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Hi, I'm Suzanne and I'm a stay at home mother to three. I have started my own vintage furniture business and am writing this blog to document its journey from idea to reality. My favorite things include my Matthew, Ella and Sophie, my handsome husband and all things PAINT! Believe me, I am not an experienced business person but I do know how to sand, strip, paint and am a DIY queen, so please follow along as I navigate the ups and downs of The Painted Drawer. Please join in the fun and become a member or subscribe. Cheers!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Living Room Redo and the French Coffee Table

Part of my living room redo was searching for a "new" coffee table. I found this one and loved the length of it.  That plus the french country lines made it a must purchase for me.

I decided to go with Annie Sloan Old White and to only lightly distress it.  I also decided not to wax it as I wanted the look of the brighter white.  Wax gives the paint a bit of a richer/darker hue.  I'm using the table in my living room which does not get too much use.  If it was in my family room, I would have waxed the top for protection.

(Lucky always likes to hang out with me when I paint!)

If you don't wax chalk paint, you should use a high grain sandpaper all over it instead.  I highly suggest you wear old clothes and take it outside or to the garage to sand.  It isn't that the dust is toxic - it is just a mess (think chalk dust all over yourself and floor).  Anyway, if you sand it down with a high grain sandpaper, the paint pretty much folds into itself and becomes nice and smooth.  After sanding, take damp paper towels and wipe off all of the dust.

Here is the after...

I think it looks great in a brighter white.

I also finished the other caned chair...

and love the way they look against the drum table.

My mantel is getting decorated just in time

because I can't believe Christmas is only a week away - yikes!  Off to shop :)


linking to: www.savvysouthernstyle.net


  1. It looks so pretty in white!! I love the shape of it too! Great find & great makeover! Thanks so much for linking up to the "thrift it" party!!

  2. it looks amazing, suzanne! i LOVE those chairs!!! awesome!

  3. THE table is Fab....simple and bold at the same time....good job


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