Kitchen Table Redo

Let me start by first saying if I ever say I want to paint my kitchen table again, please lock me up in the loony bin.  This is one of those projects that took way longer than I had figured, lots of bumps in the road.  And honestly a few times I wanted to set fire to the table and post blog pictures of the pile of ashes.
All in all I am pretty happy with the turnout but at this point I had to let go of the imperfections the table had and I think I will deal with them later.

This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  My console table redo was a home-made chalk paint.  There are a few things I would have done differently and a ton of things I learned.

1. Don’t ever try and paint a mahogany table, white.  Unless you are the most patient person ever or you have all the time in the world.

2. Be prepared to hear your husband say “I told you so.”

3.Allow more time than you think.  Believe me.  In my mind I really thought this would take me an afternoon.  HAHAHA! Uh no, more like a few days.

4. Sand the darker woods even if Annie Sloan doesn’t.  Oh what a pain in the butt that was.

5. Annie Sloan is really expensive, I think I would be happy using just the homemade chalk paint like before.  I wasn’t wowed like I thought I would be for the price. :(

Here is my before pictures.  You might be wondering why in the world would she paint a perfectly good table.  Honestly it wasn’t that great anymore.  We have had it for many years, the top of it was loosing its shine, there was permanent black marker, blue glitter glue and lots of dings in the table.  And not the pretty distressed ones.  Plus I was really get sick off all our furniture looking like this, I felt like our house needed to “lighten” up.

See how not pretty this is.  :)
I put the two table leaves in because I didn’t want to deal with “matching” the paint later on.  The table is huge.

 I started to sand and then paint, actually my first 2 coats were a paint I got at Lowe’s.  But I couldn’t get ride of the brush marks on the top and it drove me nuts.  So the road to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was on.  This stuff isn’t cheap.  I had never used it but heard wonderful things so I thought I’d give it a try.

I distressed it a little bit, ok a lot.  But it was starting to be pretty and I was enjoying the project.  Oh if I only knew what was to come…

 Next came the Annie Sloan wax.  This also wasn’t too bad.  It’s a step you hate to do but it kind of smooths things out a bit.  (Do you like my paper plates from Reagan’s birthday party)

 Next came covering the chairs.  Again they weren’t that bad but the vinyl had some scratches in it and I thought I could grab some amazing fabric which I did.  Thank you Hobby Lobby!

After 6 chairs, the staple gun was starting to give me a blister.  This is the point I start getting annoyed with this project.

 The next couple of hours were kind of blur.  I am choosing not to remember them.  Let’s just say once I got to the chairs, it was awful.  I started with my first coat of paint.  And guess what?  It wasn’t really covering.  Also these are chairs, with a ton of curves and nooks and areas you are bending over.  UGH!  So I start my 2nd coat on the first chair.  Ok still not covering and some of the stain is bleeding through that I can’t cover.  So I stop, head over to the computer and figure out what is happening.
In tiny print I find out that with darker woods you have to put a coat of Shellac.  Perfect.  So I head over to Lowe’s to buy the stupid Shellac.  Covered in paint, hair in a pony, totally irritated.  Can you picture me in the store?

 My feet and nice black flip flops covered in Annie Sloan- I don’t know why I painted in those…

Ugh!  Not really liking you right now Annie!

Here are the pieces that are bleeding through,  This area has about 4 coats and it’s still just seeping through.

 Painting…. Ugh!

So I get home, put the dang Shellac on all 6 chairs, wait for it to dry and then apply Annie Sloan again.  But since the Shellac is on there that first coat I painted on all 6 chairs is pretty much disappeared so now I have to apply 2 more coats for coverage.  Again just to remind you there is SIX chairs with lots of nooks and curves.  Oh Lord!!   By the end of it, I was seriously slapping paint on there.

Afterwards, I still had to distress the chairs and apply the wax, yes on all SIX chairs.  Do you see how I had the need to burn this to the ground.
In the end the coats still haven’t covered everything I wanted it to.  I can still see some peeps of darker wood that didn’t get covered.  But that is me and my worry about small details issue.  Maybe someday I might tackle the chairs again, or maybe I will just buy new ones.  Who knows?  Right now I do know that I don’t even want to look at the table for a bit.

Some details of the table.

So I am pretty happy with it, again I’d probably do things a little different next time.  For one I did sand the table and not the chairs.  I wish I would have sanded both.  I think the chairs gave me an issue because I didn’t.  Even though Annie Sloan says you don’t need to, turning a dark table to white, believe me you need to sand it.

I hope you learn something from my mistakes, better yet I hope you like the end result.  I would hate to go through all that headache if the table wasn’t a hit.

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  1. says

    Seeing it first hand, I can attest that you did a great job. It was definitely a lot of work, but it looks great and I think you will be happy with it for a long time. I think the detail you put in your write up will help people, too!

  2. says

    Oh, lol, I’m so sorry you had such a time!! I can relate, in general, and have made that same run to Lowe’s, looking the same way many times!! 😉 I do love my ASCP though! It does take some getting used to. I will tell you that Mahogany wood is notorious for bleed through in general.
    I think your table and chairs turned out wonderful (even though it was hard earned! 😉 ) Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Project Inspire{d} link party! And I so enjoyed reading your little adventure in tackling it!

  3. says

    It’s a hit, Mandy! Love your post – wonderful tutorial. I am dying to try painting some pieces of furniture and bought the non sanded grout so we’ll see. I appreciate you sharing your hard work here.

  4. says

    You are my Table Makeover Hero! I think it looks awesome and I to am still working on a table makeover…let me just say I feel your pain! ugggg….I love it.

  5. says

    Thank you Jenna! I think I used just one but I put a base coat of regular house paint on their first. It was a little harder to cover with it being such a dark table.

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