from red to white ...
Tags: Vintage, annie sloan chalk paint, furniture makeover, paint treatment, refinished furniture, diy paint project, cottage style decorating
I stopped over at my mom's house on Saturday to pick up a small gate leg table I'd bought at an estate sale a year or so ago and ended up coming home with a car load of "stuff".  Most of it was mine - things I still had stored in her basement from my move from Raleigh back to Buffalo.  But other items were things she was done with and ready for others to enjoy. 

There was a small table in the basement that I remember my dad "antiquing" back in the 1970s when that paint technique was popular.  For years and years, the charm of the little table was hidden beneath an old, broken TV and layers of dust and cobwebs.  We hauled the TV to the curb and I carted the table home and gave it a makeover. 

The mahogany was covered in antique red paint with a blackish glaze.  My dad did a nice job but it was crying out for a fresh coat of Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint.  Since it had been pent up in the basement for so many years, I did sand it down to make sure I removed all traces of mildew that might have accumulated.  I applied two coats of chalk paint and two coats of clear wax.  I dabbed a tiny bit of dark wax on the embellishments on the ends for added interest.  I bought the brush in the photo at an estate sale recently.  When I found it, I knew it would be the perfect tool for applying wax.  It was $1.00.  What a great buy!

And here she is in my living room.  It was a drippy day so the lighting isn't very good.  But she still shines, don't you think?

I moved the table over to the window for better lighting.  I scuffed up the edges a bit and buffed the wax to a soft glow.  I think the wax is my favorite part of the Annie Sloan process.  It's so easy to use and non-toxic.

Apples and ironstone ... another autumn winner.  I have to confess these were bought at the grocery store and not the farmer's market.  I heard on TV the other day that often apples from the grocery store have been in storage for a whole year!  Isn't that disturbing?  Kelly and Jeremy picked a whole bushel a few weeks ago and shared them with my mom and I.  We've already gone through them all.  Time to head to the farm stand for another bushel while we can still get them.

Choosing joy,

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Reply from: patti on 10/12/2011 6:50 PM
 I have a similar table, painted black...I just might repaint it because I love the white! Stop by to enter my giveaway!
Reply from: Faye on 10/12/2011 7:36 PM
 What a difference! I remember the 'antiquing' from the 70's. I still have an old dresser I'd like to redo.
Reply from: Sue B on 10/12/2011 8:10 PM
 That table brings back a ton of memories! It would be perfect for an aquarium I have - but looks just right in your living room too. Nice job giving that old table some new life! I love what you did with it!
Reply from: Pamela on 10/12/2011 9:09 PM
 This table is darling! I love that it holds books. Great make over!! Thanx for coming to the party!
Reply from: tami on 10/12/2011 10:30 PM
 The table looks amazing, I have always loved that style with the sort of urn shapes on the sides and room for books. Well done!
Reply from: Debbie on 10/13/2011 12:18 AM
 Great make over!! My Dad did quite a bit of that antiquing back in the day! Love the way your table came out!! Hugs, Debbie
Reply from: Marianne on 10/13/2011 8:12 AM
 The table looks sooo pretty, Lynn. It came out just perfectly.. You really have me wanting to try the Ann Sloan products. I have an end table with side flaps in the queen Ann style that is has some scratches and knicks here and there, and I have been wanting to paint it for a while, but as it has a gloss finish I'm supposing I'll have to do lots of sanding to completely erase the finish...am I correct? A home fix-it person I'm not. I choose joy, too...Marianne
Reply from: Leah on 10/13/2011 9:05 AM
 Oh wow! That turned out totally amazing! It actually looks so much better in white! I'm impressed! ~Hugs,
Reply from: Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions on 10/13/2011 2:14 PM
 It's beautiful, Lynn! I love it with the Old White and the details just stand out beautifully. What a great new life for this old table!
Reply from: Lori on 10/14/2011 4:40 AM
 We are side by side at two parties. The first time I came over I didn't comment because the comment seciton is different. But the second time, I thought it was fate. Love your table re-creation so much better. Came over from at the picket fence.
Reply from: Brenda on 10/14/2011 4:56 AM
 Another lovely find from your mother's basement! You made the table look gorgeous!! I love the white (so pure) and the stressed edges. And what a beautiful place you have found to place it! I remember my dad use to do the same thing back in the 70's; making some kind of concoction to strip the old stain or paint (worked like a charm), then making the old piece look brand new. I thought he was amazing at what he could do. I love the way you displayed each shot of this fantastic piece and the apples look delicious. Have a wonderful day and here's to your health! Brenda
Reply from: Gayle Page-Robak on 10/14/2011 4:44 PM
 I love all your wonderful treasures, thank you for sharing.your beautiful table. You have a beautiful blog. I am your newest follower and I look forward to revisiting to your blog. I have started a new ‘sister’ blog called A TASTEFUL TOUCH, and invite you to join my followers list as well, and to also grab a blog button. My blog address is: http://atastefultouch.com. Enjoy your day. Hugs, Gayle
Reply from: Honey on 10/14/2011 5:48 PM
 That's a very nice transformation! The white is so pretty! Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! Your participation helps to make the party better!
Reply from: michele@hellolovelyinc on 10/16/2011 4:36 PM
 seriously loving the table now! come visit anytime. michele
Reply from: Pamela on 10/19/2011 6:12 PM
 Lynn just wanted to let ya know I featured ya this week!:)


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