DIY: Chalk Paint Side Table

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Refinishing furniture is probably the most rewarding home DIY project. Taking something old and giving it new life through painting or staining it not only saves a lot of money, it gives you the option to completely customize the piece to fit perfectly in your space.  I had been keeping my eye out for a simple side table for Baby C’s nursery and was so excited when I found one for $39 at Home Goods. The table was painted an olive green and distressed to give it a worn feel. The color wasn’t horrible, just not right for my house. I knew this would be the perfect piece to try out my new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on.

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I can’t believe that I have waited this long to try ASCP. For a girl who hates sanding more than anything in the world, this line of chalk paints is a life saver. In the past, I have resorted to heavy priming and spray painting to avoid sanding but it always looks just a little bit off. It is kind of pointless to even provide a step-by-step for this DIY because it really is that easy. I literally painted on two coats of ASCP in country grey, painted on the white accents where I wanted, and then used a soft bristle brush to brush on the wax after the paint dried.

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I love how the Country Grey turned out. It is a little more beige than I had expected but it still looks beautiful in the room. The color is just dark enough to allow the white paint to stand out but it is calm enough so that the contrast isn’t too stark.

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As you can tell, we’ve also made some progress on the nursery! I overheard my husband telling people this weekend that we are almost finished with it. Oh, silly hubby. If he only knew how much more I plan on doing! I still have a few more DIY projects to start/finish up, I need to find a bookcase, some shelves, and a dresser for the closet, order the blackout roller shade, find more art, and then there’s all the accessories. At this point I would say the nursery is about 60% completed. This week I’m going to goal set to finish the upholstered cornice and fancying up changing table. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the projects I am working on!


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  1. Love it Sarah! Can’t wait to see the big reveal! xo Kristin
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  2. Love what you did here! The white accents really make the table stand out more than it would otherwise. You have me thinking about a side table in my 2 year old’s room…

    • Thanks Jennifer! Yah, the table looked a little blah without the white added to it. This table was so easy to do, I am tempted to re-do every piece of furniture in out house! lol!

  3. I love seeing little parts of the nursery! I have a feeling my husband will be the same way… saying we are done when we are just starting in my mind! :) I hope you are feeling well! I wish I could just compare notes with you on everything you are doing right now so that I will be nice and prepaired!!

    • Men are so funny when it comes to decor! My husband would be happy with a few lawn chairs and a futon! haha ;-) I’m sure you don’t need any direction from me, I can’t wait to see all the fun projects you come up with for your little one!!

  4. I PUFFY heart the table, and the chair, and the clock, and .. well’ all of it. Hugs, jen

  5. You’re creating such a serene nursery. What a lucky baby-to-be.
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  6. Love your side table! It looks so Serena and Lily! What about that ottoman….it looks amazing!

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    • Oh wow, you are too kind! I love Serena and Lily! I snagged that ottoman on sale from Joss & Main, it was a great score!

  7. The table looks great! Sometimes I forget that you can paint brand spankin’ new furniture (it doesn’t have to be old)! Love the orangy pops of color too! Gorgeous!

  8. Love the table, just painted my bed in that color…so sweet with the white accents, too. Isn’t it funny the things our hubbies say? lol…what they don’t know won’t hurt them, right? ;)
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  9. What a superb makeover. I’ve never used Annie sloan paints before but have noticed them in shop windows . Thanks for sharing this makeover know how. Have a great weekend Sarah. xx
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    • Well thanks so much Geraldine! You should pick up a can next time you see one! They aren’t sold in too many shops around here so I usually need to order online.

  10. I have been eyeing chalk paint for a while now. Glad to hear you like it. I will give it a go on a cabinet that is in need of a new look. Cute pattern for that pedestal table by the way!
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  11. That is one beautiful transformation! I love the table, the decorations and even the chair! Now, i’m really entertaining the idea of using chalk paint. Thanks!

  12. I have a two large dressers and 2 end tables that have great bones but a dated finish. I want to paint them grey because it will add a romantic touch to our master bedroom. Would you recommend painting these pieces with chalk paint? Is it true that you don’t need to sand with this paint?


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