How to Revamp Your Old Kitchen Table {Using Chalk Paint}

Well friends, I finally did it. I can now finally say I have used chalk paint. I had wanted to give it a try for a while with all the buzz I’ve been hearing about it, but never really had the right project. Well the right project finally came along with my new/old dining room set.

Painted Kitchen Table {Using Chalk Paint}

When I moved down to Greenville, my parents gave me their old kitchen table that had been sitting in my grandparent’s garage for a few years to use in my new place. Since I didn’t already have a kitchen table, a free table was definitely appealing. Plus, given that I didn’t have a job lined up right away, buying a kitchen table and chairs was out of the question. But, the downside was that it looked like this.

Kitchen Table Before

Super dated wood. But, I thought I would give it a paint job and hope that the finished product looked better than how it started. I found an Annie Sloan stockist here in Greenville and bought a can of Pure White. Now, I will say, the chalk paint was pricey. I was a little hesitant to purchase {see comment above about being unemployed}. But, I heard a little goes a long way so I was hoping I could paint multiple projects with the one can {which I did and hope to blog about the other project soon}.

So with my Annie Sloan chalk paint in hand and a Purdy brush, I got to painting the table. After one coat, you could see some of my brushstrokes.

Kitchen Table Chalk Paint One Coat

Two coats was definitely the ticket.

Kitchen Table Chalk Paint Two Coats

The thing that I liked about the chalk paint was how easy it was to distress. The idea of having to put a lot of elbow grease into distressing the table wasn’t appealing. But, with the chalk paint, it only took a little bit of light sanding with a sanding block to distress it.

Distressed Kitchen Table

I gave all the chairs, table legs and table a good distressing. Since the shape and design of the table was already old and dated, I figured I would just accent the ‘old’ and make it look worn.

Next came waxing. I was a little nervous about this part. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do. I wanted it to look antique {given the old factor again}, so I bought both the Annie Sloan clear wax and dark wax.

Kitchen Table Dark and Clear Wax

The instructions said to use either a rag or brush. The brushes the stockist sold specifically for wax were close to $40, and this girl didn’t have that kind of money in her budget for a brush. So I opted to go with the rag option. Just bought a pack of cheap white ones at Home Depot.

With my finger and the rag, I rubbed on a little bit of the clear wax in a spot and then with a separate rag, rubbed on a little bit of the dark wax.

Kitchen Table Wax Application

You can see the difference between the dark wax finish on the left versus the right without the dark wax on the back of the chair. Just makes it look a little bit more aged.

Kitchen Table Partially Completed

Having my first painting project be a kitchen table with chairs full of spindles, was probably not the best idea. Let’s just say it took foooorever to finish. And hand rubbing the wax on the chairs was almost the death of me. Seriously, I really thought I would never finish.

Not sure I will ever paint kitchen chairs again because of this project.

But, I did finally successfully finish. Here’s what each piece of the dining set looked like once it had been waxed.

Kitchen Table with Wax

I know you are also supposed to buff the wax after it dries for a bit. I attempted to do this, but not sure I was super successful. Because I used the rag option, I think I ended up using too much wax overall which made it a little harder to buff. From what I understand though, the buffing is just to give it a shine, so I was ok if my table and chairs weren’t super shiny.

Here’s the finished product all set up in my new place.

Dining Room

For a first painting project I think it turned out great. I do think I went a little too far with the distressing. If I did it again, I wouldn’t distress everything quite as much.

Kitchen Table Painted

You may notice something wrong with the kitchen table. Because the table was sitting on the ground, I forgot to wax the brackets underneath. Oops. Once I realized it, I probably could have fixed it, but after spending days and days working on this project, I decided I could live with it the way it was. You don’t really notice it unless you get down {like I did with the camera}.

Painted Kitchen Table 2

I think the final product looks way better than it did to start with so I would consider that an overall success.

Dining Room Table Close Up

Would you agree?

Have you ever used chalk paint? If so, were you successful in buffing the wax?

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    • says

      Thanks Lana! I kind of feel like I went a little too far with the distressing (I guess I got sandpaper happy), but I’m glad you like that look! It’s growing on me!

    • says

      Lana, yes I used Annie Sloan chalk paint. Even though it was a little pricey, a little really does go a long way so it’s worth it!

      • says

        I am getting ready to paint my kitchen table with chalk paint too. I am wondering if this is a good option for the top of the table…if I write on a piece of paper on the tabletop, will the pen leave indentations? Will I be setting myself up for use a clipboard all the time?

        Thanks. Molly

        • says

          Hi Molly! If you finish the table off with a wax and buff it properly, you shouldn’t have any issues with being able to write directly on papers on the tabletop!

    • says

      Thanks Nicole! Planning to use chalk paint for future projects. Anything that gets me out of sanding/priming is a winner in my book. πŸ™‚

    • says

      Thanks so much Marolyn! πŸ™‚

      I haven’t used it a ton yet, but so far I haven’t noticed any scratches. I think if the wax is applied properly, the furniture should be protected from everyday wear and tear.

  1. christina says

    Is the wax is a must for the whole chair/table? or did you just add it to the distress areas? I sanded down pretty much the exact old table. (Well only the chair so far) And it pretty much fell apart, lol. Apparently the coating on it held it together. Now with this chalk paint do you have to sand the furniture or remove the shiny coat on top?

  2. Shelley says

    I think the table looks fabulous! I am in the middle of doing one myself. I thought I wanted it all white, but I love the distressed look, so I am heading back to the store for the dark wax πŸ™‚

  3. Gina says

    I do have a question for you about the kitchen table: I have used Annie Sloan several times but never on an eating surface. Did you have to seal the top or do you just use place mats and not worry about it? I have been concerned about water marks and grease. Thanks!!!

  4. Jessica says

    Hi there– I was wondering: what was your technique for sanding the top for the distressed look? I am working on a table similar to this. The chairs are easy because of the grooves and designs on them…but I’m stuck on what to do with the top of my table. Thanks in advance!

  5. Crystal says

    I absolutely love what you did to the table and chairs. I’m considering doing our dining room table AND the china hutch. I’m curious about how well the table wears. I have read about the wax finishing technique. Is that appropriate for the chairs too. Does the wax…dry? Is there any residue? I would appreciate any comments, suggestions or emails. Thank you!

    • Mandy Mode says

      I just finished this exact project on my table and chairs this weekend. The wax will dry eventually, but I would suggest letting it cure for at least 24 hours. Also, I used a water based poly in addition to the wax because a dining/kitchen chairs get a lot of wear and use.

  6. Candis says

    Looks great. I can give you a super EASY, super INEXPENSIVE, recipe for chalk paint. The recipe also allows you to use an endless array of colours. Also tip with WAX learned it the hard way, the very very very hard way…..LESS IS MORE, the over priced wax brush will help with this. Took me a year of trial and error and I learned that it was 40 bucks well spent. If you plan on doing a lot of painting. Wax..apply so you think there is no way you even got any wax on the project. We apply rent re talking miniscule amounts. Wait 5 minutes then buff, old plain Hanes t shirts cut into pieces. Happy painting


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