End Table Repurpose Part 1: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have a deep, dark secret…even though I love to DIY, I am an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Virgin…at least I was until last night!

Do you have anything that you wish you could do, but for some reason you hesitate? It’s a strange feeling for me!

I am such a “dive right in, think I can do things I clearly can’t, start a project, then google how to after it’s too late” kind of person…

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that I don’t know what to do with these hesitations.

At the moment they are 1. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and 2. Reupholstering those Dining Room Chairs!

Paint ASCP

Well, yesterday I decided to bite the bullet. I am starting small, and even though I tried to convince myself a million times to stray from the experience (back to my comfort zone) I have kept it real. I am redoing an end table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in French Linen. No mixing, no thinning with water, no polyurethane (ugh, that’s when it got tough)!!

And just like any DIY project that involves butterflies, hesitations, arguments with yourself and tears…I am so glad I took the plunge! I am in love :-).

I think ASCP is meant to be experimented with. It is so versatile, you are supposed to mix colors, add water, sand it, not sand etc…I just wanted to know how it felt to do something without all that, so that when I move forward with future projects, I will have a better feel for what I am working with.

There are so many tutorials on the web re: ASCP…and she will actually answer your questions if you ask! Can you believe that she is following me on twitter?? And that’s only because I tweeted about this project that I had butterflies about STARTING.  I love her already :-)

OK…enough chit chat. Here is phase 1 of a 2 part post. I will reveal my finished table tomorrow!

Here is the before:

End Table Before

Not so pretty, but only 5 bucks!! I didn’t even negotiate on that price :-)

Front End Table

I love the hardware, just not the color…but I can’t have a project without a little spray paint!!

End Table Handle

Then comes the moment you realize you get what you pay for :-(

Gross

The center panels on the top of both levels are….??? What the heck are they? I still don’t know! They are squishy, leather like, make that pleather like, water stained, sanded down to some kind of particle board looking…I still don’t know what it is!!

So, even though everyone on the internet has said you don’t need to sand before using ASCP, I couldn’t resist. Mostly because I was on a (failed) mission to figure out what those panels are made of.

Sanding

There was a lot of fretting during this project because I didn’t know what ASCP should look like after one coat, after two coats, after waxing etc…ugh! I should have watched some videos online before starting, but what’s the fun in that :-)

So, what do you think?? Success? Disaster? Have you ever had a piece of furniture with that kind of panel on top? Do you know what it is?? If so, please share!!

Come back tomorrow for the reveal :-)

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DIY Summer Coasters–Giveaway

I am in need of some fun, summertime coasters. I found some plain cork coasters at the dollar store, and am now on a mission to make them FABULOUS…

But, I need your help!

Check out these great ideas below, choose your favorite, cast your vote and enter the drawing as many times as you like. I will send one lucky winner a matching set…and will make the coasters that get the most votes :-). Come back daily for extra chances to win.

Here are the coasters that are in the running:

1. Pottery Barn has these super cool leather coasters for sale, $29 for set of 6. I think I could make these by staining the cork and stitching around the edges with thread. I think these coasters are versatile and timeless.

Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn

2. Head on over to Honey Bee Vintage to see a tutorial on these cute numbered coasters! Melissa did a great job on these!!

Honey Bee Vintage
Honey Bee Vintage

3. Susannah over at SusannahBean made these coasters using fabric, lace and modge podge.I love the plain fabric ones and the possibilities are endless.

SusannahBean
SusannahBean

Here is an example of a fabric I would use:

Home Decor Print Fabric- HGTV Urban Blosson Glacier
Home Decor Print Fabric- HGTV Urban Blosson Glacier

4. Next up are these Map Coasters from The Country Chic Cottage. I am so in love with these, but obviously mine would be round! I think I would use a neutral colored map with a Gray palette.

The Country Chic Cottage
The Country Chic Cottage

5. I also think these coasters are cute {{Source unknown}}. I would do a chevron fabric with a mustache on all 4.

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Source Unknown

6. I fell in love with these Nautical Coasters from Celebrations.com…they would go great in my family room, or next to my driftwood candle holder. I would use Jute and a glue gun to get this look.

Celebrations.com
Celebrations.com

7. These last Paint Swatch Coasters by 645 Workshop are not in the running, because I think they need to be square. But they are too cute not to include in this post!! Definitely on my list for a future project or a great gift for a friend that loves to DIY.

645 Workshop
645 Workshop

So there you have it…lets recap:

1. Pottery Barn Leather Stitched Coasters     2. Numbered Coasters from Honey Bee Vintage     3. Fabric Coasters from SusannahBean     4. Map Coasters from The Country Chic Cottage     5. Mustache Coasters (source unknown)     6. Jute Nautical Coasters from Celebrations.com

Cast your vote by answering question 1 below and then enter the giveaway by completing the other options in the raffle. Remeber you can come back daily for an extra chance to win.

Good Luck!!

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Congratulations to Kim D, winner of the summer coasters giveaway! Highest votes went to the map coasters!! Great choice! Thanks for entering :-)

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