Old Violet Table Makeover

This post is sponsored by Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. All opinions are 100% mine.

It was a crazy busy weekend in our house. Finally got our backsplash installed, made some exciting changes to our sun room, and painted a beautiful new piece. Well, not new… it used to be our kitchen landing table.

old voilet ASCPI think with the new white subway tile backsplash and our white kitchen cabinets I needed a little bit of color in my life. So the old table got a new coat of paint.

I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color Old Violet. I think this is my new favorite color. It complements my family room and sun room perfectly. I actually thought Old Violet would have strong purple tones, but it actually has a blue gray feel to it.

chalk paint annie sloan old violetSo I painted the entire table with Chalk Paint®.
Then it was time to decide on the Annie Sloan Soft Wax.
Dark, clear, or a mixture of both?

annie sloan soft waxTo help decide, I painted a scrap piece of wood and tested out the wax. I’m glad I did this because sometimes a clear wax can really change the natural Chalk Paint® color. For Old Violet though it didn’t change the color at all; just added a bit of shine to it.

old voilet chalk paint with waxI ultimately decided on dark wax over a coat of clear wax. This gives you the best control over the dark wax. If you only start with dark wax, it’s nearly impossible to scale it back. But if you start with clear wax and then add some dark wax, you have a lot of control over the opacity.

annie sloan wax brushAnd here is the finished piece!

chalk paint annie sloan old violet furnitureI kept the same knobs as before since I’m still crushing on the crystal.

foyer table chalk paint annie sloan projectAnd I just love how the dark wax seeps into the paint crevices.

old voilet ascp dark wax

old voilet ASCPAnd remember those leafs that I found from Goodwill and painted?
Seems to go perfectly with this new color (just a bit more blue).

chalk paint annie sloan old violet furniture

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chalk paint annie sloan old violet furniture

This post is sponsored by Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.
All opinions are 100% mine.

Little Updates Around the House

Well sometimes I make a few small updates around the house that don’t really require a full post. Well, at least in my eyes. First up? My updated kitchen landing table.

kitchen landing centerI didn’t really change the table, but I took a suggestion from a reader and added a little basket underneath for my kiddo’s backpack. This way she knows exactly where to find her bookbag, a designated space so we’re not searching every morning.

kitchen landing center basketI also had some artwork hung above the old landing table, but it was white and kind of got lost on the wall. So I took a little Paris Gray Annie Sloan chalk paint and quickly covered the artwork. Nothing neat or perfect, just a quick and messy coat. Then I distressed and finished it off with some dark wax.

annie sloan chalk paint wall artI think it now looks much better on the wall, plus goes with the grayish blue tones I have on the rest of the main floor, especially my sun room and family room.

kitchen landing centerI’ve also been reconfiguring our entry foyer. Since I moved our old console table to the family room I’ve been looking for something new to fit this space. For now I found an old bench that needs some love.

entry foyer cedar benchIt’s in pretty rough shape on the top so I’m toying around with the idea to paint it. But I’m finding it harder and harder to cover up beautiful wood pieces these days. Anyone else?

cedar bench in entrywayI hung my Goodwill leaf art across the hall in the foyer now that I have new kitchen metal shelving that’s in its old home. Yeah, still have a lot of work to do in the entryway but at least I’m making some progress.

entry foyerI’m thinking new area rug, picture frame moldings and chair rail, a shelf/hook system above the bench if I keep it here… Not 100% sold on the bench staying here but maybe once I get started on the space it will feel more welcoming. Otherwise this puppy is moving upstairs to the loft. And getting a coat of paint?

What’s your input on the foyer?
Practical boot bench, or a wow statement piece instead?
And paint the bench or not?