When I moved to Orange County last November, I hadn't a stick of living room furniture, except a bookcase (arguably the best piece anyway). I scored big when a family friend needed to get rid of the furniture in their den in preparation for a move across county. Less than three hundred dollars for a couch, loveseat, coffee table, and two end tables! The stuff isn't necessarily my style, but I wasn't going to complain. I had nothing.
I was originally thinking about re-staining the matching coffee table and end table (which I currently use a TV stand) a darker espresso finish. I was intimidated by the prospect--I've never done it before, and I knew it would be a lot of work and a lot of sanding. Then I discovered Annie Sloan's chalk paint. (Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, which is also really cool!)
Chalk paint is amazing because it requires no sanding or priming beforehand. And you can put it on just about any surface! There are also a ton of different ways to use it to achieve the look you want. Be forewarned...it is not cheap. But the ease of use and time it saves is worth it. Plus it looks great when it's finished!
I decided to paint my coffee table and end table in shades of pink, inspired by the pillow covers my BFF got me years ago in Spain. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is available at different retailers throughout the United States (and Canada and Europe). I found mine at La Casa Verde de Granada in San Clemente. If you're in South Orange County, I recommend it--so much fun to walk through!
Emperor's Silk and the white is Old White.
Look how pretty! I love the matte finish of the paint. It's amazing what just paint can do to totally change the look and personality of a piece of furniture.
I had so much fun with this project, I wanted to go buy all the other colors and find other things to paint! No worries, I have restrained myself. But I'll probably do a few other little painting jobs in the future to update some other pieces of furniture that have seen better days.