It's Only Paint {coffee table makeover}

8.29.2013

After I won this wonderful bag filled with Annie Sloan products at the Haven Conference I knew I would have to find some things to paint or in my case repaint.

I was walking through the great room and spotted my victim perfect piece.....the coffee table.

 Here are some close ups of how it looked before. This table was painted with latex paint and distressed before I knew about chalk paint. So it was due to be refreshed. The color before was a green color. I believe I used Georgian Green by Benjamin Moore. I had painted the top a grey color.


I have never followed any instructions when painting a piece of furniture before, but I grabbed one of the Annie Sloan books I won and flipped through it and thought I would try to recreate a finish that was in the book.


So I painted the entire table with a coat of French Linen and then followed the next steps of using the clear wax and then a wash of  50% each of Paris Gray and Old White diluted with water. And yes, I paint wherever the piece of furniture is. 
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You brush on the diluted mixture over the waxed finish and then immediately wipe it back off. I loved how the legs turned out. The wash was left in the grooves.

This is before the wash.

I loved the look of the light finish, but when all was done the tone was totally wrong for my great room. It was way too cool of a grey with my warmer toned whites on the walls and bookcases. It made those look too yellow. So I knew I had to fix it. I pulled out my tinted black wax and went to town adding it and that really gave it a much better look. Kind of looks like stone.








So when something doesn't turn out right the first time just try something else or repaint it.

After all, it's only paint.

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42 comments:

  1. It looks great Kim. I love the color.

    Kathy

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  2. Love the way that table turned out!

    Brittany @ Whimsy Renee

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  3. Fabulous post, Kim! LOVE the technique and what a great lesson about fixing what does not come out to our liking! I really love the finish. It would look great in my living room! Wanna trade?

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  4. The wash looks great. I love how versatile and expressive all the paints are now. You can really do so much playing and get creative finishes!

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  5. Yep, it's only paint is right. That looks great...really nice!

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  6. love the new look, Kim. Grays can be tricky. this is the perfect warm gray, which is my favorite!

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  7. Luv how it turned out Kim. You took a technique and made it yours! The outcome.. a luvly grey.
    As an artist I am drooling over your brushes :-)
    Hugs, Gee

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  8. Oh it's gorgeous Kim - I have that book too - have to look at it a little closer now !!!

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  9. Hi Kim,
    It is gorgeous. The color is perfect.
    Kris

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  10. Looks great. I have so many pieces of furniture to paint....not sure where to start :)

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  11. Kim it's lovely!!!!! Hugs P.S. please tell me you shared this at my hop today :-)

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  12. It turned out beautifully, Kim. I have a coffee table about the same size with similar legs that I painted black a few years ago, also before chalk paint hit. It is starting to show some wear and I've been thinking of repainting it. You've certainly given me something to think about.

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  13. It looks terrific in its new "coat." I'd be afraid that I wouldn't know how to fix it, but you knew exactly what to do. Impressive!

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  14. Your table turned out wonderfully. I love the color. I have never used that paint but will need to give it a try.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  15. Beautiful job and I love how you make it look so easy!
    -Shelley

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  16. It looks great Kim! How fun that you won that bag of goodies!

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  17. That looks terrific! Congrats on winning the bag filled with AS goodies! You are such a great painter!! Love the new color!

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  18. Looks great Kim, it's fun having a piece of furniture you can paint a gazillion times. For me, it's therapy Have a great afternoon.

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  19. Congrats on winning all that Annie Sloan stuff! I would want to paint something with that too. Your coffee table looks nice in its new color.

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  20. Nice change. I does have a much warmer feel.

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  21. Love your carefree attitude about finding pieces to paint! I have been chalk painting several things this week and found as I too try to incorporate a bit of gray into our home, I have to be careful because of the warm tones in our house. The dark wax really helps in this.

    Love the washed effect, so pretty on your table! Such a different look than French Linen on its own.

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  22. I love it and think it looks great next to your reds! I have used that combination and a few others with French Linen and Paris Grey around my home and to take away the coolness, did exactly what you did. I added a dark wax. The tone is always perfect after that last step.

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  23. You always create the best paint finishes!!!...The table looks great and you are really good when you can paint the piece in the room that it is in...makes you a real pro!!!...

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  24. Love! I just posted an Ann Sloan makeover too! Let me know what you think!
    Have an awesome day!
    Alison
    www.soiledrotten.blogspot.com

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  25. The chalkboard paint is so pretty. I love how the table turned out. I so want to try this paint.

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  26. Big beautiful table, Kim. Love the new color. You make it all look so easy.

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  27. Well, it looks great now. It is kind of disappointing sometimes when you go to all the work to redo something and then you don't LOVE it when you are done. You are right-paint is only paint and can be easily changed- xo Diana

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  28. Love your pretty custom color! :) I'm sure you're on the hunt for the next victim!

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  29. i love this color, I painted our china cabinet this color! Your coffee table is beautiful, what a great look!

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  30. I love the way you just go with the flow Kim, if at first you don't succeed, redo it til you do! It looks wonderful in it's new finish!

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  31. Beautiful finish..thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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  32. This is a little off topic, but I love how you're working with the red sofa. I have often felt "stuck" with my red love seat, but am inspired to see how you use it with neutrals.

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  33. I love the new look on your coffee table Kim, perfect color choice!

    xo, Tanya

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  34. It looks great. I've always thought you should start buying some thrift store furniture and refinish it to sell at a boutique or something like that. Put your mad painting skills to work for you!

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  35. Kim...i love how it came out before and after...I'm going to have to try that new treatment...Don't you love Annie Sloan paint?

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  36. Your coffee table looks pretty Kim. The finish looks great!

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  37. Love the transformation Kim! And yes like you I paint where that piece is.I have not special place in my home to paint furniture.
    xx
    Anne

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  38. It's beautiful! I took on the 'it's only paint' attitude last week when I decided to paint/distress my pantry door. Turned out pretty well. Still tweaking it a bit but it sure added some character to my kitchen!

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