I really have never liked the whole wood look. I'm sorry, but I just can not/will not. It's too masculine and dark. What I do love are soft pastel and neutral colors with feminine accents. I'm a total shabby chic slash French country girl. Freals.
Anybuyingsecondhandismyjam, I finally found an amazing table and chairs on our local Facebook yard sale page. The woman wanted $60 for the whole set! I could totally swing that. Plus, she would deliver. Ba da ba ba ba, I'm loving it!
Here they are before:
The table and chairs were dated and ugly. I knew immediately that I had to use chalk paint on them. I did happen to like the seat covers. They were already recovered with a maroon and cream toile. So, win there.
I painted the table and chairs with Annie Sloan's Old Ochre, which is a creamy white. If you've never painted with chalk paint, you're missing out. You absolutely do not have to do any sanding or priming on the piece of furniture before you paint it. Another plus is that it's odorless and dries in minutes, so it's perfect for inside painting.
After I painted the table and chairs, I gave each a coat of Annie Sloan's Clear Wax. I then sanded the chairs in the spots where I wanted them to look distressed. After sanding and wiping down the chairs, I rubbed Annie Sloan's Dark Wax over the spots I sanded.
And there you have it. My first experience with chalk painting. Go HERE to see additional photos of my dinning room. I'm also planning more blog posts for all the other pieces of furniture I've painted soon!