annie sloan paint on a drop leaf table

If you follow along on Snapchat (CBLied), you may have seen me painting this drop leaf table a few weeks ago. I have been considering painting this piece of furniture for years, but have always been afraid that I would mess it up and regret it.  It’s a sentimental piece because my mom bought it in Nashville when she was pregnant with me.  When I got married we didn’t have a breakfast room table and she was considering getting rid of it, so it was meant to be!

If anyone could help me take the plunge to transform this table into something that’s more “me,” it’s Deborah and her team at Peinture Studios in Costa Mesa (check her out here – seriously, she’s the coolest).  I met her at her store (and classroom if you’re interested in taking one of her workshops!), and together we looked at photos of this table and paint samples.  After taking two paint samples home and mulling over them… I ended up deciding to combine the two!

This table is one coat of Country Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, followed by a coat of Old White.  Afterward I applied a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax and voila! Done.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was – three coats and it was done in less than a weekend.  I’d heard chalk paint was easy but this was like, really easy.  And yes, I had to stage these photos because no one really needs to see me in sweatpants and dirty hair watching Friends on Netflix and splattering paint around my kitchen.  So I’m doing your eyes a favor.

I used an old plastic mattress cover as a drop cloth (because we’ve moved 1389473x) and because the paint is practically odorless, I was able to paint it in our kitchen. No stripping, no sanding, no paint fumes and it practically dries as fast as spray paint.  I’m telling  you… easiest.

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Because I had extra paint, I also chose to repaint our breakfast room chairs to match the table and used some super quick and fabulous gold leafing to accent the table feet and medallions on the chairs.  I love this setup more than ever now that it feels like my own, and I’m seriously tempted to repaint every piece of furniture in my house.

If you’re in the Orange County area and interested in refreshing a sentimental piece or even a piece you’re considering tossing – you’ve got to stop in Peinture Studios and take a peek around.  Trust me, you’ll be inspired!

Have you revamped a piece of furniture in your home? I want to hear about it! Thanks so much for reading – XO –

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  1. I’ve been wondering where your painting above your table is from? I can’t remember if you said where in a previous post. It’s so beautiful!

  2. I came to comment just because I had to ask, what is the nail polish you are currently wearing on your Snapchat stories? Haha, love it!

  3. How pretty! I’ve been trying to build up the confidence to take on DIY projects like this one. (Hopefully) I’m going to be painting some wooden letters at some point this month. Baby steps!

    1. Thanks lady! My mom snagged these at a furniture sale and we repainted and recovered them… a little too much labor if you ask me!

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