Buying the china cabinet kind of made me realize that the dings and scrapes and chips in the dining room table weren’t of the shabby chic variety but more the just shabby variety, as seen below.
And so I decided it was time to paint it to match the other furniture in the room. Farmboy absolutely hates painting but he was kind enough to help me set up. First of all he brought some storage bins in from the garage and flipped the table upside down so I could paint the underside and legs.
Love those feet on the table but as you can see, they are not of the shabby chic variety, just plain shabby.
I decided to use Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White for two very good reasons. First, you don’t have to strip the old finish off (and that is the major number one reason) and second, because I just happened to have it on hand.
This was my first experience doing a major piece of furniture using ASCP and I learned a few things. It covers well but you will need 2 coats, which is what other users had posted on their blogs. Second, it’s best to do one coat one day, rest up, and the do the second coat on another day when you’re not quit so tired and not prone to make mistakes (like spill your water bottle all over your nicely painted top). Once it was all painted, I opted to seal it with shiny polycrylic to make it water proof since we would be dining on it and ***ahem*** some of us are clumsy. If I had to do it again I would use a matte sealer. On furniture that I wouldn’t be eating on I would probably have used the wax.
It doesn’t feel like the red-headed step-child at a family reunion anymore. Now it feels like it fits in with the rest of the furniture.
It can show off it’s curvy legs next to the chairs.
And those formerly beat up feet are all nice and smooth and creamy white.
She’s even accessorized and ready to host a meal.
And because we all like pictures, here’s a close up of the center piece.
These are antique glass doorknobs with antique silk flowers on them.
And I’ll leave you with a close up of the detail on the chairs.
While I was busy painting, Farmboy was busy installing a new faucet in the master-bedroom. The old faucet was constantly dripping, and my sink was always wet. I’m so excited to have the new faucet, and the best part was, it was one of the cheaper ones at Lowe’s. Usually the ones I like are at the top end but this one just happened to be a less expensive one.