Fueled with enthusiasm from my smaller projects like candlesticks and picture frames, I asked my husband to join me for some Saturday morning shopping for more things to paint. We headed off to the flea market, but much to my surprise, I wasn't finding the bargains I had hoped to find. Sometimes I find better deals at thrift stores and garage sales. Feeling somewhat discouraged we set off for home, but then I remembered reading about an estate sale. We stopped by on our way home and I discovered some rather "plain jane" pine end tables available at a good price. I could see they were well-made, solid wood and I could also see the potential there.
I couldn't wait to get started! I decided to paint the tables in the beautiful Paris Grey color and then to embellish them with a stenciled design in Old White. This was my first piece of furniture using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I loved the way the paint went on and the great coverage that you get. After just about 30 minutes, it was dry and I was able to do a second coat. I decided to do a "white wash" to accentuate the edge details and braided trim. Then it was on to the stencil. I have to admit, it took me some time to get the stencil done on the first table, as it had been quite a long time since I had done one. But kind of like riding a bike, you start to remember and then it becomes quick work. Once the stencil was dry, I waxed and distressed the piece a little bit for that well worn look. I purposely left the little dents and dings in the table because I think they add to the character of this hand painted piece.