inked by Holly
Our great room is undergoing a very slow transformation. I’m trying to be patient and wait for just the right pieces, which is not my norm. I like to complete a project ASAP!
This corner has been long awaiting something. Anything, really.With a small budget guiding my purchases, I was able to find these chairs on sale at Target for $100 each. They add a fun pop of color, don’t they?The side table, however, I just couldn’t fall in love with. I had hopes of finding a round piece for the space to add a little extra dimension. So on a Saturday morning, Julia and I went on an adventure to the Springboro Flea Market, which is sadly going out of business (side note to you locals: hurry and go! It’s closing on July 6). Due to the closing, many of the booths have marked their treasures down by 50%. I spotted this round table and it was only $12.50 after markdown. Julia questioned my choice, but I knew $12.50 was worth the risk!Having used and loved Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for over a year now, I knew the table had great possibilities with a little paint and an hour or two of effort. One of my favorite ASCP colors is Old Ochre and I just bought a quart from Winsome Cottage in Waynesville last week. The great thing about using chalk paint like ASCP is that no sanding is required! This saves quite a bit of time and energy.
Here is my process for painting furniture without sanding:
First, wipe off the table. When using chalk paint, virtually no prep is needed. I literally knocked off the dust and cob webs with an old rag and started painting. No sanding or priming needed!The paint goes on nice and smooth. Because chalk paint dries quickly, keep the first coat even but not too thick. Usually, by the time I finish the piece, the areas I started are already dry and I can add a second coat. Once the paint dries, it’s time to add wax. Waxing took some practice for me when I first started painting furniture– I had a tendency to apply too much. Now I apply with a brush and go back and gently wipe off the excess with a cloth. Once the wax is applied, let the piece dry over night and buff with a soft cloth the next morning. Voila!Many times, I choose to distress or use dark wax on the furniture I paint, but I liked this piece without the distressed look. I love how it turned out– and all for $12.50, some paint and a little time! Chairs – Target // Pillows – Marshalls and Front Gate Outlet // Lamp – Hobby Lobby