This week , I showed you some updates I made to our front porch, but what I didn’t show you is what I did with the cute ball-and-claw-foot table that used to inhabit this space!
When Matt and I were first married, I scored two of these tables and a coffee table at a thrift store. I didn’t really need two end tables in our living room, so I originally spray painted it black and stuck it on the porch. Below is what it looked like all shiny and new.
And here is what our table looked like on our Christmas porch. Not so shiny and new anymore and MAJORLY distressed! As you can imagine, it looked even worse after spending another winter and hard spring outdoors.
Since the paint was in bad shape and flaking off I completely sanded down the table and then gave it one coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Gray followed by some dark wax. I loved the way it turned out! It was just too pretty for the porch so now it resides back indoors.
Just look at those legs! I have loved ball and claw feet since I was a little girl :).
I didn’t bother distressing the table and just used the dark wax to highlight the features I wanted.
This table took one sample pot of Annie Sloan Paris Gray chalk paint to complete! A little chalk paint goes a long way.
I have another table exactly like this one, and I’m planning on giving it the same treatment. I love that one piece of furniture can take on so many different looks with the power of paint!
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How do you get the wood to show through with only a little bit of paint in highlighted areas? Did you do a wash with the chalk paint and rub off the excess?
I used Annie Sloan’s dark wax to contour the areas I wanted to darken. So what looks like wood showing through is actually the dark wax over the paint.
Aren’t those feet just gorgeous. GREAT MAKEOVER.
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I have been trying to get this exact finish for my own ball and claw foot coffee table. I had tried bleaching it, but I couldn’t get it perfect. Now I’m refreshed with excitement!
Courtney » An Annie Sloan representative told me that I should have sealed the table with clear wax first and then used the dark wax as a “highlighter”. I love how my table turned out too though :). Thank you!
Hi Beth – I love how this turned out and I love your porch!!!
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I love your table Beth, I have just started working with AS paints and have nearly finished a wonderful old french dresser from the late 1800’s. I used old violet, then paris grey followed with the dark varnish and a touch of old white. I’m still playing with the colours as I went a bit heavy on the dark wax. WIll post a pic on my facebook page soon https://www.facebook.com/pages/LiveLoveConquer-an-old-stone-cottage-in-the-hills-of-Grasse/111542598864324
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Hi Beth, your table looks great! I am delighted to see that you selected Paris Grey, it is my favorite color of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint!
I wanted to leave a tip with using Annie’s Soft Wax. You always want to apply a thin coat of Clear Soft Wax before applying the Dark Soft Wax. This will also you to manipulate the color so the Chalk Paint does not grab the stain in the wax so quickly. Remember to push it into the paint and wipe back the excess. You can also use the Clear Soft Wax to wipe back more of the Dark Soft Wax if you need to.
Hope that helps!
What a great tip! Thank you!
Kim @ Sand & Sisal says
Oh Beth, it turned out so pretty! It looks like it was meant to be that color the whole time! It is seriously gorgeous.
Miss Char says
This is the best project results I’ve seen with AS paints , you reached just the perfect amount of distressing on this piece. Thanks for sharing.
It looks great! I love the look of the stain rather than distressing the whole thing–genius, Beth! I painted my first piece of furniture with ASCP last month and enjoyed it! It definitely does go a long way, which is great!
Nicole @ scrap me baby says
Looks fantastic! I love ASCP;) but I haven’t used the dark wax much either. It seems very intimidating to me.
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Beth! Love the transformation. I’ve never heard of dark wax–please tell me more! lol. I’m about to finish painting my dressers and may want to add this option into my plan!
Thanks Katie! Chalk paint needs to be sealed with wax after painting. You can use clear wax or a dark wax.
Nice job Beth! Looks so good next to your white slipcovered couch and I have that same blue throw in the basket under the table! Is it from Target? Anyway, I love the ASCP and you are right about the dark wax being unforgiving. I bought her wax brush and was definitely worth the $35. Helps keep the wax from clumping and making a mess. Well, atleast for me it works 🙂
Richella @ Imparting Grace says
It looks wonderful, Beth! I love ball and claw feet, too. I have a few pieces of Queen Anne furniture that belonged to my mom–those cabriole legs looked better in her house than they do in mine, but free is free! Ball and claw looks so substantial and cool.
I have a couple of sample pots of ASCP and have been waiting until I have time to actually use them. I’m so glad to know that one pot worked on that table. That tells me that one of the projects I’ve been considering would probably require a little more. Question: what did you use to apply the paint? The wax? I’m so lazy that I love using disposable brushes and old rags. I don’t want to mess up using the ASCP, but I don’t really want to buy specialty brushes unless that’s necessary.
I used the Annie Sloan brushes that I have but you could use any quality brush to apply the paint (it will wash out). The wax is trickier because it won’t wash out of your brush with water. A disposable brush might work and a rag with a careful touch would work too. The dark wax isn’t forgiving so you need to place it exactly where you want it and in the quantity you want.