Jonathan picked up this solid wood drop leaf table at a thrift store here in Clarksville for $25 bucks. Woo-whoo! It had some staining/damage on top, and some water rings, so I followed the advice found here on The Purple Paint Lady’s site to use a spray shellac before painting with chalk paint. I pretty much just followed her tips, except I used the Americana Decor chalk paint from Home Depot (it took 1.5 of the 8 oz jars) instead of Annie Sloan brand.
This was my first time using chalk paint, and I’m a fan. Nice to skip the sanding and priming steps that are required when you use regular latex paint. It’s not a smooth, perfect finish but it’s great for the distressed look I wanted. No worries about dirty shoes propped on the coffee table scuffing up my paint job – it will just add to the charm! [These are the things moms with wild children tell themselves.]