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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Do It Yourself - Sofa Table with Annie Sloan Paint

I have now used Annie Sloan Chalk Paints (ASCP) on dozens of upholstered pieces (woodwork, of course) but had not tried a TOTAL piece - one just for me!  I purchased a sweet little table (slightly taller than normal for a coffee/sofa table) at an estate sale last month for $25.00.  It was solid wood but had some scarring on the surface - just the excuse I needed to redo it with ASCP old ochre paint.  I am on a mission to reduce the "browns" in my house and this was a perfect opportunity to add some lightness to this room!

Here is the finished product - I'll work backwards to the before piece and the steps I took to create this slightly distressed table for my office/den.

AFTER - love how well it matches my rug!
I cleaned the table thoroughly removing old oils and other difficult to diagnose spots.  I then applied two coats of the ASCP in old ochre.

I lightly sanded the table after the two coats had dried but before applying the wax coat.  I understand that Annie herself suggests waiting until after applying the wax to do the sanding.  I can understand why.  Before sealing with the wax, the paint is extremely brittle and "chalky" - so it is very easy to rub too much paint off - which did happen to me in a few places.  I would listen to her advice on this step the next time around.  I felt, however, that the piece turned out just fine and it was a super quick project!!

Here again - in my home office/den - I like how it breaks up the darker colors and "browns" in the room.  A definite step in the right direction!

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