Painted Furniture Before & Afters with Chalk Paint

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This one is not a Graphics Fairy project, per say, but since I am the Graphics Fairy and it is my project, I’m popping it on to this blog! I just wanted to share a couple of pieces of Furniture that I worked on for my shop this week using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that we’ve all been hearing so much about lately. I wanted to see, for myself, what all the fuss was about!

My neighbor sold me a few pieces from his mother’s estate. I don’t buy a lot of furniture anymore, but these pieces were small and had nice details. And I was itching to try out my new paint so, his timing was perfect! The photo above shoes a little decorative Coffee Table.

This piece is a small piano bench with ornate legs. Pardon my Garage floor!!

I used Paris Grey on both pieces. I did one full coat and then a second partial coat, although I probably didn’t need the second coat. And then I distressed it. I still need to go back and wax the pieces, I didn’t have any of the wax at the time, but I just picked some up. I have to say although the paint is pricey, a little goes a long way, and you save so much time by not having to do as many coats! The finish really is gorgeous, and I know it will be even better with the wax. My favorite part was how well it sanded, I thought I would need my electric “Mouse” sander, but just a few swipes with a sanding block was all I needed! Even more importantly, to me, is the fact that it washes off your hands and it’s not harsh on your skin like regular paint! For many many years, I painted furniture every day for my business, and then a few years ago I had to stop, because regular paint suddenly began giving me horrible rashes on my arms. Ugly! Although, I will probably never go back to painting that much again, it’s nice to know when I do want to paint I can grab some Chalk Paint and go to town without harming my skin! I just wanted to say thank you to my friend Marian at Miss Mustard Seed for introducing it to me. If you want to read more about Chalk Paint, just visit Annie Sloan’s site. She also has a list of stockists so that you can find some near your location. I highly recommend it for your DIY projects!
(Just so you know this is my own opinion, and nobody paid me to say this!!)

Pssst! Here’s a Hot Tip! Miss Mustard Seed is running a Chalk Paint Giveaway on her site, right now until June 19th! You can find it HERE.

I’m linking this one up to:

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest




  1. yep! your blog! you can post what you want! I got some of annie’s paint in paris grey but haven’t used it yet. Plan to use it this week on a couple of end tables. Your table looks great!
    hope you’re having a great weekend,

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  3. I say, it’s your blog, you post what you want!! Very pretty!
    What kind of wax are you using over the painted table/stool?

  4. They look great, Karen! I love the Paris Grey ~ that’s the next one I want to try. I am still working on a dresser that I did Old White; I just got my dark wax and am trying that over it {in between babysitting the granddaughter!}.

  5. Beautiful. I’ve never heard of chalk paint, but it sounds terrific.

  6. Thanks everyone!

    I got the clear wax and the dark. I’m not sure which I’ll use yet. I need to go back to my shop this week and get that done!

  7. I just laughed out loud,I read – “nobody painted me to say this” ;-) I wish I could find the chalk paint in my neck of the woods! I love how it turned out Karen!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am curious too…what kind of wax did you use. I have just ordered some “chalk paint”. Can’t wait to try it!!

  9. Lovely, lovely tables. You did a great job.

  10. You can have a look at the painted furniture before and after. Nice

  11. I know you say clear or dark wax, but could you say what type of wax? Butchers’ Wax, Brand of Furniture Wax, Car Wax, Floor Wax. etc? Thanks.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Hi Gail,
      I used Furniture wax. I used the same brand as the paint, it’s all by Annie Sloan!

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