Both Chalk Paints
Graphite & Emile

It’s been a while since my last post, but I’ve been working on my other table. If you read The lazy girls guide to Chalk paint, I was experimenting with it on a smaller table. I wanted to try something a bit different so here goes…

The project

Un painted Table

As you can see it’s pretty bland. The table itself doesn’t really match the room and looks far too harsh against the light wood floor and walls. I wanted to be a bit more adventurous than my last post, and combined two colours.

First steps

Emile Chalk Paint
Emile Chalk Paint

In a similar fashion to the last post, I painted the entire table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. With little method to my madness I used about 4 layers of paint, painting with a small brush and a larger brush for the main surface.

Quick Chevrons

Making chevron strips
Making chevron strips

After the table was a solid colour I thought I’d add a pattern to make it more exciting. I used masking tape to make a diamond pattern on the table as seen above. I removed sections of tape with a knife to reveal a chevron pattern. It was pretty easy though I didn’t have a nice sharp Stanley knife so it took me a while!

Painting Chevrons
Filling in the gaps

As you know I like shortcuts, so I didn’t measure this at all. If you want to make sure your lines are the same, I recommend using a ruler or template. I did make a few mistakes but I cleaned it up later! Next time I’ll probably invest in a large ruler or tape measure…

Soft wax finish

Annie Sloan Soft Wax
Annie Sloan Soft Wax

In my last post, I didn’t mention Annie Sloan Soft Wax, as I was yet to purchase some. Once I’d finally got hold of a tin and patched up my mistakes, I used a cloth to cover the table in wax.

The wax is clear and spread easily onto the table. The great thing about it is it’s waterproof, and I’m clumsy and knock over my drinks a lot…

The finished table

Painted Chevrons

Et voila! It’s by no means perfect but It’s brightened up the room and I’m pleased such a light colour showed up so well when painting directly on to dark varnished furniture.

I’ll be moving onto bigger pieces and there will be much more measuring involved (well, we’ll see!). I still have plenty of other techniques and products I want to try. I’ve just got my hands on a large mirror so I’ll be trying something fancy with that soon!

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Sarah x