Painted Furniture

By Vickie Kite Milburn

Reprinted from Spring 2017

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If you have a piece of furniture that is in need of updating, you will be surprised at the transformation an afternoon of painting can make. I’ve been painting furniture for many years, but only recently started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. It’s great

because you can paint practically anything – wood, plastic, metal, fabric, brick – without having to strip or sand down the finish first. You can also use regular furniture paint, but the prep is different, so be sure to read the directions. I was recently in need of a table and chairs for a house I was renovating, and was able to buy them inexpensively and turn them into beauties. My friend, Charlene Tsirogotis, owner of The AppleBasket, came over to help me. (Thank you, Charlene!) The Apple Basket offers a great selection of Annie Sloan paints. I used Duck Egg, and Provence. While we did the painting in my garage, the paint has no odor and it is easy to clean up, so you can do it in your house if you’d like.


• Chalk paint (I used Annie Sloan)
• Paintbrush
• Spray bottle with water
• Medium grit sandpaper or block (80/100 grit)
• Tack cloth
• Topcoat (you can use wax or polyurethane)
• Foam roller
• Fine grit sandpaper or block (120/180 grit)

PreparePrepare the furniture by cleaning it well and letting it dry. If you have hardware or drawers, you will need to disassemble.

Apply the paint
Make sure to stir the paint well. Apply your first coat of paint. Annie Sloan has its own brushes, which are great if you are going to do a lot of painting, but if not, you can use a good quality hand paintbrush. The paint is thick, so if you need to thin it, spray a little water on it. Paint the entire piece with one coat, let it dry, then apply another coat. I painted my table with two coats of Duck Egg, then one coat of Provence. I did the same with the chairs, but only used the Provence on a few spots.
I wanted to give my furniture a distressed look, so I sanded the edges of the table and each of the chairs with the sandpaper. Use a 100-grit sandpaper for the distressing. Use your creative license to sand as much or as little as you want; try to make it balanced. Once you are happy with the distressing, wipe down your piece with a tack cloth and get it ready for the finish.
Apply the topcoat
You can choose to top your piece with a wax or with a polyurethane. I chose to use a General Finishes water-based topcoat, but you can use the rub-on polyurethane by Minwax. Before applying the polyurethane, make sure the surface is clean. Roll on the polyurethane with the foam roller, going in the direction of the grain. Apply one coat, let it dry completely, then lightly sand it down using the 120-grit sandpaper. Wipe with the tack cloth. Apply a total of three coats, sanding in between each with progressively finer sandpaper. Once the final coat is applied and the piece is completely dry, it’s time to enjoy!
Happy painting!