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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Repurposed Rusty Barstools

Today I am excited to share a quick and easy facelift for rusty metal furniture.

We have a set of four barstools that were meant to be inside barstools, but we have them outside since that is where they are the most useful for us. I didn’t think twice about it, we used them all summer last year and when we went to start cleaning up the yard this spring, this is what we found. Rust and Spider Webs!! Yuck!!

Rusty stool 1

The barstools had rusted and they looked AWFUL. I think a lot of people would have thrown them out at this point, but once you realize just how  easy and how quick a facelift could be, you will be shopping around for ugly rusted metal furniture at thrift stores, antique shops and yard sales to take home and refinish.

I was originally going to recover the seat as well, but the seats are in too good of shape. I decided maybe that could be a future project when they truly need it. So for now, I took the seats off (4 easy screws) and got out my spray paint! I used Rustoleum hammered finish spray paint in Dark Bronze and I love it!! (More like gunmetal gray than bronze)

Rustoleum Hammered Finish Spray Paint

I sanded off the obvious chunks of rust quickly and got to work.

Rusty Stool

Each stool took a maximum of 10 minutes to cover and ONLY ONE COAT!! They are dry to touch in 30 minutes and I finished them off with a quick once over for spots I may have missed. This stuff doesn’t drip unless you get really heavy. It is fabulous!!

Painted stool 1

Notice the pallet in the background? Check back later this week to see my finished Pallet Herb Garden Perfect for small spaces too!

Hammered FinishStool

I tried to get a close up of the hammered finish. I love things that don’t require perfection :-)

Here is a side by side of the before and after

Side by side stools before and after

And here is the set of four

Four stools

I love them even better than the shiny finish they had originally!!

Four Stools 2

The best part of this project was it was quick and easy!!

The Alameda County Antique Fair is this Sunday. Cannot wait to go shopping for more JUNK!!

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