Hello there, friends. You’re in for a lovely surprise today. My aunt gave me this charming little accent table and it was pretty as it was, but I decided to give it a makeover. I picked up a can of Annie Sloan French Linen along with a sweet maxi transfer by Redesign with Prima. And I must say, the transformation was remarkable! Now take a moment, grab a refreshing beverage, and let’s discuss how you can add a touch of elegance to your home with a painted accent table. Trust me, it’s simpler than you think!
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As you can see, the supplies are pretty simple as this is a single color painted table with minimal accenting.
Next, let’s talk briefly about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is a reputable brand in the world of furniture makeovers. And, Annie Sloan herself is often hailed as the creator of Chalk Paint. She created a unique line of paint that really made it possible for people to see that painting furniture really could be quite simple and fun.
Annie Sloan’s chalk paint tends to require little to no prep work or priming, making furniture makeovers straightforward, even for beginners. Furthermore, it adheres well to a wide variety of surfaces and offers excellent coverage.
Annie Sloan paint offers over 40 mixable colors. The paint is easy to work with, especially for beginners. It dries quickly and gives a beautiful matte finish. And therefore this paint offers endless possibilities for creativity and personalization.
In a separate post I’ll discuss more on why I don’t use Annie Sloan as much as Dixie Belle Paint, but for now let’s get into this makeover.
The Original Table
This little table is cute and in good condition. It really has no rough edges or spots that needed repair. So, to keep true to doing “no prep” for using the Annie Sloan Paint, I didn’t do much prep.
I did however clean the table. Although it appears clean, it’s always best to prep any piece with a good cleaning. Read more in this post about How To Prep Furniture For Painting.
To clean this piece, I sprayed it with Krud Kutter. Wiped away dirt and then sprayed with clean water using a misting bottle and wiped with a clean cloth. Sounds simple, but it can make a difference in achieving proper adhesion of your paint.
Next, wipe your piece with a tack cloth. This removes all those unseen little dusts, animal furs, and hairs that will show up in your painted surface. Tack cloths are a great item to keep on hand.
Learn more about other items you need to have on hand in this post: Furniture Painting Supplies.
Paint The Accent Table
Now that the prep work is done and it is dusted with a tack cloth, this accent table is ready for paint.
This is the fun part! Open the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and stir well. This paint is a bit thicker and mixing is needed to make sure the color is dispersed and even.
There are so many good paintbrushes to choose from on the market. I have my favorites for sure. Read more in this post about The Best Brushes For Painting Furniture.
To keep with the Annie Sloan theme I first used the Annie Sloan brand Paint Brush. I did the first coat with that. But with this table having spindled legs and a few smaller spaces to get into, I applied the second coat with different brushes.
For the second coat I used the Dixie Belle French tip brush. It worked great on the spindles to get into the curves. And I used the Cling On S30, one of my favorites, due to it’s smooth finish and small size for smaller spaces and edges.
I did 2-3 coats in most spots. Coverage is excellent with this paint. It took about an hour or so to dry, so not long after each coat.
After the final coat, I let it dry overnight before applying the transfer.
Applying The Transfer To The Painted Accent Table
Okay, next up I applied the transfer to the painted accent table. The table was cute as is, but when I saw this sweet transfer I knew it was perfect for this little table.
Redesign With Prima has so many amazing transfers in every type of design style imaginable. I literally want buy them all! I just can’t help it!
This transfer is called a Maxi transfer because of it’s 12×12 size. And it has 2 sheets of designs. The one I used is called, Maison De Paris. The transfer is a dark charcoal gray-black color with small lavender flower accents.
I used one transfer on the top and one half of the second page of transfers on the bottom shelf.
To learn more about transfers find help in this post, Redesign With Prima Transfers.
The transfer comes on a clear sheet with a backing, which you peel away. Next, apply the transfer and rub it off onto your surface using the burnishing stick supplied.
A big tip: transfers are applied after the paint is dry, but always prior to the topcoat wax or poly clear coat. They go on so easy and stick well.
Finally, apply your topcoat wax or poly sealer. There are quite a few choices for sealants when using chalk paint. If you are curious about how to choose, check out these two posts:
Protect And Seal Your Painted Accent Table
Once the transfer is applied, it needs to be sealed. Although Annie Sloan like many chalk paints doesn’t require sealant, is is helpful to deepen color and protect from scratches.
There are so many debates about whether to use a wax or poly topcoat, but basically it boils down to your personal preference. I almost always use a brush-on poly clear coat, like Dixie Belle Satin Clear Coat. However I opted to use wax for this piece.
Again, in keeping with doing all things the Annie Sloan way for this piece, I chose Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear. Using a chalk paint wax brush I buffed the wax on and then wiped away excess with a lint-free cloth. Then I followed that with buffing to a sheen with a second lint-free cloth.
The soft clear wax enhances the color of the French Linen paint, which is a beautiful taupe gray. The wax deepens the color, but just a little.
Adding Décor Molding To Accent
And finally, I opted to add a molding to the table above the top transfer design.
This mould is the Redesign With Prima Enlightened Etchings by Kacha. It perfectly compliments the French theme of the transfer.
To create the molding, use Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin. A simple mix of part A and part B in a 1:1 ratio and pour the mixture into the mold after a quick stir. It takes about 10-15 minutes to harden and then demold to see your beautiful design.
It’s a simple process and so many options now for molded designs.
Using the Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint and the French Tip Brush I painted the molding to match the table. Then I glued it to the tabletop using Gorilla Glue.
Once dry, I accented the molding with a really neat décor wax by Prima. It’s called Antique Brilliance Wax and the color is Amethyst Magic. I chose this color to match the lavender flowers in the transfer design and oh my, I’m just love the subtle purple color!
So that is all there was to this makeover. It was simple and fun and so easy. And I loved using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen for this project.
Summary: Painted Accent Table Makeover With Annie Sloan French Linen
And voila, there you have it! A simple yet stunning makeover, all thanks to the magic of Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk Paint and a little bit of creativity. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with this transformation as much as I enjoyed doing the painting.
So, why not try it yourself? Grab your brush, choose your colors, and breathe new life into an old piece of furniture. And before you know it, you will have transformed a drab piece of furniture into a charming accent table for your home.
It’s really can be just that simple! And I’ll warn you though, that this furniture painting is a bit habit forming! You’ll have so much fun that you’ll be dreaming of your next project.
Thanks for following along and best wishes on your next project. Abbey