Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chalk Paint Endeavor #4

I finally took the plunge to transform these side tables!


I know, I know....there's nothing wrong with them, right? Why would I paint these? The horror!

Disclaimer for all the wood-o-philes: these are mass produced manufactured pieces, by the way. I am not destroying Aunt Ethel's prized antiques! :)

I do love the shape and style of these tables but I bought them when we first moved into our house 4 years ago. I was 11 months pregnant with #1, and in a remarkable twist of fate they were the perfect, exact match set to a coffee table I already owned (purchased in a small little furniture store 2000 miles away in a different state, no less). In a desperate act of "I-need-side-tables-right-now-and-{crazy}-they-match-my-current-coffee-table-so-it's-meant-to-be" I bought them.

But this girl has always got to go changin' things!

Reading Shaunna's FAQs and watching her video on chalk paint and waxes gave me the final UMPH to do this. I highly recommend the video for some FYIs on chalk paint. I also re-watched Miss Mustard Seed's video on waxes. Again, very informative. Just watch them and hopefully your fears will subside enough to get you to hold your paint brush without breaking into hives. At least it helped me.

This is my 4th chalk paint endeavor. #1 & #2 were successful, #3 started to give me hives again but I did some experimenting on that one which I will share in a later post along with some chalk paint lessons learned......

but for now, let's enjoy the after!



Lighter? Brighter? The Mister is not convinced. He says the table looks a bit bipolar. Fancy on top, shabby on the bottom. Ok, I can receive that. It is quite shiny on the top but I love the wood grain pattern so I was nervous to touch it. But I may strip the top and do a wash over it to tone it down a bit....we'll see....this is a work in progress!

Linking up to

Before & After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chick

Piece of Work Wednesday at Primitive & Proper
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming

Transformation Thursday

Furniture Feature Fridays

The Shabby Nest


Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

That chalk paint looks to be amazing stuff. I haven't seen it yet here in South Africa. Will just wait patiently! I think your table looks great. The paint brings out all the pretty little details. Have a lovely day. x Sharon

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

It looks great!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks gorgeous! i love that dark top with the white base and i love the light distressing to bring out those lovely details!

My Life And Loves said...

i love this! it is really gorgeous & professional looking - im sure you are really proud of how it came out!

slommler said...

I love the look!! And why would you have to strip? I thought Chalk paint went over anything? Ha!!!

Deborah March said...

GREAT update!

Miss Kitty said...

My husband and I are working on chalk paint project #1. Thanks for mentioning the wax video on Miss Mustard Seed's blog...I watched it all. I learned that the one drawer I did wax, I probably did it the "wrong" way so you saved me from messing the whole thing up.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks really lovely!! I'm curious to see if you change the top or not! I'm toying with painting my dark wood night stands because the tops are really damaged. I can't re-finish them because they are made of cheapy wood (but really pretty nightstands). I am eating up all these paint chalk blog posts. They may give me the courage to go for it!

leah mari said...

just tell him it European haha. i totally love it! and the dark on top is great!

Betheny said...

Love it! I'm SOOOO looking up these tecniques. I just bought a dresser for my daugther's room that TOTALLY needs this.
Thanks for the linkies. ;)
Love the 'bipolar' comment from the hubby. My husband is the exact same way. ;)

Michele said...

I love them. I did a table very similar to yours exactly the same way! Leave them the way they are, I love the contrast!

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

I say leave them as they are! Looks awesome!
I think I need to order some chalk paint!

Jackie said...

Hi! Jackie here, found your blog via Under the Table & Dreaming! I just adore your bipolar table! It looks great!! Nice job!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Lori - The table transformation looks fabulous. Love the painted finish on the bottom - fantastic job! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! Love how this came out!! Such a charmer! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Lisa said...

Hi Lori, I found your blog via Fern Creek Cottage and am having fun perusing your painting projects and Craigslist finds! Great blog - looking forward to reading more :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Another fabulous transformation!! Martina

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