Painted Side Tables

side table

I had my current side tables since the early 1990s when we purchased our first home.  I wanted round tables instead of rectangle tables. I also wanted them to be painted to match or coordinate with my painted wall.

I had been looking for a while, not finding anything finished that I liked.  Last spring I found a set of unfinished side tables online that I really liked. I paint found items, so I could do it right?

side table unfinishedWhen I opened the box, I became intimidated.  It seemed overwhelming, plus I wanted to do them right.  They weren’t something I was going to sell, but actually be in my own living room.  So they sat in my garage all summer.  As a matter of fact I painted nothing the entire summer.  I just couldn’t get past my intimidation.

Finally in September I knew that the weather was going to start getting cold.  I do not have heat in my garage. I need to get them done.  One Saturday while my husband and boys were gone I pulled them out and started painting.

side table painting

I used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, Louis Blue.  It was a close match to my wall. I loved that I didn’t have to sand or use a primer.  I also knew I wanted dark table tops, so I stained them.  Then I got intimidated again.  I wasn’t sure how to finish them.  A new business in town, Eco Chic Boutique, was holding their first chalk paint class in town.  I jumped on the chance to learn some new ideas about painting.  I learned about their clear Soft Wax.  I grabbed some and came home to finish my tables. Big M helped me put the tables together.

side table finished

I am really happy with how they turned out.  They are little taller than I would prefer but after enjoying them in our living room for a couple of weeks, we have adjusted to their height.  It feels great to know I finished this project, and we all love it.  Now I am trying to figure out what else I can paint.

Have you used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint?