A Story of A Table Rescued From The Trash!

Hubby and I went to Kansas to visit my son last fall.

As I was sitting on his front porch, admiring the details of this table,  I asked about it. My son's girlfriend said that her Grandma had given it to her. I guess that she used it for a while, but no longer wanted it and it was destined for the trash.

I told her to let me have it and I can transform it and they could have it back.  They said that no matter what I did with it, they did not want it back.
Initially, I was going to do some kind of MacKenzie Childs look to it. But knowing that I was also not going to keep it and that my daughter needed another end table for her apartment, I decided to make this my first project with Annie Sloan's chalk paint and wax! Have you tried it yet?

I have found these things about this popular chalk paint:

a) It goes on very easily without much prep of the piece first and no priming needed.

b) The cost of the paint was somewhat expensive but it goes a long way, so the cost factor  becomes less.

c) The dark wax is difficult to control even though I was very careful to use very little and wiped the brush on a paper towel first before applying. The clear wax does all the magic with aging and bringing out the beauty of the chalk paint.

d) Overall, I would not want to use this chalk paint on every piece I have to paint, BUT I do love the ease and outcome of this look. And with the right furniture piece, this paint is really cool paint.

For this table I used the Old Ochre and then topped it with the Old White.
I used the clear wax overall, distressed it, then highlighted the distressing with the dark wax. I then did a follow-up all over wax with the clear.  The charm came when the wax sat overnight then the luster happened when I buffed it the next day! This is a fun product for anyone to use.

The camera's eye just doesn't do these pieces justice as in real life. I have seen many beautifully done chalk paint furniture on Blogland, but now that I have used it myself, I know the beauty this chalk paint can bring to furniture.

See the egg & dart detail. The carving. The spindle legs. The little balls on the ends.

I am surprised when someone wants to throw away a perfectly good piece of furniture. With a bit of love (and elbow grease), this beauty can be used and enjoyed for years to come.
Now my daughter will enjoy this piece.

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  1. Love the detail on this table - I bet your daughter will love it - well done again!!

  2. I'm so glad you rescued this table. I love the details and the finish. LOVE IT!

  3. Oh I cannot believe that anyone would not see the beauty of this table and would throw it away!! You were so blessed to rescue this beauty!

  4. This little table was so not ready for the trash. You made it beautiful again! Love your chalk paint tips too...have been wanting to try it out.

  5. Terry what a pretty table, it's amazing what people throw away! Martina

  6. What a beautiful piece it is now! I've been wanting to see something painted with Ochre so thanks for sharing! I need to order that color too. Deb

  7. So pretty! the distressing and dark wax brought out the details beautifully!

  8. Thanks for stopping by. What a beautiful makeover! The chalk paint emphasizes the details so magnificently. I love Mackenzie Child but I'm glad you decided to go with a distressed finish.

  9. You did a fantastic job and it turned out beautifully! Your daughter is so lucky to have such a talented, giving mother as you!



  10. It turned out great,Terry! I'll bet they secretly want it back now! : ) I found the same thing with the dark wax and I've mentioned it in the post I'm drafting for my rescued dresser {I'm just doing the baskets now and I can't wait to show it}. It is such a good size little table, I think I'm with the group that can't believe it was destined for the trash.

  11. Oh Wow! That is a great find! And you did a wonderful job saving it! :) Very cute!


  12. Looks great and I love how the details just pop!

  13. I love it! you never know the surprises you can find in the trash, great find!
    XXX Ido

  14. it looks beautiful! are they sure they don't want it back? how could they turn that down!

  15. What a great treasure, good job, Celeste, victoriantailor.com

  16. You've convinced me :) I'm off to buy chalk paint xx Ava

  17. This table definitely went from trash to treasure for sure! Beautiful job, I can't wait to try chalk paint! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. That is truly lovely. I haven't tried the chalk paint yet, but am very intrigued by the outcomes I keep seeing. It's definitely in my future. I sure wish it was more readily available.

  19. Bet your daughter is very happy with her new table. It looks charming, love the details. Thanks for adding your link to BC Good Life Wednesdays.

  20. Wow, you did an amazing job on this table! I've never used chalk paint before but I really want to give it a try soon. I found you through your link to Miss Mustard Seed's link party, just so you know where I came from. :)

  21. Holy Smokes, this is so beautiful! Chalk paint is going to be the death of me - or the death of college tuition nestegg!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  22. From Blah to Yeah! As cheesy as that sounds, those were the first thoughts I had upon viewing the before and afters! Definately a GREAT SUCCESS!!!

  23. Just beautiful!! I just did my first piece with the chalk paint and clear wax. What did you use to buff it with? OOPS! I didn't know you were supposed to buff! Great job on this beauty!

  24. Wow! I'm so glad you rescued this beauty, it looks fabulous. It's a gorgeous piece of furniture... who wouldn't love it? why would anyone throw it away?


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