Thursday, 25 April 2013

Painted Table

Despite the gorgeous weather we've been having these last few days ( and hooray for that!), as well as being outside as much as I can I've also been doing a bit of painting.

This coffee table has been around our house for  a few years, and started life as the usual antiqued pine.
Then after a few years it was painted white with the top left unpainted.

Then I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and painted the whole thing in "Original". That looked good for a while.

Then a few months ago I bought Annie Sloan "Paloma", a lovely soft lilac/grey colour, with a view to painting my daughter's bedroom furniture - and as I wanted to test  it out first somewhere, the poor old table got painted again (although not the top!).

This week it was the turn of Annie Sloan "Versailles", a lovely muted country green that I was desperate to slap on somewhere - and the Paloma legs had only been a temporary thing anyway!

What I did

First I sanded back the Paloma on the legs a to show a little white, mainly round the corners, edges and turned legs where it naturally wears.


After wiping away the sanded dust, I then painted the legs and bottom part of the table in Versailles.


Once dry,  I sanded a little again where it would naturally wear, and randomly in other areas to allow the Paloma to show through a little in places.

Then I waxed the whole table in clear wax, and added a few random areas of antique wax.

Then rubbed on a little more clear wax where I'd been a bit heavy-handed with the antique wax!
( I used a cloth to apply the wax during this project).

Once the wax was dry, a good rub and polish and voila!
Job done.

And hopefully this time that's it.
NO more colour changes.

For a while anyway.

At the Flea market last week I found a couple of vintage mohair blankets.

Two for £10, and both such a gorgeous mix of colours I had to be greedy and nabbed both.

Both are a good size, large enough to use as sofa blankets on chilly evenings.

The late Spring sunshine seemed to bring out the wood anemones overnight.

They make a lovely show at the moment out in the front garden, so I took a few photos this morning to share with you.




Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and messages of congratulation to Bella in my last post, for both her 18th Birthday and for passing her test. She's a happy girl!

Hope you are able to enjoy some of this lovely Spring weather.

I have some more garden and flower photos to share soon, and I reckon it must be about time for a little giveaway soon as I notice I am lucky now to have just over 300 followers. So I think a  "thank you" is in order to both my new followers, and to my faithful older followers who've joined me along the way and now feel like old friends. Just need to think up something special!

P.S   Do pop over to The Vintage Sheet Blog and say Hi! to Heather, who has just published a guest post by yours truly!!!

Heather is mad about vintage sheets, and has a inspiring blog full of great ideas for using them, as well as regularly showcasing other blogger's vintage sheet makes. So it was pretty exciting to be asked to do a guest post - hope you enjoy it, and sorry to all my regulars who have probably already seen most of the "makes" here over the past couple of years!

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  1. Your table is fab, well done! And your garden is looking lovely too. Enjoy the sunshine,

  2. Great job on the table! You are getting really expert with those Annie Sloan paint techniques.
    I see those white flowers everywhere on my walks with Bella,so pretty and delicate.Can't wait for the bluebells to appear and I'll be out with my camera.

    Bellaboo X

  3. Love your painted table, and since your last post I have had the Annie Sloan paint out again are always inspiring me to paint things! Those mohair blankets were a wonderful find...they are so soft and warm, with such beautiful colours.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend, and enjoy your flowery garden in the sunshine!
    Helen x

  4. The table looks great and I love those mohair blankets!

  5. The coffee table looks lovely - as does your Spring garden! X

  6. Your painted table is such an inspiration. Your blankets are a fabulous find!

  7. Dear Gilly,
    It really looks lovely! A friend of mine has painted all her furniture white, including a lovely oak dresser! I wonder... what will you all do when the shabby chic thing is over? I can just imagine amn army of people rushing to B&Q to buy heat guns, to remove all that paint! I am joking, of course.
    Your table looks really super and I do like shabby chic. It's very fresh and European. Why not?




  8. what a beautyful blanket very pretty only ten pounds that a bargian lovely

  9. I like the final aspect of the table ! The mohair blankets are fabulous and the spring garden also !

  10. Your table looks great Gill, you really are a dab hand with the Annie Sloan!!
    Those little anemones are beautiful. :)
    V xxx

  11. Table is lovely, beautiful colours. I would have had to snap up both those blankets too, very pretty :) xx

  12. It's lovely to finally have enough sunshine to bring all the flowers out, your garden is looking wonderful. Love the blankets, such a bargain.

  13. Your table is gorgeous! Really lovely. And your garden looks very pretty too.
    M x

  14. The table suits it's latest makeover!
    Those blankets are very snuggly, you'll be glad of them on a chilly evening.
    Lisa x

  15. Love the table and beautiful blankets!! Happy weekend to you! xo Heather

  16. Lovely job on the table Gil...and so happy you're finally experiencing a sunny spring! Your flowers are beautiful, and look so thrilled to be showing off in all that sunshine.
    A belated Happy Birhtday to your sweet Bella...those cupcakes looked amazing!
    xo j~

  17. Love the blankets - what fabulous colours and what a bargain! Table looks good - got the paint ready!

    Jane x

  18. I'm pleased to discover your blog and to be your newest French follower. And I'm happy to meet Logan because I do love poodles, my little baby one is going to be one year and is red a real nice colour, and she's fab !
    Love your table re-do and also the cup board in a previous post, incredible what coats of painting can do.

    xoxo from PARIS


  19. Hi Gill, your table transformation is great. Your garden is looking so pretty. I must remember to get me some wood anemones for next year, I just love them.
    Many thanks for your good wishes, all went very well on Saturday. Much love to you, Linda x


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