of those people who can go into a thrift store and visually turn a scrap of wood into some gorgeous piece of furniture. I can turn some piece of junk into the perfect cake stand but furniture, it is not my thing. And that means that picking out the perfect table was harder than I thought it would be because I didn’t have a clue what “the perfect table” actually looked like. Then I found it.
This table was at a thrift store about an hour away from my house that I never otherwise would’ve even looked in except I was trying to be nice and pick up some lunch for my husband after a blogging event. I just happened to drive by this Good Will and told myself, oh I’ll run in real quick and just check. It was covered up with a huge box of stuff that I had to haul off of the table to even get a good look at it but as soon as I looked it over, I knew it was the one. Love at first sight. Okay, maybe not first sight, maybe a few minutes later when the store manager told me I could have the table for FIVE DOLLARS. FIVE DOLLARS! Even if the table ended up being the ugliest thing in the entire world, it would only have cost me five dollars.
I may become one of those thrift store furniture shoppers after all.
Fast forward a couple of days to earlier this week. My son goes to preschool once a week for two hours, which means that if you account for my driving time there and home, I have about 90 minutes of free time to do whatever I want. This week I wanted to paint a table. And in my 90 minutes of free time, I finished the entire thing including two coats + wax. That’s the beauty of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. It’s not intimidating like I thought it was, it doesn’t take hours and hours to dry, and you don’t have to be a painting expert to make something beautiful.
DIY Chalk Paint® Table
I chose Paris Grey for my table because it’s a good neutral that will go well with pretty much every party color scheme I can come up with. Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan isn’t just for furniture, I also painted a small distressed crate I picked up on clearance with Scandinavian Pink to add a little pop of color to contrast the grey of my table. It would be perfect for other party decor like chargers, cake stands, and even just a good old vase or mason jar! Maybe that’ll be my next project.
First, paint your first coat of paint.
One of the main tips that I can give you when it comes to painting with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is to paint with a big brush like the Annie Sloan Bristle Brush and to paint in every which way, making sure to cover the entire surface. It’s not like painting a wall where there’s a specific method to the madness, it’s literally just covering the surface with the paint, painting however you choose. That’s what makes it so easy and so hard to screw up, even if you’re like me and not a seasoned DIYer.
Once you’ve painted your first coat of paint, let it dry for 20-30 minutes or until it’s dry and then paint a second coat. I painted the top of my table first and took this picture to show you the difference between the grey color of the tabletop and the white legs. The grey looked a little bluish going on but once it dried, it was the beautiful cool grey color I was looking for.
After your second coat, apply a thin layer of clear Soft Wax by Annie Sloan to seal the paint. I decided to not distress my table at all because I like a more modern look but you could do a little distressing here with some sandpaper and then add one more final coat of clear wax if that’s your thing. With the wax, less is more. You just want to add a little bit to every surface of the table and then buff it in nicely. And if you forget my tips, there are fantastic instructions right on the side of the container.
I love how my table turned out. I’ve styled a ton of party tables over the past two years since I started blogging but this is the first time that I actually painted a table as part of the styling. The colors for my upcoming party are grey, black, white, and pink, so the grey table is not only gorgeous, it’s actually a major part of my table decor. I love how it adds contrast to the white dishes and cake stands that I use ALL. THE. TIME. And that remade old distressed crate will come in handy to hold my silverware and napkins.
I uploaded a photo of my table to the #MadeItMyOwn photo gallery on the Annie Sloan website for a chance to win $100s of dollars in Annie Sloan prizes and you can too! Just follow the instructions on the #MadeItMyOwn website and submit your own projects that you made using Annie Sloan products for a chance to win, but hurry because the contest ends on September 30th!
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