"New" Kitchen Chairs...Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Finally getting a minute to sit down 
& share this project...
busy, busy this week!

I have been wanting some new chairs for my kitchen table for awhile.  Not that I didn't LOVE what I already had...



 
It was a great arrangement, 
but no one wanted to sit on the bench at dinner...


it would end up being Sneaky E doing a sliding act 
up & down that whole side of the table through the entire meal...  

wear me out! 

So, I started searching for chairs...

I didn't realize chairs were so ridiculously expensive! :(

I had some inspiration...
some washed wicker...
deliciousness!! 


Awesome wicker chairs!!



I found a similar version at Ballard, but they were over $300 apiece (I need six, no can do)...I found a poor girl version at Pier One, but they just didn't sing to me & if I'm going to drop money on something like that it simply must sing.

I decided to put it away & just carry on with what we had (wasn't unhappy with it that much)...& then I ran up on my pal Debbie selling her  kitchen table & chairs on facebook...

 (she was one of Big O's teachers, love her).




She had bought this set from a local furniture store,
superb quality!  

Plus she has two grown boys...
boys who played football in college...
big boys!!!

I knew if they were still sturdy after that,
they were survivors! ;) 

I got the table and six chairs for $250. 
Since I didn't need another table & my buddy Ronda did...I passed that baby on down the road to her brand new house & got busy on my "new chairs".

I brought them inside first thing to make sure they were what I wanted...





Lovely...

But they needed to be painted...

First I purchased the Old Fashioned Milk Paint.
This a great product, but it was just not for me.

I am too impatient & spoiled to fool with mixing my own paint. When I want to paint, I want to open a can & paint...

So, I ventured out to the Then & Again Marketplace over in Hendersonville, TN. They are my local retailer for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  If you're in the area, do make a stop in to see them...LOTS & LOTS of beautiful things, gifts, nibbles, party supplies, just tons of goodness!

I picked up some Duck Egg, Coco & Dark wax and a couple of brushes...




Ah, let the paint adventure begin!!

After playing around a bit...

I decided to paint them with the Duck Egg & 
then go over them with the dark wax to give them an antiqued look...




They were mighty pretty before waxing...
that duck egg is a beautiful blue!

Let me sidebar here & tell you this...

see that little can of paint up there?
I have painted MY SIX CHAIRS, two more chairs & a table for my mother AND a mirror frame and I still have A HALF OF A CAN LEFT! It goes a LONG, LONG WAY!

This chalk paint is so delicious...it is just a bit thicker than regular paint, glides on & covers instantly, no priming or sanding...I.AM.HOOKED!

After painting them, I attacked them with the dark wax & my sanding block...





Pretty big difference!
Pretty nasty hand...ack! 



Debbie had recovered her chairs with a chocolate fabric 
& this is what was underneath....(it actually didn't look bad, but wasn't the look I was going for).


I decided to recover the chairs using a big dropcloth from Lowe's ($9.98 for all six chairs).



Now they're right at home & Sneaky E's dinner show is over! ;)



I've been working hard to update some things around our downstairs this week, I'll pop back in here & give you guys a little tour soon.

I'm sharing today at....

Savvy Southern Style
Jennifer Rizzo
Cowgirl Up!
Not Just a Housewife
The 36th Ave  
The House of Hepworths 
Shades of Amber



Stop in & check out the other awesome projects being shared!


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I'm hopping up to prep dinner (crazy, busy day)...
it's my mommy's 60th birthday today!!

I made her an appointment to get a massage after school (she's a teacher) & then she's coming out to have birthday dinner with my crazy bunch!



Happy birthday, grandma!!
I hope I look half as beautiful as you do one day!
Love you!!