Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sewing Table with Chalk paint by Moi

When my parents moved out of their old house my mom gave me an old sewing table she didn't want anymore.  My dad had been using it as his bedside table, and the number of cup rings on the top of this thing was insane!  I mean, seriously, I'm giving the man coasters for Christmas this year! I don't have a before picture of it but I found this picture online of a similar one:
It was no where near this condition.  There is a huge crack down the center top and it was in overall 'weathered' condition, to put it mildly.  I love old and chippy, but this just looked...beat on.

The hubster has ma-ha-ha-jor issues with painting any wood - am I the only one that has to deal with this?  It takes weeks of gentle hints, showing him pictures, and generally coaxing him to take deep breaths.  Sheesh.  

I dream of Annie Sloan chalk paint but also of being debt-free, so I thought I would try my hand at mixing my own.  There are a gazillion tutorials out there on how to do it so I figured, what the heck.

I used non sanding grout and some clearance paints I found at home depot.  I just kinda eyeballed the measurements.  A couple of Tbsp. of grout to a couple cups of paint.  You have to work fast 'cause this stuff wants to set up quickly.  

I didn't take step by step pictures.  Like I said, I had to work fast.  Here it is all purdied up.  I love the chalky finish.

Much to the chagrin of the hubster I decided to leave the drawers the original finish.  They were still in good condition and when I stuck them back in I really liked the pop.  He thinks it looks '80's - I think he has issues.  

I lightly distressed a couple of spots with a sanding block and sealed the whole thing off with some furniture wax.

I'm kinda digging the contrast.

Sorry for a picture with Christmas decorations...what kind of blogger am I? but I wanted to show a picture of the table in the room and this is the picture I had.  I think it turned out pretty stinkin' cute!

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  1. It looks very cute now! You chose a great colour!

  2. that is awesome! i love the shape of this piece, and the two toned color combo is my favorite thing. soo glad you kept the drawers in wood. fabulous!

  3. What a great shape! And the wood drawers look fantastic.