DIY: table & chairs using Annie Sloan chalk paint (& a lot of elbow grease!)

12.9.12

I have been dying to share some photos of our newly painted and sanded table and chairs which take pride of place in our dining room. After a fair bit of hard work and paintbrush induced blisters we are so pleased with the final result.


When Jonathan and I moved into our new home together last November we gained some extra rooms and had a long list of furniture to buy for our extra space. We live in a 3-storey house where the garage has been converted to make an extra room which is brilliant, as we wouldn't utilise a garage enough and our driveway is big enough for 2 cars.

We decided we wanted this room to be mainly a dining room, but it also has a comfy sofa area and a tv so it doubles up as a relaxing space as well as being my workout space too. A multifunctional room if ever there was one!

A family member of Jonathan's offered to give us a dining table and 6 chairs that they no longer needed, and as we were on the lookout for a dining table we jumped at the chance.

The table and chairs are wooden, but were coated with layers and layers of varnish which was quite dark and not to our taste. Also it didn't fit in with the colour of the wooden floor and the other things in the room, but we used it for several months using tablecloths to disguise the dark varnish.

The table mid-sanding and the chairs pre-painting

It was always on the radar to sand it down, but it was such a huge job that it was always at the bottom of our "to do" list. Eventually we sanded a little bit of the table top which revealed such lovely wood underneath that we were determined to transform it into something we loved.

When I heard about Annie Sloan paint I knew I had to get my hands on some for several reasons. Firstly it can be painted over varnished wood, so there would be no need to sand the entire table and all of the chairs, and the colours in the range are all beautiful - think creams, greys, duck egg blues, and lovely greens. I had seen several table and chair sets with a wooden top and cream legs/chairs so I thought that using one of the lovely Annie Sloan shades would definitely give us the look we wanted.


We opted for a tin of Cream and a tin of Paris Grey with the view to have chairs in both colours to break it up a little.

Now this is my kind of painting, slapping it on with no priming or sanding to do, and getting really good coverage due to the thickness of the paint. Between Jonathan and I it didn't take too long to get the chairs done which left time to use plenty of elbow grease to sand the table top by hand. The layers of varnish soon started to come away, leaving a lovely wooden table.

Once the table legs were painted I went over everything with a second coat. One coat would have sufficed had we wanted a slightly "shabby chic" look as in places the paint hadn't fully covered the varnish, but as we didn't like the varnish colour underneath a little bit of touching up with a second coat looked much better.


We didn't use any wax over the top however this is something we plan to do at some point to protect the paint from any greasy marks or chips.

I'd love to try doing a piece of furniture with one coat of Cream and a top coat of Paris Grey (or vice versa) then sanding down the top coat to give a lovely used look. We have got plenty of paint left so I'm definitely keeping my eye out for my next victim!

We are so pleased with our new table and chairs. For the price of two tins of Annie Sloan paint and a couple of brushes we have a beautiful table set which fits perfectly with the room. We make a point of always eating our table at the dinner now and we are proud of what a little bit of elbow grease has produced.

31 comments:

  1. I love the look of this! Not so sure how my parents will react to me wanting to do this to our dining room table and chairs so will have to wait till I have my own place :) xx

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  2. This has inspired me to plaint our coffee table again. I used gloss paint before and it's started peeling off (top tip: don't use gloss on furniture). Definately going to try the Annie Sloan!

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    x

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  3. This really does look lovely. I need to do the same to a heavily varnished table my dad gave us. Sanding is the worst job ever though!! x

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  4. i love the table and chairs :) it looks so vintage and inviting. Makes you wanna actually use the table.

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  5. That looks lovely - has such a country easy going feel to it. I love the look of the table top itself - so pretty being able to see all the grains.

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  6. It looks great, well done you! x

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  7. What a fab job you did together! Table and chairs look great! I bet your home looks beautiful if these are anything to go by x

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  8. it looks great now! We got a cheap ikea table off ebay and I've been meaning to sand down the table top for ages to improve it as it's looking a bit battered but just haven't got round to it.

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  9. Ahhhh i am in the process of doing this!! if only i bloomin knew about Chalk paint- too late now :(

    its such hard work- 1 chair sanded in a whole day grrrr xx

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  10. Your table looks beautiful! Well worth the effort! Thank you for also pointing me in the direction of the Annie Sloan paint, i've been looking for the right finish in black for my bedside table and the chalk paint is it! Ordering! :-) X

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  11. I'm so interested in using the Annie sloan chalk paint, I've got lots of tired old furniture that could definitely use it.
    xx

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  12. Beautiful table, you've done a fantastic job! I quite fancy having a go at taking on a similar project myself!

    Love your dress in these pics, hope you don't mind me asking but where's it from? xx

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  13. You should be very pleased, they turned out great! The table looks so sweet with the flowers sat ontop too. How i wish i had my own home to do things like this!

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  14. I love what you did with the table!

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  15. Lovely! I love the idea of taking something old and used and changing
    it into something beautiful. Great job!

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  16. Oooo that looks so pretty! This paint sounds amazing especially with no sanding. That's the bit that puts me off painting over things. x

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  17. It looks absolutely gorgeous!!
    Looks like something from a magazine:)
    Love it with the flowers in the middle, and the placemats are so lovely!
    You did a great job, well done!

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  18. Wow what a change they look amazing. I think I will have to steal your idea for future ref!! Well done :)

    The Furey Follies.

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  19. I absolutely love your table + chairs! I'm usually more of a coffee-table eater (I'm never home, and when I am I'm usually on the run) and at most have a little breakfast nook, but you have given me some serious table lust!

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  20. I absolutely love your table + chairs! I'm usually more of a coffee-table eater (I'm never home, and when I am I'm usually on the run) and at most have a little breakfast nook, but you have given me some serious table lust!

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  21. You guys did such a great job with this! It looks fantastic! Now I want to find one for my own. x

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  22. It looks beautiful! Well done, very good handiwork indeed!

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  23. This is such a fantastic idea! just what i need to do to our dining room table and chairs (we were also given them from family members). thanks so much for this tip!

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  24. @Emma - Chelsea Girl at River Island :)

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  25. Love this, table looks amazing! x

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  26. This is gorgeous. Really inspired me to sand mine down, shows its really worth the effort. Thanks

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  27. Your table and chairs look so beautiful! Definitely worth all the effort. They look so fresh. I'm planning to redecorate my pine dresser soon. It has been sitting in the garage for a year but I will do it this winter!

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  28. Your table and chairs look stunning, well done guys! xx

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  29. This table and chairs looks amazing, can't believe the transformation. My absolute dream dining table! and the plants and place mats complete the look perfectly! <3

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  30. Awesome, you have so inspired me not to buy a new dining set but to buy second hand and paint it...thanks for all the tips!

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