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I wouldn't exactly call myself a DIY type of person, but there are a few things I can tackle on my own.  I have been wanting to try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for quite some time now, but haven't gotten around to it until recently.  My original intention was to paint a piece I found on Craigslist, but instead took to some bedside tables that were in dire need of an update.  If you have never used this paint before, I must tell you it goes on like a dream!  I really don't know why it took me so long to use it.  Keep in mind, this is not chalkboard paint, for those of you who are not familiar.  The best part is there is no prep work required.  That's right, no sanding, priming, etc.  All I did was dust them off, removed the old hardware and painted them in Old White.  After the paint is dry, I applied 2 coats, you have to apply a coat of their furniture wax, but it's really so easy.  If I can do it, anyone can!  I also changed out the hardware to antique brass ring pulls to complete the look.  

Here's how they looked before.  So boring and drab.

It's amazing what a little paint and new hardware can do!?

Reader Comments (22)

The power of paint indeed! It looks so fresh, Janell

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanell Beals

You must have read my mind! I was just researching this paint last week. We are about to embark on our youngest daughter's big girl room. As you have been able to see by my pins, lol. We purchased a great set of French furniture that needs a fresh paint job . Now I am torn ; old white or French grey??? You did a fantastic job on the night stands, unrecognizable:))))

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizziefitz

They look awesome - so fresh and pretty. I still haven't gotten my hands on actual Annie Sloan paint but my homemade stuff worked like a dream. Gotta love no prep! :)

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisaroy

Great job, Marianne! I am about to redo a dresser with chalk paint. So happy I won't have to strip it! Thinking of using a blue with dark wax. I will have to see, but I am excited about it.
Again, I just love your table. Stunning, as all of your work is.
Happy Tuesday.

Quite amazing... Such a cute table and I love how you accessorized it, too!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany @ Savor Home

Looks fab! I definitely need to check this stuff out the next time a little DIY is in order!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertraci zeller designs

Looking fab (and pricey) my friend! You creative and stylish girl you!

Hope to see you this afternoon. Please come! It will be a fun event.

ox, Mon

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSplendid Willow

Nicely done! Beautiful job. I have heard so many good things about that paint - I have to try it out on something soon!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara@HausDesign

I can not find that paint anywhere . Where is it sold?

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercarol

Isn't that paint the best! Changing out the hardware made a huge difference also. They look great!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersherry hart

Carol, you can go to the Annie Sloan website and click on American Retailers on the left margin to find a store near you. I'm sure if there isn't a location by you, you could call another shop and they could send it to you. Good luck!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

they look gorgeous! I love annie sloan paint. If I could afford to paint my walls in it I so would.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

They look great and such a beautiful transformation. Yesterday while picking up tacos for my kids at a little Mexican place I walked into a tiny thrift store that is usually so dusty that I typically just keep walking...but I found two chairs and a desk for $ that I read your post I am convinced that I need to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You really don't have to do any sanding? I am very intrigued!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie

So agree, a litlte paint a bit more imagination and a whole lot of good taste and vision can do wonders and lucky have all three! Great job, it looks beautiful!
Had crostinis today and thought of you:)

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheenchantedhome

They look great! I just did my dinning room chairs. They were a little harder because of the spindles and the legs. They didn't come out as smooth as I wanted them to be. I am now thinking of sanding them down so a lot of the wood shows through. Check out Tone on Tone Blog. He has a pair of chairs that are stunning. That is what I might do. Let me know what you think?

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertaylor greenwalt

loving the after!

blogged about you recently!

smiles to you.


Looks awesome. So much richer. Great job. Now what can I paint? Hmmm.

Hi Love,
Once again...another amazing transformation in your expert hands. You are a great stylist too.

Wow! What a transformation....those look gorgeous. Thanks for the review of the Annie Sloan paint. I've been wanting to try it, but I didn't realize it was so easy to apply {the thought of sanding and priming usually discourages me, ha}

WOW!!! Another amazing transformation! You are SO talented, Marianne!!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpretty pink tulips

I've been thinking about using this paint on our big bear of a dresser that I'm absolutely dreading. I just hate all of the prep work and this would eliminate that. Really thinking about going for it now - your nightstands looks awesome.

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

The best way to keep your new bedside table in good condition is to clean and protect it with good-quality beeswax.

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing supplies

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